Hi! I’m Dave Kopper. I’ve been a software developer for 40+ years, on lots of platforms… mostly it’s been Linux (various flavors) and Windows (from NT through Datacenter Server and Windows 10 even). I’ve been a backend developer for a lot of the time - so filesystems/driver/backend stuff. Last few years I’ve led a team called Department of Public Works (DPW) where we fixed the problems that developers were having (example is a build took 8 hours, we made LARGE shared VMs which would build the whole system in 20 minutes - changes your world when you can cycle on things quickly).
I love working on software and I’ve been enjoying bringing a different perspective to things. Lots of folks approach a problem from the same direction - I like different directions. A good example is a tool I built for work that takes a core file, examines it to find the BuildIDs (shared libraries and binaries get them on link) which can be used to determine which build the core came from - given that info - the tool then builds a whole docker environment with the sources and everything and fires it up and a couple minutes later you are in gdb with source for ANY revision that we built/shipped (very handy and saves a LOT of time for support). Different perspectives help a lot
From a personal perspective I’m a Christian and go to Bethlehem Bible Church where we have pastors that preach the Word verse by verse - skipping none and explaining it all (http://bbcchurch.org). I’ve been married 35+ years now - we only have two cavalier King Charles spaniels - wonderful dogs. And I ride a road bicycle a lot. I’ve been fighting cancer - multiple myeloma - for four+ years now. We’re also completely debt free (house and everything - Dave Ramsey teaches common sense, it’s just really hard to do). Life is keeping me hopping.
We used to breed Birman cats - so I still have the domain name: http://birman.org/ - very pretty cats with soft voices.