Category Archives: FOSS

And I’m back… probably

I’ve left this thing dormant for awhile. I don’t really have much to say for the reasons as I don’t think they matter at this point. For now though I’m going to try and pick this back up.

All kinds of things are different in my life now. I’ve lost one job and gained another. Moved around a bit during the transition, and settled at a friends house now where rent is so fantastically cheap that it makes it hard to complain (and believe me I’ve tried).

So as I look to the future I’ve laid out some “goals” for myself. I’m endeavoring to get out of debt which the aforementioned cheap rent is lending itself to. I’m working on building some better personal habits. More importantly I’m prioritizing some personal and professional development!

I’ve signed up for a few different things that aren’t related except for the fact that I desire to work on both of them. First I’m committing to study music (and specifically the bass) on a regular basis. I’ve got what I feel is sufficient training materials, and I’ll be putting in regular practice times. I’ll be putting time into some music theory as well. Secondly I’ve signed up for the Linux Foundation Certified System Administrator┬áprogram. It gives me a year to go through the crazy amount of material, and to tries at the exam. What I’ll do with it after the fact I’m not sure, but onward I go.

For now I’m working through the Intro To Linux course at edx.org to bone up on the basics before I dive into the deep end.

Wish me luck…or don’t. Luck isn’t a real thing.

Technology is a funny thing

I’d like to think that I have many passions in my life. Many things that I deeply enjoy putting my time and efforts into. Technology though, is a funny thing. As I’m sure anyone who’s worked in any sort of IT field can attest, if you know something about a single aspect most people presume you know about all of it. Too many are the phone calls I’ve gotten from friends, family, and clients expecting me to troubleshoot some unknown problem based on a less than informative description of said problem.

But I digress. I’m passionate about technology in it’s many facets. In fact it’s for all of those many facets that I find it so interesting. However, it’s also for all of those many facets that I’ve had such a hard time picking a focus. For a while I worked on hardware repair, but I found it to be small potatoes here locally. As I’ve said before though about 4-5 years ago I started using Linux, and exploring the world of FOSS. “This is it”, I said to myself. “This is something I can focus on”. Little did I know how expansive just those two topics were on there own. Nevertheless, I’ve stood by those ideals. I’ve found a specific(ish) part of technology and IT that I really wanted to be a part of. Fortunate for me there’s no shortage of information, and resources to help educate anyone that finds themselves interested and wanting to learn more.

Now I’m studying for my Linux Essentials certification and I’m working on learning my first programming language in Python. I’m really excited to see where this takes me as I plan on continuing on with the LPIC 1 within the next year, and expanding my programming knowledge as I go as well. That’s what our passions are all about right? They’re meant to get us excited. To give us a chance to better ourselves and/or others. That’s what it’s about to me at least.

Here I am…

starting down this road to doing something new. That’s really what draws me to technology. The idea that you can make something new, that you can make something better. Though I am part of the generation that has grown up the rise of the personal computer, it has only been in the last 4-5 years that I’ve turned my focus to technology. Sure I would help the random friend or family member “fix” their computer, but that rarely amounted to more than swapping out a stick of RAM or making sure they were running a decent anti-virus/firewall setup. But clearly there is so much more out there. So many things that are converging and offering people the opportunity to do more. To do something new.

It was around that time that I came back to my hometown. I wasn’t quite sure what I wanted to do in college, but I knew I was going. As my interest grew with technology though I didn’t feel that my local community college was able to offer me the skills that I needed to jump in with the the emerging tech on the web. I promptly stopped giving them my money and time. Fast forward a few years, and I’m working as a server technician. Not quite what I want to be doing, but I’ve learned plenty. I also made the jump and switched to Linux a few years back, and that has helped bring me further than perhaps anything else to date. Mostly because it opened my eyes to an entirely new area of technology, Open Source. Now don’t get me wrong, I believe a worker is worth their wages. I don’t demand that everything be given freely, and I’m happy to either pay for something with a price tag, or donate towards development. That being said though, I deeply appreciate the existence of (F)OSS, and what it has meant for innovation.

That brings me full circle to my desire to do something new. I firmly believe that (F)OSS, and Open Hardware are my road to that. I’ve started with Linux, and carried on with Arduino, Raspberry Pi, and dabbling in various programming languages. I’ve tried a little of HTML/CSS, Ruby, and Python. I’m excited about this journey, and to have to opportunity to share it somewhere. I’ve already built a few things that I hope to post up here soon. And I’m about to start a new project that I’ll either chronicle here or certainly link to. This being the platform that it is though, I ask for a little grace. I’m certain that I’ll make mistakes as I go along, if I haven’t already. I am always open to constructive criticism, and of course suggestions on informative resources and new technologies.

Here goes nothing.

(copied over from my previous hoverboard.io blog)