A few things about me!
- 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?!
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!