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.
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.