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born
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grew up in TV repairman's
spare parts nirvana -------------- learned morse code
(my grandpa)
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was told I could do anything i wanted
 
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explained to other grandpa I was smarter than him
 
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| | played lots of Qbert skipped 2nd grade
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learned the violin mastered PrintShop and games on Apple ][e |
| | Told middle school teacher to shut up
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lab partner, who was crying
got really good at violin had a 386 in my room
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spent all free time became home sysadmin for got really good grades
on violin computer and printer and enough financial aid
to go to college out of state
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Attended the University of Oregon!
Home of A Really Fast Research Network, 6bone
and the Computing Center.
 
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Majored in Chemistry
 
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got into indie rock, started an athiest club, worked at Dunkin' Donuts met, befriended,
twee, prog rock, attended conferences dated a UNIX hacker
punk, post-punk, |
experimental and more | | |
classical music | | |
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went to lots and lots wrote for several college Hated it. learned about usenet,
of shows newspapers and magazines got several UNIX accounts,
got caught trolling
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| | set up first computer
| | installed slackware from floppies
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befriended a network hung out with polysci majors got a helpdesk job at
hacker and student gov't ppl a law school.
 
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| started posting on ASUO boss quit. promoted to
| usenet groups about student fees. sysadmin of Novell network,
| law school email, Macs
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failed several classes.
retook classes and then decided
to reprioritize.
 
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focused on linux systems (all spare money spent on upgrading computers)
ran for student government; served on a finance committee, student and university senate
changed major to computer science
learned C, C++, Java and a little perl
went to LISA twice as a student, first sysadmin conference
was first network security student employee; worked with FBI, security features for UNIX systems
wrote undergrad thesis on monitoring system using petri nets for anomaly detection
 
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graduated. applied for jobs.
got massively lowballed by a SV sysadmin company (compared notes with male friends)
read Perl in 21 days before interview at Intel listing perl as #1 job qualification.
took job at Intel
 
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got a crappy perl script accepted as a contribution to RRDTool, my favorite network tool
... and the rest, is:
 
perl
cisco, cisco, cisco
mysql
ruby (briefly)
objective C (briefly)
hardware controls (heat treat, lasers)
java (again :()
 
postgresql -> for 8 years now
python

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