How I started and learned (Hello World!)

I think it makes sense to kick off this blog with a how did I get to where I’m at today. This post covers about 16 or so years (as of posting) of working in IT and Computers and well many years before them as a well….hobbyist.

My first introduction to communications, I guess you could say networking, was calling BBSs and eventually installing and playing with BBS software. I learned a lot about modems and dialup communications. Towards the end of this era (to learn more about this time in technology I highly recommend watching the BBS Documentary that was released by Jason Scott in 2005.) I leaned about 2600 Magazine and went to a 2600 Meeting in my area and starting to get interested in the Phone System and how the Phone Switching Systems work.

Then came along the internet, and I started to learn about programing in some classes in High School and on my own, eventually learning C Sockets and coding some basic Client/Server programs and showing me how applications worked across a network. At this time I didn’t know anything about the 7 layer model or another really about networking theory, but I do know now this knowledge has shaped how I have always approached troubleshooting.

Eventually I decided it was time to get a job working on computers and  I found a job working for an outsourced call center for a major home computer manufacturer. This was a very valuable job in my career, here I learned one of the toughest skills to learn, customer service. There were many difficult customers, for example, “where the Start Button?”, Sorry your hard drive is clicking and your data is gone, ‘Yes, click the mouse button in the right” are just some examples. I learned to handle and lead non-expert users, and resolve there issues to the best of my ability. Doing it all with a smile in my voice no matter how frustrating they were.

Eventually that job ended (ahem laid off) and I moved into a job and small computer integration company (see Thoughts on Working as a Consultant for a VAR and THE VAR-Y GOOD UPSIDES TO BEING A CONSULTANT! both are true in a lot of ways about a 13+ years ago as they are today). On my first day I walked to a stack of Novell NetWare books. So I learned NetWare, then Windows NT, Windows 2000, the desktop OS of the month, how to run cable (badly), and just about anything you could imagine in a small company would use at that time. This made me a  very well-rounded technician but not too deep any topic. I did always have a feeling I had an interest in the networking, so I made every opportunity I could to learn how to program routers and learn networks.

After enough time I studied and got my CCNA at the same time as my boss/owner of the company at the time. This is when I fell off the deep end and started to become a specialist in networking and connectivity, learning about T1s, factional T1s, 56k circuits  working with phone companies, still running cabling, routers, switches and still doing all the server work when needed. Then the craze of IP Telephony hit and we started to install Cisco CallManager and Unity. Learning more about PBXs, call routing, dial plans, and auto attendants then I’d ever cared too. Some where in this time period I’d say i could be calling a Network Engineer and moved up form just being a Technician.

After long enough I decided it was time to get my CCIE, then I procrastinated a while and then I actually did my Written exam and then Lab exam. It was a lot of work but I got it done with a stack of Cisco 2600s, and a lot of late nights. Not long after this my work role changed a lot moving into a role as an IT Director, where I still did my fair share of engineering, but also dived into security and operational policy for internal IT along with our virtual co-location data center (what we would call IaaS now) that we built from the ground up which was very fun. This more or less leads me to today where after more role changes I now focus on Network Architecture for on site customer networks as a Managed Service Provider and the network for our Cloud Service we provide. Working more in diagrams, word, excel and documenting now then working in actual commands lines.

Not to wax poetic too much but it was been a long winding road, and all the change along the way has kept me on my toes and kept it interesting.

8static 2F – November 2012 Photos

8static 2F
November 10th, 2012
at PhilaMOCA

Full Set a Flickr:

Animal Style (PHL)
exileFaker (NYC)
Dream Fox (STL)

noteNdo (NYC)

SKGB – No-Input Mixing and Creative Use of Distortion

Dream Fox



Animal Style

8static 2E – October 2012

8static 2E
October 13th, 2012
4th Anniversary Show!!

My full Flickr Set:

Bit Shifter (NYC)
Radlib (CT)
an0va (PHL)
Nikola Whallon (DET)

Chromacle (PHL)
Animal Style (PHL)

8static Alumni Showcase

One hour of music by 12 veteran 8static performers plus surprises!!
animal style – cheap dinosaurs
AdamGetsAwesome – kris keyser
bubblyfish – ro-bear
br1ght pr1mate – chipocrite
alex mauer – inverse phase
saint – exilefaker
void vision – decktonic

Nikola Whallon




Bit Shifter



8static 2D – September 2012

8static 2D
September 22nd, 2012

Danimal Cannon (BUF)
Trey Frey (WV)
Oven Rake (SEA)

Animal Style (PHL)

The real-time rendering of game engines opens up possibilities for audiovisual performance. Game art duo Foci + Loci will present an examination of their work process in Little Big Planet 2 providing an opportunity for participants to collectively build and perform in a simulated environment.

Flickr Set:

Oven Rake
Trey Frey
Danimal Cannon

8static 2C – August 2012

8static 2C
August 4th, 2012 

Chipocrite (PHL)
Bright Primate (BOS)



Rhythm & Groove with LSDJ – Daniel Davis (an0va)

Flickr Set:

500px Set:


8static 2B @ PhilaMOCA

8static 2B July 14th, 2012

@ PhilaMOCA
Bubblyfish (NYC)
Dain Saint (PHL)
Watabou (MI)

Invaderbacca (NY)

Pre Show
Intro to Deflemask with The Dutchess

Flickr Set:

500px set:

Dain Saint



ERASERHOOD FOREVER: A David Lynch-themed celebration

ERASERHOOD FOREVER: A David Lynch-themed celebration @ philaMOCA

I went out to see a David Lynch inspired art event at PhilaMOCA, it was a packed out and missed some of the earlier events but got to see the performances of Void Vision and Full Blown Cherry. Along with this a Mural by Evan Cairo was painted on the side of PhilaMOCA!

flickr Set:

500px Set:

ERASERHOOD Mural by Evan Cairo
ERASERHOOD Mural by Evan Cairo
Full Blown Cherry
Void Vision
Void Vision


Full Blown Cherry
Full Blown Cherry


Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Race 2012

Back in May I went down to the Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture race, it was another great race! The pace seemed to have picked in comparison to years past. My favorite sculpture was Loose Canon! You can find out more about this event at,

This years Flickr Set,

Previous Years Photos

2010 –

2009 –

Loose Cannon


Blipfestival 2012 – Day 3

Blipfestival 2012 – Day 3 @ Gramercy Theater

Day 3 brought another amazing Blipfestival to a close! I had a amazing exhausting 3 days of great music, great visuals and great friends! There were performances by,

Burnkit2600 · NO CARRIER


FlashHeart · enso

Danimal Cannon · CHiKA

Monodeer · Batsly Adams

Infinity Shred · Jean Y. Kim

Dr. Von Pnok · Chromacle

MisfitChris · enso

Full Blipfestival Flickr set at,

Danimal Cannon
Infinity Shred