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2013 Ramble Summary

2013

So, 2012 went by far too quickly. I think I definitely have reached a zen with my life and have started appreciating it even more every day. I have an amazing new job in Marina Del Rey, where I work with the best group of people I’ve ever met. I purchased my first new car in September 2012, choosing the 2013 Scion FR-S; I had been following it for a few years on the automotive blogs and it was definitely in a good price range. My girlfriend was supportive and the numbers made sense so I did it!

My New Car - 2013 Scion FR-S (Grace in background, taken in Malibu Hills)
My New Car – 2013 Scion FR-S (Grace in background, taken in Malibu Hills)

 

I’m definitely in love with my girlfriend Grace, we live together with our 2 cats and 1 year old Labrador. Happily, I might add 🙂 This year my goal is to lose weight, eat healthier, and all that cliche stuff. I definitely mean it this year though, I have an ambitious goal of 50 lbs to lose. If I type it online in a post like this then I figure I’m committed a bit more.

I think I’ll try and make this blog a little more technical, so in between short personal posts I’ll post things that might be helpful for the internets as I’m always learning and trying new things at work. Did I mention, I love my job?

 

I promise it won’t be a year till my next post.

 

-Kyle

 

What A Ride It’s Been, and What An Adventure It Will Be

Me with a few extra pounds and some facial hair.
Me with a few extra pounds and some facial hair.

Hello Everyone! It has been well over a year since I have posted to this blog, and for that I’m not sure if I want to apologize. We all know that people get so caught up in their own lives, that it can be sometimes difficult to keep up with others.

For the past year, I have been living in Austin TX working at HostGator as a Security Administrator. I have truly enjoyed working at HostGator, and have benefited from it more than I could have asked to. My last day at HostGator is on the 23rd (This Thursday), as I pursue other opportunities in my life. (More below.)

HostGator
HostGator

I am about to embark on one of the largest adventures so far in my life, as I have accepted a new position in Los Angeles, California working at Dreamhost as a Systems Administrator. I’m really excited about this, and I feel confident that I am ready to take on any challenges I may encounter.

Dreamhost - My New Employer in Los Angeles California
Dreamhost - My New Employer in Los Angeles California

I’ve also recently adopted a puppy, named JJ. He is a Lab/Retriever mix, and he’s a bundle of fun.

JJ
JJ

 

 

I’m sort of ready for the drive to LA, not entirely looking forward to the 20 hour drive, but we shall see how I do.

Until next time.

-Kyle

RackSpace Interview

Well guys, today was my interview at RackSpace’s San Antonio Headquarters. It went ok, I was extremely nervous, and there were only two people interviewing me so it was intimidating (Who do I look at, what are they going to ask me, is it good cop bad cop? lol). I applied for the Level I Linux Systems Administrator (1st Shift) position.

I really hope I get this job for the following reasons:

  1. I want to be a Systems Administrator (It’s the career path I am pursuing)
  2. I knew it was a relaxed, laid back but hard at work company with a fun environment, but I simply fell in love when the reality of seeing it in person hit.
  3. The people I HAVE talked to who work @ RackSpace seem really cool, and I think the people you work with make the job.
  4. When I stepped in I knew I belonged there because a nerf bullet was stuck to the window in the lobby…really high up. (Haha)
  5. The managed support room is to fall in love with, you can tell the people there are awesome based simply off of how they decorate their cubicles.
  6. Everybody is really nice
  7. I love computers
  8. I love helping people
  9. The fact that, during my interview, they used humor like I do. (Some people take things too seriously, work AND play is the motto right?)
  10. If I get this job, I can get the certifications, move up in the company, afford college, have a successful future doing what I love to do and getting PAID to do it.

and I could go on and on and on…but in the mean time, lets just hope I get the job. If not, I already told them they’ll be seeing me again.

I want this, badly, not because it’s a JOB…it is NOT about the money…it is really about being able to do what I love to do and actually getting paid to do it.

So my feelings are now transferred to the Internets.

Thank you internet, and wish me luck. Either I am going to be getting it or I will not, the phone call or email will tell.

[UPDATE: Thank you everyone, especially Rackers for all the emails, tweets, and other motivational support provided. ]
UPDATE:

I’ve noticed that a majority of the people that end up on my blog end up here by searching for “RackSpace Interview” or “Phone Interview”, and so on and so forth.

I can offer all prospective Rackers some advice, from me, personally:

  1. Be yourself.
  2. Don’t think you know more than you do, respect what you do know, and figure out how you can make that work for the company in general.
  3. Go in there with an good attitude. It’s serious, but have a sense of humor.
  4. Don’t wear a suit
  5. Dress nicely.
  6. We’re (Rackers) people too. Awesome people.

These are just a few of my personal recommendations and they are by no means an full list of how to show up for an RackSpace interview. Do as you see fit, just remember it’s a great company who wants to hire great people who want to do equally great things. I do not represent the management, or hiring staff and these suggestions do not come from them in any way, just my 2 cents.

Don’t stress the call back (Yeah…right, I was on edge every time my phone’s screen turned on.) It will happen eventually just calm down.

RackSpace Linux Systems Admin


I got this email yesterday from Rackspace Hosting:

Hi Kyle,

My name is and I am a Recruiter for Rackspace Hosting. We received your resume for the Linux System Administrator position and I would like to discuss this opportunity further with you. Please indicate a good time for us to talk for about 20-30 minutes.

Thanks!


So I am going to give the recruiter a call today, I am extremely nervous, but I shouldn’t be. After all, I was a *nix systems administrator for 4 years.

Wish me luck.

[UPDATE: The phone interview went very well, I have another interview this coming Tuesday. Wish me luck]

InvisionGaming and KJServers – No More

I’ve come back, check out my new business: www.CustomHostingSolutions.com


My online business now cease’s to exist. This economy hit me hard, among possible administrative mistakes on my part. A company I spent 4 1/2 years building up, is now totally non-existant.

Great….It was fun while it lasted. I learned more then I could EVER hope to, and will carry many lessons on with me for the rest of my life that happened BECAUSE of running my own business…

I want to thank SharkTech Internet Services for giving us everything we needed to succeed, even if we lost in the end. At one point InvisionGaming was pulling in 3x more then was needed to cover costs.

We would like to thank all of our past customers for supporting us, Especially Stratos.

A HUGE thanks goes out to James King, Without his support none of anything would have happened.

The company grew as I matured, it matured. I plan on restarting the company one day, when I have the money to do so.

Thank you everybody. It’s emotional to let go.

Please Note: InvisionGaming/KJServers are in NO WAY/SHAPE/FORM Affiliated with Invision-Gaming.co.uk

I end this post with a LOLCat: