I've work some kick-ass software, most notably:
- PyLoris, a protocol agnostic, application-layer denial of service attack, which I authored
- socksipy, an HTTP/SOCKS4/SOCKS5 layer that can tunnel all Python standard libraries' network communications (and a lot of additional libraries as well)
- A proof-of-concept network RAID architecture which has been featured in a number of sites, including Hack a Day
- BitGirl, an award-winning, pluggable, Python-based IRC bot
- I have a professional blog at https://motoma.io/
- I write about political issues at https://fuck.ing.gop/ (currently down due to funding issues)
- I run a privacy-conscious, decentralized social network node at https://rich.gop/
What I intend to do with the money
Mastodon is an open-source, privacy-conscious, decentralized social network. One of the incredibly important pieces of a decentralized social network is diversity of options. To that end I maintain a public Mastodon instance at https://rich.gop/ . This instance is free of ads, marketers, and stalkers.
I provide this service on a virtualized infrastructure that I own. I would like to improve that infrastructure, in the dimensions of availability, reliability, and speed. Users of a free and public tools shouldn't be beholden to a second-rate service; I plan to leverage my 13 years of professions distributed software development and hosting experience to deliver a first-class experience to my users.
If I am able to meet my fundraising goals, I intend to give back to the Mastodon project by submitting a set of features that would significantly reduce the barrier of entry for setting up personal Mastodon nodes.