"Happiness is not achieved by the conscious pursuit of happiness; it is generally the by-product of other activities." ‒ Aldous Huxley
I am a Linux system administrator, network engineer, computer technician, and technology enthusiast. I am experienced with Linux and Windows system administration; enterprise network design; network engineering and configuration; systems analysis and integration; network security; user configuration and management; and hardware maintenance. 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 currently the Senior Broadcast Engineer at Kantar Media and I am responsible for the administration, configuration, and maintenance of over 200 Linux-based production servers. I design, develop, and test broadcast technologies and Linux-based systems used within our broadcast data centres, and supervise data centre operations to ensure that all daily requirements are met. Prior to this I was the Senior Hardware Support Technician and System Administrator for Zoom Media. I managed the computer repair workshop, repairing and building an average of 40 servers per week to support the entire UK estate of roughly 1000 sites; installed, configured, and repaired all employee machines, office hardware, and business servers; and researched and developed technical solutions as per business needs. At Zoom Media, I successfully reengineered the company's network by establishing VPN connections between multiple UK offices and migrating all systems and users to Active Directory with minimal downtime.
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.