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My name is Robert Alexander Von Hoene. Everybody calls me Alex.
Welcome to my personal web site.
Pronouncing My Last Name
The first word is the German "Von".
The second word is pronounced like the English word "hone".
It sounds like this:
I studied computer science at Indiana University Bloomington from 2013 to 2017.
I write image analysis software for the Biocomplexity Institute.
From Summer 2014 through Spring 2016 I was a researcher at CREST.
I developed custom electronics for GPU-bearing multiprocessor quadcopters.
I also mentored high schoolers in
- developing real-time software in C,
- CAD with SolidWorks and SolveSpace, and
- rapid prototyping with a 3D printer and a CNC router.
I have also done a little bit of freelance embedded electronics development.
I am a two-term board member of a hackerspace called Bloominglabs.
Visit us on Wednesday evenings to use our tools and meet interesting people.
Our motto is descriptive: A space for sharing tools and knowledge to make stuff!
Here are some of my projects.
I built a RepRap Prusa 3D printer while I was in high school.
I joined IU's defunct 3D printing club in 2013.
My activity in the club lead directly to my job at CREST.
Activities moved to Bloominglabs after the club closed in 2014.
I help run and maintain the 3D printers at Bloominglabs.
I have an technician-class amateur radio license.
My callsign is KD9CKV.
I earned the rank of Eagle Scout from troop 555 in 2013.
Please enjoy the excellent image archive my troop keeps.
My Internet Presence
I am on Hacker News and Github.
About this Web Site
I maintain a small blog.
You can subscribe to it with this RSS feed.
This server hosts an XMPP (also known as Jabber) instant messaging server.
I set it up so that my friends and I can enjoy encrypted messaging.
Account creation is open.
Feel free to use this server to communicate securely with your friends and family.
I reserve the right to cut off accounts that abuse this service.
My account is
This website is accessible through
- HTTP for old devices or slow connections, and
- HTTPS for most situations.
(Some of) My Friends