I am Adam Anderson. I work as a Senior Support Technician at an HPC Systems Integrator. I endeavor to master Linux, Networking, and Security on my path to becoming an Engineer (in Systems, Networking, or HPC).
I enjoy running, reading science-fiction, and learning about new open-source technologies and protocols.
My Technical Background
- HTML/CSS Webmaster on various platforms, 2007- (10 years)
- Platforms: Ghost/Node.js, WordPress, Blogger
- Hosting: BlueHost, Linode, DigitalOcean, No-IP, GoDaddy
- Registrars: BlueHost, Namecheap, GoDaddy
- Linux User, 2007- (10 years)
- Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, CentOS, and openSUSE/Tumbleweed
- Blockchain Ecosystem, Cryptocurrency Security, 2013- (4 years)
- Basic Scripting, 2015- (2 years)
- 4 GitHub Repositories, username: 84adam
- Enterprise/HPC Systems, Remote and On-site Support, 2016- (1 year)
- Hardware diagnostics, repair, root-cause analysis
- Linux systems: OS, software, libraries, repositories
- Networking: Ethernet, InfiniBand, NICs, HCAs, drivers, firmware
- Storage: RAID, ZFS, drivers, firmware
- Advanced Spanish Speaking and Writing Proficiency
- Advanced Japanese Writing, Intermediate Speaking Proficiency
- Basic Turkish Speaking Proficiency
- Education, Curriculum Development, and Documentation (MA Teaching, 2008)
My tech journey began in 2001 when I took my first course in HTML and CSS in high school. Since then I have been obsessed with all things web and open-source.
I worked in education for 9 years. I taught Spanish, Japanese, English, and Drama. I worked in classrooms in Nicaragua, Japan, Turkey, Bahrain, and the US. To seek further (continual) growth opportunities I transitioned fully into IT starting in 2016.
In tech I am largely self-taught. I have taught myself Linux administration, the command line, bash scripting, database management, security best-practices, networking, etc., through the Linux Academy, ITpro.TV, Codecademy, and various textbooks.
By June, 2016, just prior to getting my first job in IT, I had earned the following technical certifications:
- LPIC Level 1
- CompTIA Linux+
- SUSE CLA
I am working on additional certifications now: Network+ and CCNA. In the future, I plan to earn LPIC Level 2 and CCNA:Security as well.
My favorite tech podcasts include
- The Linux Action Show
- Sunday Morning Linux Review
- FLOSS Weekly
- Exploring Information Security
- Security Now
- Take 1 Security Podcast
- Paul's Security Weekly
My favorite sci-fi novels include
- The Foundation, by Isaac Asimov
- Pushing Ice, by Alastair Reynolds
- The Algebraist, by Iain M. Banks
- Ender's Game (and the Ender Saga), by Orson Scott Card
- Pandora's Star (and The Void Series), by Peter F. Hamilton
- Nexus/Crux/Apex, by Ramez Naam
- Daemon (and Freedom™), by Daniel Suarez
How this site was built
Why I started Kernel Mastery, the blog
- To document my learning and mastery of open-source technologies,
- To provide accessible and concise tutorials on Linux and open-source tools, and
- To inspire others to use and contribute to open-source projects that enhance our freedoms and productivity.