This is my blog currently running on a FreeNAS server and being served up using WordPress.  The web server is running in a FreeBSD jail and also processes our email.

About me…  My name is Tom Southerland and I’ve lived in Colorado all my life.  I grew up on the western slope in (at the time) the small town of Carbondale.  Our family moved to Palisade in 1978 so I finished my last 2 years of high school there.  I graduated in 1980 and being young and lacking in wisdom, started working in the coal industry.  I worked for Powderhorn Coal from 1980 to 1986 when the the closure of the Roadside and Cameo mines forced me to make a career change.

I moved to Denver and went back to school and earned an Associates Degree in electronics.  It was during this time that I was introduced to computers as we were required to design and build circuits, connect them to a small computer, and write the control program to drive the circuit.  Upon graduation, I went to work for a computer distribution company which sold high end graphics cards, plotters, computers, and anything else a business needed using Autocad.  It was at this company that I was introduced to Sun Microsystems and the BSD version of their OS, SunOS 4.1.  When Sun Microsystems opened their support center in Broomfield, Co around 1997, I applied and was hired.  Since then,  I’ve worked on MSDOS, VMS, Ultrix, Windows (whatever), SunOS, Solaris, Linux, FreeBSD, and now FreeNAS.  I currently make my living working for Oracle developing diagnostic utilities which assist engineers with diagnosis and resolution of issues.

My other interests include photography, wood working, dogs & cats, gardening, hiking, fishing, camping, music, and… Life.  Please enjoy the site and do provide comments and suggestions.



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