UPDATE 3/2/12: The contest period is now closed, NetApp sincerely thanks all of the finalists and voters! All of the videos were thoroughly entertaining, but in the end Mike T came away with the victory and the title of IT's Top Survivor!
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While Mike T. may not be a master bartender, his twenty-year career in IT has left him with a host of IT survival skills, including an unmatched ability to ballroom dance around the server room.
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More about Mike...
What do you do for a living?
My twenty year career has taken me from help desk, to server admin, to network admin, to web developer, to application architect, to now data security analyst. I am responsible for system, network, and data security, as well as our security awareness program.
Describe yourself in three words
Left-brained word fetishist
How did you first fall in love with IT?
I started programming in BASIC when I was nine, moving on to 6502 assembler when I was twelve. When I was thirteen, my dad had a client who couldn't connect to his minicomputer remotely. He told them, "My son is pretty good with computers. Would you mind if he took a look?" He brought me in, and after a few minutes of reviewing the docs, it became clear what was going on: error compression and data correction were interfering with the synchronous communication channel. After changing the initialization string to disable them, the connection worked flawlessly. That was the first "professional" time I felt the rush of solving a technical problem, and have been hooked ever since!
If you had to hibernate in a server room for a year, what three things would you take with you?
My six year old son, my iPad to help keep him busy when I'm fixing stuff (and keep me busy when he's sleeping!), and enough energy drinks to keep up with him
If you could be any cartoon character, who would you be?
Futurama's Bender! He's rough around the edges, but has a good enough heart. He's gifted at what he does, but has some unexpected hidden talents, like cooking and folk music.
Any other fun facts that set you apart?
I love dancing, especially ballroom and Latin. I enjoy entering sweepstakes, and while I have won some fabulous prizes, a small tin of bacon candy is still one of my favorite wins. I have a motorcycle I love to ride, and hope to win the Vespa scooter from NetApp so my wife can join me on her own set of wheels!