My name is Matthew Burr and I am an IT Consultant and Contractor in the Greater Toronto Area. I have over 12 years of experience specializing in Network and Server Administration, as well as Network Security and Network Architecture. I have worked in various industries in my career including Government, Social Media, Non-Profits, Software Development, Managed Service Providers, Retail and Financial Services.
I have also been providing independent contracting services for the last few years. I own and operate Ten Fifteen Solutions, which is my IT Consulting and Contracting business that I have been running since early 2016. I provide various services, including:
- Network Design and Implementation
- Network Security Consultation
- Cloud Migrations and Hybrid Cloud Deployments
- Systems Administration
- Project Implementation
- Technical Writing
I am certified in various technologies, including Cisco, Microsoft, VMware and Palo Alto Networks.
I attended Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology in Sudbury, Ontario from September 2006 to May 2009 where I received a diploma in Computer Systems Technology. I picked this particular institution because of the high rating of the program at the time, and the fact that many of the instructors worked directly for Microsoft and Cisco. I also liked Sudbury and Northern Ontario in general, which was an appealing aspect of choosing that institution over others that were closer to home. I look back fondly of my time at Cambrian College, I thank all of my success to the excellent instructors and resources that I had while I was there.
At the end of my time at Cambrian College I was chosen to represent Cambrian College at the Skills Ontario Competition in Waterloo, Ontario for IT and Networking Skills competition on May 5, 2009. I ended up winning first place in that category for that year. Several weeks later I went to the Skills Canada Competition in Charlottetown, PEI for the IT and Networking Skills on May 21, 2009, and also got first place in that category as well. I strongly believe in this competition and what it stands for, and I have even volunteered as a Judge for that competition in May 2018, 2019 and 2021 at the Skills Ontario Competition in Toronto, Ontario.
I mainly support Palo Alto Firewalls, Cisco Devices (Switches/Routers/Firewalls), VMware, AWS/Azure and virtually all Microsoft Technologies. Throughout my career I have managed a wide range of technologies in various capacities including Windows Server, Linux, VMware, Hyper-V, Active Directory, Exchange, System Center Configuration Manager, Desktops, Servers, Mobile Device Management, and Scripting (BASH, PowerShell and Python). I have a great deal of experience with Network Design and Implementation, and I have successfully deployed and supported complex Networking Solutions for several companies.
As I have told employers in the past, I am not a developer. Even though I have a very good understanding of several programming languages (C, C++, C# and Java), I do not program for a living. I prefer the Networking and Systems Administration side of IT and I only program as a hobby. I take those skills and I am able to apply it to the DevOps philosophy that has become so popular and necessary in the last few years.
I am currently using the following equipment for my daily usage (excluding anything from my employer):
- Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2020)
- Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
Even though I don’t like to keep old things, I collect a few old laptops including several IBM ThinkPads and other legacy devices. I have also been getting into the whole Retro Computing craze and revisiting a lot of the computers I used when I was a kid, including the Commodore 64 and early DOS machines.
Website Technology Stack
This website was previously hosted on WordPress.com up until the end of 2021 and was moved to a different platform and hosting provider. Currently, this website is using the following platforms for content management and hosting:
- Bitbucket (https://bitbucket.org) - For hosting the website’s Git repository.
- Hugo Framework (https://gohugo.io) - For content management and static HTML generation.
- Netlify (https://www.netlify.com) - For website hosting and DNS.
I was born and raised in Lindsay, Ontario. I have lived and worked in the Greater Toronto Area since 2010.
I made a decision several years ago to not use social media. I deleted my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts in early 2018, and I have no plan on ever using those platforms again. I do not like the way that social media propagates false information and I do not want to participate in those platforms as a result of that.
I will never use this website to talk about any previous employers of mine. There may be NDAs in place or other things of that nature that prevent discussions at all. Most importantly, out of respect for all of my previous employers I will never write about them, whether it be positive or negative in nature.
Why Did I Create This Website?
I created this website for a few reasons, mostly because I haven’t had a significant web presence in a long time. I actually had a blog back in the early 2000’s, but I never put a lot of effort into it at the time and it ended up being lost to the web (I actually don’t even remember where it was hosted or what the address was).
I wanted a permanent presence on the web where I can showcase that I am currently working on since I felt like I wasn’t giving back to the community. There are also things that I repost out of my own interests.
I will never have any third-party advertisements on this website. Advertisements suck, and I only created this website because I wanted to, and I never intended to use advertisements to profit from it. I have moved this website to a free hosting provider since launching it back in 2018, so I don’t exactly need to recoup any costs associated with the website.
I may use this website to showcase things that I have created and may be for sale, but that will be on a specific basis and I will specify that.
I also don’t allow for public comments to be posted on this website. I don’t have the time or energy to moderate those comments and I already get several dozen spam messages a day, so I don’t want to take the time to moderate those. If someone really needs to get a hold of me, it is not difficult.
If you would like to contact me by email, feel free to send me a message at matthew[at]mjcb[dot]io. Please use this PGP Key for encryption, otherwise the email will probably not be read.