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TechRepublic's networking host: My dream come true

I've been living a dream this past year. Simply being here, having a great son, and writing about techy things for TechRepublic is something I'm very thankful for.

It's not much of a secret that I'm a technology geek. I did the normal nerdy things in high school and college. You know, the carrying a slide rule in my pocket protector sort of thing. The strange part was my being totally enamored by grammar and writing. Talk about a double whammy: ever been ostracized by mainstream and geek types alike? I'd almost given up on writing for anyone other than myself. Fortunately for me, several TechRepublic editors took a chance on me a few years ago. Never doubt the courage of Jason, Toni, and Selena.

In the beginning, I stumbled around, patiently being mentored by TR editors and you, the members. Please know that I'm eternally grateful for all of you showing me the way. I think, no I know, I learned a great deal and hopefully it shows.

That operation thing

Remember I mentioned that I'm glad to even be here. Well, that's because this time last year I was recovering from heart surgery, a triple bypass to be exact. I guess (being there in body, not sure where the mind was) the operation was anything but smooth. So, I owe my being alive to Dr. Emery and his amazing medical assistant Ms. Cadwell.

I'm proud to say that even under the influence of major pain killers I was totally geeked out by the networking and wireless equipment that were all around me. Just ask the hospital staff who took care of me. They showed amazing patience while under a constant barrage of questions from me. Ultimately, I even wrote an article about my experience titled, "Wireless Technology Played a Big Role in My Surgery."

Proud parent

Surviving a life-threatening surgery is what I would consider a major gift, yet it pales in comparison to the gifts my son gives me every day. For example when I was recovering, he uncomplainingly took care of me, went to college full time, and worked 35 to 40 hours a week. He even told me not to talk about this. Something about being embarrassed, but since when do I listen to anyone except my editors.

TR members

I've been involved with IT for longer than I care to admit, just because doing so makes me feel really old. Remember the discussion on the forum about punched cards and the "old fart's club"? Having been around this long allows me to make somewhat informed hypotheses. One of which is that you the members of TechRepublic are by far the most knowledgeable and dare I say nerdy (good thing in my world) people that I know.

Wanting to understand all things about IT is a true kinship that I share with you the members. So please know that I especially appreciate your allowing me to tag along. In the year coming up I'd like to continue learning and sharing the amazing world of IT with you, but only with your help and patience.

Final thoughts

If there's anything that I learned this year it's to tell people you care about how you feel. Thus my wanting to make sure the TechRepublic staff, the TechRepublic members, and everyone who suffers through my writing understands how much I appreciate their allegiance. It's a gift that I never thought I'd realize and will never disrespect. Thank you from my now well heart, and I wish the best of the New Year to everyone.

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40 comments
seanferd
seanferd

for being here for us. I'm glad that it is something you enjoy. (It shows in your work :) ) I'm not sure I remember reading of your surgery last year, but I wish you good health for the future. (I'd just noticed I hadn't posted to this thread, but I did get your PM and read your article.) Thank you, M. Kassner.

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

Congratulations on finding your dream job. While I'm no longer directly involved with net admin, I enjoy your articles and posts. Your IPv6 series will be a reference for me for years to come. Merry Christmas, Michael, and thanks for writing for TR.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

I appreciate your comments and I'm sure you are the best at any endeavor you take on. Joe will appreciate your comments as well. He was the hero on the IPv6 series. You know Joe's good, when he's all over the world training major ISPs, such as AT&T and BT.

Jaqui
Jaqui

you are as nutty as I am. :D I bet you spend the same 18 to 20 hours a day playing with tech toys I do. :)

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

Is there anything else? Besides, I have to spend that much time at it. The gray matter isn't as absorbent as it used to be. Oh, I do love nuts.

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

Michael what can I say other than that you have true grit. I am glad that you are overcoming your hurdles. Triple Bypass wow. I am sure that not only I but a lot of the members have gained valuable knowledge from your contributions. I for one am very grateful that you are writing for TR. Looking forward to many more of your interesting and informative articles. Rob

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

Comments like yours are what keep me going. I just wish my hands would work as fast as my brain, but they're my analog bottleneck.

Jacky Howe
Jacky Howe

Michael. Just take it easy and except the new pace that you will have to adhere to. :D

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

Between one's own enthusiasm and moral on the job to the inherent self motivation one's dream job causes, it makes a noticable difference. I left a Business Analyst possition and started a dream job that returns me to the IT industry. I work through my day the same way I hobby through my spare time and it's been increadable. Anyone who has the chance at a dream job; you gotta do it, you have to jump in with both feet and take whatever risks are involved. In the worst case, you find out your better suited to something else. In the other case; look at that big smile on Michael's headshot. :D

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

How it was going for you at the new job. I suspected that you would be like a kid in a candy store and it sounds like I made a good assumption.

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

It's fantastic. I started in October and I keep wondering when the initial honeymoon romantic feelings will end. I keep seeing the clock around lunch time and thinking "oh.. but I'm not ready to stop playing yet. There is only a half day left before home time?" At home, given free time, I wake up then check my network and machines, skim my daily news and muck with whatever project I have on the go. At work, I arrive, check the network, skim my daily news and muck with whatever project I have on the go. So far it's been a paycheck for what I'd be doing on my own anyway. I've a giant kid-in-a-candy-store-alone grin on my face; even when doing documentation. Like the speaker of that talk says; Blinky lights and shiny boxes? I have a whole organization to hack and bring up to standards.

Michael Jay
Michael Jay

Thank you for being there and covering the topics. Also I love the way you interact with the members after the article, it shows you are a class act. You are like the teacher that stays after school to assist students who want more detail than could be provided in the original lecture. Take care, and A Very Merry Christmas to you.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

Michael, you mentioned "like the teacher." That hits a real soft spot inside of me. It's a dream of mine to even be considered in that precious group. Yours is high praise that means a great deal to me. Thank you.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

I wanted to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude for being allowed to write for TechRepublic.

Justin James
Justin James

Michael - I've always liked your articles, thanks! I know what you mean about the last year, it's been a real ride for me too! J.Ja

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

I certainly appreciate your posts. As a programming neophyte, I assimilate what I can.

BFilmFan
BFilmFan

I have always been honored to have been asked to contribute commentary to the GeekEnds. I am really in awe of the articles that yourself, Jay and all the others produce. When people ask me what one of the things that I can't live without, it's TR and my friends here. Best wished for 2009 and eat your Cheerios! Lowers the cholosterol ya know!

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

For sure on the Cheerios. It's a lot easier to avoid certain foods now, I just have to look at my chest. That's real in my face incentive. TR is an exceptional place and I'm glad you're here as well.

santeewelding
santeewelding

Next it will be my one bowl and my one spoon. (Doesn't take me long to wash dishes)

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

is that each of us has a problem with moderation at some point. Coconut cookies is one of my points. Ooh! And devil's food cake. And rum cake. And blackberry pie. And sour cream waffles. And... :D etu

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

They are the best ever. Soft and the raisins are to die for. My problem is stopping. Moderation has been a problem of mine since birth.

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

oatmeal cookies are good for you. B-)

CG IT
CG IT

Their great stuff, especially on the up and coming wireless and networking stuff. IPv6 and the new generation of wireless encryption.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

I usually take the writer's paranoia to another level, so it's especially nice to hear that people such as yourself are reading my work.

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

you've had more than a few must read topics covered for us humble readers.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

Neon, it's members like you that keep me going. I get bogged down, I try to come up with topics that I think will be useful and interesting to you and all members.

Neon Samurai
Neon Samurai

I'm not adverse to letting other's do my research for me.. ;) Basically, jungledisk/S3 gives me the willies. It breaks least privaledge by placing one's data outside there control and involves a third party where one should not be. The question is if this is just irrational Info Sec guy paranoia or not. Does amazon's S3 storage encrypt the blob of data in a way that the client is the only one who can access it or are client's stored data wide open to Amazon and anyone who can exploit that hole? I have to go do my own reading on the subject but it was a topic that came up so I thought I'd mention it. There may be plenty on it already even.

dixon
dixon

...goes to you, sir. You're a talented and knowledgeable writer, an invaluable resource, and a true gentleman. Merry Christmas!

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

I aspire to be the best I can. It's a special symbiotic relationship shared by all the members. I'm fortunate to be a part of it.

Gate keeper
Gate keeper

I am still a bit new to the site ... but one of my highlights in my short time here was your series on IPV6 superbly done and well presented and the podcast from industry experts was amazing.

Michael Kassner
Michael Kassner

Mr. Klein is one of the top IPv6 experts in the world and I was really lucky to get him and Command Information to help out.

Jaqui
Jaqui

for reminding me to download the mp3s and listen to those. :D for some reason I keep forgetting to use the system sound support is installed on. :/

boxfiddler
boxfiddler

to express my gratitude to you, that you write for Tech Republic. You write well, you are engaged with your readers, and I for one appreciate your enthusiasm and dedication. Merry Christmas, Michael!