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I am a huge advocate of open source software, so I have been able to do a lot with community driven (free) options out there!
I have been an IT Consultant, IT Security Analyst, and an IT Engineer for over 25 years. In those years, I have achieved 22 Certificates, that have helped me provide efficiency, productivity, and smiles in the field. I LOVE teaching what I know, and most importantly, enjoy the satisfaction of sharing. I am a very "people oriented" person who understands that we all have our strengths, so understanding that, makes it ok for people to ask me anything they want to know! There is truly no dumb question, as I have been there! I teach using "real world examples" and stay very current with technology.
- Teaches students:
- Ages 5+ and special needs
- Teaching since:
Hello! My name is Matt! I love teaching technology, whether it's setting up a Minecraft server on a Raspberry Pi, Cool hacks and shortcuts on mobile devices, or simply, how to be better with securing your information.
I have spent 10 years travelling the United States, teaching people how to understand regulations regarding IT security (HIPAA), as well as how to make their day better! When I have done training presentations, I love to give "real word examples" that keep people interested, such as showing people what an actual computer virus looks like. I strongly believe that training needs to be fun and entertaining, to be successful! I also cannot emphasize the fact that I am fully aware that people may need to ask questions that they may feel is "dumb". No such thing. I have spent years teaching nurses, where a lot of them do not have a lot of technical proficiency, but we have to keep in mind, I can fix a server, they can fix a human! I have taken the task of learning Python on my own, and finding real world examples, have been instrumental in learning, and others I have shared with that has had the same success.
I also believe in transparency. I will only teach what I am confident in. My lifetime has been spent trying to learn everything I can about all the area's of IT, I have become very confident in a lot of areas. If I do not know the answer to something, I find it. I get immense satisfaction in being able to help someone either learn something, they have really been struggling with, or fix something that no-one else has been able to do, and all that, with some laughter and smiles!
In all of my training's, I teach people very good ways to use resources to continue/maintain the area's that you are trained on.
When I turned 16, and got my drivers license, I started helping friends, and friends of friends, friends relatives etc. with technology. In 1990, IT people were very rare, it was not nearly a resource that is as saturated as now. I had the very fortunate experience of getting involved in many projects! Back then, there was not an internet to get information, nor was anything 'Plug and Play' as it is today, so I learned so many things at the core level! The love I have for what I do, and the ability to really find my niche, was just awesome! As I get older, I want to start training and teaching anyone, everything I know! I don't feel much like crawling around up in ceiling tiles, or behind server racks much anymore. Here are some areas that I have experience in, as well as some skill traits.
Linux Server and Desktop
Microsoft Windows Server ™, Microsoft Windows®
Application hosting using Citrix and Microsoft Terminal Services.
VWmare – Virtual consolidation and Management
WAN Remote Management using VPN, Terminal Services, PCanywhere and VNC.
Custom computer design and assembly using proven quality products.
Network Analysis (sniffing)
Penetration testing and security auditing
Data Services (password recovery, data preservation/recovery)
LAN/WAN IT Consulting
HIPAA Knowledgeable can build a compliant environment.
Security, Able to test and build a secure environment.
Nationwide travel experience.
Professional, friendly attitude.
Melyx Corporation was a company that created Health Care Technology software for Long Term Care facilities (LTC). When I started, there was a need, for a vast majority of our customers, for IT services. I created a department for this, and started to consult LTC facility's around the United States. I personally consulted the entire IT infrastructure for just over 100 different homes. I gained a VAST array of knowledge doing this, as every single one was unique! While doing this, I noticed that a lot of the places just did not have adequate resources to run the software package, so I built one of the first ever cloud based options, for LTC back around 2003. This solution was built on a Microsoft platform, and became very successful! I learned myself, that one great way to learn, was to not be afraid of any challenge in front of me!+ Read More
I wanted to volunteer my skills to help people, so I joined the Alliance of Guardian Angels. As a CyberAngel I helped take cases of people who needed help with dealing with Internet Hacking, Internet Stalking, and Cyber Bullying, etc. I would help them deal with the situation to help educate and resolve issues, as well as teach them best practices on the Internet.+ Read More
Windows 98 Administrator, 8/8/1999, Tekmetrics
Windows 95 Power User, 8/8/1999, Tekmetrics
Windows 95 Administrator, 9/13/1999, Tekmetrics
AOL User, 6/15/2000, Brainbench
Internet Explorer 4 User 6/15/2000, Brainbench
Telephone Etiquette1/11/2001, Brainbench
Spelling (U.S.) 1/12/2001, Brainbench
Master MS Windows 98 Navigation 1/12/2001, Brainbench
Master Computer Fundamentals (Win95/98) 1/13/2001, Brainbench
MS Windows 95 Navigation 1/14/2001, Brainbench
Computer Technical Support 1/19/2001, Brainbench (This test I scored in the 99% percentile of all test takers, at the time)
Disaster Recovery and Planning 6/7/2006, Brainbench
Information Technology Security Fundamentals 5/9/2006, Brainbench
MS Windows Server 2003 Administration 5/8/2006, Brainbench
Spelling (U.S.) 4/9/2006, Brainbench
Telephone Etiquette 4/9/2006, Brainbench
Networking Concepts 4/9/2006, Brainbench
MS Windows XP Desktop Administration 4/6/2006, Brainbench
Computer Technical Support 4/6/2006, Brainbench
all of the above certificates were awarded through Brainbench.com (http://www.brainbench.com under public transcript# 93611)
SHARP, SF2020J SF2120J Analog Copier technical proficiency, June 1998,
SHARP, SF8300 SF8400 Analog Copier technical proficiency, June 15 1998
SHARP, SF2116 SF2118 Analog Copier technical proficiency, July 2 1998