SysAdmin – DevOps – FLOSS mercenary — Blockchain enthusiast
- Seattle, WA
- [email protected]
I am a dedicated, dependable Linux Systems Administrator and FLOSS-oriented general technologist, skilled at managing diverse needs in challenging, fast-paced environments. I advocate for the use of free/libre and open-source software (FLOSS) as my "tools of choice," though I have been known to use proprietary products in certain specific cases (most often Microsoft Windows & Office and Atlassian JIRA, Confluence, et. al.) I am incredibly driven to solve problems through regular, iterative improvements with measurable/observable positive impact for the end user.
Peers and other co-workers often describe me as "friendly and energetic," with "top-notch" communication and customer service skills, as well as a proven ability to mentor peers and clients while ensuring systems' security, performance, and availability through "meticulous" and "methodical" practice. Personally, ever since working in a movie theater in high school, I feel that I am always able to maintain a professional decorum, even in periods of intense pressure or stress. (Communication, in my experience, is much easier and more effective when all parties are calm and clear-headed.)
I have always had a genuine passion for learning and trying new things, particularly those of a technical nature (at this time, I am pursuing a certificate from IBM via edX for Python/Data Science, and I am especially intrigued by Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies/utility tokens as well as blockchain technology in general—I am even learning about dApps on platforms such as Ethereum, EOS, and NEO), as well as a love of comedy and virtually all genres of music—live or recorded (or recorded live!) In fact, one of my only major non-technology possessions (and one of which I am very proud, personally) is my hand-built collection of >500 vinyl albums.
In summary, if you are looking for someone to help solve problems through the use of (mostly free—as in both "freedom" and "beer") technology, improve employees' day-to-day work experience, ensure customers that interact with your company come away with a positive view of your technological "wizardry," and help delight customers and end users alike by always minding the dual philosophies of "never make promises you aren't absolutely positive you can keep" and "always under-promise and over-deliver," please reach out to me; I think we will work well together!
In late April, 2016, I moved from full-time contract work with Sondry to an "as-needed" consultant position due to the company's difficulty in securing necessary additional startup capital. Although I maintained full administrative access to the company's infrastructure, I was no longer involved in day-to-day operations; I simply made myself available as a resource to keep the site online and provide advice when requested.
In November, 2017, Sondry decided to cancel its contract with its hosting provider, and (since the infrastructure I had built was no longer around) we decided it was a good time to end my "as-needed" consultant/support role.
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Program: Computer Science, with a focus (aka, "minor") in International Relations
Left school voluntarily as a Junior (based on credits earned) to accept a full-time position with the company at which I was interning (ePrize).
Major: Information Technology
Upon leaving KU, my original plan was to complete my B.Sc. at Oakland. I later learned that, although virtually all of my credits from KU would transfer, they didn't directly correlate with the requirements of OU's program. For example, CS-101 at Kettering translated to something like IT-302 at Oakland; as a result, the completion of my degree would require time/money spent attending classes that were literally designed as precursors to many of the classes I had already passed (and for which Oakland had decided to give me credit).
I decided this was not a good use of time or money and left OU to pursue my career full-time. I believe I have earned enough credits to technically qualify as a Bachelor of Science, but the classes to which those credits applied didn't add up to a "full degree," by Oakland's standards.
RHEL; CentOS; Arch; Debian; Ubuntu; Fedora; Gentoo/Funtoo; FreeBSD; Solaris
Bash and shell; Chef; Python; Puppet; Ansible; Perl
Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Rackspace Cloud; Vagrant; VirtualBox; Proxmox CE; Ganeti; Docker; LXC (OpenVZ); QEMU/KVM; VMWare vSphere vCenter/ESXi
MySQL/MariaDB and PostgreSQL (both self-hosted & Amazon RDS); MongoDB; ElasticSearch; Redis; Redshift; Aurora
Apache httpd, Apache Tomcat, nginx, Nagios, GitLab, Rsyslog, Elastic ELK stack (Elasticsearch, Logstash, Kibana) & Beats, Graylog, Atlassian products (primarily JIRA, Confluence, Bitbucket), email
TCP/IP (IPv4); VPN (OpenVPN, PPTP, IPSec); NAT; routing; load balancers; subnets; virtual private cloud networks; extremely basic IPv6; AWS VPCs, ELBs, Security Groups, general cloud network security
"Agile" methodologies ("DevOps," CI/CD, etc.); Infrastructure-as-Code; Just Enough Documentation/"self-documenting" code; High Availability/no single-points-of-failure; A/B infrastructure; actionable alerts & automated recovery; file versioning; configuration management & server orchestration
Python (Pandas, NumPy, SciPy, matplotlib), Machine Learning
References are available upon request.