A Brief History of Time – Part 1

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It was a dark and stormy night, and I decided it was about time that I took some of the things I’ve learned over the past 2 decades of working and commit them to the internet so I could be ridiculed by the world.  This is that medium.

I began my career after pursuing a dual major of Computer Science and Philosophy at RPI in upstate New York (quite the change from the suburbs of Chicago).  From there I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do (who really does in their early 20s) so I moved to Dallas and began life as a sudo DBA learning Perl (and hence beginning my love affair) and administering a corporate trouble ticketing system called Remedy for Bell Northern Research.  I was introduced to a new operating system called Linux (I remember the joy of RedHat 1.0 the mother’s day release – it was amazing) and a somewhat cool website called slashdot where I joined early (I’m user 121)!  From there, I wasn’t sure I enjoyed data more than coding, so I went to work at Texas Instruments working some C code on an X-Windows application used for monitoring wafer defects (<boring>).  I couldn’t picture myself coding 8 hours a day every day, so I made a change – ultimately deciding between consulting for Informix and being a unix system administrator for IBM.  I chose less money and went with consulting – and never looked back.

1st Post!

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Trying to blog again, but this time around I decided to change things up a bit.  My natural place for doing this is a hosted wordpress site, partially because it’s so easy, partially because it’s written in php, yes I enjoy php, and partially because I’ve used it extensively over the past 10 years or so.  Now, I’ve always been too frugal (read cheap) to actually let someone else host this for me, plus I like learning how to do things – so I’ve always done it myself.  Over the past few years, given where the market is going and given my relationship with Pivotal, I have modified my default installation and operations of such a site to leverage a cloud foundry oriented deployment.  After forking and cloning this idea, I have deployed it to great success and operations happiness, in the past – and am doing it again with you, the reader.

Kudos to the cloud.gov and Aidan for releasing this.