I'm an IT Infrastructure Security and Systems Management Architect. For best results both of these fields need to work hand-in-hand, just like chocolate & peanut butter.
Geek! I am a dedicated gadget freak and recently changed religions having converted almost all of my computing needs over to Android, Chrome and Linux from Windows. I'm currently sporting a much loved Nexus 7 (2013), a Nexus 4 and a MacBook Air.
On a more personal level I'm an avid photographer and outdoor enthusiast who enjoys wilderness canoeing and backpacking. My favourite home away from home is the interior of Algonquin Park. Three days in that park is more relaxing and revitalizing to me than a whole week at resort lying on the beach.
My wife and I live out in the country, with a network of 100's of kilometers of beautiful trails just a few steps from outside our door. Almost every day I'm on one of them walking my dogs, riding my bike, or, in the winter, cross-country skiing. Yet, we are less than 10 minutes away from a Costco, Home Depot, Vintages Wine Store and one of the best cafe's on the planet: Detour Cafe
. For business travel I even have quick access to three airports.
Coffee! Does it really taste that good, or does the caffeine simply trick our brains into thinking that it is? Doesn't matter, I love it anyway. I'm very fussy about the beans that I buy; I get them from a local roasters and prefer them between 8 to 10 days off roast. I hold them there for as long as possible by splitting the package up then vacuum packing and freezing them. Would you believe that I'm still enjoying espresso from a dry processed Yirgacheffe that I bought and packaged this way over three years ago!? The trick is to keep the whole beans in the freezer until the night before you need them, maintaining the vacuum seal until they come up to room temperature. My standard drink in the morning is a cappuccino, in the afternoon a mochaccino.
Wine! I have this crazy memory for the wines that I drink. You know how some people never forget a face? Well, I never forget a wine or the label on a wine bottle. I'm into big, heavy, meaty, almost chewy reds. In general I prefer Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot from California, Malbec from Argentina, Shiraz from Australia, Brunello di Montalcino from Italy, and Margaux from France. Locally, we have some outstanding wineries in the Niagara Region, less than an hours' drive from home. For now they are just local secrets, but soon you'll be hearing more about them.
Circles To Add Me To:
- Android / Mobility / BYOD
- Technology / Gadgets
- InfoSec / Enterprise Systems Management
- Post-PC Era (yes it's already here)
- Adventure Travel / Canoeing / Backpacking
- B&W Photography
- Cooking / Food / Recipes / Sous Vide
- Home Brewing: Wine & Beer
- Coffee / Espresso
- Wine tasting
Are You Still Here?
If you've gotten this far then you may be interested in watching this 3 minute video that I recently shot of myself. It highlights some of my professional background as well as some of the challenges that I see with securing/managing mobile devices in the Post-PC Era. Me in a nutshell