JonLuca's Blog



I’m JonLuca DeCaro. I’m the co-founder of Alta Labs. I grew up in north east Italy, and moved to the United States in 2014 to study in Los Angeles.

Previously I worked at Citadel, Pinterest, Google, and Apple. I am a full stack engineer, and have worked in growth, security, and product.

San Diego, 2020

San Diego, 2020

New here?

I recommend starting with the following three posts. They all focus on tech and explorations of topics I find interesting.

  1. Illegal streams, decrypting m3u8’s, and building a better stream experience - An article on exploring illegal sports streams online, building a client to watch them, and seeing how the streamers are piggybacking real services.

  2. Obfuscated javascript, scam emails, and American Express - An article on reversing and decompiling obfuscated javascript, tracking spam emails, and finding the root command and control server for a scam campaign.

  3. Ryanair, Hamiltonian Cycles, and using graph theory to find cheap flights - An article on how I routed my European vacation, writing an NP hard problem solver, and releasing a tool to help you do the same.

I also write for HackerNoon and freeCodeCamp on Medium.

You can get an RSS feed of the blog.

What am I reading?

Here are a few blogs or places on the internet that I enjoy reading. I don’t agree with everything on all of them, so don’t take it as an endorsement of the site as a whole.


Few things are as personally identifiable as photos, and as the old adage goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, so here’s a bit about me.

Young me rock climbing

Probably my only time ever going rock climbing


Christmas dinner in a castle


On a peak in Denali


Our igloo in fairbanks


I’ve been asked about payment for my software, or donations. I’m in no need for money, and I release my code and projects for free because I want to contribute back to the environment that helped me succeed. If you really are inclined to support my projects, please consider donating to the EFF.

You can keep in touch with me on twitter:

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