G'day, I'm Mike! Computer generalist, percussionist, humanist, and dad. Sometimes also a computer-percussionist.
I enjoy meeting and engaging with people, and solving customers' technical problems by being their trusted ambassador to experienced technologists within the company. With my Support role I'm sure to be asking for help from all parts of GitLab. Hit me up for a coffee chat!
More than twenty years as a support sysadmin
I like computers, tinkering and programming many kinds from 1980s onward
Grew up and live in Tasmania, the island to the south of Australia's mainland
Married since 1998, father of 3 boys
Animals: dog, cat, chickens
Hobbies: taiko drumming, walking, technical blogging, hacking (software and hardware)
I grew up in Northern Tasmania in the 1980s, cutting my teeth on 8-bit British micro's, eagerly typing in codes from computer magazines and library books. After graduating from Uni of Tasmania I moved to Sydney, then the Blue Mountains, and spent 15 years cat-hurding at major IT corporations on all sorts of computers from mainframes to mobiles. My family and I returned to Tassie in 2013, where since I have been working as a support sysop for Linux-based web systems. My wife Jenny and I juggle three boys and various animals, in a little house South of Hobart.
When not computing, I like to read, walk our dog while listening to music, or audio books, podcasts and Support Week In Review. I also cycle (casually) and play music. I play percussion, keyboards, a little bit of blues harp, and code. I also play trombone since I was ten, but not since our first child. With the family I like to play card- or board-games, and I regularly get involved in the boys' Scouting activites.
How you can help me
It matters to me that I can say your name properly, even though I'm terrible at it. So do tell me if I say it wrong =)
The same goes for unconcious biases: if I do or say something to upset you, please tell me about it, if you feel able. I want to un-learn biases and be as inclusive as I can be.