Last updated: 20140625-1949
I am looking for new customers, new contracts; projects focused on infrastructure, operations, process and workflows. Remote, part-time, and preferably long-term.
Systems administration, migrations and upgrades. Development and deployment of the backend systems that run on top, automated workflows that process incoming data to be fit for purpose.
See below for examples, and some background.
LAMP-based shared hosting; WordPress, custom code, the works. The care and feeding of shared systems, keeping them secure.
Custom web hosting based on NGINX/Apache, front-end caching.
Email done right; SMTP relay services (MX), submission, backend mailbox servers. POP3/IMAP. Dovecot, Courier, CommuniGate Pro, even Exchange. Exchange alternatives. NGINX as a frontend mail proxy. SPF, DMARC. Currently working on implementing DANE with Postfix.
DNS services; internal, external, split-horizon. Authoritative, caching resolvers, increasingly focused on DNSSEC deployment.
Domain registration and portfolio management. Acquisition and consolidation, interaction with registries and brokers, defensive registration, monitoring, API integration. Experience with sunrise and landrush applications for new domain names.
SSL/TLS everywhere, currently with a heavy focus on things like Perfect Forward Secrecy and HSTS.
Virtualization; started with VMware Workstation when it became available, in 1999, and later VMware GSX Server. Have been running various virtualization technologies in production for years, such as VMware, KVM, OpenVZ and LXC.
Worked with various cloud providers, such as Linode, Digital Ocean, CloudVPS, TransIP, Microsoft Azure. Dipping toes into the Amazon pool soon.
Do you support IPv6 yet? Would love to get you started!
Local area network services such as DHCP, printing, file services, monitoring and management of network hardware. Firewalls on Linux, OpenBSD etc. Caching proxies, access control and filtering, such as in educational environments.
OS X and Linux are my platforms of choice, depending on the task at hand, but I also work with Windows, *BSD and various commercial Unix flavours.
Client deployment and management; imaging, automated installation. Primarily OS X, but will take on other platforms as needed. Configuration management is an area of interest, too, currently poking at Puppet.
Python when Bash isn’t fit for purpose. Automator, a wee bit of AppleScript here and there. HTML/CSS, although it’s been a while since I did web development. Working knowledge of PHP, Perl and several other languages, generally enough for testing, maintenance, and troubleshooting.
For new projects I’d probably pick PostgreSQL over MySQL, but sometimes MySQL is just the simple, well-supported option. Experience with Filemaker, Microsoft SQL Server, and Oracle.
Migrations between platforms, versions, providers, from one server or service to another. Temporary infrastructure to support this, project management.
This list could go on for a while, but in the interest of attention spans and such I’ll stop here :-) Will happily discuss details however, pick up on new things!
Started as a web developer in ‘95, from a design background. Built sites for national broadcasters, big brands, and so on. Did graphic design, DTP, other print work, repurposed old PC hardware into a firewall and a AppleTalk fileserver, and kind of drifted into systems administration from there.
Worked for another print/design firm, a high-end Oracle/Microsoft consulting company when Oracle on Linux was brand new, built us a datacenter, a client a multi-national VPN network, a too-early Netflix-type system, various other consulting gigs, and event support such as conferences and stadium concerts.
Another print/design firm with a heavy focus on a web-to-print workflow and large scale storage, various smaller gigs, then worked for a media company that did artist management, events, and television production.
And even though wiring up stadiums for ad-hoc internet connectivity and such is good fun, this is where I hit the wall hard, seven years ago, and burned out :-(
This forced me to be honest with myself about who I am, and in 2008 I decided to start working towards my transition, and become the woman I have always been. It’s been a long and rather rocky road since then, and what remains of my old network is pretty much tapped out in terms of available work.
Which is why I am posting this on the Internet now, reluctantly, to see if casting a wider net might yield new customers, without exposing myself too much. My transition isn’t yet complete, and I feel that linking me to a dead name is still too easy.
For actual work we’d expand to real names, of course, but for first contact I rather prefer this cloak I’ve crafted for myself.
Anyway, if you are looking for a skilled, thorough contractor with a focus on operations and a long history of tackling tough problems, introduce yourself via sindarina at gmail! :-)
I work remotely, from the Amsterdam area, and am mostly on Central European Time. Preferred method of communication is email, or one of the various realtime chat options. Phone is generally considered for emergencies only.
I am looking for new clients; contracting work, hosted services, not a job. No headhunters, please.
And just in case it isn’t obvious; I fall into the LGBT spectrum, and have strong opinions on gay/trans/women’s rights, diversity, equal pay, and so on. You don’t need to agree with me, but you do need to be able to be professional, and keep any disagreements on this out of the work sphere.
Thanks for your time!