This post is part of a series of posts entitled How I Work. They are putting a spotlight on one of the talented contributors of TechSnips. Enjoy!
Where are you located?
Located in North New Jersey. Born and raised!
What is/are your current gig (s)?
Currently, I'm a DevOps Engineer. I also do public speaking at Microsoft meet-ups, write a tech blog, and formerly did a podcast called The rollback. My newest is being an E-Trainer on Techsnips :)
What's one word to describe your work?
Ever-changing. In the world of DevOps and being agile, the ability to change direction quickly is necessary.
What apps, software, or tools can't you live without?
- Google Keep - I take notes and set reminders for myself.
- Podcast app on iOS - I love listening to podcasts on my way to work.
- Chrome - Even though it eats all of my RAM, my bookmarks are life!
- OneNote - Keeping notes for things like new blogs, new things I learn, and topics to cover, etc.
- Visual Studio Code - VSCode has become my go-to editor. With all of the extensions, it's a no-brainer.
- PowerShell ISE - I personally like testing my code in ISE. It feels cleaner to me for testing purposes.
- Windows Terminal - I now work in a Microsoft environment after coming from a Linux environment. I missed my terminal on my Mac SO much. The ability to open new tabs, change between servers, and not have to worry about a GUI. With Windows Terminal, it brings comfort for Linux folks to Windows.
- Slack - Slack has become a way that I not only keep in touch with co-workers whenever, wherever, but a way to keep in-touch with my friends as well.
- 1Password - One-stop shop to store passwords. After LastPass had a security breach a few years back, I switched over to 1Password and never looked back.
- Amazon Kindle - To read all of the tech books that I buy on Amazon on-the-go
- Docker Desktop - I use Docker a lot for work and personal projects. The ability to spin up containers for testing purposes on Windows is far more efficient than needing a Linux VM.
- Azure DevOps - One stop shop for my Kanban board, CI/CD, Wiki, etc.
What does your workspace look like?
My desktop is a custom-built rig. 8th gen I7, 16GB of RAM, 500GB SSD, 1TB WD Black edition for storage, and an RTX 2080 (I'm a PC gamer). My laptop to the left is a Dell XPS. 7th gen I7, 32GB of RAM, and a GTX 1050Ti. I love it for traveling. Below my desk is a Dell T450 Tower Server. I run ESXi 6.7 on it.
What's a typical work week look like?
It honestly all depends. My company is global, so sometimes I have meetings late in the evening and work during the day. Typically I'm in the office by 8:30 and out between 5:10-5:20 and work on things at night. I have 2 and a half-year-old son, so I try my best to keep a work/life balance while keeping in mind that I work hard so he has the best life possible.
What do you like the best about your role?
I like that DevOps is really hot right now. A lot of the new tooling that comes out always has a DevOps mindset. I'm a firm believer that DevOps isn't a role, but a philosophy you practice. I really enjoying the tooling that comes with practicing DevOps.
What's something about you that no one knows about?
I'm very into my hair and styling. Blow-dry, comb, gel. It has to be perfect :)
What do you listen to while you work?
Typically house music.
What do you wish you could change about your work?
Nothing at the moment. No job is perfect, so I just roll with it.
Is there anything else you'd like to add that might be interesting to readers?
First and foremost, thank you for taking the time to improve your tech chops and take your knowledge to the next level. Not everyone has it in them to do that, so know right off the bat that you stand out. Work hard but always ensure you make time for family and friends.
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