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Al Billings

Former @openbuddha, Tabletop RPG Geek, Buddhist, Security Program Manager, Director at Ace Monster Toys (@AMT), an Oakland Hackerspace.

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About Me

I’m Al Tesshin (徹真) Billings. This is my blog about making, hacking, and learning as part of my involvement in a hackerspace and technology in general. I don’t update it very often because who reads blogs anymore but, hey, it is here.

Al - Black and White I’m a professional technology worker in the Bay Area of California. My employer is Mozilla. The Mozilla Community is the proud creator of the Firefox web browser, along with many other projects, as guided by the Mozilla Manifesto. I work as a program manager on the Platform Security team and manage our team of fuzzing engineers there.

I’ve been on the Internet since 1989, when we had to hack into a local dial-up at the University and work out from there through telnet via intermediate university unix boxes. In the golden days, I ran a UUCP node, pagan.UUCP in order to get Usenet and e-mail. I ran two different Seattle area modem-based bulletin board systems in the late 80’s and early 90’s: Revelstone and The Sacred Grove.

I am a co-founder, former president, and former board member of Ace Monster Toys, a hackerspace established in 2010 in Oakland, California. We are a California non-profit and a federal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. When not engaged in various Buddhist things or my work, much of my time is spent focusing on Ace Monster Toys during the week. I used to commonly blog on Buddhist topics over at my original blog, Open Buddha. Make Hack Learn was created to have a place to just blog about tech topics, geekery, science fiction, and the like, freeing my original blog to just focus on the Buddhadharma. I also play a lot of tabletop role-playing games.

My public PGP key is here. My old key is here. I have made a signed transition statement for this change.