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January 13, 2003

Here Goes

My first weblog. Where will this go? I am a web designer who got snagged by a deeper, and more fulfilling path as a technology jack-of-all-trades. Back in the web-crazed 90s, it was an easier switch. My tools then contained Dreamweaver, Photoshop and an ftp client. I gradually shifted my tools from static html to scripted languages just one step above HTML like ColdFusion, PHP and Perl. I've kept some of that in the toolbox, but have expanded into a skillset that includes managing firewalls, setting up secure tunnels, pinpointing memory and cpu usage issues, replacing disks in RAID configurations, designing databases and setting up console servers.

My origins aren't as noble as the CS major who worked 72 hours straight to finish the final project. I spent one all-nighter doing the layout on a brochure for a local company, and building a complimentary site. Yet I have something to offer . . .

I have come a long way since those days, almost 9 years of experience with design and usability, 5 years of scripting and database design, and 3 years of combining web-services programming with Linux/Unix system administration. It's been a rewarding road.

This weblog serves as a place to comment on learning experiences as an IT professional who is pulling together a foundation which is being built dynamically as time requires.

Posted by mike at January 13, 2003 5:16 PM