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On June 23, 2006, I started consulting for Cordicate IT in Bryn Mawr, PA and then on July 11, 2006, I began working there full-time. Cordicate IT provides services such as on-site and remote technical support, virtual infrastructure using VMware ESX Server and Citrix, storage using products from EMC and HP, network security using products from Juniper, high-availability, disaster recovery, backup and restore, and remote access.
From September 2001 through July 2006, I was working for The McGrail Group, Inc. in Malvern, PA. Many of the links on this page are outdated, but I hope to update them soon!
On this page, you will find links that relate to my wide variety of interests, most of which are sites and pages that I visit regularly.
Bio: I married my high school sweetheart Kristy in 2001 at Paoli Presybterian Church in Paoli, PA. We went to Hawaii (Oahu-Outrigger on the Beach, Maui-Embassy Vacation Resort and Kauai-Holiday Inn Kauai) for our 12-day honeymoon.
Hobbies & Interests: Mountain biking, photography (35mm & digital), skiing (downhill), hiking, kayaking, movies (mostly science fiction), model trains (HO scale), ham radio (my Technician callsign is N3QLZ), programming, computer games, especially Quake, Quake II, Unreal, Roller Coaster Tycoon, Midtown Madness, Halo, Sim City, Unreal Tournament and Starcraft.
Professional background: I finally graduated from the University of Phoenix with my Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree in 2006. I attended classes at Delaware County Community College to get transfer credits at the University of Phoenix, Online. I started to attend West Chester University part-time in Spring 1995 working towards a Computer Science degree, but had not taken classes since Fall 1996 due to my busy work schedule at the time. My current educational goals are to attain more Microsoft Certifications. On October 20, 2000, I finally achieved Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) status, but I am not stopping there. I completed the Windows 2000 upgrade track in 2006 and hope to complete my Windows 2003 upgrade this year, along with other Microsoft elective exams such as Microsoft Exchange. I have also obtained the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certification. Some of my other Microsoft certifications include Microsoft NT Server 4.0 , NT Server in the Enterprise, NT Workstation 4.0, Network Essentials, TCP/IP and Microsoft Internet Information Server. I am also a VMware Certified Professional. I learned almost everything I know about computer software and programming on my own, before coming to US Interactive. I gained most of my experience working with computer hardware from being around my dad who runs a computer store (Gene's Computer Outlet) in Frazer, PA. Prior to working for US Interactive, I spent about a year doing CAD work at Kruse Industries in Downingtown, PA.
My Computer: I have a custom built desktop computer with the following specifications and accessories:
- Dalco ATX case with 350W power supply (black with clear glass side, neon lights, colored lights behind fans)
- Intel Pentium 4 2.4GHz processor
- Intel D865GLC Motherboard
- 2GB RAM
- 120GB SATA Hard Drive
- ATI X1650 8X AGP Video Card w/ 256MB memory
- Pinnacle PCTV HD TV Tuner Card
- CD/DVD RW Drive (Internal IDE)
- HP Officejet 5510 Printer/Scanner/Fax machine
- Creative Zen Vision 30GB MP3/Video player
- Logitech Wireless Keyboard and Mouse
- Acer 19" LCD Monitor
- Juniper Netscreen-5GT Firewall
- Linksys WRT4400 Wireless-N Access Point
- Linksys WUSB300N Wireless-N USB Adapter
Here is a list of some of the software I run on it:
- Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate Edition
- Microsoft Office 2007
- JASC PaintShop Pro
- AVG Free 7.1
- WS_FTP Professional
- TiVo Desktop
- Sonic Recording Suite 9
- Nero Burning Rom
- DVD Profiler
- eFax Messenger Plus
- Palm Desktop
- Delorme Solus Pro 2.0
- Zinio Reader
- PaperPort Professional
- Snapstream Beyond TV
- HP Officejet all-in-one with wired or wireless networking, ADF scanner, fax, memory card slots, borderless photo printing, built-in LCD (Vista-compatible)