Hi all. This is my obligatory intro post. The name (on the web, at least) is Grimm. I'm 28(ish), the father of four, a computer geek by day and writer by night, a once and future IT pro. I got into the field straight out of college in the good ol' NT 4.0 days. I got halfway to the NT 4.0 MCSE before I landed my internship and subsequent first job and got sidetracked. Spent most of my time as a high level help desk guy. Left the industry after I got sick of being laid off, bought out, outsourced, downsized, and whatever else. Took some time off to really examine what I wanted to do, then kicked myself because this IS what I want to do. So I'm trying to get back into the industry, going after a few certs to update my skills, and building networks locally and abroad to keep tabs on the job market. I'm not the stereotypical "geek"... I wasn't playing on Commodore 64's when I was little (had an Atari 2600 and every Nintendo ever, that was it), I wasn't ripping apart IBM's or making DOS beep at the public library, I wasn't and am not currently a math whiz, and to this day I'm terrible at programming. I never even touched a real computer (read: any computer that's not an Apple; the IIe's in my elementary school don't count) until I was a sophomore. I found I had an aptitude for figuring out how to effectively use a computer, installing, troubleshooting, etc. I received a bit of culture shock in college and in my first few jobs when I saw the extent of what you have to know to be an effective IT pro though. Being better than the average joe at using or modifying a computer, and being a quality IT pro are vastly different things and it's a lesson I learned the hard way. (And part of why I left for awhile.) Now that I know the scope of what I'm getting into (you could say I was a "paper almost-MCSE" who is now legitimizing himself), I'm looking forward to getting back into things. I have a fondness for server administration and network security so I'm focusing my energies there at the moment. And if you haven't already noticed, I have a penchant for being fairly long-winded. That's me in a nutshell. A very large nutshell. I look forward to being involved here and hopefully expanding what I know. Oh... and I own an iMac. Sorry, but it's the ugly truth. I do video editing as a side job/hobby and I promise I only use it for that. Honest!