I’m Jason Antman, and this is my blog. I was born in February 1987 in New Jersey, USA, where I still reside. I graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ, USA in October, 2009 with a bachelor’s degree Information Technology and Informatics. I’m a geek, and proud of it. I work full-time (4 days/week – gotta love flex time) as a Systems Administrator for Rutgers, mainly doing Linux admin/architecture work, a bit of PHP and other assorted programming and lots of work with RUwireless, the university’s wireless network, which supports ~50,000 users and has coverage over a large portion of the University’s 711 buildings. My big projects have involved designing and implementing a comprehensive monitoring, backup and automation solution for our production systems, relying heavily on Puppet, and doing a ground-up redesign of our DHCP infrastructure (supporting all computer lab machines, ResNet (dorm) users and wireless users).
I’m a Free Software advocate, and use Free software (aka “open source”) almost exclusively both at work and at home. Linux is my operating system of choice, specifically the OpenSuSE distribution on my desktops and CentOS for servers. I’ve been Linux exclusively since December 2006, and have been using SuSE/OpenSuSE since version 7.3 in October, 2001. All of my web sites are hosted from a pile of servers in my home, though the administration takes up a large part of my time. I enjoy programming, mainly in PHP and Python, though I don’t always take the time to craft the Right Solution. I’m also a bit of a hardware tinkerer, constantly collecting old systems to play with and doing a bit of embedded work now and then.
When I’m not at the terminal, I spend a lot of my free time volunteering with the Midland Park Ambulance Corps. I’ve been riding as an EMT since March, 2005, and also handle programming and administration of their back-end systems including wireless connectivity, patient care reports, scheduling and roster, etc. As such, it’s also fallen in my lap to do some radio communications work and a healthy bit of automotive electrical work. I drive a Ford F-350 pickup (diesel), which you’d need to pry out of my cold, dead hands. I’m living in the house I grew up in, with the love of my life and Krishia, my cainine “brother”.