Darrel Clute

Ramblings from yet another IT Professional

20 August, 2008

Overdue Updates

By Darrel Clute · Read time: 3 min.

Haven't updated the site in some time, primarily due to the fact that Drupal sucks and I haven't had time to fix it. I'm working on rewriting the entire site utilizing Django primarily because I understand and prefer Python over PHP, and the Django framework is amongst the cleanest I've personally looked into. The transition to Django will take some time for me to complete it so don't look for an immediate change, and the gallery appears as if it is not going to function right now so sorry for the lack of pictures. Now on to the updates......

First and foremost Rachel and I had our first child on the 3rd of April. Ayden is a healthy growing little boy. Nearing 5 months old now he is starting to move around on his own now. He's been teething since just before he was 3 months old. He is growing up so quick. I'll have more updates regarding Ayden in the future.

Second on the big news update is that we are buying a house. We found a nice 3 bedroom ranch in the southwest part of Lansing. The house was built in the 1970's but has a virtually brand new exterior. The roof is about 3 years old and the siding and windows are about 2 years. We are scheduled to close on the 27th of August. We won't be moving into the house right away as our lease at the town house isn't up until October 15th and we aren't done packing yet. There will likely be updates to follow with regard to the house.

Thats it for major news. Work has been sucking it up lately. Upper management decided it was best to move me back to general support from working on the networking team which I established and built virtually every networking service offered around, simply because I need to have a fixed schedule and they arbitrarily wanted to change it to something that wouldn't work for me. So needless to say I now hate my job as I'm extremely over qualified for 99% of the issues I deal with in support and am bored as I don't have anything challenging to work on. I'm looking for a new job now, submitted my resume to a few companies and hoping to hear back from them soon. Once we're into the house and settled I am going to be working harder on obtaining the CCIE, Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert, specifically the routing and switching, and saving up some money so that I can take the written and lab. I'm also considering obtaining the recently announced CCDE, Cisco Certified Design Expert.

Thats all I have in the way of updates at this time. I'm going to try to keep the site more up-to-date from here on out, as long as Drupal doesn't crap out again.

About the Author

Darrel Clute

I am an IT Infrastructure Architect, with a focus on bridging business needs together with data center usage. I bring a cross functional focus on Network, Security, Virtulization, and UNIX Systems Engineering, trying to bridge the gaps between the disciplines. I am a strong proponent of automation and orchestration, with a focus on using the same toolsets across disciplines. I also advocate for Open Source software use in the enterprise as well as for by individuals.