I’m Tom, I do a lot of ridiculous network engineering stuff on my home network, I have a ham radio license, and I somehow managed to pass the CCNA when I was still 18. I’m going to write about the above 3 topics on this website in the hopes that it gets other people interested in nerding out at home. Who knows, maybe if I share some of the things I learned in IT the hard way, it’ll help others on their digital journey.
I don’t like bragging about certs & work stuff I’ve done in the past. I’d rather focus on what I’m presently doing as I’m a big believer that past performance is not indicative of future results. But if you really want to know, my experience boils down to the following:
2002-2006 – Began fixing more computers than I’d break, passed CompTIA A+
2007-2008 – Got 3 more CompTIA certs, enlisted in the USMC
2009-2012 – Got CCNA & MCSA, finished Bachelors degree
2012-2013 – Worked full-time for Uncle Sam
2013-2020 – Got CCNP, finished Masters degree, worked full time in FinTech
2020-Today – Completed USMC enlistment, working full-time for Uncle Sam again
If you’re still reading this, I’m glad you’re here, and hope you leave feedback on any of this site’s postings! If you’d like to say hello, the following options are available:
Email: My ham radio callsign at gmail.com (hint: callsign is the 6 digit name of this website, begins with kd9, ends with cpb)
Facebook: don’t bother Facebooking me, I’m trying to get away from that attention slot machine! At the risk of sounding hypocritical, I do still have a Facebook profile, and I’ve been trying to use it as sparingly as possible. There are some good old USMC & College friends/acquaintances along with a few groups that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to interact with if I deleted Facebook entirely, so lately I’ve been trying to access it for less than a half hour a week on my laptop. Facebook has been deleted from my smartphone, never to return, I suggest giving that a try!
Instagram: don’t bother, I have an account, but it’s only for watching yoga class & finding local restaurant specials
I have far too many people to thank over the years, and I’ll try to include a brief thank-you section in most CCNA toolkit posts when applicable. I especially would like to thank my wife Colleen for putting up with all the ham radio & computer network insanity I’ve bought into her life. Way back before we were married, I told her about how I had a great time at DataCenterWorld Chicago Region 2017, and that maybe someday I’d be qualified speak there. She insisted that I was already fully qualified, and sure enough my very first talk was accepted to DataCenterWorld National 2018! If it wasn’t for her pushing me towards applying to speak publicly about datacenter stuff, I most certainly wouldn’t have built up the confidence to write about tech stuff on the big bad public internet. Thanks Colleen for being the coolest wife an IT nerd could ever ask for!