[ Last updated in May, 2010. Here is my resume in English or Icelandic. ]
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Who am I?

My name is Bjarni Rúnar Einarsson. I was born in Hafnarfjörður (one of Reykjavík's neighboring towns) on April 30th, 1976 and am half Icelandic and half American. As a result, I'm bilingual (Icelandic and American English) and have dual citizenship. My family moved around alot while I was young, so I've lived in quite a few different parts of the U.S.A., but don't remember any of them very clearly. These days I mainly consider myself an Icelander.

I have no children... yet. I don't smoke and don't own a car. I do however own a bicycle and an apartment in Iceland.

I've been a computer enthusiast since about the age of ten, mostly programming oriented, although I've also done my share of tech support, systems administration and internetworking. To begin with I just wanted to write computer games (and did), but since I discovered the Internet and Linux they have been the focus of my efforts, both professionally and on my own time.

I have a B.Sc. in computer science from the University of Iceland and am proud to say that I also spent two rewarding years in the math department, although I didn't complete a degree. Maybe I will some day.

I've been an active member of the Open Source / Free Software communities, contributing my own code, doing translation work for the KDE project and have contributed (admittedly minor) bug-fixes both to the Linux kernel and KDE. Here in Iceland I was also active for a couple of years in Netverjar, an internet consumer interest group. I have on occasion given talks about Open Source and related issues in Iceland.

Non-computer related hobbies have included reading copious amounts of science fiction, studying martial arts (Karate and more recently Aikido), skiing, juggling, bicycling, swimming and listening to music, preferably at live concerts or festivals. I also like to hang out at a local pub on weekends, drink beer and admire the pretty girls.

If I wasn't a computer professional I'd probably want to be a carpenter.

Education & awards

Work history

  • 1993 - 1995: Summer jobs at the Icelandic National Energy Institute, programming and maintaining in-house accounting programs in C.
  • 1996 - 1998: Linux systems and network administrator for Margmiðlun Internet (one of Iceland's first and subsequently largest ISPs).
  • 1998 - 2001: Developer for Tern Systems. I worked on porting a communications system for air-traffic controllers from the pSOS+ real-time operating system to Linux.
  • 2001 - 2006: Lead developer and senior administrator for FRISK Software International's F-Prot AVES anti-spam and anti-virus filtering service. The AVES system is partially based on my Anomy Sanitizer program. I still consult and do odd jobs for FRISK.
  • 2006 - 2009: Site Reliability Engineer for Google in the Dublin office. The first team I worked with in SRE was in charge of management of the search engine and front-end load-balancers, the second in charge of managing internal Bigtable databases and advising internal teams on how to organize their data.
  • 2009 - 2010: Unemployed, traveling around S-America. The story is on the slog blog.
  • 2010 - now: Very busy founding and building The Beanstalks Project and PageKite.


See also my code page for an overview of programs I've written and released to the world.

Computer skills

  • These days most of my work has to do with e-mail, viruses, spam and/or the web.
  • I am most experienced with the following:
    • Python
    • Perl
    • HTML, CSS, Javascript
    • Linux
    • C
    • Shell scripting, common *nix/GNU utilities
    • Apache, old-school CGI programming
  • Less-used skills:
    • Sendmail and procmail
    • x86 assembly language
    • C++
    • Java
    • Python
    • SQL
    • Turbo/Borland Pascal (my first programming language!)
    • Basic knowledge of TCP/IP networking and firewalls.
    • Cisco IOS basics
    • MS-DOS
  • I also know how to use a screwdriver.

Contact info



    Bjarni Rúnar Einarsson
    Barónsstíg 39
    IS-101 Reykjavík

    Mobile phone: +354-690-0409


  • Icelanders can support my beer habit by depositing money into account number 513-26-209906 (kennitala 300476-4229).