Hello, my name is Matt Cooper. I've been an IT “Pro” for a couple of years but, I've been dabbling in home labbing (yes, that's a verb I just made up) and technology for years.
I cut my teeth in the private security sector and as an insurance claims adjuster but, eventually ended up landing a career in the IT field (and I couldn't be happier). I can't believe I actually get paid to work with enterprise-grade hardware.
I've been called a jack of all trades and, as far as I can tell, that's a pretty accurate statement.
Technology, Privacy, and Homelab
I enjoy tinkering with tech in my homelab which consists of a 44u, enclosed cabinet that's nearly filled to the brim with servers of varying types/sizes. Most of it is for virtualization, in one form or another. I could host a separate blog on the contents of the rack but, I might just save the bits and pieces for another day. Without going into too much detail; I'm running several ESXI Hypervisor boxes that include numerous operating systems via virtual machines.
While I'm not a privacy expert, I'm certainly an advocate on the subject. I've done my best to de-google where possible and support TOR. In fact, I host a TOR Relay to help strengthen the TOR Network.
For a period of time, I managed a gun shop in the Florida area so, naturally, I have an appreciation for firearm nomenclature and an affinity for shooting/range time. I'm never pushy about the subject and reserve my thoughts but, I'm always happy to talk shop if you're genuinely interested.
At this stage, I'm still a little new to the Linux scene. I'm behind the thought/concept of using Linux devices over Windows/Mac, etc. but, I'm not a guru in that department. I'm still learning quite a bit about Linux and the innerworkings of the subject but, it certainly has my attention. At the time of this blog post, I'm running PopOS as a daily driver and absolutely loving it.
I enjoy cooking and, more specifically, grilling/smoking meats of varying types. Chances are, at some point, I'll write about making beef jerky, smoking pork butts, or preserving foods.
I'm a father to the coolest little girl in the entire world and my wife is also pretty incredible. Not to mention, she puts up with me and allows me to do all of my nerdy/geeky stuff, without questioning. I love them both and they mean the world to me.
While I leave my Facebook account active (mainly for keeping a contact method for old friends), I've made my home on Fosstodon which is an instance on Mastodon. @Kev and @Mike recently asked me to take over as the Community Manager for Fosstodon and I've really been enjoying it.