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Keith Barrett
Worked at The Walt Disney Company
Attends ITIL, LAMP, Java, C, Linux, SQL, PHP, XML, HTML, GitHub, Wordpress, Broadcasting
Lives in Orlando, FL
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  • ITIL, LAMP, Java, C, Linux, SQL, PHP, XML, HTML, GitHub, Wordpress, Broadcasting
    Technology, 1980 - present
    Linux/LAMP/C Developer at Red Hat, IBM and DEC. Java/XML/SQL developer at Walt Disney Co. IT Projects Management at Walt Disney Co and Bayer Pharmaceuticals ($2Mil+). ITIL v3 Expert Certification. High Availability, Security & Architecture steering committees at Bayer and Red Hat. Corporate Blogger & Open Source community leader at Red Hat. Webmaster at KeithBarrett.com and Vidcastnetwork.com. Broadcaster and Internet show host at VidcastNetwork.com and TheTechBuzz.net
  • ITIL v3 Expert Certification
    CSME, 2012 - 2015
    ITIL Expert is the top certification in the IT industry.
  • RHCE
    Red Hat Employee, 1999 - 2001
    Was a Linux Engineer & Developer at Red Hat. Contributed to the actual content of the RHCE course.
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KeithBarrett, kgb, DisneyKeith, PlanetKeith
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Tech Thought Leader, IT Manager, Developer & Broadcaster with Social Media Influence
Introduction
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, #Rights / #Privacy, #Disney, #Google#GoogleGlass, #Humor #Geek and photos. You can learn more about me from interviews I did in 2010 2012, and 2013 (twice)

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Hangout Broadcasts

The easiest way to see my past hangouts is to visit them on the Vidcast Network site or the YouTube Channel.


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.


Google

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!


Prior Background

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-11s and VAX/VMS. I was one of the developers of DECmessageQ (aka BEAmessageQ), 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 and white-papers

[I was also the author of the original Internet FAQ for "The Prisoner" TV series, and a major contributor to the MST3k FAQ.]

Outside of work, I am an audio/video and home theater hobbyist, and a producer of video podcasts on The Vidcast Network. I've also studied sign language, in an independent film, and until 2007 I owned a Caterham Seven roadster. 


 
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Google+ Profile +KeithBarrett
Old Profile ID 105248484118148978714


Bragging rights
Original Google Glass Explorer • G+ User since 6/29/11 • 1st to stream Hangouts • 1st to host a NASA Hangout • Driven Disney World Monorail • Been on TWiT (4x) • Been on MST3k set • In IMDB (imdb.com/title/tt1806890)
Work
Occupation
IT Manager, Broadcaster & Developer with large Social Media Influence
Skills
IT Project Mgmt, ITIL, Security, High Availability, Social Media, Programming (C, PHP, SQL, Java, XML, HTML, CSS), Linux, TCP/IP Expert, Open Source, Mac OS X, Message Queuing, Eclipse, CVS, github, emacs, Wordpress, Live Streaming, Video Production
Employment
  • The Walt Disney Company
    Parks & Resorts Technology [retired], 2004 - 2015
    Development and support of tier-1 middleware revenue services and projects for global financial and ticketing transactions. Nominated for "Partners in Excellence" corporate award and letter of commendation from the VP of Walt Disney World Technology. Additional activities include internal Social Media and Open Source SME, PCI Compliance, Media/Press Event Liason, and Epcot Candlelight Processional Cast Choir.
  • Vidcast Network / Keith Barrett Online
    Founder, Owner, Producer, 2009 - 2015
    Journalist, broadcaster, video producer and web master for personal blog and live Internet shows. Hundreds of videos on Technology, Photography, Social Media, and Geek News. Frequent guest on Internet Shows and Podcasts.
  • IBM
    Linux Expert (Contracted), 2004 - 2004
    Converting proprietary POS products and technology to Suse Linux
  • Red Hat Software
    High Availability Technology Leader, Linux Developer, QA Tester, Community Blogger, 1999 - 2001
    Leader of Linux High Availability international team, Co-creator of the "Linux High Availability Server" product - the first "out of the box" secure Linux release, developer on "Piranha" Open Source project, QA Engineer on Linux 6.1 - 7.0 releases, corporate blogger and community manager.
  • Bayer Pharmaceuticals
    IT Project Manager / Infrastructure Architect, 1994 - 1999
    IT Project/Middle Manger for the hetrogenous LAN/WAN/Server infrastructure at 5 facilities in the Raleigh/RTP NC area for approximately 2000 users. Hands-on handled the architecture, security, network, deployment, support, and outsourcing responsibilities. Managed staff of 8 and operating budget of $1.2mil.
  • Digital Equipment Corporation
    Sr, Software Engineer, 1988 - 1993
    Co-author (in C language) of "DECmessageQ" (aka "BEAmessageQ") - the computer industry's first multi-platform message queuing middleware product. Also creator of the 3271 and 2780 protocol emulator products.
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Orlando, FL
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Raleigh, NC - Shelton, CT

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Understanding the new USA Freedom Act.
A bipartisan group of congressional leaders has reintroduced the USA Freedom Act.
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I wish Google+ would tell me WHY it's suggesting someone for me to circle. I'm sorry to say this is an area where LinkedIn and Facebook do a better job.
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When you go examine the profiles individually, but that doesn't help me in the list of suggestions
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More on Disney's Technology Layoffs

I am not one of the people who contributed to this article (or any), even anonymously, but I can confirm my personal experience of the layoffs matches what is reported, as well as my own performance reviews being excellent prior to it. It was also my uncomfortable observation the majority of the people I knew of were older, long-term staff. I don't believe +Patrick Thibodeau  knows that after 1/31 partnered technology placement firms were told they cannot hire the laid-off staff as contractors back into the company until 2016.

#wdw   #disney  
 
The layoff story at Disney
At the end of last October, IT employees at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts were called, one-by-one, into conference rooms to receive notice of their layoffs.
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Michael Eisner himself once told me that he didn't think Disney was a good place for people with IT careers. Disney is a hospitality and entertainment company, not a technology one. Even its HQ is in Hollywood. They view technology as something that once built they quickly want to turn the maintenance of over to someone else.

Disney's new CIO, Tilak Mandadi, is from American Express, and before that Enron. The financial industry is known for not being people friendly. He has no hospitality industry experience. In fact I have more career and hospitality IT experience than he does. Emerging Tech and Startup experienced too. I wrote about it here (sorry; its on Facebook, but it is public): https://www.facebook.com/keith.barrett/posts/10153636735751416?pnref=story

These were not done to outsource innovation; it was to cut costs. You can't increase innovation by replacing your most loyal staff with people just entering the workforce. I was only with Disney for 10.5 years, so I'm not part of the "Without Walt it's crap" group, but it is a completely different and less efficient company than when I joined, all due to outsourcing. 

I doubt anyone got more out of working at Disney than I did: https://plus.google.com/+KeithBarrett/posts/CEsJxvBQXKp
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It's a Trap!
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Wow. ..
Thanks for your heads-up Keith! Kiki 
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Beer Mug Pasta

Because in heaven there is no beer... mug pasta..
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Seating Available

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2.5D Manga

This is amazing! It's a mash up of 2D and 3D imagery. I'm following now.

#manga
Manga is flat. It’s on printed paper. It’s two-dimensional. This manga is somewhat different and totally wonderful.
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Apple Watch Incompatible with Tattoos?

#applewatch   #apple   #tattoo   cc: +Virginia Poltrack 
If you have a tattoos or darker skin, the Apple Watch might not do everything you bought it to do.
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2015 Florida Anime Experience

Here's my collection of photos from last week's FAE convention. I'm trying to expand myself as a photographer, so helpful feedback welcome :-)

#FAE   #FloridaAnime   #FloridaAnimeExperience   #Anime   #cosplay  
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Happy #caturday
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That looks like my aunt's new cat!
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Florida Anime Experience

This weekend I'll be taking photos at the Florida Anime Experience convention near Disney World.

#anime
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Ghost In The Shell Live Action

My favorite ‪anime‬ is finally becoming live action. Please don;t screw it up. I already think Olivia Wilde would have been a better choice.

#Ghostinthwshell   #gits   #anime  
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They couldn't find an Asian woman to play the Major? Really? They think fans won't care?

Bet there won't be any lines about the American Empire.
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