About Me


My name’s Jeff. I’m a computer guy, personally and professionally, specializing in Python and Ruby development and Unix systems administration.

Most recently I’ve been mixing the two disciplines, writing development tools to make administration easier and more automated. The catchy label for this is “DevOps”, but all that matters is that it lets me do two complimentary things I love.

Why you might know me

I am best known for maintaining the popular open source SSH scripting library, Fabric (and its dependency Paramiko), and for co-authoring a well-received book on the Django Web framework. Details available in my resumé.

Where I am, and have been

Born in the early 80s, raised and educated in Western Massachusetts through the turn of the century, I spent the ’00s in the New York/New Jersey metro area and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2011.

New York is a better city; the Bay Area is a nicer landscape (and with vastly better weather, massive drought notwithstanding). Despite the former’s aromatic summer trashpiles, I never internalized the phrase “eye-watering stench” until I got a job in the latter’s SOMA neighborhood.

I travel to the Pacific Northwest reasonably often (Portland, for work/friends/small conferences; Seattle, for a large annual conference) and it’s pretty swell.

As a child, I spent a week each winter on the Gulf Coast of Florida; as an adult, I travel to the Fort Lauderdale area at least once a year. That state has nice beaches.

Where (else) to find me online

My email address is jeff [at] bitprophet [dot] org. And as you can probably guess, my online moniker is bitprophet. It’s my username at the following Internet watering holes:

I’m not on Facebook; it doesn’t feel worth the time. Apparently they create entries for folks without accounts anyways, so…maybe I am on Facebook against my will? Kinda creepy.

In the past I’ve identified as “Cyrus” and can still be found using that name at MetaFilter and the FFVII Citadel (which I used to run, way back.)

Thanks for reading

I’ll update this space in the future with information about my hobbies/interests, favorite technologies (and why I use them), and so forth.