Hello! Welcome to my Personal Website. And, make no mistake about it, this website is about me.
Part of the reason for this website is to show what I am capable of doing. It has been six years, and I am still very actively searching for employment. I want and need to contribute, but so far the thousands of applications I have submitted to hundreds of companies have been met with silence.
A large purpose of this website is to highlight and document my technical journey over the last 50 years, as well as to document my abilities for friends, associates, and even potential employers. However, along the way, I hope to not only make the stories interesting to read, but to provide insight and information about many of the specific technologies, pieces of equipment, gadgets and do-whickeys I have crossed paths with during those 50 years.
Being infatuated with Science, and especially technology since I was barely able to breath (Knee high to a bean stalk), I have covered a lot of ground. I have been blessed to live through an incredible period in the history of our technology. From the age of mechanical, to the age of information, I have not only experienced several generations of massive technical change, but I have been afforded the privilege of working with, tending to, and sometimes helping to create that technology.
Professionally, my work and job history is pretty concise. A number of “small” experiences while in school, A Mechanic’s “helper” at Clays Automotive for 3 years, a stint running my own repair shop during high school (which ended up being non-profit), 6 months repairing small engines, all led up to my graduation from High School (2-year vocational electronics), and my beginning an intense and thoroughly satisfying 6 year enlistment in the Navy. As a Fire Control technician (Missile), I joined the right program (advanced electronics) at just the right time, to enable my participation in some really cool stuff – which included lots of “expensive toys”, as we often called the Tartar Missile system.
Upon leaving the Navy, and spending a few months once again working in a repair shop – Cunningham’s Music Center in Athens, Oh – I joined the Associated Press. I spent the next 28 years of my life working as an AP Technician. Unfortunately technological change (which, up to that point had been wonderful to me), and, more importantly, a business change that saw AP getting out of the technology end of the business in the Mid – 2000′s, led to my loss of that position. I had thought I would retire from AP. Alas, that was not to be as the “internet explosion” changed forever the business models for the world of news. The restructuring of their business to maintaining far less equipment, and requiring far less technicians, combined with some physical challenges for me after heart surgery, left me no other reasonable options but to leave the company. A regrettable, but unavoidable, choice.
However, my personal interests and avocations, coincided directly with my professional life. It was, indeed, hard to separate the two. While working my “Day job” (Often also a “night job”) with the Associated Press, my spare hours were filled with even more technology, technical pursuits, building things and experimenting. Yes, I was, and still am, obsessed with it.
Another Part of the purpose of this website is, as with most blogs, as a sounding board for my opinions – good and bad, on whatever.
And, part of the purpose of this website is to highlight some of the things that bother me, or make me bitter about our recent fall from the middle class. Of all that has happened in our lives the past few years, there are only a couple, but those loom large in my psyche. For the most part, I do not lay any blame for where we ended up except in my own lap. I am the one who cannot find a employment, and I am not “entitled” to one. I am the one who is not contributing, and that is my fault. However, we have been taken advantage of a couple of times. Most specifically in the Foreclosure on our home that 5/3 bank aggressively pursued. It started because we wanted to simply delay a payment a couple weeks till I got my first paycheck. We were dangled a “carrot” and bit, not realizing the motivation behind it. Subsequently, Our case was damaged by an incompetent attorney – which was all we could afford. It was ignored and our rights were dismissed by the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas and The Judge who did not even consider our side, and rendered a decision based upon incorrect assumptions. Of that process I am extremely bitter and I DO feel wronged, by the bank, by our attorney, and especially by the court system. See “Loss of our home” in the left menu.
OK, While I am at it, I am mad at, and blame, a little bit, Techskills. I have been involved in Networking since, well, honestly, they began. I have a very deep understanding of both TCP/IP and Ethernet. I have Designed and installed many ethernet networks, and configured plenty of routers, switches (especially switches), bridges, and the rest of the shebang. However, most of the AP (and member) equipment was NOT Cisco (mostly Bay Networks). So I have little experience with the Cisco IOS. Early on in my job hunt, I decided a Certification, specifically a CCNA/CCNP would be a boon to that effort. I made the mistake of enrolling in Techskills to brush up, learn the IOS Syntax, and get the certificate. That was the WORST learning experience of my lifetime. The place was horrible, and the instruction non-existant. I literally ran out of time with about 6 hours worth of work left to do, I was at the very end of the course, with very good scores, and they kicked me out. Lock, stock and no certificate. You can read the letter I sent them soon after, and which, I have continued to send about every 6 months. I have yet to get a response. Oh well: Read my “review”: techskills-my-bad-experience