I’m a technology addict that loves to read about and to try the latest software and hardware. Â This very blog largely exists because I wanted to play with WordPress and different themes back in the day. Â If you were to visit our friends at Archive.org and pull up the way back machine you would see that even back in 2001 I was blogging about tech companies. Â Little unknown companies like GOTO were on my radar back then, which eventually became Overture. Â Many in the field recognize that name because they were bought out by Yahoo for $1.6 billion, and theyÂ revolutionized the search industry with pay per click performance.
Even before that time I was working for a small Internet advertising firm named Bpath competing with a small company named Link Exchange, run byÂ Tony Hsieh. Â Tony went on to sell that company to Microsoft for $265 million, and went on to his next venture Zappos. Â It might not have been Xerox PARC, but it was the early days of the Internet in more ways than one. Â When I moved on fromÂ that industry I moved in to the web hosting market, which was the cloud, before it was called the cloud. Â I ran a small web hosting company with dozens of colocated servers located around the world.
I developed a love for FreeBSD and OpenBSD back then, and eventuallyÂ came around to adopting Linux distributions as well. Â After working more for large corporations I also learned to respect Microsoft’s offerings, and have enjoyed watching their constant improvements since the Windows NT days. Â I still have a love for server administration andÂ this server bounces around a fair amount as a result. Â Beyond running it on my own servers I had moved it to SliceHost back in 2008 (became RackSpace.com’s cloud offering for virtual servers)
, I’ve had it with Amazon as a EC2 instance, and with Azure. Â Beyond playing with cloud servicesÂ you’ll still find me actively exploring and keeping up to dateÂ onÂ VMware, Hyper-V, and OpenStack. Â With my *BSD and Linux background Â I took to loving PowerShell early on, and now respect how Microsoft has truly created such an incredibleÂ shell experience. Â I am still more than happy to write some code in Python and to work across all operating systems. Â I love technology as a whole so I’m not one to push any one particular stack as “the best”.
Scripting and automation now take a greater percent of my time than systems administration. Â I went from building servers and deploying applications to cringing when I hear WSDL and smiling when I have a REST API to play with.