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An introduction to a mad mac man

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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. 

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