About Me

A few things about me!

I can’t take a serious picture.
  • I was born in the early 90’s. I grew up using dial-up (for way too long, I might add).
  • Windows 95 was my first OS. Windows 98 came shortly after.
    • I was exposed to PC’s in school, and I enjoyed figuring out why they were slow, doing updates, LAN games, etc.
  • By now, I had my first video game for a PC… Roller Coaster Tycoon! Many, many hours were spent on this – among other games (on 3.5″ floppy discs).
  • After my parents got a new PC, I used it (a lot more than them!) to play Starcraft. My love for online games (and technology) were born.

 

 


Throughout my years of adolescence, I played a lot of games:
  • StarCraft games (thousands of hours!), Warcraft III (no WoW for me).
  • Diablo II. Many, many hours in this + LOD! (Lord of Destruction)
  • Counter-Strike 1.6 & Counter-Strike Source. CAL Open/IM, and CAL M for CS:S.

Enough about games, what about the technical stuff? How did that start?

I had built many (budget, celeron, very low end Core 2 Duo, etc) PC’s… but never anything crazy. I enjoyed it, but money was a limiting factor so I usually just helped build, tweak, fix, repair, etc – in my spare time I would code, host dedicated gaming servers, provision websites, dabble with code (not my forte I quickly learned).

What about school?

I attended a great school – Texas State Technical College in Waco. I got an Associates degree in Computer & Network Systems Administration!

I learned about Active Directory, Windows Server OS maintenance, High Performance Computing, Networking, took a lot of courses to get my CCNA (which I never got, heh), the OSI model, virtualization, etc.

After school, did you become a millionaire?!

No. 🙁

I did, however, become fully employed.
I worked for an Electric Cooperative, a Managed Service Provider, did a lot of consulting on the side, messed with labs, worked for a company proficient in datacenter automation, fabric design, etc.

So what do you like about IT, David?

My career has been crazy so far – I’m still not sure what direction I want to go, but I do know that what thrills me is the “mobility” – complex, real world problems of real challenges from a technical perspective, and trying to solve them.

I love, for example, a lot of the features that the Azure AD App Proxy brings.

Overall, though, I love the problem solving. Complex issues are my favorite thing – learning is a great driver to keep myself on track.

What do you do now?

I work for Microsoft now, in the Microsoft Intune space – so you might see some Intune (and other EM+S) content finding its way here too!