I’m Darell Tan, and this blog chronicles my adventures into electronics projects, security and software development.

As a kid, I used to take apart all kinds of stuff (mostly toys); I like to figure out how things work and what makes them tick. But I guess it was easier to get started with software since computers were more accessible, so I spent a large part of my youth working with computers — reading and writing code, and trying out all kinds of software and operating systems. I never lost interest in electronics though. I bought electronic kits and built them up, and while it was easy to get them to work, I never really understood what was going on “under the hood”. As I got older and everything was easily accessible via the Internet, I managed to put two and two together.

My first employment was at a startup that was building a security product. With awesome colleagues, my time there had taught me a lot about security. It has also made me more security-concious than most people, whether it’s configuring hosts and networks, or even physical security.

So here I am, writing about my adventures in electronics, building projects, figuring stuff out, and hacking things. I’ll also be writing about the stuff I’m more comfortable with: code, Linux configuration and hacking. If you realise, there’s an overlap in these areas: microcontrollers run code too and the Raspberry Pi runs Linux.

If you enjoy reading about what I do, you can follow my blog via RSS, or follow me on Google+. I try to reserve blog entries for larger stories such as projects, so links to news or projects with my short commentary will be posted on my Google+ feed instead. I follow mainly security folks on Twitter and that’s what you’ll mostly see on my feed.


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