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<span class="right background">
![qrcode representing site web address](/images/pages/qrcode.jpg)
</span>
Hello, world\!
I am Riccardo Macoratti, a young man fresh graduated in computer
science. I also happen to be the owner and creator of this site.
Some quick information about myself: I was born at the end of 1992 in
[Rho](https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/45188), a relatively big
center near Milan. I currently live [Somma
Lombardo](https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/45572), a small city
located in Lombardy.
# Studies
When I was 14 I had to make a choice about which school to attend in the
future. I actually chose a [high school](http://www.liceimanzoni.it/)
specializing in modern languages, which means that I learnt English,
Spanish and German. As a result, I am a quite fluent English speaker,
but I also remeber (and like) Spanish quite well. Unfortunately, these
years I haven't had much chanches of speaking German, but I'd really
love to.
> I consider myself proficient in English, but after all it is not my
> mothertongue, so if you find some grammatical error, I apologize in
> advance. Feel, also, free to contact me to notice.
At 19 years old, I understood languages were not my way, although I
liked them. Nonetheless, I was becoming more and more interested in
technology, directing my interest in the open source community. Over the
years, messing with my faithful (and only) computer, I slowly started to
learn how to automate some repetitive processes of my digital life or,
as I later discovered, I was simply learning how to program: I knew I
wanted to be a computer scientist.
So, I began attending a Bacherlor's degree course in [Digital
Communication](http://www.ccdinfmi.unimi.it/it/corsiDiStudio/2015/F2Xof1/manifesto.html)
at the [University of Milan](http://www.unimi.it/ENG/). I graduated in
December 2015 with a mark of 110/110 submitting a dissertation entitled
"*Design and creation of a digital image capturing system and streaming
towards a distributed player*". A digital copy of the disseration can be
obtained [here](/files/uni/tesi/tesi.pdf).
In January 2015, I began a Master's degree course in [Computer
Science](http://www.ccdinfmi.unimi.it/it/corsiDiStudio/2017/F94of2/manifesto.html)
also at the [University of Milan](http://www.unimi.it/ENG/). In April
2018, I graduated with a mark of 109/110, producing a dissertation
called "*An application for remote competitions system: analysis,
revision and implementation of new features*". A digital copy of the
disseration can be obtained [here](/files/uni/tesi/tesi-magistrale.pdf).
The second dissertation lead to a pubblication at the
[CSEDU 2018](http://www.csedu.org/?y=2018) conference. The poster of the
pubblication won the *Best Poster Award* prize. A digital copy of the
disseration can be obtained [here](/files/uni/tesi/csedu2018.pdf) and of
the poster, [here](/files/uni/tesi/csedu2018-poster.pdf).
# Interests
<span class="left">
![tux, the linux logo, image, dressed as neo in matrix](/images/pages/neo-tux.png)
</span>
As I stated before, I really and deeply **love** the open source world,
and my appreciation is directed especially towards GNU/Linux, by far my
operating system of choice.
{{<figure
src="/images/photos/photo.jpg"
alt="qrcode representing site web address"
class="right"
height="350px"
caption="Me using my old Nikon D60 &copy;"
>}}
```python3
>>> print('Hello, world!')
```
Hi visitor, my name is Riccardo Macoratti, an Italian young man, that also happens to be the owner of this site.
Just to know each other better, here are some quick information about myself.
I was born at the end of 1992 in [Rho](https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/45188), a relatively big center near Milan. I lived most of early life divided between my home town, [Somma Lombardo](https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/45572), in Lombardia, and [Gonars](https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/179250), in Friuli Venezia Giulia.
Due to work reasons, I recently moved to [Viggiù](https://www.openstreetmap.org/relation/46319).
# {{<icon "fa fa-graduation-cap">}} Studies
My high school studies were mostly in modern languages, namely English, Spanish and German. I attended the [I.S.I.S Alessandro Manzoni](http://www.liceimanzoni.it/).
I am quite a fluent English spearker, also remembering quite well the Spanish language. Unfortunately, this cannot be said for my German skill, which, at the moment, are pretty low.
Since I have always been a tehcnology enthusiast and consider myself a geek, at 19 I changed my career to be more coherent to my interests and thus closer to technology.
I started attending a Bacherlor's degree course in [Digital Communication](http://www.ccdinfmi.unimi.it/it/corsiDiStudio/2015/F2Xof1/manifesto.html) at the [Università degli Studi di Milano](http://www.unimi.it/en). I graduated in December 2015 with a mark of 110/110, submitting a dissertation called "*Design and creation of a digital image capturing system and streaming towards a distributed player*" that can be viewed [here](/files/uni/tesi/tesi.pdf).
In January 2015, I started a Master's degree course in [Computer Science](http://www.ccdinfmi.unimi.it/it/corsiDiStudio/2017/F94of2/manifesto.html) again at the [Università degli Studi di Milano](http://www.unimi.it/en). I graduated in April 2018 with a mark of 109/110. My dissertation was called "*An application for remote competitions system: analysis, revision and implementation of new features*". It can be obtained [here](/files/uni/tesi/tesi-magistrale.pdf).
The second dissertation lead to a pubblication that was accepted at the [CSEDU 2018](http://www.csedu.org/?y=2018) conference. The recap poster of the paper won the *Best Poster Award* prize. Here the digital copies of the [paper](/files/uni/tesi/csedu2018.pdf) and its [poster](/files/uni/tesi/csedu2018-poster.pdf).
# {{<icon "fa fa-heart">}} Interests
Generally speaking, I consider myself a **geek**, genuinely fascinated by technology itself and its limits.
Since my early times, I began to tinker with my computer, automating repetitive tasks, producing scripts to achieve particular configurations. Basically I wanted to know more about computers, how they were built and how they operated. Hence my study and work career.
I really and deeply love the open source world, beacuse it opened my eyes to my passion.
My appreciation is directed especially towards GNU/Linux, by far my operating system of choice.
{{<figure
src="/images/pages/neo-tux.png"
alt="tux, the linux logo, image, dressed as neo in matrix"
class="left"
height="200px"
caption="I always **loved** this portrait of Tux"
>}}
In 2014 I started attending a small LUG (Linux User Group) called
[LinuxVar](http://www.linuxvar.it). We are actually more focused on
......@@ -87,21 +67,9 @@ interesting open source matter or application, where whoever feels more
condifent may arrange a small presentation on the subject, thus sharing
the knowledge.
Some experiences I had, made me develop an interest in video-related
and, more in general, vision-related technologies. In 2015 I had the
opportunity to attend a traineeship in a company and to experiment with
video capturing devices, video projectors, streaming protocols and
videowalls. I architectured and built an application, also subject of my
graduation thesis, called "V4LCapture" which captures a video stream
from a video capture board and sends it to a distributed player,
commonly known as a videowall. You can peek
[it](https://gitlab.com/datasoftsrl/v4lcapture) on Gitlab.
Recently I also developed a dual pane web file manager to help cinemas
transferring movies all around network attached storages to projectors.
The source is also available
[here](https://gitlab.com/datasoftsrl/cinefm) on Gitlab.
I really hope you enjoy reading some content I write here and if you
want to contact me, feel free to, referring to one of the links in the
sidebar.
Nowadays, due to my full-time job and other life matters, I play a little less with my computer. Nonetheless, every once in a while, I don't disdain to spend some time on little programming projects. If and when there is any development, it can be seen on my [GitLab](https://gitlab.com/ricmaco) profile.
I also have other hobbies not realted to computers, such as martial arts and DIY.
I also a very greedy YouTube watcher.
I really hope the content I write here will bring some enjoyment. To contact me, feel free to refer to one of the links in the homepage.
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