Update 0: My First Post (tl;dr warning)




This is my first official blog post. I have been debating on creating a tech blog for quite some time. I was hesitant about it because I knew myself so well that I may not devote enough time or to write since I can get occupied with some stuff every once in a while. What inspired me to write this blog was the fact that I have decided to embark on a journey to become a Linux administrator. Sure there were time where I have thought about doing networking, security, and system administration, but they weren’t possible for me to pursue at the time. To prepare for the CCIE, I’d need routers, switches, and an electric bill to my name. I currently live with my mother, and I don’t think she’d be happy to see the bill if I was labbing everyday. To prepare for the MCITP:EA, I would need to build a new server, preferably a standalone Hyper-V server or VMware ESXi server. And guess what? Microsoft decided to expire their MCITP exams by the end of next July. So that’s a no-no for me. The Cisco and Microsoft routes weren’t economical for me to take on, but I plan to revisit the vendor territories later when I move out of my mom’s home.

Before I start blogging, I should tell you a little more about myself. The first thing you should be aware of is that I’m an infosec noob! Lol, I would like to think I am one just to be safe than sorry. To make a good analogy, I’d say I have an orange belt in IT. Just so you know, I am no guru yet, but I am embarking on that journey as we speak. Any old advice you take from my blog site, you are at your own risk. I shall not be held responsible for your foolish mistakes for trying to use my solutions for your employer’s infrastructures.

I’m in my mid-20’s, and I’ve been studying IT as a student since Fall 2007. I got an Associate in Applied Science in Computer Technology and I unofficially graduated from Western Governors University last month with a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology with a security emphasis. Why unofficial? If you were an WGU alumni, you would know what a six-month term is. On my third and last undergraduate term, I completed all my degree requirements within a month, and I had 5 more months left. I decided to accelerate into their graduate program, so I can save 5 months worth of tuition I already paid for. I am currently pursuing a Master of Science in Information Security and Assurance, and my goal is to touch all ten CISSP Common Body of Knowledge (CBK) domains that are supposedly covered in the program. Upon completing the program, I  plan to take the CISSP exam after reviewing the study materials.

By the time you read this, I am sure you are wondering if I have at least some IT experiences. Well, I’ve never worked in IT permanently for more than 3 consecutive months, and that is my next step… to find a permanent full-time job. I only had a few internship experiences, and I previously worked for a large corporation. Before I worked there,  for some reasons I had always believe that the jobs at large corporations are the most exciting jobs. It turned out that the bureaucracy in the organization was too massive that even a small change requests can take more than days. I did not get the ideal position I had in mind. Nevertheless, I had a great experience there as an intern, networking with many colleagues and upper-level people. I only wish I was placed with the right team in the right department.

I have a couple of IT certifications, but most of them aren’t as glamorous as I thought it’d be when I first got I got my A+. I have the CompTIA trios grandfathered into lifetime certs. I also got Project+ as part of my bachelor degree requirement. The only certifications I am currently proud of are my CCNA and CCNA Security. I took the two-test route to get my CCNA.

So here I am working on my first Linux certification. I am not completely unfamiliar with UNIX/Linux. However, I am still learning the intricacy of the operating system itself. I haven’t dealt with variant versions of UNIX until lately I have decided to pursue the RHCSA. According to my findings, FreeBSD and Solaris are popular UNIX distros on the market. I was able to get a hold of a copy of  Oracle Solaris 10 (actually, only two of us know that it’s really Sun Microsystems Solaris 10) from Oracle website. Of course, I do not have the official support for it, but I played around with it briefly, and I have to say it is a completely different beast. Even it’s distinguishable from its UNIX counterpart, BSD. Why am I messing around with UNIX rather than Linux? Well, I figured UNIX is the best approach to learning Linux than dealing with the Linux’s GUI. I need to understand how Linux derived from UNIX as I do not want to get picked on by senior UNIX/Linux admins that are supposed to mentor me one day. Once I get the UNIX stuff down, I probably will be able to tackle the Linux problems with little trouble. I am currently reading Your Unix: The Ultimate Guide 2nd Edition by Sumitabha Das.


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