My name is Joseph Avery. I'm a lifelong tech enthusiast. I had my first computer when I was 9, a Tandy 2000. Before that my father would give me wire and batteries from his work and I would make things, mostly learning about short circuits and hot wires. I learned computers from the era of DOS and Quick Basic. Because of that I have a good understanding of the file system and command line.
Around 15 I became interested in car audio, drawn in by the power and attention it demanded. Music has been a central part of my life, and at that age it was natural to want to share my music with everyone around. My father taught me all he knew of amplification and electronics, beginning with tube theory. By the end of it we had gotten into telecom and telephone CO switches. I continued teaching myself electronics, learning all I could about modern amplifiers and power supply designs. Eventually I became interested in microcontrollers and choose to return to college to obtain an official education.
I've worked in telecom, car audio, and computer repair. I've installed network cabling, both retrofit and new construction in both eesidential and commercial. I know how to weld, and automotive repair. I can pretty much make anything from scratch or fix anything broken. Trouble shooting and engineering/design are key hallmarks of who I am. I'm a lifelong learner, I'm most happy when I'm learning and creating. In the last 10 years I've developed a strong love for Linux. I love that it can be used on everything from the most powerful supercomputers to the tiniest microcontrollers. When I work on any project I pull from all these fields looking for new dimensions and avenues for products.
I was valedictorian and Magna Cum Laud of my class with a 3.96 GPA at ITT Technical Institute. I completed both the Associates (CEET) and the Bachelors degrees (ECET) in a combined 3.5 years (four year program on the B.S. alone). I have been a part of two small business startups, a friends and my own, both fairly successful and from it I've learned many valuable business and life lessons. My current focus is on Linux and Network Administration where I hope to expand my skills in programing while using my understanding of linux and networking.