I started this page back in 1996 when I started my first tech job with Warwick Online. The life of a telephone tech support geek could get pretty monotonous so the opportunity to vent my frustrations for the world to see was very attractive. Back then I was one of the leaders in the “Everything / Nothing” category when just a few people actually started out doing what would eventually be called a WebLog or eventually – blog.
Personally I can’t stand the term ‘blog,’ it sounds like the noise made when someone is about to vomit excessively. As such that’s what blogging has become, a bunch of people with no real communication skills vomiting online. Everyone has a blog these days – it used to be a niche and now it is the norm. Several times I’ve considered just throwing in the towel, shutting off the server, and getting away from this thing.
Originally I think the first title for this page was Marlin’s Place. Marlin being the model of wristwatch I wore at the time (which I still want back, damn it). That continued to change with my moods, eventually landing here at tothemetal.net where the site was called – To The Metal (Who needs a pedal to live To The Metal?). About a year back I brought up Marlin’s Place again, then Mixed Signals, and now “Observations of a Life in Chaos” which is where I’ve been for the past 5 years since my life took an unexpected turn for the divorce court.
As for me, I’m a 38 year old systems and network engineer – I maintain and repair systems large and small, as well as the networks that connect them together. While it is a good living it can also be down-right frustrating at times, many times over the past 20 years I assure you.