A Little About Me

I started using Linux in 1998. Microsoft Windows 98 was just coming out, but almost everyone was still using Windows 95. I new that I wanted to be in system administration (before I even knew what that was), but I wasn’t really crazy about Microsoft. I heard about this operating system called Linux and found a copy of RedHat 5.1 in my university’s bookstore. I took it home and started trying to figure out how to connect it to the Internet using my super-fast 56k dial-up modem. I started looking online and came across an “all Linux ISP” called hex.net. I immediately called the guy up and told him I wanted to learn everything I could about Linux. The owner, Stephen Denny, was running the whole operation out of his duplex garage in Grapevine, Texas. Stephen was an incredible mentor and helped me piece together the gaps between what I was reading and what I needed to know in the real world. The next thing I knew, I was the system administrator for the company and building a new website, dial-in servers, web servers, email servers, ftp servers, provding tech support to customers, provisioning new lines, configuring routers and just about everything else.

Two years later, we had merged with a larger ISP and I became the Network operations manager. At the time we were receiving so many requests from small businesses for Linux services that I decided to go off and start my own Linux consulting business.

I have helped many small businesses such as Credit Unions, an airline, a couple of different pizza chains, a vending machine franchise, educational partners, printers, retailers, webhosts and so many companies just like yours solve complex business needs using Linux.

I am passionate about what I do. I’ve been doing it for over 20 years.