David N. Welton

My name is David N. Welton. I currently reside in Padova (Padua), Italy with my wife Ilenia and our daughter Helen. Ilenia and I were married the 8th of July, 2005 in Padova, my "home away from home" in Italy.

Professional Life

I am the owner, operator, lead programmer, chef, chief janitor, but most of all, "builder of stuff" at DedaSys LLC. My curriculum vitae is available as HTML or PDF. My main areas of expertise involve free/open source software, such as Linux, Ubuntu/Debian, Apache, Ruby, Tcl, Python, Java, C, and so on. I am also interested in work that involves my knowledge of Italy and the Italian language.

Free Software

I spend a lot of my time working on Free Software (Open Source Software). I have been involved with several organized projects, such as Debian, and the Apache Software Foundation. More about my involvement with free software and programming here: freesoftware.

Contact

I can be contacted at either davidw (at) apache.org or davidw (at) welton.it. I welcome correspondence regarding pretty much anything - so feel free to write about whatever's on your mind.

Biography

David N. Welton I was born in Eugene, Oregon, in November 1975. I also attended middle school and high school there, at: Roosevelt Middle School and South Eugene High School. I then went to the University of Oregon where I studied Italian.

I lived in Eugene until the summer of 1995. Not knowing exactly what I would find, I left for Italy, where I found work as an English teacher in Padua (Padova, in Italian).

After a year in Padova, I returned to Eugene, and then found my first programming job, with CKS Partners, in Portland, Oregon.

After from Portland, my next stop was San Francisco, where I worked for Linuxcare. I was involved with their purchase of a nascent Italian firm, Prosa, and I moved back to Padova to be part of that operation.

As happened to many dot-companies, things didn't go so well, and so I struck out on my own as an independant consultant operating under the name DedaSys, both in Padova, in the California Bay, and then Padova again.

Ilenia and I moved to Innsbruck, Austria in the spring of 2007 so that she could pursue a post-doc position at the University of Innsbruck, in the field of biotech/proteomics. I am currently working on some product ideas for DedaSys.

As of March 2009, we're back in Padova. We really enjoyed our time in Austria, but we decided that it's probably not where we want to raise our daughter.

I occassionally add to my collection of stories, anectodes and observations of what it's like to live in Italy: "The Real Italy" (formerly, "The Padova Chronicles").

Hobbies

I got my start cycling with a mountain bike, riding on the trails around Eugene, Oregon, and it still makes me happy any time I get on a bicycle and go. I used to race both road and mountain bikes, and still love to ride. While living in Italy, I have been fortunate enough to have seen a lot of big races, such as the Giro di Lombardia, several stages of the Giro d'Italia, a stage of the Tour de France, and of course the Giro del Veneto, which passes over the roads I have ridden countless times myself. During my 1995-1996 stay in Padova, I occasionally tagged along with some professional cyclists, who were really nice guys, and a lot of fun to ride with. Of course they were way, way faster than me, but more often than not, they were riding to train, not to prove how fast they were.

My bike shop of choice in Padova has always been Cicli Morello, in Via Sorio, run by Mirco and Roberto. I have one of their custom made road bicycles, and it is a joy to ride. In Eugene, I recommend Paul's. They have always treated me really well, and I worked there one summer, as a teenager.

In Padova, one of my favorite things to do was spend time at the Maracaibo, where I even learned some salsa dancing.

David Welton's GPG Key

GPG is a program for sending encrypted information, or digitally signing documents or files.

Here is my GPG fingerprint:

pub  1024D/DFEAC4B9 2000-01-20 David N. Welton <davidw@dedasys.com>
     Key fingerprint = A6CE 8C8E BC00 5A7B CC66  E43B 0152 D603 DFEA C4B9
uid                            David N. Welton <davidw@apache.org>
uid                            David N. Welton <davidw@debian.org>
sub  1024g/07014AC2 2000-01-20
	
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