About me

How it started

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I grew up with computers and around technology.  One of my uncle, Richard not to say his name, was working in this field and was kind enough to share his knowledge with me.  He taught  me everything I had to know back then and he answered all of my question about computers.  This is how everything started!  My first real computer was a Tandy 128k believe it or not!

I now have more than 25 years of experience with computers and in IT in general.  I started expanding my knowledge when I decided to learn and experiment with Bulletin Board System (BBS) back when I was a teenager, way before the Internet!  It worked out well for me, to the point where I became a System Operator (SysOp), operating my own BBS under the Renegade Software.  


Training / Experience

I graduated as a Network Administrator back in 2001, thanks to my uncle Richard (again) who supported and guided me through that.  Without him I don't think I would be in this position today. 

I worked with many Operating Systems starting with MS-DOS up to Microsoft Windows 2008 Servers and everything in between.  Although I am far from being an expert, I worked with a variety of Linux Systems / version and with Mac OS X as well.

On the hardware side, I started my learning curve with my Tandy 128k (commonly known as coco3, the one loading programs from a cassette recorder lol) then I upgraded to a 386SX-25mhz where my first task was to upgrade the RAM.  Since then, I did pretty much everything going from upgrading and / or fixing machine up to building entire computers from scratch.

Over the years I received many courses / trainings, Microsoft, Cisco, Linux, Dell, Networking, etc.  I found work as an IT Technician / Technical Support in a Engineer firm in 2001 before transitioning as a Network Administrator for a transport company where I managed a Wide Area Network (WAN) in 2002.  Few years later I started my first company and a year or so later I started a second one which I merged with my first company and became one incorporated entity.

In 2008, I made a big decision and changed vocation. Although I was not working in IT anymore, I kept my skills up to date as much as I could. In 2015 my career took another turn bringing me close to the World I knew - IT! In 2020 I became a Forensic Analyst.

Over the years I obtained many certifications:

  • 2001 - Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP);
  • 2001 - Dell Premier Access Certification on Dell Workstation, Optiplex, Dimension and Latitude Notbook;
  • 2015 - CompTIA A+ and N+;
  • 2016 - Computer Forensic Examiner Certification;
  • 2019 - BlackLight Examiner Certification;

I am currently enrollded with Magnet Forensics where I am taking courses to develop and improved my skills as a Forensic Analyst.

I still spend a lot of time hands on, mostly working on my personal setup, qualified by some of my friends as "overkill" but it helps me stay on top of my networking skills! If you take a look at my Blog, you'll find interesting articles on miscellaneous technical topics.


 


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