Well, a modern blog, is nothing without a narcissist bit about its author, isn’t it ?
My name is Hadrien and I was born and currently live in France (been to Grenoble, now back in the Paris region). As far as academic characterization goes, I hold a PhD in Physics and am a self-taught software developer, with a strong focus on high-performance computing and low-level software development. You can contact me using this blog’s comments.
My interests include optics, solid state physics, high-performance computing, low-level software development, GUI design, programming languages, information security, and as little system administration as I can get away with. I’m also interested in human languages (esp. Japanese) and various fields of applied psychology, including ergonomics, design, manipulation, and some areas of clinical psychology. Non-academic interests include sound engineering, whoever wants to share my bed on cold winter nights, archery, bikes, trains, feminism, singing, environmental issues including the current energy crisis, and summer sausage sandwiches. I also have a relatively sharp tongue, and love to troll argue about subjects I like.
I’ve been programming since I was a kid, but around 18 I realized that if I solely focused on CS in my studies, I would end up programming the kind of software I dislike (websites, accounting ERPs…), using programming languages that I despise (Java, VB.Net). So instead, I set out to expand my academic interests and focus more on Physics in my studies, instead keeping programming as a side activity and a hobby.
Today (11/2015), I am painfully reaching the end of a PhD in solid-state physics, focusing on the electronic and magnetic properties of superconductors, and I have decided to direct my career in a more computing-oriented direction by joining the Laboratoire de l’Accélérateur Linéaire (Linac Lab, LAL) in the continued fight of scarce computing resources against the huge data sets that are produced daily by particle physics experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
This does not mean, however, that I gave up on my interest on more fundamental computing subjects, as I think this project best attests. Faithful to my way of thinking, the OS|periment project started by trolling (“modern desktop OSs suck”), then gradually evolved into most complex thoughts on what personal computing should, in my opinion, be like. The project has been in a hard time during the end of my PhD, and it is too early to tell if my next job will give me enough spare time to focus more on it. But I still believe that there is a lot of work to be done in the area of desktop OS development, and that such an endeavour is worth pursuing.