My name is Doug Smith, from Upstate New York (3 hours north of New York City). I have worked in the information technology field for over 14 years. I am currently a VMware Certified Professional (3/4/5), a former CCNP and CCDP; as well as a MCSE.
I have always had a great passions for computers and technology. It started when I received my first computer, a Commodore 64. Learning about what an operating system was and programming in BASIC and even machine language (which was even a challenge on the 6502 processor). I was later introduced to the x86 computers when I was given an IBM clone with a 486SX processor and VGA graphics. It was this time I learned about Linux. I downloaded a version from a BBS (Bulletin Board System) which took a few days on my blazingly fast 56k modem. I also convinced a family member to get me a copy of OS/2 Warp. Eventually i got into Windows where you could tell this was the future as they were giving it away with each new computer.
After sometime and a couple of computers later, I finally got the break I was looking for, I got a job at CompUSA! (At least I thought it was great at the time). While I did not plan on staying there too long it was a great time and I lucked out and met someone special who would later become my wife. While at CompUSA, I was able to rekindle my passion for computers. I learned about certifications and their importance withing the IT field. I bought the Netwroking essentials book and a copy of Windows NT Server and started learning. When I left CompUSA about 6 months later I left with my MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) certification.
I left to go work on an outsourced help desk for General Electric. It was a great experience where I continued my studies and received my first MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) certification.