I started working with computers back in 1982, learning BASIC programming on Apple computer in the high school lab. Personal computers were just beginning to appear then. Flash forward to 1991 when I landed a job with Hewlett-Packard providing phone support for customers using their palmtop computers and calculators, using modems and serial protocols. I began poking about in DOS and Windows 3.0, 3.1, and 3.11 which had simple networking used in the cleanrooms, and Windows 95. I worked with UNIX and did some PERL and BASIC programming, along with WorkStream for the production environment in the cleanrooms. I worked in the IT department supporting desktop computers (Windows NT) and over time developed a feel from experience about what might be causing problems.
After HP began laying off most of its American work force, I went back to college and got a few degrees (AS in Computer Networking, AS in Server Administration, and BS in Information Technology), then was hired on as a lowly Help Desk tech for county government.
After 7 years, I was bumped out of that job and began working in Facilities Management, but still doing computer related things like security card access systems, Network Video Recording, wireless bridging over remote areas with no means of cabling, basic telecom, and lots of cabling.
I usually build my own computers from parts and still help coworkers with computer issues. I mostly use Ubuntu Linux, but still can boot into Windows 7 for doing taxes and such. I decided to do this blog because I still get a thrill when I come across a neat fix, and I realize that sometimes that knowledge could help someone else, as I have often found help from the forums and blogs of others.