An introduction to the author

22 Oct 2015

I am Sam Gleske. Over the years I’ve contributed a lot of useful content throughout the Internet. Finally, I’ve decided to go through that content and consolidate the useful bits on this website. I’ll cover varying topics such as Japanese Anime, Education, Engineering, Slice of Life, and any other whims I choose. This first post allows you, as the reader, to get to know me a bit.

The first family computer I used was the IBM PC AT 80286 which had a little turbo button on it to make it go faster. It was running Windows 3.1 on top of DOS and to get the graphical environment you would type win after booting up. I remember my father doing taxes on it; playing games with my siblings and I such as Indy 500 and Chip’s Challenge. It had a 3.5” and 5.25” floppy drive (it was actually floppy). It was accidentally thrown out while I was away at college. It would have been cool to donate it to a museum because it was in perfect working condition. That and I liked the games.

Fast forward a few years to middle school. I built my first website probably around 1999. I was a drummer in a band of two kids (Donnie Crabtree and I) who liked to hang out and jam. I thought it would be cool for the band to have a website so I learned HTML and CSS. The site had frames and iframes. It was cool and was hosted on geocities because that was a thing then. I still actively play drums.

Fast forward again a few years to high school. During my Junior and Senior year, I had a very inspirational teacher, Mr. Mark Lemieux. In his course I learned how to install and configure Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP, and our little class had a domain controller in which the cluster was connected to the DC. We had a little RedHat 9 box in the corner that students occasionally played with. We learned how to troubleshoot hardware, implement and install physical networking, we made drops and patch cables, and the school occasionally farmed us out for a little child labor when minor computer problems would arise in different departments. I also have fond memories of the students taking breaks to play Red Alert 2 in 4v4 matches. I learned my first programming language in my spare time: JavaScript. I learned it not from a book, but reading thousands of samples I found on the Internet viewing the source of web pages. Every time I saw a cool feature I would try to download all the source and implement just that feature in JavaScript just to see if I could get it to work. I learned programming by inferring it’s meaning from the plethora of samples I viewed on websites. Poking and prodding, witnessing what happened when I changed the code around and reading terribly formed error messages in IE6. It was a fun experience and I attribute my entire career and passion for computers to this time period. Thanks Mr. Lemieux.

The college years. In High School, I learned about computer software and a bit about the hardware. Now my passion leaned toward learning how to design them. Computer Engineering seemed like a logical choice for me. I did a random internet search for top Computer Engineering schools in the country. Whatever list I was reading had Drexel University listed as #1. It was the only school I applied to and I got in. Good thing, because I put all of my eggs in one basket without much thought for the consequences. I proceeded on a colorful journey of open source exploration and a Renaissance of learning. I learned around 20 or 30 different programming languages outside of my normal coursework. This passion for learning caused my normal school curriculum to suffer. Eventually I fell back to working full time and being a part-time student. To this day, I’m slowly creeping towards graduation one course at a time.

I am currently an Engineer at Comcast. Comcast is a great place to work and if you’re an Engineer who is extended an offer I highly encourage you to consider it. I build and support a continuous delivery pipeline for Comcast Technology & Product. I maintain scalable infrastructure and regularly solve challenging problems my colleagues and I encounter. The services I build and support touch millions of clients and consume billions of requests every month. I try to instill my passion for learning in others and openly share information wherever possible. This includes presenting inside and outside of Comcast, writing open source software, and heavily contributing to documentation inside and out of the company. I am the buildmaster for the GIMP project Jenkins instance; the maintainer of the Slack Jenkins Plugin and GitHub OAuth Jenkins Plugin; and contribute to a few dozen open source projects in my spare time. I regularly contribute time to helping other Linux users by posting at LinuxQuestions.org. I also enjoy reading technical manuals and playing games in my spare time. My parents are awe-inspiring. I have two brothers and a sister; all are successful. I have a wonderful fiancé. I am a fortunate man.

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