My first computer was a ZX Spectrum way back in 1983. Whilst predominantly used for games, it did begin my interest in computing generally. A couple of simple BASIC programs for the BBC Micro was the sum of my talents, however, and 'computing' became an elusive dream.
Fast forward to the early 90's and the company I was working for decided to computerise their processes. Being the quickest to adapt to the new technology I became the on-site 'IT' expert. Naturally, this re-kindled the previous interest and shortly thereafter I bought an Amiga 1200 and enrolled into the local Uni for a Software Engineering certificate.
Emulating a 286 within the Amiga soon proved to be too slow for the uni work, and so I found myself building my first PC: a 486 DX2 50 - sporting a VESA graphics card and an amazing 24MB RAM (ample for Win95). The box was soon overclocked to 66Mhz as an 'experiment'.
From there I got myself a helpdesk job before emigrating to Australia to continue with the support role. I worked my way up the support chain, helping to design the AD and Exchange environment along the way and becoming the main Exchnage admin. I later ran a project to implement Veritas NetBackup and an automated tape library which began my interest in storage. Today I manage the newly created Storage department for the company and look foward to designing and implementing a SAN over 2007.
Qualifications wise, I have passed the following:
MMgt (Info Tech)
Prince 2 Foundation
HNC Software Engineering
I joined Experts-Exchange in 2005 with the goal of being able to share some of the tricks and tips I've picked up over the years, and also be able ask for answers for some of the more tricky problems that crops up from time to time. So far, it's working out well. Experts-Exchange is a great place to hang out!