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About

Overview

My name is Matthew Burr and I am an IT Professional 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

I am certified in various technologies, including Microsoft, VMware and Palo Alto technologies.

Education

I attended Cambrian College of Applied Arts and Technology in Sudbury, Ontario from 2006 to 2009 and 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 were also working 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. 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 Gold 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 won Gold in that category as well. I strongly believe in this competition and what it stands for, and I even volunteered as a Judge for that competition in May 2018, 2019 and 2021 at the Skills Ontario Competition in Toronto, Ontario.

Experience

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.

Equipment

I am currently using the following equipment for my daily usage:

  • Lenovo ThinkPad P51 Mobile Workstation (Intel Core i7-7820HQ @ 2.90GHz and 64 GB RAM)
  • Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • Apple MacBook Air (M1, 2021)
  • Apple Apple iPad Air 3 (with Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil)

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.

Personal

I was born and raised in Lindsay, Ontario. I have lived and worked in the Greater Toronto Area for since mid-2009.

I made a decision several years ago to not use social media in any way. I deleted my Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts in early 2018 and 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.

Why Did I Create This Site?

I created this site for a few reasons, mostly because I haven’t had any 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 never had any intention of using a website for profit purposes, so I will never have advertisements. I host this site at WordPress.com, only because I don’t want the burden of maintaining the backend and because I just want the site to always work. I also pay a flat fee per year so I can have as few or as many visitors per year at the same price. In the future I may use this site to showcase things for sale, but that will be on a specific basis and I will specify that. Advertisements suck, and I only put this site online because I wanted to and I never because I wanted to profit from it.

I also don’t allow for comments on this site. I don’t have the time or energy to moderate those comments and I get several dozen spam messages a day, so I don’t want to take the time to moderate those. If there is a legitimate concern on one of my posts, contact me via the Contact page and I will reply if necessary.

I will also never use this site to talk about any previous employers of mine. There may be NDAs in place or other things of that nature, but out of respect for all of my previous employers I will never write about them whether it be positive or negative in nature.

Links

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matthewburr/

Ten Fifteen Solutions: https://tenfifteen.ca/