Sometime in the mid-90s I became fascinated with FreeBSD, (1.0.5 at the time), as well as all of the services that provided an ISP the ability to serve its customers. At the time this was a ton of dial related things like Radius, Livingston PM2E30s, USR Modems and a ton of home grown tools.
This was one of those jobs where I was 'The Guy'. If the network was having problems, I worked on routers and with our peers and providers. If the BBS was having issues, I was up to my knees in Thin-Net, PC-Board software, Novell Netware 3.12, UUCP NNTP gateways to DOS boxes from BSD boxes. If the air conditioner was leaking, I was on the floor with towels. If the customer billing database wasn't working, I was an accounting specialist. You get the general idea.
I don't entirely remember why DNS was so special at the time, but I do remember creating my first set of BIND servers and having that first big desire to learn as much about it as I could and then move on to the next thing. This was the start of a long term career that opened the door to an amazing set of friends, family, colleagues, travel, new experiences, and one hell of a great life!
All of that being said, bind.com is what I use to attempt to give back to the communities that have made my life so special.
I also participate in NANOG, ARIN, RIPE, GPF, Euro IX, Community mailing lists as well as local community support.
If you are a South Bay area geek (Santa Cruz, San Jose, San Francisco), I host a list of mostly network and some system geeks for BBQs, beer, lunches, etc. Please feel free to contact me if you would like to be added.
Stacy and Aaron