I am an IT professional who is driven to learn and relearn the fundamentals of computer and information technology.
I grew up in the 1970s when few products integrated multiple functions, accepted modular add-ons or were user-configurable. When you purchased technology back then, it performed a single function and that is all that it would ever do… a phone was a phone, a radio was a radio and a refrigerator was a refrigerator.
In college in the 1980s, I discovered that computers were different. They could be programmed to perform one function and then reprogrammed to perform another function. Experience in the IT industry has taught me that successful IT professionals respect this capability and master it by grasping computing fundamentals and the principles of operation of each technology. I want to share this knowledge with others.
My decades-long career has covered many IT disciplines: computer programming, computer operations, storage management, project management, desktop computer support, supplier management, database administration, network management, cloud service management, security operations, systems administration and technical training.
I hold expert certifications on information security and Microsoft database, desktop and cloud computing platforms.
Studying the fundamentals and the principles of operations of my technologies has served me well. They rarely change even though their version numbers and capabilities do.
I am currently focused upon the IT disciplines surrounding computer and network infrastructure, the security of that infrastructure, and the data that flows within it. Services, switches and security are my passion, but I’ll write an occasional script or more when I must.
When I am not working, I find comfort at home with my wife and daughter. They put up with my experiments on the home network as long as I continue to provide free technical support for their issues. I serve regularly at my local church and I even get outside on occasion for hiking, bike riding and golf.