TransportLayer is creating software, hardware, and server hosting
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$2
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Hi! I'm TransportLayer.

If you're not familiar with what I do, I like to make things with software, firmware, hardware, and my servers. I started writing software at age 9, and haven't stopped since. Seriously. I've been sitting here at this computer continuously writing for 10 years. Please send help.

I write the code that makes your stuff work.

Well, probably not. But that's the sort of code I like to work on. Over time, I've found that I only enjoy working on backend software -- the code you never see, but the code that runs everything you use. The only interface I'm comfortable writing is an API.
Somewhat recently, I've also become interested in working with hardware: creating electronic devices and writing the firmware for them -- the extremely low-level microcode that makes the chips in electronics work. Although this is much more time consuming and infinitely more expensive than working with software, I find it fascinating that I can create things that directly interact with the real world.

I'm a system administrator.

I currently own 5 Dell PowerEdge rack servers, 3 converted workstation servers, and rent 3 VPSes. All but one server runs Linux. The other server is running FreeBSD. I'm also a volunteer sysadmin for a really fast and cool server at Accidental Games.

I'm a cellist.

When I'm not making things, I'm usually playing my cello. I started in the middle of June in 2017. I love music with string instruments, and before I started, I wanted to try to learn either the piano, the violin, or the cello. I ended up deciding to learn to play the cello, because I love its lower sounds, and I loved hearing it in Clean Bandit's music.
I was honestly terrified of trying to learn to play any instrument, especially a string instrument. I've always had problems learning and remembering things, and I had no experience with anything related to music before. I'd never played an instrument before and I didn't understand how to read music. I hadn't even seen a violin or cello in person before. I was afraid I was going to have too hard of a time with it, and I was afraid of spending so much money on something that wouldn't end up working out for me (cellos are really expensive!).
A friend of mine convinced me to at least try it, telling me that he played the cello for a bit when he was in school. He took me to a violin shop that his mother works at, and it was beautiful. It was my first time ever seeing the instruments in person, and there were tens of cellos and many more violins and violas. I was so happy to be there. I believe I was told that their "cello room" was being used at the time so I couldn't see it, but there were many more cellos in there.
I was sat down and given a couple cellos to check out, and was shown the very basics of how to hold the cello and bow, but I really had no idea what I was doing. It was really awkward, but I was really happy to be holding a cello and making sounds with it. I was helped with my decision on which cello to take home, and I started renting it then.
The next week, I found a cello teacher, and started taking lessons. I was so afraid that I'd be difficult to teach or something, but neither my teacher nor myself could believe how fast I was learning. She kept telling me that, and that she was convinced I'd played before and just wasn't telling her. She told me I was born to play the cello.
I've been taking lessons with her ever since then, and she's an amazing teacher. She told me I've been able to learn in just a few months what most of her students take a year or longer to learn. And I thought I wouldn't be able to learn to play cello at all! I'm really happy to be able to play such a beautiful instrument.
I didn't expect to go into so much detail about my cello. I just love it so much, and had an opportunity to explain how I got to where I am today.

Doing this is expensive.

Servers use a lot of power. Internet costs a lot. Hardware upgrades aren't cheap. Electronic components aren't free. I'm still paying off the HVAC system for the server room.
I love doing what I do. But I can't keep doing this for free.
I've created this page to help me keep doing what I do, and hopefully do more in the future. By supporting me financially, you'll be helping me pay for the costs of running my servers, and allowing me to buy the parts I need to make hardware projects.

Thank you.

There's more details in the rewards section of this page, but to show my gratitude for your donations, depending on your reward level, I will do my best to provide you with things such as custom software development, server hosting (web, Minecraft, etc.), access to existing game servers I run, and possibly physical items, such as electronic devices I've created.
Unfortunately, due to the amount of time it takes to create software and especially hardware and firmware, I may not be able to take every request, and it may take me longer than a month to complete the request.
Tiers
Progress Updates
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Access to updates on projects I'm working on
  • Suggest changes to projects before they're public
Game Server Access
$2 or more per month 1 of 25 patrons
  • Access to some existing game servers, such as Minecraft
  • Access to updates on projects I'm working on
  • Suggest changes to projects before they're public
More Coming Soon!
$404 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
More reward tiers are coming soon!

Message me if there's something you're interested in not listed here!

Goals
$2 of $15 per month
Server RAM Upgrade
I can afford to upgrade the RAM in at least one of my servers after a few months of reaching this, allowing me to run and host more!
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Hi! I'm TransportLayer.

If you're not familiar with what I do, I like to make things with software, firmware, hardware, and my servers. I started writing software at age 9, and haven't stopped since. Seriously. I've been sitting here at this computer continuously writing for 10 years. Please send help.

I write the code that makes your stuff work.

Well, probably not. But that's the sort of code I like to work on. Over time, I've found that I only enjoy working on backend software -- the code you never see, but the code that runs everything you use. The only interface I'm comfortable writing is an API.
Somewhat recently, I've also become interested in working with hardware: creating electronic devices and writing the firmware for them -- the extremely low-level microcode that makes the chips in electronics work. Although this is much more time consuming and infinitely more expensive than working with software, I find it fascinating that I can create things that directly interact with the real world.

I'm a system administrator.

I currently own 5 Dell PowerEdge rack servers, 3 converted workstation servers, and rent 3 VPSes. All but one server runs Linux. The other server is running FreeBSD. I'm also a volunteer sysadmin for a really fast and cool server at Accidental Games.

I'm a cellist.

When I'm not making things, I'm usually playing my cello. I started in the middle of June in 2017. I love music with string instruments, and before I started, I wanted to try to learn either the piano, the violin, or the cello. I ended up deciding to learn to play the cello, because I love its lower sounds, and I loved hearing it in Clean Bandit's music.
I was honestly terrified of trying to learn to play any instrument, especially a string instrument. I've always had problems learning and remembering things, and I had no experience with anything related to music before. I'd never played an instrument before and I didn't understand how to read music. I hadn't even seen a violin or cello in person before. I was afraid I was going to have too hard of a time with it, and I was afraid of spending so much money on something that wouldn't end up working out for me (cellos are really expensive!).
A friend of mine convinced me to at least try it, telling me that he played the cello for a bit when he was in school. He took me to a violin shop that his mother works at, and it was beautiful. It was my first time ever seeing the instruments in person, and there were tens of cellos and many more violins and violas. I was so happy to be there. I believe I was told that their "cello room" was being used at the time so I couldn't see it, but there were many more cellos in there.
I was sat down and given a couple cellos to check out, and was shown the very basics of how to hold the cello and bow, but I really had no idea what I was doing. It was really awkward, but I was really happy to be holding a cello and making sounds with it. I was helped with my decision on which cello to take home, and I started renting it then.
The next week, I found a cello teacher, and started taking lessons. I was so afraid that I'd be difficult to teach or something, but neither my teacher nor myself could believe how fast I was learning. She kept telling me that, and that she was convinced I'd played before and just wasn't telling her. She told me I was born to play the cello.
I've been taking lessons with her ever since then, and she's an amazing teacher. She told me I've been able to learn in just a few months what most of her students take a year or longer to learn. And I thought I wouldn't be able to learn to play cello at all! I'm really happy to be able to play such a beautiful instrument.
I didn't expect to go into so much detail about my cello. I just love it so much, and had an opportunity to explain how I got to where I am today.

Doing this is expensive.

Servers use a lot of power. Internet costs a lot. Hardware upgrades aren't cheap. Electronic components aren't free. I'm still paying off the HVAC system for the server room.
I love doing what I do. But I can't keep doing this for free.
I've created this page to help me keep doing what I do, and hopefully do more in the future. By supporting me financially, you'll be helping me pay for the costs of running my servers, and allowing me to buy the parts I need to make hardware projects.

Thank you.

There's more details in the rewards section of this page, but to show my gratitude for your donations, depending on your reward level, I will do my best to provide you with things such as custom software development, server hosting (web, Minecraft, etc.), access to existing game servers I run, and possibly physical items, such as electronic devices I've created.
Unfortunately, due to the amount of time it takes to create software and especially hardware and firmware, I may not be able to take every request, and it may take me longer than a month to complete the request.

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Tiers
Progress Updates
$1 or more per month 0 patrons
  • Access to updates on projects I'm working on
  • Suggest changes to projects before they're public
Game Server Access
$2 or more per month 1 of 25 patrons
  • Access to some existing game servers, such as Minecraft
  • Access to updates on projects I'm working on
  • Suggest changes to projects before they're public
More Coming Soon!
$404 or more per month 0 of 1 patrons
More reward tiers are coming soon!

Message me if there's something you're interested in not listed here!