I have been working professionally as a Linux Sysadmin for the past 12 years. This includes working at several fast growing startups, two government departments, and a nonprofit. The bulk of my experience was obtained working as a Support Analyst at the National Research Council's Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics (NRC-HIA), for the Canadian Astronomy Data Centre (CADC). I helped look after data acquisition servers, those being the web, processing, and storage infrastructure, used to maintain an archive of astronomy images, and derivative products, from both land and space based telescopes. I later transferred to Shared Services Canada (SSC), assigned to a national team tasked with looking after High Performance Computing (HPC) infrastructure for the National Research Council (NRC). Views on this site are my own.

The Mission

My mission is simple. I want to save you time, money, and effort. Due to the use of automation software and cloud infrastructure, the operations landscape is changing rapidly. You need only look as far as the latest job posting to see the writing on the wall. We need to adapt, or risk being swept away.

By researching and compiling simple, easily consumed screencasts, tailor made for sysadmins looking to learn about automation software (puppet, chef, etc) and cloud infrastructure (aws, openstack, etc), I save you the time, money, and effort of doing it yourself. I am also working on something called the "IT Blueprint", which is a set of common patterns, or best practices, that I think every IT department should use. The Blueprint lays out why having an internal wiki, source control, password safe, policies and procedures, etc, will make you, and your team, more successful!

Contact Me

Screencasting Toolbox

I have been asked, "what tools do you use", here you go:

Special Thanks

Heavily inspired by Ryan Bates and Michael Hartl.


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