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Keith Barrett
Worked at The Walt Disney Company
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Education
  • ITIL v3 Expert Certification
    CSME, 2012 - present
    ITIL Expert is the top certification in the IT industry. It is a framework for designing, deployment and supporting all IT services and working with the CEO on solving business goals.
  • LAMP, Java, C, Linux, SQL, PHP, XML, GitHub, Wordpress, Broadcasting, Video
    Technology, 1994 - present
    LAMP/C Developer at Red Hat, IBM and DEC. Java developer at Walt Disney Co. IT Projects Management at Walt Disney Co and Bayer Pharmaceuticals ($2Mil+). ITIL v3 Expert Certification. TOGAF 9 trained. 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
  • Entrprising the Workplace
    TOGAF 9, 2012 - 2013
  • KEANE Project Management
    Project Management, 1998 - 1999
  • CISCO
    Advanced Router Mgmt, 1998 - 1998
    CISCO Router & EIGRP Management.
  • RHCE
    Red Hat Employee, 1999 - 2001
    Linux Developer at Red Hat. Contributed to the actual content of the RHCE course.
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IT Leader, Developer, Social Media SME
Introduction
Business Technology Leader, IT Project Manager, Developer and Social Media Strategist. 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."

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)

Past Google+ Recognitions
I was a Google Glass Community Leader and curently manage the Google+ Glass Owners Community


Hiring Me

Currently I'm freelance, open to opportunities in the Orlando area, or long-term in Raleigh or Atlanta. My most recent career responsibilities have been in IT Leadership (Manager, Project Manager, Security/Compliance, Disaster Recovery, Network Architecture) because of their diverse responsibilities and authority, and I can apply my ITIL Expert certification, and TOGAF 9 & Project Management training. This includes over 10 years at Disney, 5 at Bayer, and 1 at the USPS with a government "sensitive" security clearance. However I also have over 15 years Linux programming experience (C, Java, SQL, PHP), including Red Hat, and 9 years Social Media Strategy experience, so I thrive most in jobs that require wearing multiple hats.

My programming expertise is in systems level, SaaS or Middleware. I'm a full-stack back-end or API guy. I have expert Unix, Linux, C and TCP/IP V4 skills, and average PHP, XML, SQL, REST and Java skills. I also enjoy Ruby. You can visit my GitHub repository.

You can reach me via privste G+ post, my Linkedin profile, or a shout out on Twitter.


The Walt Disney Company

I was employed at The Walt Disney Company for over 10 years in Technology, as a developer and project manager for high-availability revenue services. My title and responsibilities there kept changing and I often wore multiple hats. I worked in Parks & Resorts Technology performing Software Development, SaaS Support and  Project Management depending on need. Some of the projects I personally handled include platform migration to Linux and Oracle for thousands of users, the roll-out of the first Gift Card service at Disney World, introducing end-to-end certification testing to ticketing, and automating manual bulk ticketing processes. I was also a SME for Linux, Open Source and Social Media.

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 there my activities were not limited to my position. I also did press support at large media events, helped in the theme parks during the holidays, 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. 

After nearly 11 years I unexpectedly had to leave Disney in 2015 when a controversial outsourcing to India H-1B contractors resulted in over 250 highly talented professionals (mostly older staff with the company 10+ years or over 40 years of age) were laid-off or forced to retire to cut payroll and pension costs. Most or all of these people had consistent and recent top performance reviews. To make matters worse, all were given minimal severance, many were required to train their inexperienced replacements before leaving, some were even blocked from returning (to prevent their seniority and pension from being "bridged" back in or to avoid the appearance their skills were still needed), and this all occurred during record company profits. When the public learned of this from a NY Times story, it resulted lawsuits and a government investigation into H-1B visa abuse. This was an unfortunate and disappointing end to my career there, but the experience was educational and has made me an advocate for fixing the H-1B system.


Red Hat, IBM, Linux and Open Source

I've been part of Linux and Open Source since Linus first released kernel 0.99pl3 on USENET while in college and Richard Stallman began FSF. I was a SCSI driver beta tester back then, and I hosted a USENET newsgroup server for the Waterbury CT area.

Because of my long history with Linux and Open Source (rated "Master" by my peers), TCP/IP, high-availability services and cluster systems (I was once a middleware engineer at DEC) I became Red Hat employee #121 as a developer on the Piranha Open Source project, then later the team leader of Linux High-Availability services. I created the Linux High Availability Server product, the first "out of the box" secure Linux system, and I authored much of the product manual and white-papers. I was also project manager for global EXT3 beta testing, a corporate blogger and community manager for some Open Source projects, and QA tester for RH Linux V6-V7. This started while Bob Young was in charge and my team included well-known people like the creator of LVS, and Stephen Tweedie (creator of EXT2).

During Red Hat's rapid global expansion in 2000 (we were buying a company almost every week) we merged our HA technologies with acquisitions from other companies into the core Linux product. In 2001 the "dot com" bubble burst, forcing Red Hat to shutdown some projects and layoff engineers, including the HA team.


After Red Hat I continued Linux contracting at municipalities and IBM, created infrastructure at Bayer based on Linux, and pushed for the adoption of Linux and Open Source at Disney.

Google

Many people think I work at Google. I have a great relationship with them and many friends there, some who use to work with me at Red Hat, but I've never worked for them. I have interviewed there twice, but it didn't work out because they required relocation to California. I prefer the east coast (NC/GA area) and Google doesn't hire for telecommuting (which always struck me as odd, especially today, since telecommuting has never been easier).

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 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. One of the most memorable times in my career.

All these great people is what made Google what it is. Thank you Googlers!


Bayer Pharmaceuticals

When I joined Bayer's Pharmaceutical Biologicals division (originally as a contractor), they had just ethernet connected all the desktops and badly needed someone to turn stand-alone PCs to a LAN/Server infrastructure. The department had no staff or budget, but within 5 months I hands-on created the entire environment using open Source, Linux, TCP/IP services, recycled hardware and architecture based on the Internet, I used NFS and Samba file services, military time sync, DNS, print services, shared CD-ROM towers, Microsoft Domain sign-on, remote patching & installations, intranet web services, documentation sharing, automated backups, email and more. I completed this with less finances than corporate used just to evaluate things. I was hired and rapidly promoted to department project manager, where over 5 years I created a team, cleaned up the wiring and data center, managed the routers, outsourced PC and network support, implemented standards, formed a help desk, handled GMP compliance, controlled technology evaluation and purchase, wired 12 new buildings, created business continuity & disaster recovery plans, created another data center, lead corporate steering committees on Security and Architecture, created the new division HQ, and much more. By the time I left to join Red Hat, I had signatory authority of $10k, a staff of 8 direct reports, my own office, shared admin assistant, and managed an annual budget over $1.2Mil and projects over $2Mil. This is an example how valuable my diverse experience is in software and hardware technologies can be, and how well I work when given the authority.

This is a great example of the opportunities I seek in my career. I appreciate the freedom to identify and address problems.


Earlier Career

I've worked primarily in software development and infrastructure support, for Fortune 500s and leaders in the software, manufacturing, hospitality and pharmaceutical industries. This included startups, such as Red Hat, and large Enterprises like IBM, Bayer, DEC, and Disney. I've also done  government contracting for the USPS (with a "sensitive" security clearance) and the Town of North Haven CT. Add to that my long personal experience in video broadcasting and you see why I have an unusually wide range of experiences and creative input in my work

My career 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 the author of the original Internet FAQ for "The Prisoner" TV series, and a major contributor to the MST3k FAQ.


 
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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)
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IT Manager, Project Manager, Programmer & Social Media Strategist
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, 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
    Founder, Owner, Producer, 2009 - 2014
    Blogger, broadcaster, photographer, video producer and web master for VidcastNetwork.com and KeithBarrett.com. Hundreds of videos on Technology, Photography, Social Media, and Geek News. Guest on hundreds of Internet Shows and Podcasts.
  • IBM
    Linux Expert (Contracted), 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.
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Orlando, FL
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Raleigh, NC - Shelton, CT

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Indian IT Outsourcing Landscape Is Changing

There have been several Visa/India-IT-Outsourcing news stories this week. Here are some bullets from them and one of the stories.

- The Indian IT industry has avoided its own government regulatory oversight concerning labor and this is expected to change eventually.

- The cost savings of outsourcing to Indian IT labor is less than half of what it was just 3 years ago, dropping from 80% to 30% according to IBM who have physical offices in India, and is still rapidly decreasing. As the labor pool there increasingly dries up, competition and market forces are causing employment compensation to rise.

- Companies are learning that the needs of IT cannot be addressed simply by large volumes of low-cost labor. There are skills and risk savings that come only with years of experience.

- [Due to the Disney layoffs and the Presidential campaigns] public awareness of H-1B abuse and American job loss is greater than it has been in the past 9 years, putting pressure on visa laws to become tougher. Some replaced employees have refused gag orders to keep such replacements quiet. There is also an increasing government concern about the privacy and security of legally protected data.

- The technology experience and skills needed by companies (architecting, cloud services, innovative thinking) exceeds what is commonly provided by Indian contracting. India IT bulk labor providers are attempting to address this with new types of training.

#Disney #h1b #technology #tech  
Headline-grabbing layoffs could bring unwanted attention to the freewheeling industry.
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There have been rumblings about the outsourcing crisis in the UK where it was prevalent in the late 90s-early 2000s. As the management goes to retire, there are no younger workers to replace them, as the work done by younger IT workers had been outsourced to save money. Companies are now scrambling to find experienced management and the true cost of outsourcing is becoming more obvious. 
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Bill Clinton Paid $250k By HCL To Promote Indian H-1B Outsourcing Of Tech Jobs

HCL, the Indian outsourcing firm #Disney Parks Technology used to replace their staff, paid Bill Clinton $260k to speak at Disney World in promotion of #H1B
Report: Top H-1B Outsourcing Firm Paid Bill Clinton $260K for Speech During Hillary's Tenure at State Dept
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Selling us out
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Fellow Introverts Will Appreciate This
Many introverts excel at running their own startups or being self-employed. Here's a list of low-cost business ideas that maximize on the skills of introversion for under $1,000.
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Change Your Twitter Credentials

Time to change your Twitter passwords, and Twitter profile "apps" settings for outdated or risky connections. Also any service you use the same email/account-name and password combinations on.

http://techcrunch.com/2016/06/08/twitter-hack/
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23 Former Disney IT Professionals Replaced By Indian H1-B Contractors Prepare To Sue
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23 Disney IT workers prepare to sue over foreign replacements Twenty three former Disney IT (Information Technology) employees have filed complaints with the federal Equal Employment opportunity Commission over the Failure o...
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Hillary Clinton's Interview About Immigration, Disney and H-1B

Computerworld article by +Patrick Thibodeau summarizing Clinton's recent interview, and includes reactions from me and other tech industry professionals.

She starts off with understanding about the problem, but then dismisses it as collateral damage to the bigger issue of undocumented aliens. I think it's safe to say don't expect her to do anything about the STEM job replacement problem.

#technology #tech #disney #h1b  
Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Monday criticized the replacement of U.S. IT workers by foreign labor but did not offer a plan to fix it.
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H-1B is a visa meant to be used to hire skilled staff when they cannot be found locally. It's meant to help fill a skills gap. However it's no longer being used that way:
(1) Companies are avoiding the "hire" and "search" requirements by outsourcing to Indian companies incorporated in the U.S. who specialize in providing bulk tech labor. By laundering through a 3rd party, each player claims to be legally compliant while violating the rules for the visa.
(2) These Indian companies (HCL, Cognizant, Tata, Infosys) are not required to comply with EEOC and diversity laws, and are more than 95% staffed by H-1B labor, and they are not treated very well. They also consume over 85% of the H-1B visas, leaving only 15% for the purpose they were meant for.
(3) Since H-1B visa salaries are capped at $60k/yr, they are cheap labor below market value. Companies are using this to cut payroll costs by "outsourcing" to these bulk labor providers, then laying off their own higher paid employees. Americans are losing STEM jobs by the hundreds of thousands each year. Here's what happened to me and 250 friends: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/04/us/last-task-after-layoff-at-disney-train-foreign-replacements.html?_r=0
(4) Because of this outsourcing penalizes people the longer you work in your career or the more sucessful you become (because you also become more expensive), and because it's causing STEM salaries to drop nearly in half what they were just 20 years ago, even though the demand for skilled labor is exponentionally higher, Americans are walking away from STEM as a career choice.
(5) It's also creating a large security risk because all your data (credit cards, medical, employment records, etc.) is being access by foreign contractors on the other side of the planet in politically hostile countries when it comes to privacy and security.
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Woman wins $10,000 judgment against Microsoft for forced Windows 10 upgrade - ExtremeTech http://nzzl.us/WF5MJyl via @nuzzel
Microsoft's Windows 10 upgrade policies have been controversial, but one woman managed to hold the company accountable for issues associated with the process. A $10,000 judgment won't hurt the company financially, but could it serve as a wake-up call?
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Great!!!
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Alligtor Drags 2 Yrs Old Into Disney World Grand Floridian Lagoon

#Disney #wdw  
A 2-year-old Nebraska boy has been attacked and dragged into the water by an alligator at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. More than 50 deputies are searching to rescue the child on Wednesday morning, WFTV reports.
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+Matt Davis there's lots of alligators in it so I don't know what you're talking about 45 years of existence no alligators. Birds pick up baby alligators from one part they fall out into the water all of a sudden you have alligators
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How To Get A Disney IT Job, Updated From 2009

I've updated an article I wrote in 2009 to help people get technology jobs at Disney World. Sadly, you can really see how much the company has changed in just 6 years.

#disney #h1b  
Keith Barrett gives some practical advice on how to gain employment at Walt Disney World IT.
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Get Indian citizenship and apply for h1-b visa?

Ok, now I'll read the post.
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The Tech Buzz "Weekly Roundup" #96

My appearance on "Weekly Roundup" this week.

#tech #technology #technews #technologynews #security #apple #linkedin  
On TTB "Weekly Roundup" 96 Keith Barrett, Stephen Heywood, Mike Myers talk about Apple tech, LinkedIn security, Zuckerberg hacked, Instagram's changes & more. Continue reading →
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Is Instagram Becoming The Next Foursquare?
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I've started playing with Swarm again to see if it's of any value to me.
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