IT Leader and Project Mgr (formally with Walt Disney Co & Bayer) with large Social Media Influence and a passion for emerging technology • Linux Developer (formally with Red Hat) • Social Media SME • Broadcaster & Owner of The Vidcast Network • Blogger • Photography Enthusiast
"The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. That's the dilemma of being an early adopter." - Me
I AM ALSO A GOOGLE GLASS COMMUNITY LEADER and manage the Google+ Glass Owners Community_
Thank you for viewing my profile. I try to share informative and entertaining information, often of my own authorship. If you'd like to CIRCLE me, I'd tend to post about #Technology
, #Social Media
, #Humor #Geek
and photos. You can learn more about me from interviews I did in 2010
, and 2013
G+ Related Recognition
The Walt Disney Company
I worked at The Walt Disney Company for over 10 years in technology revenue service sustainment, projects and development until 2015, when internal service outsourcing resulted in early retirement. My title and responsibilities kept changing during that time, but basically I was an individual contributor or team leader in Parks & Resorts Technology performing Software Development, Service Support and Project Management depending on need. Some of the projects I personally handled include platform migration to Linux and Oracle, the rollout of the first Gift Card services at Disney World, and automating manual bulk processes.
Disney World provided a wealth of technology distraction and professional opportunity [not to mention 43+ square miles of theme park property to enjoy]. And like many at Disney my activities were not limited to my position. I also did press support at media events, helped in the theme parks, volunteered at "Give Kids The World Village", participated on creative solutions teams, assisted friends and families when they visited, beta tested new services and attractions, contributed to internal social media (I had one of the largest followings in the company), and sang in the Epcot Candlelight Processional Choir.
Red Hat, Linux and Open Source
I've been part of Linux and Open Source since Linus first released kernel 0.99pl3 on USENET and Stallman started FSF. I was a SCSI driver beta tester back then, and I ran a free newsgroup server for the Waterbury CT area. I'm experienced with Jana, SLS, Slackware, Debian, Red Hat, Fedora, Knoppix and Ubuntu releases. On "Advogato" I'm rated by my peers as a "Master" of Linux
Because of my extensive backgrounds in Linux, middleware messaging, tcp/ip, high availability and cluster systems (I was a VMS middleware engineer at DEC in a previous life), I joined Red Hat in 1999 as employee #121 and Team Leader for developing High Availability services in Linux. This was when Bob Young was still in charge and my team included well-known people like the creator of LVS, and Stephen Tweedie (creator of EXT2). I was a core developer of the Piranha Open Source project, co-creator of the "Red Hat High Availability Server" product (defeating competitor Turbo Linux), project manager for global EXT3 beta testing, blogger and community manager for several Open Source projects, and QA tester for RH Linux V6-V7. During Red Hat's global expansion in 2000 we merged our HA technologies with acquisitions from other companies (such as "Mission Critical"), or into the core Linux product. In 2001 the "dot com" bubble collapsed, forcing Red Hat to shutdown some projects and layoff Engineers, including the HA team.
Although I have a great relationship with Google and have many friends there (some who use to work with me at Red Hat), I've never worked for them. I'd like to; I've even interviewed with them twice, but the biggest obstacle has always been my unwillingness to relocate my family to California without compensation greater than I'm probably worth (blame Wall Street; the housing market collapse had a major impact on us financially). Google doesn't hire for telecommuting (which always struck me as odd).
Despite not working for Google, Googlers have been incredibly kind to me. My friend Adrian invited me to the beta launch of Google Wave, Ingress and Google+, Vic Gundotra
helped place me on the "Google+ Suggested Users" list for Technology (as well as he and Bradley Horowitz connecting me with people to help resolve problems), Chee Chew
supported me during the beta launches of Hangouts and Hangouts on air and during my show broadcasts, and I can't forget the Google Glass Team
- they allowed me to be one of the first to own the device, designated me a Glass Community Leader, gave me a tour of the Googleplex, and introduced me to all the Glass developers.
All these great people are why I'd love to work there someday. Thank you Googlers!
I've worked primarily in technology development and infrastructure support for leaders in the computer, municipal, retail, financial,
pharmaceutical, hospitality, and entertainment industries, at both large corporations and start-ups. This is why I have an unusual range of experiences and creative input. I also have a significant history in social networking and live broadcast production.
I began at DEC
programming on PDP-11
s and VAX/VMS
. I was one of the developers of DECmessageQ
), the computer industry's first multi-platform messaging middleware. I was also one of the world's earliest adopters and beta testers of Linux
(v0.99pl3 circa 1992) directly from Linus on USENET. At Bayer
I designed, built and supported High Availability Enterprise Infrastructures at facilities in NC. Because of my long history
with Open Source (rated "Master"
by my peers), I became Red Hat
employee #121 as their High Availability Services Team Leader on the Piranha
Open Source project. I created the Linux High Availability Server
product, the first "out of the box" secure Linux system, and I authored of much of the product manual
[I was also the author of the original Internet FAQ for "The Prisoner" TV series, and a major contributor to the MST3k FAQ.]
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