I am a computerist or computernik, depending on which dictionary you refer to. A computerist is a person who works with or has a deep interest in computers. I've been working with computers since 1982 and continue to spend lots of time using and learning about computers and technology.
My first personal computer was a Commodore 64 with a 1541 disk drive and a 1701 color monitor. Remember those? Thanks Mom. I then graduated to a Commodore Amiga, Amiga 1000's and Amiga 2000's, which had a multitasking graphical user interface (GUI) operating system, AmigaDOS, that could multitask within 512K of RAM, way before multitasking was a twinkle in Microsoft's eye. I later started to use IBM PC compatible computers at work for database programming and networking.
These days, I use IBM compatible computers running Microsoft Windows (Server & Client). I spend a lot of time using, configuring, troubleshooting, and exploring Microsoft Windows and Linux systems and networks and the applications that run on these systems.
I own a Honda CBR600F4 that I use for the street and a Honda CBR600F4i that's fully race prepped and only sees racetrack duty.
Riding a motorcycle is lots of fun but, like anything else, you have to manage your risks. My friends and I always wear proper protection when we ride. e.g. a full face helmet, gloves, jacket (with armor), long pants and boots. Many people get road rash and sometimes more seriously hurt because they were not wearing a full face helmet and other proper protection when they crashed. And of course, when at the racetrack, I wear a fully armored racing suit, armored gloves, and armored race boots.
I usually go to the racetrack with Sportbike Track Time (STT), Team Pro-Motion Sportsbike Club (TPM) and the Northeast Sportbike Association (NESBA) several times each riding season.This is a list of the courses/schools I've completed on my never-ending quest to become a better, faster, and safer motorcycle rider:
- Motorcycle Safety Foundation: Basic Rider Course (3 days)
- Motorcycle Safety Foundation: Experienced Rider Course (1 day)
- Penguin Roadracing School (2 days)
- CLASS Motorcycle Schools (1 day)
- California Superbike School: Level I (1 day)
- California Superbike School: Level II (1 day)
- California Superbike School: Level III (1 day)
- California Superbike School: Level IV (1 day)
- American Supercamp (2 days)
- Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic: Level 1 (1 day)
- Ride Like a Pro
- Yamaha Champions Riding School (2 days)
Have you taken any Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) courses (800-447-4700) ?
Please take at least one. Even if you've been riding for 20 years, you may learn important skills that could help you in an emergency situation. If you are new to riding motorcycles, what better way to get additional experience and learn some techniques that will make you a better rider and may even save your life. Also, in some states, passing the MSF BRC qualifies for a waver of the DMV road test.
MSF Courses are available in the New York City area at: Motorcycle Safety School and Trama's Motorcycle & Auto School.
Take a look at my Motorcycle Rider Tips page.
I've been roller skating since 1981. I may try rollerblading, but quads are where it's at for me.
I enjoy a wide variety of music, especially Reggae, and a lot of what is considered World music. I also enjoy going to live performances.
|What I Do For a Living|
On my "full-time" job I am a Network Engineer, Network Administrator, Computer Service Technician, Staff Development Trainer, and database programmer. What all that means is that I do just about everything related to computers. Here's just a sample of what I do...
- Setup and troubleshoot computer systems and networks.
- Install & configure Network Operating Systems (NOS) on servers (Microsoft Windows Server,
Novell NetWare, Red Hat Linux, Mac OS X Server).
- Setup and configure Ethernet
and Token-Ring switches, routers (Cisco, Linksys, D-Link, Netgear, etc.) and wireless hardware, and install network cables, etc.
Setup and maintain a WAN connection to an IBM Mainframe using Microsoft SNA Server.
- Designing and programming of relational client/server databases using Microsoft Access, SQL and Visual Basic.
- Of course, I have other skills and responsibilities, but I won't bore you any further. ;)
I've been an Instructor at the New York City College of Technology in the Computer Information Systems department since the Fall of 2003. I teach advanced networking (LAN & WAN) and computer security.
|Education & Certifications|
I earned my Bachelors degree from the New York City College of Technology in Computer Information Systems.
I am a CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ Certified Professional.