Shreyas Minocha

About me

Hey, I’m Shreyas, from India 🇮🇳. I am, currently, a high school senior studying ISC sciences, particularly Physics, Chemistry, Math, and Computer Science “Computer Studies” in addition to English.

I believe software should come with freedoms. This makes for software that’s more trustworthy, often of greater quality, and contributes to a collection of free (as in “freedom”) software. I release most of my software projects and other work under permissive licenses.

At any given moment, you may or may not find me ranting about the evils of surveillance capitalism and the importance of online privacy. But on a serious note, online privacy is a grave matter. It’s disheartening how so many people turn a blind eye to these matters. Glenn Greenwald does a good job of making a case for online privacy in his TED talk, ‘Why Privacy Matters’. As a next step, check out PrivacyTools.io. If you ask some of my friends, they may call me paranoid, but I understand the value of trade-offs—it’s just that I put myself further towards the left end of the Privacy-Convenience spectrum than most.

I started learning “programming” at 10 years of age when I found a really old copy of Learn HTML in 24 Hours lying around and from there I spiralled into the wonderful world of CS. At present, I am primarily interested in modern web technologies and Node.js. I’m also interested in exploring computer ethics and programming language design. My interests will probably evolve (as they should), in my time at college. I have an eye for design too. I obsess (but not the point of impracticality) over the notions of “clean code” and enjoy books about software engineering best practices like The Pragmatic Programmer by Hunt & Thomas, Clean Code by Bob Martin, and Base Code by Jason McCreary.

I am a great fan of the xkcd web comic, like almost everyone in the developer community. My preferred code editor at the moment is VS Code (actually VS Codium, if I’m being pedantic).

This is my website. I have a blog here where I post tutorials and articles about all things tech, although I should really work on my post frequency. Check it out!. I also have a MediaWiki instance where I usually make notes about stuff I’m learning, among other things.

##Stupid trivia about me

  • I was born just a few months after the 9/11 tragedy.
  • I’m unsure of my sun sign. It’s either Scorpio, or Sagittarius. Different astrologers assign different signs to my birth date. Just to be clear, I don’t actually believe in horoscopes.
  • My skin colour is approximately hsl(24, 23%, 63%) (or #b59b8a if you prefer).
  • I love parenthetical clauses (but I’m afraid I overuse them).
  • I prefer dark themes over light ones, but I’m not one to bikeshed. I’ve been a long-time user of material themes (like this one for VS Code) for editors and terminals.

That’s enough about me. I would love to hear from you! If there is anything you thnk I could help you with, a cool project you would like to collab on, or if you’d like to just chat, please drop me a line at shreyas [at the rate of] shreyasminocha.me. If you’re familiar with PGP, my public key is 79E1D3DC.