My experience includes computer maintenance and repair, network and server administration (like shanock.com itself), and various light programming projects. I spent 6 years as a Army National Guard FDC artilleryman and 3 as an Air Guard civil engineering assistant. I currently work as a part-time admin in a mostly Windows environment. I dabble in amateur philosophy and enjoy thought experiments, as well as DIY projects that build on skills that I’ve already acquired.
I don’t claim to be an expert on any subject that I explore. Many of my articles are largely theory-crafting, based on my own limited experiences and academic (meaning, not always first-hand) study. However, I hope that my reasoning is sound enough that it can be true in general terms, even without 20 years of experience or a wall full of certificates to back it up. As with everything you read, see, hear – not just on the internet or TV, but also from instructors, colleges, and authority figures – one should not rely on any information that has not been personally rationalized, tested, vetted, and confirmed.
My positions on all matters are subject to change as I learn new facts, expose myself to new ideas, and deliberate on the issues, and I will update articles or post new ones at my discretion. Given that this blog is a tool for me to organize my own matters first and a public reference second, ninja edits will be common practice on this blog, though I will log the changes if I feel that a retraction of my previous position is warranted.