"Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities." ‒ Aldous Huxley

About Me

I am currently the Linux System Administrator at Akixi; I administer, configure, maintain, and develop ~100 CentOS Linux-based production servers, PostgreSQL databases, and all aspects of associated AWS cloud infrastructure, including AMI creation, EC2 instance configuration, RDS, VPC configuration, S3 backups, and asset tracking. My job, in a nutshell, it to be the SME for any systems or technology I put my hands on

I became fascinated by computers from a young age and I have spent my entire life learning everything about them. I relish the opportunity to be exposed to as much information about computers and technology as possible. As a highly logical analytical person it just resonates with me. I hate inefficiency and I'm always looking for ways to improve existing systems and practises. I am constantly reading technical books and playing with technology in order to grow and develop my knowledge and skills. I am extremely passionate about Linux and technology and I love systems development. I started using Linux around the age of 15 and immediately fell in love with it, and I have never looked back. My desire to learn the intimate details of Linux systems led me to the Linux From Scratch project where I eventually became an editor of BLFS and wrote instructions for the compilation of Linux software packages.

I am a command line user and I feel much more comfortable within this environment. I don't rely upon graphical tools in order to complete a task, and this allows me to be somewhat distro agnostic. Under the hood Linux is Linux, and while things such as package management and file locations may differ from distro to distro in essence they're all the same (systemd changes things a bit, but it's just a matter of knowing the right commands). I have worked professionally with CentOS, Red Hat, Debian, OpenSuSE, Slackware, and Ubuntu and have administrated them all with no issues. I consider knowledge of the command line to be essential in Linux administration.

I tend to prefer using CentOS for my servers due to the focus on stability and the yum package manager. I currently use Netrunner Rolling Linux (an Arch/Manjaro based distro) on my personal machine in order to keep it as up-to-date as possible, but bleeding edge also means that things sometimes break.

Here be dragons