Hi and welcome! I’m Aaron, and this is my blog.
My love for computers began with video games, was fostered by the world of BBSes, and truly began its direction in high school with programming classes. Much to the chagrin of my high school counselor, I chose computer science electives over “real” physical sciences like chemistry. I was exposed to the power of programming, using Pascal, C++, and HTML.
When I went to college, I declared my major as Computer Science from the get-go and never looked back. My formal education built my understanding of computers from the ground up, beginning with binary numbers, circuits and finite automata. With these principles at the foundation, I gained a deeper understanding when we actually got into coding, networking, and database design.
After my freshman year of college, I began a summer job in IT at a local small business. This job ended up being the practical Yin to my educational Yang. I was encountering real world problems everyday, often with technology I had not worked with before, and was forced to research, analyze, and troubleshoot those problems to find solutions. It gave me a better holistic understanding of how computing environments operated, from workstation to server, operating system to application, network to storage, functionality to security.
I left school with a BA in Computer Science, with a job as a developer my next goal. I found developer jobs, but nothing that called to me. Mainframe code maintenance in COBOL wasn’t what I envisioned. As luck would have it the company I was working at during the summer and holidays hired me as a Desktop Support Technician, officially beginning my career in IT. Since then, I have continuously been learning and growing, remembering and applying lessons learned in the past while always looking to discover something new.
Over my 19 years in IT, I have been on the front lines with Desktop Support all the way to the back lines as a Systems Administrator, Systems Engineer, and Systems Architect. Sometimes I wear all of these hats on the same day! I continue to enjoy the work and approach every day as a new challenge and opportunity.
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