About Excellence

This is going to be a work in progress, so check back…

Firstly, I am 45, first time father of a little girl (almost 3)  I am also a union ironworker.  I started walking beams high in the air when I was 19 years old and fell in love with a trade that combines pride, skill and character.  Pride in doing a job well done, pride in the brotherhood of good people sharing common work ethic.  I still do the work occasionally only now its pretty specialized.  Tower cranes are the big, capital “T” shaped cranes that you see on new high rises being built.  I travel around the country putting them up or taking them down.  Run a crew of ironworkers, telling them what to do and trying to keep them alive.  Lots of ways to get into trouble.  Fortunately, I have learned from the best.  This codgy old fart who grumps at me all day but has my best interest in the forefront of his mind.

Around ’95 or so, I got a little computer and started exploring that world.  A couple of years later, I broke my collarbone while snowboarding and couldnt work for several months.  So I connected my little computer to the internet.  Thats it, I was gone! Lost in the big big world of chatrooms, email joke forwards and the feeling of international presense. 

My little computer was sorely lacking in about every way so I spent a lot of time talking to tech support.  Found I had an aptitude, a knack for this stuff.  I started on a journey of learning that continues to this day.  A joy of discovery that is constantly suprising, fulfilling and exciting! 

I started working on my computer.  Upgrading and replacing.  Finding solutions where there didnt seem to be any.  Always asking questions until there came a day when I had an answer that tech support didnt have.  I became an equal.  Its been 10 years since that day and I have learned something about everyday since then. 

I listen to about half a dozen tech podcasts. Read a few tech blogs.  Love the gadget podcasts and blogs.  Read magazines like PCmag, MacWorld, etc.  Im great at networking and troubleshooting hardware issues.  Im pretty good at most software issues. Windows XP, Office NOT NORTON!  People, please stay away from norton!

If you have any questions you want answered here, please email me and I will either answer it or tell you to mind your own business.  Either way, you will know more than you did.