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Contact Me


First, thank you for visiting my web site and reading what I have to say.

If you’d like to get in touch with me, I’d love to hear from you. Whether you just want to say hello, talk about computer networking, discuss your top secret plans for global thermonuclear war (maybe you’d like to play a nice game of chess instead?), chat about open-source software, or anything else, please do not hesitate to contact me.

There are, as you might imagine, a multitude of ways you may reach me. In order of preference, they are:

  • encrypted e-mail
  • encrypted chat
  • unencrypted (“regular”) e-mail
  • Twitter
  • Telephone

Encrypted e-mail

If it were up to me, everyone would use encrypted e-mail to reach me (and each other!). If you send me an encrypted e-mail, you are much, much more likely to receive a response (it’s pretty much guaranteed). This is because of my strong opposition to the United States’ warrant-less surveillance of private individuals, in violation of the United States constitution.

You’ll need my GPG key information in order to send me an encrypted message.

Encrypted chat

Sometimes e-mail just isn’t the right medium. In that case (or when encrypted e-mail is not a valid option), a private “off-the-record” chat is preferable. The open-source Pidgin software in combination with the OTR plugin makes encryption communications using the XMPP protocol easy. Simply add “jlgaddis” at “” to your contacts list in order to reach me. Please note I will often show up as “available” even when I’m not so please don’t be offended if I don’t respond immediately. I’m probably just away from home or asleep.

Unencrypted e-mail

An unencrypted, insecure channel is very low on my list of preferred contact methods but sometimes it’s just unavoidable. You can send your message to “jlgaddis” at “” and I’ll try to respond as soon as I can, if a response is warranted or requested.


Failing any of the above methods, you can reach out to me via Twitter. If we follow each other, you should consider sending me a “direct message”. I don’t log in to Twitter very often nowadays so it’s much more likely I’ll see your message if it is sent privately. If you send a public “@message” to me, you should assume that I won’t see it.


I’m happy to provide my telephone number when the circumstances warrant it. You should first get in touch with me using one of the above methods (preferably encrypted e-mail, of course!) and explain why you’d like to speak with me over the phone. We can then set up a time that’s convenient for both of us.

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