Howdy folks. My name is Preston Maness. I’m a socialist --a card-carrying member of DSA, member of my local Austin DSA chapter, card-carrying SRA member, Bernie Victory Captain back in 2020-- and a software engineer in Austin Texas, mostly writing back-end C# code. I graduated from Texas State University with a BSEE (computer engineering emphasis) back in 2014. Though if I could go back in time, I’d probably change that emphasis to power engineering; computer engineering is very difficult to break into, and ultimately, I think Texas in particular will need more power engineers, given its flakey electrical grid, than computer or electronics engineers.

I have a number of identities across the fediverse:

And my Keyoxide (decentralized alternative to keybase.io, which is rapidly atrophying in the wake of its acquisition by Zoom) can give you an idea of where I can be found elsewhere:

https://keyoxide.org/hkp/79895B2E0F87503F1DDE80B649765D7F0DDD9BD5

My interests are varied, and can be sampled from this list of tags:

Locality:

#atx #tx #austin #texas #austintx

Software:

#grapheneos #firefox #debian #sysadmin #rockylinux #almalinux

Hardware:

#riscv #openpower #powerpc #ppc

Politics:

#socialism #communism #cyberpunk

Gaming:

#haloinfinite #celeste #stardewvalley #nintendo64 #n64 #deusex #zelda #ocarinaoftime #botw

If you consider yourself a socialist of any flavour, I recommend checking out https://lemmygrad.ml or https://lemmy.ml. Both are Lemmy instances with left-wing flavours. Lemmygrad in particular has seen quite a bit of growth in the wake of reddit quarantining /r/GenZedong.

This is an open community where anyone is free to introduce themselves or their instance (if they are an instance admin) on the federation.

Introduction posts are great, but introduction posts quickly get lost in the shuffle. After a couple of days those posts may be buried.

/c/introductions hopes to solve this by providing a more formal forum and outlet for Fediverse users to introduce themselves.

Instance admins are also welcome to introduce their instance to the rest of the community too!

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