About Me

My name is George and I’ve been in the IT Profession over 20 years.  My experience is mostly Windows desktop support in a laboratory environment.  I have supported Windows 2000 / 2003 Server in more of a Jr. System Administrator role.

In October 1998 I started the process to earn my MCSE for Windows NT 4.0.  The company I worked for at the time provided me a budget for training materials.  I invented the funds to purchase McGraw Hill’s / Inc. Syngress Media series for the MCSE, and a complete set of test prep CDs from Transcender.

I spent the next 12 months reading each book, taking the practice exams, and earning my MCSE in October 1999.  To help avoid being branded a “paper MCSE”, I had a small lab setup at work to simulate what I was learning.  This experience was invaluable in developing my real world experience. I was able to resolve most assigned “tickets” well before the SLA (Service Level Agreement) was reached.

Soon afterwards in 2001, I received a copy of Suse Linux 9.0 from my Service Delivery Manager.  I installed all 5 CDs and started to enjoy Linux.  But I kept going back to Windows.  The options to play games, and familiarity with Windows XP just appealed to me.  Over the next few years, I tried different distros of Linux; from Red Hat Linux to Fedora Core, back to Suse 9.3 (which I purchased in 2005), and then to openSuse 11.0 (which I purchased in 2008)..

Currently I am using mac OS Sierra, Windows 7, Windows 10, Ubuntu 11.10, Linux Mint 12.  Over the years my ideas of a perfect computer and OS has changed.  Right now I am using mac OS for just about everything (except for 1 game, still using Windows 7 for that.)  I am using Ubuntu 11.10 to run my VMs of Windows XP for work.  However I am thinking about migrating the VMs to the iMac.  I’ve been having so much fun with the iMac.  If I could change anything about the iMac is adding support for Blu-Ray movies.

Scratch that last two statements.  I’ve migrated my Windows XP VMs to my iMac, and they work very well.  I am purchasing and renting movies through iTunes to play on my iMac and iPad.  I can watch the movies on the TV using the HDMI connector on my iPad.