About

C. R. Oldham

I am an experienced technologist currently working for SaltStack as Principal Engineer of the backend team for SaltStack Enterprise. While I have spent the bulk of my career in software architecture and engineering, team management, and DevOps, I did take a 6-year hiatus to start and run the Utah chapter of HopeKids.

I enjoy hiking, books, small-scale computing (microcontrollers like Arduino and ESP8266/ESP32, Raspberry Pi, Nerves), distributed and event-driven computing, as well as video games.

I work a lot in Python, run macOS and Linux, have been experimenting with Elixir, Erlang, and Go.

See the page headers on this site for various ways to communicate with me.

This site’s mascot is the “Nickelbot”, an extension of the domain name (ncbt -> Nickelbot), and warped to be the name of this blog (Nickelblog). The domain name stands for a paraphrase (“Not conformed but transformed”) from a quote from the book of Romans: “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…”

Nickel the element is a transition metal. It is hard, but malleable and ductile when sufficient force is applied. It is resistant to corrosion, conducts electricity, and is not very reactive.

Favorite elements of the software stack