Hi, I’m Matouš!
I work as a software engineer at SumUp and do a lot of sports. I am currently training for my first Ironman and an Ultramarathon. I run and cycle a lot but I’m neglecting the swimming. I do plenty of other sports too, like backcountry skiing, climbing, and anything else that I find enjoyable.
The rest of my free time is spent on coding, reading, cooking, and other stuff. In 2019 I also started this blog to force myself into writing more and to have a place where I could share my thoughts and knowledge. Please take this whole site with grain of salt as my english is far from perfect, and I feel like creating a coherent piece of writing is still impossible task for me (I am working on it though).
Other than that, I enjoy quantifying my life. I keep track of my finances (using ledger), activites (on strava, newly also on this blog), and other metrics that I don’t currently publish here. I do this because I enjoy statistics and data even though I am mediocre at best at both. By sharing the stats publicly on this blog I hold myself more accountable.
I am pragmatic optimist, ISTJ-A (Logistician)
personality type according to Myers–Briggs Type Indicator.
ISTJ can be split into 4 individual traits, Introverted,
and Judging. The
-A suffix at the end
stands for Assertive.
I highly recommend trying the 16 personalities test youtself, while not tentative I find the insights helpful
in learning more about yourself.
Software Engineer @ SumUp, 6/2021 - nowWorking on authentication and authorization systems implementing standards such as OIDC or OAuth2. Currently spending most of the time building second factor authentication and request signing. Also fixing a lot of legacy code along the way.
Golang Backend Developer @ Kiwi.com, 2/2019 - 5/2021Developing core infrastructure and services with speed and maintainability as the primary goal. Growing my experience and knowledge thanks to awesome team and mentorship from other skilled people in the company. Slowly taking more responsibility and bigger tasks such as initiating gRPC adoption across the company, helping build internal golang packages for cross-team usage, and developing multiple internal core APIs with high availability and stability demand.
DevOps and Technical Support for Ads Systems @ FTV Prima, 9/2018 - 1/2019Technical support for online platform advertisement team. Helping with every possible task at hand, so mostly scripting and data pipelines.
Full-Stack Developer @ Techambition Ltd., 9/2017 - 5/2018Full-stack developer (Node.js and React) of an online interactive tool for high school mathematics in a small startup.
I enjoy programming outside the work as well and have build and still maintain a few personal projects:
- go-nanoid - Tiny golang package for generating URL friendly unique IDs.
- Mnemoname - tiny golang utility for generating mnemonic names.
- ezmail -
easy CLI utility for sending emails from terminal useful for scripts and people
that don’t want to set up the default
- dzxcodes - this website, using the Hugo framework.
- linkfix - a simple tool that helps you avoid the Link rot by reporting on no-longer working links in your files and suggesting replacements with Wayback Machine snapshots wherever possible.
- newz - News aggregator inspired by HN and Reddit written in python.
- godox - tool to extract specific comments from Go code based on keywords. Later integrated into the Golangci Lint.
- gosmtp - golang implementation of full-featured, lightweight and RFC compliant SMTP server.
I also contribute to a few open source projects:
- helix - A post-modern modal text editor written in Rust.
- hydra - OpenID Certified™ OpenID Connect and OAuth Provider written in Go.
- Number of siblings: 3
- Half marathon best time: 1:27:36
- Myers-Briggs personality: ISTJ-A
Words to live by
I am most likely destined for average life, which is completely fine. If you zoom out further and it becomes pretty hard to view this tiny spec of time we’ve given and all it’s trappings as anything more than ridiculous. You could become the most famous person in all of human history, build empires, construct massive monuments to your achievement, etch your damn face into the earth with a laser in space… and you’d still have just as much importance, in the scale of time and space, as every human that ever lived. Zero.1
Before I Die
I maintain a list of things I would like to do/achieve before I die, you can take a look here.