Computer Engineer by profession from the Arturo Rosenblueth Foundation and two master degrees in Information Technology and Management and Telecommunications Administration from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico and Télécom SudParis, ITIL v2, CompTIA Linux, CISSP, CISA and CISM certified. However, my immersion into technology was at 13 years old. My following summary only speaks of my professional and technical career.
My first computer was an 80286 computer with 2MB RAM and monochrome monitor using Microsoft DOS 3.3 with Windows 3.1; same that helped me to learn my very first programming languages: GW-BASIC, Turbo Pascal and MS-x86 ASM; projects such as modifying a database written entirely in GW-BASIC migrated to Turbo Basic and a computer virus written in assembly were done on that computer. Soon, that equipment was replaced by an 80386SX with 4 MB RAM and a CGA monitor that was used to perform any experiment that I could pass through my imagination until I finished junior high school.
I must confess that at that time all I knew was Microsoft technologies and I used to master any that I got in front of me: MS-DOS 3.3, 5.0, DR-DOS 6, Windows 3.1 and version for Workgroups 3.1.1, Visual Basic, dBase, Clipper, C, and C++. It was in high school where I had my first contact with the Internet and Unix was done. I knew what it was telnet and BBSes, I learned to incipiently use ksh and started in video editing and creating multimedia projects with an 80486DX3 100 Mhz and 66 MHz Pentium MMX computers property of my friends Salvador Cobian and Arturo Castillo respectively.
Simultaneously to the domain of technology, I devoted myself to learn to play the guitar in its classic style; that evolved into the piano, electronic organs, and keyboards. Using borrowed equipment and music software I performed some pieces that were captured by a MIDI interface equipment. I was fortunate to participate in the senior year at the Festival of Song (playing keyboards) winning the 3rd and 4th place on two songs written by Antar Martinez. On the following months, I wrote a song that was ready to be released at the same festival, but I finished school before and I did not find anyone who wanted to submit it.
I started an awkward career in electronic engineering at UNAM, which it was cut by a strike in 2000. I restarted the Computer Engineering career where I defined my technological ideology. I learned differential and integral calculus, numerical methods, statistics, how to use recursion, LISP, PHP and Perl but mostly met Linux and I made the change. I quit all Microsoft technologies and installed my first Linux Mandrake 7.2. The change was not easy, It was radical; the next day I left all the software and I forced myself to do my daily tasks with Linux, regardless the time it took me to do a simple task that with Microsoft technologies it would take five minutes.
I met Gonzalo Martínez, 30 years older person than me who gave me my first opportunity to work in Airports and Auxiliary Services as Information Security Chief while I was studying the last semesters of university. Here I idealized the world without Microsoft and created the LinuXchangE under Mandrake 8.1; my first serious project, its aim was to remove from server end all possible Microsoft technologies and install Linux keeping end users with Windows XP at the time. LinuXchangE was my thesis project, a painful Synod coming and going; after a month of trying to please everyone I understood, I should do what I was told without complaint about signature and then undo it. Only that way, I got the prized signatures in 2006 that allowed me to get my degree as a Computer Engineer. I created OKay, my own business as a second alternative for an income.
In 2005 I moved to INFOTEC as Information Security consultant and I met Ricardo Hernandez, a friend since then. I became certified as a CISSP, CISA, CompTIA Linux and ITIL version 2. It was a job in which unnoticed I applied my knowledge of Linux, most acquired by the LinuXchangE project.
In 2007 I moved to INSYS S.A. de C.V. and in that stay, I got certified as CISM; I learned about the ISO'es beyond documentation, I participated in the team to get ISO27001 certification and I directed the first annual defense audit to maintain it. At this point, I decided that the bachelor was not enough to achieve my goals (get out of Mexico) and started a master at ITAM. At this time I decided to become more than an ordinary Linux user and take the next step as well; I became a Mandriva contributor (the new name of Mandrake), and in 2009 my contributions were published. I took care to keep updated as much server package related to my work, as it was concerned; Squid, Snort, among others. All my solutions were not only on Linux but on Mandriva.
I finished my master's degree with second-degree option (along with a trip to France for two months) in 2009 with a thesis that proposes to optimize Squid for maximum performance without changing equipment; performance measure was in terms of bandwidth savings. My algorithm achieving up to 30% of strokes in the Squid cache. It was not an easy thesis, I used LaTeX, a meta-language for writing complex documents, and it required a complex investigation and application of statistical methods, projections and theory of trees to reach the desired results. Although I had trouble learning a language more and master the necessary options, provided me with the editing work. In 2011 and I switched from Mandriva to Mageia under the same line of work.
On November 2, 2012, along with my wife and children, I left Mexico and we settled in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Under the leadership of Jonathan Sowah besides being my boss, he supported my dream of going to a better place for my family. Since these days I'm in the phone industry, to be precise, Voice over IP (VoIP). In this work I have come up with some creative solutions trying to solve trade problems: Twitbirds, a solution based advertising Twitter detecting your interests and send advertising based on this, the Katapulta a latin job portal.
In that epoch I met FusionPBX project, which I chose to give telephone services; as the early beginning only as a user, but later contributing. High availability, clustering, balancing and many bug fixes are some of my contributions; as consequence, I began a mutual help relationship with Mark J Crane, author of FusionPBX.
I must say I really loved that job. I was doing what I love to do. Everybody knows when you do what you love time does not matter. That said, I used to work between 8 and 10 hours a day without extra time paid. I must warn everyone who tries to work for AstraQom that the payment will not arrive on time, in my case I had always to remember the CEO when to pay me and it did not arrive on time. Lucky me, I am very organized with money and I was able to survive until the payment arrived.
On May 27th, 2014 I left AstraQom, I must say I expected a better deal since today (August 2014) I have not received communication from the company to give me legal papers required by law nor the payment of my 3 last week I worked with them. I know at least two more ex-employees who did not get their last payment. After some months of calling and calling, AstraQom has sent me my paperwork, but not the payment. (December 2016). This was a very difficult time, I put all my money on AstraQom and I let go my old customers from Mexico. By that time, my only income was AstraQom.
After a month of being laid off, I continued my FusionPBX development. I focused on finishing the Billing for FusionPBX and in January 2015 I published the first release. Since then I have been publishing updates. I also started to retake OKay as a serious business.
I took with calm the job hunting, and funny things are. In order to get more customers for my Billing for FusionPBX, I used the Twitbirds project. It was then when I met Marc Laporte. After some twitter texting, he decided to employ me. As my understanding, I joined his company Avantech (later rebranded as EvoluData) because of my VoIP knowledge and his desire to add some support by linking FusionPBX with WikiSuite. The true is, things did not go well. He started to request reports of all my daily activities minute per minute. I ended doing more things but nothing related to VoIP. He was not tolerant of my mistakes. To be fair, I must say I never had a late payment and when things worth it, I was able to work from home.
I must say this was not a job I loved. At the beginning, I was really excited and I wanted to do what I love to do. I tried to take over all servers management to keep them updated, monitored and put an infrastructure that allows everyone to work, but he did not let me. My last days I was only going as an obligation. Anyway, I should say among the positive things I learned some few technologies, I was introduced to the Syncthing project, and the web scrapping with CasperJS. I also met Miss Natalie Laporte (a very nice lady) and Mr. Charles Robert.
I should say Evoludata is not the best place to work as an employee but it is as a free-lancer. When I got sick, I struggled to report those daily 360 minutes over the week. I was able to split those minutes among the other days, but no way they were spared. The positive thing is it was very fair, at the end I got all my paperwork and there was no debt.
On May 27th, 2015 I left Avantech. It was a feelings mix-up. I was worried because I got not job, but I was relieved because I stopped doing something I did not like anymore. This time it was different, I have learned from my past. I had an income. No having EvoluData income hurt, but not as much as last time with AstraQom. I was able to survive and my income was stable. By that time I had EstoyEn, To Call Me and Super VPN projects plus the OKay consultant services.
I had started doing some more projects that I will talk later as I publish them.
Since then and now, any server or solution I play with must have Linux (by then Mandriva, Mageia now) and no option for me to use the proprietary software unless I have coded it.blog comments powered by Disqus