09 September 2017
I've done a bit of everything in IT over the years. I've tinkered with Linux since the mid '90s (first distro was Slackware, installed off of a stack of about 100 floppies), and I first started tinkering with BASIC way back in elementary school. Professionally, I've done everything from desktop support and help desk work, to UNIX admin, to mobile, and backend development (and a bit of frontend too). Heck, I even tried running a dev team for a bit, but it turns out I'm better at being a technical leader than a people leader. I've loved being a professional dev, but still sometimes get nostalgic for my UNIX admin days. I've come dangerously close to buying an old SGI Octane2 or O2 more than once, I just can't figure out what I'd do with one. Instead, I tinker with OpenBSD and FreeBSD, and use them as the backbone of my overly complex home network.