Technology connects the world and it is fascinating to explore the underpinnings. I like to figure out how things work and how different technologies come together to help us in our daily lives.
The same holds true for reviewing a project and breaking it down to the component pieces in order to understand how each part will flow into the other. However, I will also look for areas that may not work or have the potential to go wrong so that solutions can be found before a problem arises.
That “puzzle-solving” mentality doesn’t just apply to tech. Seeing how the lifeblood of a company, the information, flows through departments and looking for ways to improve that flow is also fun.
All the technology in the world won’t help if the people don’t know how to use it. I enjoy teaching others, techie and non-techie alike, whether one on one or by giving a presentation to a group. One of the first things I like to do at a company is to create an internal website where departments can list training material and procedures so employees have easy access to knowledge to help them in their jobs.
Through a very convoluted story that starts in my youth and journeys through Australia, I became acquainted with the largest Doctor Who convention in the US in its seventh year. On the eighth year I began volunteering and we recently completed our 30th year. I volunteered as the Director for Operations serving as one of five members of the Board of Directors for Gallifrey One for eight years. This involved overseeing eight departments and responsibility for 20+ vendors in our Dealers Hall including contracts and policies.
Navy Veteran aka Squid
As a Fire Controlman, I served on board the USS Hoel (DDG-13,) working with the gun computer systems, and aboard the USS Antietam (CG-54,) as an AEGIS ORTS weapon system technician. I was able to travel the world, eat exotic foods, and see amazing places while learning discipline and attention to detail. This also started my career working on computer systems and learning the fine art of troubleshooting.
Later, I attended the Navy Law Enforcement Academy and became a Security Police Officer and served as a Chief Master at Arms performing bailiff duties and managing a detention facility.
I am a life time member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
…and a regular guy
Information Technology is what I do but it doesn’t totally define me.
I love to read. Give me good Science Fiction, Mysteries, or Fantasy novels and I will curl up happy. I also like the same TV genres as long as it is available on Netflix or Amazon.
Not to feed the geek stereotype too much but I also enjoy playing video games. At the moment my main go-tos are Elder Scrolls Online, Warframe, and Secret World Legends, online games with deep lore where I can meet and talk to people from all over the world while we work together as a team to battle monsters and reach our shared goal, i.e. the loot.