About

About Me

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)
    • Bash, Perl, Python, JavaScript
    • 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

Additional Skills

  • 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 Story

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

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 Freedomâ„¢), by Daniel Suarez

How this site was built

KernelMastery.com was launched on October 19, 2015. It is built on an Ubuntu 14 server using the Ghost blogging platform, which takes advantage of JavaScript, Node.js, and nginx. Hosting is provided by Digital Ocean.

Why I started Kernel Mastery, the blog

  1. To document my learning and mastery of open-source technologies,
  2. To provide accessible and concise tutorials on Linux and open-source tools, and
  3. To inspire others to use and contribute to open-source projects that enhance our freedoms and productivity.

Contact details

Email: adam@kernelmastery.com
Twitter: @kernelmastery
GitHub: github.com/84adam