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Email Jeff at: jeff.baars@linux.com

 

"Dual-class Sysadmin/Game Geek"

I was born in '82 in CT. Grew up there playing in the woods and messing around with Dad's Commodore 64 and Intellivision, both incredibly potent influences on how I'd end up spending the rest of my days.

Weaned on Nintendo, addicted to DOS games, and most comfortable at a workbench with a hot soldering iron and a project. Usually with a cold beer or a neat single malt within easy reach.


As far back as I can remember, I've been absorbed with taking things apart.  By the time I was 12, that drive had pushed me into building PCs, thanks to a tech-oriented uncle with a few afternoons to spare.  In the last few years, I've grown into micro controller programming and simple robotics.  I'm not sure where I'll be going from here, but I'm sure it'll be fun and involve lots of math I have come to grudgingly accept as part of the fun.

Spent a few years after a brief stint in college with the U.S. Navy onboard a Trident class missile submarine working fire control and data integration systems. This forced me to learn a lot about HP-UX, ancient Windows server administration, networking, and various 3rd party data systems. After my contract expired I decided it would be best if I didn't make it a career, and started a family.


I'm currently working in the Seattle area building and maintaining access control and camera systems.  It's a rewarding job most of the time, and i get to work on some pretty hefty servers and cool biometric systems.  I just tell everyone it's like Mission Impossible, but with less lasers.  It's probably closer to Office Space.

I'm brushing up on IT security topics and network vulnerability research, which have always been a part of my IT interests. Hopefully I can someday hang a degree on the wall validating the effort, but for now I'm happy to learn independently.