My name is Matthew Hoffman, I'm from Queensland, Australia. I'm a solitaire grandmaster, computer prodigy, race-car driver, beach boy, genius investor/trader, elite businessman, pro body-builder and amateur guitar player. Sarcastic jokes aside, you can read more about me below.
Data Miners take notice! I do not use any personal information in my passwords so don't even bother.
I was born on St. Patrick's Day (March 17). My favourite colour is blue, lift is overhead press, car is the Mazda RX-7 FD3S, game is Pokémon HeartGold, programming language is C, food is pizza, animal is the dolphin, movie is Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. I secretly love the Sailor Moon anime, but don't tell anyone I said that!
These days I'm very much an advocate for Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). I try to use FOSS as much as I can in my daily life where I can, though I'm not an extremist and do have to use proprietary software for University and work from time to time. I am a big believer in Linux and free software in schools.
I am fond of the ideal that the purpose of the choices you make is to build the future you want for yourself; a man is the sum of his actions.
I think Cryptocurrency is the future, but not in its current form. 90% of projects will not make it as they just don't have a use case, and it's entirely possible a new coin will appear in future that actually solves the problem of digital, decentralised, transferrable money as the current implementations aren't up to scratch. Then again, Monero already exists.
History with Computers
- Windows XP Machines in primary school computer lab (2008-2010)
- Internet of the late 2000s
- First personal laptop running Windows 7 (2010)
- Emulating old Nintendo games (2010)
- Tried teaching myself Java to make Minecraft Mods (2010)
- Flash games and internet of the early 2010s
- Got into the hackintosh scene (late 2011)
- First computer built (2013)
- Switched to Linux desktop full time (2019)
KidPix (left) Timon and Pumbaa Typing (middle) Typing Tournament (right) - the original OG's
Lenovo G560, my first 'personal' computer, sporting an i3-350M, Intel HD Graphics and 4GB DDR3
My first love - Mac OS X Lion
I came up with all sorts of dumb reasons why it wasn't working, tried almost every Distro of Mountain Lion one could think of, but one of the reasons I came up with was that I was making the install USB in a virtual machine, so I bought a disc of 10.6.3 Snow Leopard straight from Apple and installed that instead (iBoot + Multibeast method, yes, young me was fooled by tonymacX86). This one actually worked, primarily because Intel HD Graphics support wasn't introduced until 10.6.7 so the GUI would load but without acceleration. Any attempts to upgrade past 10.6.7 would cause my screen to display garbled static when the new driver loaded and so I knew it just wouldn't work out.
HackBoot in VirtualBox (left) and iBoot for Snow Leopard on bare metal (right)
On a completely unrelated note 2013 was when I had my first experience with Linux. One of my friends brought a USB with Ubuntu 12.10 'Quantal Quetzal' to school so he could get around the restrictions on the classroom computers. Just like with Lion, I really took to the interface of Ubuntu (Unity at this point) and as I had resigned my laptop to being un-hackintoshable I had Ubuntu 12.10 installed on it for about a year, then later 13.10 'Saucy Salamander'. Not that I really knew much about Linux at that point!
My first Linux - Ubuntu 12.10 with Unity
I was very much disappointed with OS X 10.10 Yosemite and subsequent releases due to the UI changes that were made, being generally a fan of skeumorphism so I stuck with Mavericks for a long time before finally switching back to Windows 7 to game in about 2017. I switched to Linux full time on the desktop in 2019 as Windows 7 was to go EOL in 2020 and that was one of the best computing decisions I've ever made.