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Who is behind this blog? Why do you do it?
My name is Major Hayden, and yes, Major is my first name. I’ve been a Linux system administrator for about 6 years, and along the way, there have been many influential people who have taught me best practices, problem solving skills, and patience. I feel that this blog is a way to give back to those who have helped me, and to those who are still learning.
What’s your background in technology?
Technology has always been something which captivates me. When I was very young, my parents bought a Tandy 386SX and within a few months, I knew more about it than they did. Many years later, I began designing websites and writing HTML without knowing what was going on behind the scenes.
A good friend came to me and asked me if I’d ever tried Gentoo. I scoffed at Gentoo and went back to my point-and-click Mandriva installation. He was persistent, and we spent all night installing Gentoo on an old machine (if you’ve never used Gentoo, you won’t understand why it took all night). After that, I was hooked. I’ve been managing Linux and Windows environments in small and large configurations since 2002.
I’ve also worked at an SSL Certificate Authority, worked on ambulances, and sacked groceries.
What are you doing now?
I’m leading a talented group of engineers and architects as the Chief Security Architect at Rackspace. We’re working to create frameworks for securing company data while increasing security awareness at the company. It’s an uphill battle but I love it.
If there’s anything else you want to know, or if you have comments, I’m all ears.