My name is Adam and I’m the owner of The Bootstrap Life. I know that you’re thinking “What does straps on a boot have to do with information technology?” and “My God, you have a face that could make Ray Charles flinch…”, so we’ll get the name out of the way first and foremost. The term “bootstrapping” does not actually specifically pertain to computers exclusively; instead, it’s merely the act of getting your tucus in gear, whether that tucus be your computer getting ready to search for an operating system to load to getting your “Facebook Killer” startup off the ground. While this blog originally started off as an assignment for my Master of Science Management Information Systems from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, I decided it was high time that I make my mark (for the millionth time since 1997) online. This time, I would enter the realm of blogging.
Because I have opinions. Opinions that will either make you question your realm of existence or want to send me care packages of Clorox, ammonia, margarita mix, and a blender.
Whatever you send, please do not send nudes. I get enough pictures of phalluses on my phone–typically from other family members–and my mail lady already thinks I’m a weirdo because I live on a diet consisting of whiskey and dead crickets.
How it Started
Let’s wind back to the clock to the 80’s, shall we? When I was a kid, about 1986 or so, my father purchased a Tandy 1000 from Radio Shack. He also got a book (that I still have) on the Beginner All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code (BASIC) and wrote a complete suite of programs for the coal power plan where he worked for 36 years before Duke Power finally gave him a large sack of money and told him to beat it. It wasn’t until I was around the age of ten that I started poking through this mysterious blue book. The Internet as we know it today didn’t exist and we were all still using Bulletin Board Systems (BBS). Most of the programs I made were simple text adventures and loading ANSI art that I cranked out in TheDraw. I really enjoyed programming and throught I could be good at it, but at the time it wasn’t my career goal. My career goal was to be a police officer.
Yeah, me with a badge and a gun, that ought to help people sleep at night.
Long story short, after my first girlfriend told me she would never marry a police officer due to the fact that she would never know if I was coming home at night, I went with plan B: programmer. Twenty years later and upon reflecting on that conversation, I think this was a better choice as programmers don’t get shot at as much and there’s no foot chases. Believe me, when I get on the scale it says “One at a time, please”; foot-chasing is not in the realm of possibilities for me.
The College Route, Adam Edition
Upon graduating from high school in 2001, I enrolled in my local community college and began working at the local RadioShack, the same place where the aforementioned Tandy came from. Here, I was learned that my best friend decided to test his theory on learning through unconscious osmosis. Needless to say, his theory didn’t pan out the way he hoped. As for me, I went through the motions and after four years, learned that I was spending more time working for a dying company than I could working on my classes, especially since the last class(es) I had standing in the way was a class on RPG IV programming. This wasn’t the first time I tangled with an AS/400, as the prerequisite actually had you learn how to use the stupid thing. Needless to say, it was at this time that my current girlfriend was in her first semester of college and convinced me (much to the chagrin of my father) that going there would be a better ticket to a job than trying to balance work and school. I should also mention I accidentally burned down my aunt’s house somewhere in there, but I couldn’t find a good way to segue from “absestos testing” to “trying something new.”
Four years later at the age of 29, I obtained my bachelor’s degree in information systems and entered the workforce. Since then, I’ve obtained a master’s in software engineering and (as of August 2019) management information systems.
I primarily focus on the following areas of research and development:
- Cloud computing
- Primarily Software as a Service (SaaS)
- Implications in the government, utility, and health sectors
- Targeting small-to-medium business and microenterprise
- Efficient SharePoint integration and usage
- Primarily Software as a Service (SaaS)
- ASP.NET/.NET Framework
- Desktop applications
- Experience teaching language at college level
Want to know more? Visit my LinkedIn.