My name is Kim Pedersen.
I have been in this IT game for a while. My first computer was a Commodore 64 which my step dad bought, and i used it quite heavily. It had all the gadgets of the time, including not only a tape drive, but also a disk drive (5,25″ disks).
My real interest started when i was 14 and was able to buy my first Amiga 1200 computer. It was a power horse at the time. It was also a lot better at games, and i used it for that quite alot. A bit later i bought an Amiga 600 in order to play even more games, because this computer was compatible with more games. While this was happening, we were also playing around with the operating system on the Amiga, namely Workbench. All the while, this new “PC” computer based on the IBM architecture was making its inroads. My friends started getting these PC’s, and after a while it seemed like the next logical step to make.
My first PC was an Intel 486dx100, running at an amazingly 100mhz clock rate. On this machine, i learned how to program using Turbo Pascal. It was a great time, and i learned a lot of the inner workings of the computer.
After that I kept upgrading my computer, and generally learning alot more about different things. Especially Gnu/Linux was a huge deal for me. I am still a solid user of Debian Gnu/Linux on my server box. To me it has always been the natural choice for alot of cpu intensive work. I started out with Slackware which i used for a very long time. I then switched to Debian Gnu/Linux after getting tired of compiling everything by hand 🙂
When you have worked with these less-than-easy-OS’s, you learn your way around software and hardware. I highly recommend it for every engineer.
After graduating i started working as a programmer, working on backend systems for large business-to-business websites. Basically it involved alot of Gnu/Linux programming. It was all good fun.
The next job i worked started as being a programmer, but along the way i got more and more into enterprise infrastructure administration. This involved going to different countries and installing their networks and server systems.
Thats when the networking part came into my life for good. I started working with more and more Cisco gear, even if i had no theoretical background to do so.
A while ago i decided to go into this “Cisco business”. I had heard many good things about being a CCNA. Especially to learn about networks and networking in general was appealing to me. Getting to know the technologies that you use every day and that provides most of our infrastructure during our daily lives seemed like a very good idea.
The bug bit me, and i started to do my CCNA studies. It was extremely interesting and i learned sooo much each and every day. I put alot of effort into it. I was put into a class that ran about 3 days every month for 6 months. In between you had to do alot of reading in a bunch of books. I had never read so much about the same category (Networking) before. Even though i used to be a programmer in my previous life, this was mainly learning a programming language. The networking world is VERY different.
At the end of the 6 months, i booked and passed the CCNA exam.
Almost immediately i started studying for the CCNP exam(s). This was a huge step up from the CCNA for me. There’s alot more detail involved, and it requires a deeper understanding of all the material, and especially how it interacts.
You can contact me by using the information below if you have any questions/suggestions or just about anything.
Real Life Name: Kim Pedersen
Email: k.jungle (at) gmail.com
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