I find myself between contracts on occasion. If there were something, that is a good match for my skills and talents, I would love the opportunity to speak with them or you about it.
As a seasoned professional, I bring many things to the table.
I started working with computers when DOS was in its infancy; nobody knew who Bill Gates was and Wang, IBM and Xerox were the major players with Atari, Tandy and the Commodore PET was in vogue for the affluent home user.
Steve Jobs had just stopped being a criminal with his phone freaking hardware, but still was a nobody, while building the first apple in his garage.
BBS’s or Bulletin Boards hanging off a POTS line at 300baud were the standard. 1200 baud was certainly not common as some were still using acoustical modems.
Al Gore had not invented the internet yet…
Main Frames were what most companies used complete with water-cooling.
Networks went from different coaxial types for the physical layer. Arc net was the least expensive, Ethernet was still in the works, and Token ring, IBM’s idea was the standard; but few could afford it.
Starting on the ground floor of this industry, leaving a rather successful career in electronics was a valuable experience for me.
Witnessing the demise of the typewriter, dictation equipment, Gregg Shorthand and the secretarial pool replaced with high-powered laptops and smartphones has been quite the thing to see.
The cost of one business letter in the 70’s was well over $100 in 1970’s dollars. Today a quick e-mail re-defined the way we communicate. In today’s 2016 dollar, that is $627.38…
If you do not believe me about the price of a business letter, ask me about it. I was there.
The first virus I fought was before there was anti-virus software. The cleverest virus I fought was the “pong” virus. Modeled after the Pong game, one would be working in some program and a ball resembling the ball in pong would appear. As it struck a character, the character would fall to the bottom of the screen. This of course was destroying your document but at least you had some entertainment while it did it.
Moving from the XT Based 8086 systems in the late 70’s up to the recent, has been a nice ride and I have enjoyed being part of that evolution. As hardware hits the brick walls of physics and bigger better faster slows down, software must carry the advancements forward until such a time that chip manufacturers figure out how to get more speed and throughput maximizing everything from RAM to video and disc performance. Embracing advancements while constantly positioning the company strategically ahead of the curve, but not on the bleeding edge is my long-standing history.
Once included in your world, seamlessly; I will become part of that world knowing your business and how technology fits.
While focusing more on business applications vs wiz bang hardware, I specialize in providing an ROI to the people who have to pay for it. Is this technology necessary? How will it help? Will it prepare me to transition in the future?
Spending much of my life with technology, I have run a business now for the last 10 years providing ad-hoc IT services, while performing disaster recovery services.
My specialties include, but are not are limited to:
- Over 30 years hands-on IT projects.
- Over 15 years in Management.
- Data Center design and installation
- Fire retardant
- ADA compliance
- Security design and audits
- Physical security design
- Disaster Recovery
- Best Practice
- Business Acumen
- Compliance issues with SOX or other regulations, as the need requires.
- Visionary and forward “out of the box” thinker.
From the desktop to the cloud, I have it covered.
Some of the typical calls I receive while on site.
- The internet is slow.
- The server crashes.
- We think we might have a virus.
- This computer cant “see” the printer.
- I don’t know what we have?
- I thought we paid for that software?
- Somehow this computer got hacked.
- Cant get on the Internet..
If these sound familiar the underlying causes may surprise you.
Through best practice, a complete inventory of your hardware and software it usually does not take long to figure out why?
Lack of documentation is generally the common denominator.
From a startup that just needs things set up right the first time, to a company that let some family member set it up, and now needs help, I am your person. No sugar coating…
This letter is meant for those of you who see my profile on Linked in and wonder if I am available. Drop me a note, I might be!
Unlike others who will blow smoke, I will not. If you are seeking a trip to the moon with funding for the carnival, I will tell you. If I cannot help you, I will not waste your time. I know many people in the industry, I might simply refer you.
As someone who has written many job descriptions, hired and let go more than I care to think about, I am a tried and tested realist. I find options for you, and then you decide.