I am a software developer (front-end, back-end, back-office), database admin, and a Linux (POSIX) system administrator that also does graphic design (color, layout, etc for web pages) as
family, for buying hardware and sofware starting when I was in 6th grade
ray, whom I was privileged to shadow for a number of years
pat, for being my first part-time job writing programs (~1987)
ivars, for being my first part-time job helping to run a dialup ISP
jim l, for giving me my first student employee job at emich (~1990)
goddard lab (emich), for teaching me how to help with programs without doing the work for the student, and for special access to the lab so I could play MUD until all hours even during finals week
james (and randy), for hiring me into their department several times
tom, for encouraging me to apply for a job at ANS (~1995)
lam, my first nightdog hotdog at ANS, for encouraging me to automate menial tasks and for the 2-hour pre-maintenance-window
combination smoke break and planning meeting.
jwelch for being the best hotdog ever despite my initial "wtf?" (which he heard) when he was being fast tracked to hotdog.
phil, for being a helpful ear during times of difficult customer situations
ken, for giving me the freedom I needed on a huge project and treating me right.
billy, for ripping me off and teaching me a few lessons. gained exp with bootstrap, the ebay api, two factor auth, etc. he also got me a VM for a good price which I use to this day.
chris, for deciding that django was the best way to go for his project (atlas)
not-tck-tom, for finding tickets to a pink floyd concert when we were in
college and had not yet found full time jobs. I got hired by ANS, he got a
job at a shop. sadly, he left this world too early because DUI. I heard
the news while I was on shift and was so distraught that the hotdog sent me
home early. he comes through now and again when he knows I need him. I