I love coffee. Not just any coffee. I prefer a very strong French Roast from Peet’s or Starbucks. I can drink an espresso and then go to bed. Coffee seems to not affect me.
I am a software engineer and enterprise architect with over three decades of experience. Almost all the products I helped develop became industry successes. Unix, SCSI, Disk Arrays, Paragon, Norton Ghost, and Storage Manager. Except for Unix, I was the CTO, software architect, and a major software contributor. I have participated as a founder with three companies that went from startup to acquisition via IBM, AT&T, and Symantec. I have served as a board member with several companies including Microsoft Technology and Linux (responsible for Linux kernel and storage). I consulted with Microsoft during and after the acquisition of GitHub.
Today I design cloud systems focusing heavily on security and networking, and where applicable apply current AI technologies from Google such as Bard and Gemini, while writing enterprise-class backend software. Authentication and Identity Systems are also favorites. I am a three-time MVP – currently MVP Cloud Networking and Cloud Security. I am an Alibaba Cloud MVP, and AWS Expert. I am a former Microsoft MVP and Google Cloud Platform GDE.
For the past two years, I have been deploying Google services to develop new AI products and services. I have been analyzing many businesses to apply AI to solve common problems, with a focus on knowledge-type systems to improve management, employee efficiency, and customer interaction. I have also been applying AI to security systems to detect and deter theft from both internal and external sources.
In September 2022, I was awarded the Google Cloud Champion Innovator for Data Analytics. In January 2023, I was awarded the Anaconda Pegasus award for my work on PyScript (pdf). I was the only recipient of this award for 2022. In August 2023, I was awarded the Google Cloud Champion Innovator for Security and Networking.
I support Alibaba, AWS, Azure, Google, IBM, and Oracle clouds. I have fifteen cloud certifications across multiple vendors and over 14 years of experience with AWS, about 12 with Azure, and about 10 with Google.
I have extensive experience in AI, Machine Learning (ML), Large Language Models (LLM), vision, security, file system forensics, authentication, and identity.
Occasionally I do public presentations and speeches. You can listen to me talk about the various clouds here and here. Update: Jan 2024 – those links have gone offline. The company was acquired by INE. I will contact the current company CEO to get copies of the original recordings. I have lectured at NASA Ames Research Center, Oxford, AT&T, Honeywell, Microsoft, IBM, and many times for Novell.
My favorite cloud service is Google Cloud Run, which is a fantastic product. However, I do most of my work deploying to traditional virtual machines, load balancers, databases (MySQL and MongoDB), and cloud storage.
I take part in Stackoverflow almost every day for a few minutes. You can see my profile here. I am a big fan of Qwiklabs. You can see my profile here. Microsoft Learn is another favorite for Microsoft and Azure. You can see my profile here.
For hobbies, I ride horses with my dogs when the weather permits. I am a private pilot – both single and multi-engine. I play golf from late spring thru early fall. I no longer ski (ankle accident) but I spend time at the lodge enjoying dinner and the view. Playing billiards (snooker) is another favorite.