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An introduction to a mad mac man

First posts are always awkward. They're like first dates when you know something about the person, but not a lot, or enough. But, they're one of the few chances you get to make introductions and set expectations.

 So, introductions...

I have, in one way or another, been doing hardware and software support for over twenty years. Some of it in the USAF, on B-1B bombers, most of it in the civilian world. Along with the Air Force, I've worked for:

  • A small city government as an IT technician 
  • A large research university as both an internal consultant to central IS and the IT manager for the university police department 
  • A small benefits outsourcing company building IVR applications on OS/2(!) 
  • A reasonably large life insurance company as the non-mainframe/non-windows guy with a fair bit of executive support thrown in 
  • A small scientific research company, (very handy to you have 75 people who can help you with your Calculus II class) 
  • A traveling instructor for a Mac-based seminar company 

In other words, while I'm here, primarily, to talk about Macs and how they relate to the IT world at large, I'm not "just a Mac guy". I haven't done it all, but I've done a lot.

 As far as what this blog is about, that's a post-to-post concept that depends on a few things. I don't just scan headlines for items of interest, there's enough people doing that now. I don't ignore the current state of the industry, but if all I do is repeat what someone else has said, then I'm rather redundant. I'll also be throwing in things I run into in my "real" job, (Director of IT for a medium-sized advertising firm in Tallahassee, FL), because I think real-world problems and answers give the blog more steak for the sizzle. If I happen across a particularly interesting product, or bit of scripting legerdemain, I'll throw those in as well. I've been both a n00b and a boss, so the occasional bit of management opining will show up here. I've spent a lot of time on things like SNMP and monitoring, (The sooner I know about a problem, the easier it is to solve. I like easy), so those items will make an appearance as appropriate. 

If you're getting the impression that this blog will jump all over the Mac/Apple IT space, that impression is correct. IT is not a one-trick pony, so trying to be one as a columnist/blogger would be a disservice to all of you. It would also make writing this a lot less fun for me.  Fortunately, considering the rather massive spread of topics under "Mac/Apple IT", I don't think this will be a problem for any of us. If a myna bird could be a Mac sysadmin, that bird and I would have much in common. 

 Oh...if you have a Mac/iPhone/iPad/Apple topic you'd specifically like me to talk about, please, feel free to put it in the comments. I like things like blogs to be a two-way street as much as possible.  

With that, I'll say "see you later", and thank the folks at IT world for letting me play in their playground. It's going to be fun.

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