Skip to content

40+ Again

Dear Reader,

My what a difference a year makes. Last year on my birthday I was a little depressed because I was still living away from my family and winding up a job that I really , REALLY loved but had to leave. This year, I’ve been through two jobs, one that I didn’t really like but it paid the bills and one that is possibly the coolest job I’ve ever had. (Well, as with any job, there are some things that could be better but by-in-large, it’s damn cool)

So here I sit again, celebrating my 40th birthday for the n+1 time. I’m looking back over the past year and I have to say that it’s been a good one. Here’s a list of a few things that stuck with me. (In no particular order)

Barry Coggins
BC& Big Head Rock!
Digital Dog
Until the CEO flipped out, my wife kinda sorta liked working there. (Maybe more on that in a future post) Heck, I even did a 3 week stint there and enjoyed the people.
Band Season
Ok, so the Eagles didn’t win State this year. Still I had a ball and even though I complained, I really did enjoy it.
Freelance Fred
Don’t worry Fred, I’m not going to get all mushy. You make me laugh, for that you’ve earned lifetime free tech support. Even if the answers are mostly Hmmmmm….never seen one do that. (Obligatory Beanstalk link)
I’ve worked at a lot of companies (don’t believe me, check my resume) and Zend is second only to Jupiter Hosting in my list of the top companies to work for. Zend truly rocks as a company. They make sure that even though I’m 2/3 of a country away, I feel included in the daily corporate life. They also do things like remember my birthday and make sure that I don’t miss out on things like corporate parties even thought I’m not there. That’s just awesome!
Brian Setzer
That was a heck of a concert and one of the best Birthday presents I’ve gotten since my first Pentium.
Wicked was great. Hearing my daughter talk about it to her friends was even better. Best of all though was 2 days, uninterrupted with my wife and kids.
Mildred Crabtree
My Nana passed this year. I wasn’t sad. She lived a great life and now she’s in heaven. It was fun to see all my cousins again.
Savannah College of Art and Design
I got to spend a whirlwind two days with my daughter on a college tour. I am happy for her and think that her decision to go to SCAD is the right one. I wish I had gone to college.
Wife 1.23
Another wonderful year with my wife, the lovely and talented Kathy.

There were more, I know, but those are the ones that stick out.

I love this time of year. not for the usual reasons but it is my tradition to spend time in December thinking back, looking over my shoulder before moving on. It’s fun to visit old memories and old friends. Tomorrow I’ll worry about where I’m going, today, I just want to enjoy where I’ve been.

Until next time
Push the button Frank.


You heard it here first. (Job Posting)

Dear Reader,

Ok, I’ve got 2 really primo jobs hanging out in my mail box and before I start pimping them on CL and elsewhere on the net, I thought I’d post them here for my friends or friends of friends.

I am helping a friend and previous employer, Jupiter Hosting. (, find a few good people to flesh out their operations team. The first thing they are looking for is a

“Unix Systems Administrator | WEEKEND DAY SHIFT OPERATIONS”.

Now first, I’ve got to limit this San Jose/Santa Clara/Silly-con Valley area people as this is an on-site position.

To fill this position you will have to be fluent in FreeBDS and Most current Linux distros. There’s a hardware support involved in this job. (rack, cable and IP servers) You’ll also do a little troubleshooting of hardware. (backup the hard drive, pull it out, fling it against the wall, install a new HD and restore the backup, re-rack the server before the original harddrive is finished spinning down. the normal Herculean efforts that Admins perform on a daily basis at a hosting company)

The job is mainly software support though. You need a thorough (and yes, I mean seriously thorough) understanding of the following packages:

  • MySQL
  • Apache
  • DNS Record Administration
  • NFS / NAS File Servers Administration and Troubleshooting
  • PHP (Installation, configuration, and troubleshooting – NOT PROGRAMMING)
  • Rsync
  • Most Open Source Mail Applications
  • SSHd

There are other qualifications and restrictions. Drop me an email and ask for the complete job description if you are interested.

This is a great position and a super company to work for. I personally know a lot of the people on the Ops teams and you won’t find a better group to work with.

They are also looking for an “Operations Manager”. Someone who knows all of that but can also manage the teams.

These type of positions don’t come around often. I’ll be posting them around the net in the next few days but if you want to be considered for one of them early, send me your resume IN A TEXT FILE to Make sure you specify “Admin” or “Ops Manager” in the subject line.

Until next time,

p.s. NO AGENCIES! and sorry, no telecommute.