Farewell PeaceHealth

February 06, 2017 by Adam in Adam

I gave notice today.  Tom was gracious and understanding.  I spoke with my team mates afterward - Daniel was somewhat surprised.  I think he felt a little bad luring me away from development only to have me leave that position.  I assured him I've really appreciated working with him and learning a tremendous amount about security these last few months.  I've spent the morning telling a few others, though I need to make the rounds at some point.


I'm going to work at Health Catalyst, going back to web development.  Things started the day I was written up - I had lunch with Glen and he notified a recruiter that day.  I had to scramble to put a resume together and then there was a long period of interviews, making sample code, and delays for the holidays.  I'll be doing full stack Angular and .NET development - all very cutting edge.  I'll be working for an ex-PeaceHealth person and will likely have a fair amount of interactions with some of the six other ex-PeaceHealth web developers.  It's quite comforting.


Still have a lot to sort out and transition, both at work and at home.  I'm pondering moving into the back shed and working out of that space.  It's quiet and isolated and pretty, though I'd want to get another power outlet and good network connectivity.  I have some party planning to arrange, especially as my good buddy Dave Mehl is leaving the same day as I am.


The times they are a changin'.



Moving Into A New Office

January 20, 2017 by Adam in Adam

I moved into an office today, leaving my cubicle of 7 years.  They want the security team to be able to close the door should sensitive things come up.  It's understandable, though I hope I don't become isolated from my coworkers.


The new office is generally nice, and I like the space.  Though Dave is retiring soon, it's still the end of an era.  We've sat next to each other for most of the last couple decades.





Passed the Test

November 22, 2016 by Adam in Adam

I drove up to Linn-Benton Community College this morning, listening to myself read off various security acronyms.  I got settled and reviewed everything again for an hour, stopping for coffee towards the end.  Eventually I checked into the test, getting rid of all my electronics, showing ID, signing things, and getting my picture taken.  The test itself was somewhat challenging, a mix of simple facts and applied knowledge questions.  An hour and a half later I walked out and ended up with 859 out of 950 points, with 750 needed to pass.


Hopefully it gives me a little more street cred, though it's really just the start of the endless certification cycle.




Study, Study

November 16, 2016 by Adam in Adam

I'm spending my days at work studying for my Security+ exam. It's both interesting and occasionally tedious. My brain is full of port numbers and encryption algorithms. Progress is going pretty well - I finished the 250+ videos and am halfway through a series of PowerPoint slides that covers the material. I've been taking the end-of-chapter quizzes and getting in the 85% to 90% range.


I'm going to see how far I can get over the next couple days. If I feel pretty confident and continue to do well on the practice tests, I'll shoot for taking the actual exam on Friday otherwise I'll schedule it for next week.


Hopefully having the certification gives me an air of authority. It's been fun digging a little deeper into things I kinda knew already. The details of encryption are kinda fascinating - basically our entire information age economy is based on math.



Mr. Security Engineer

August 18, 2016 by Adam in Adam

I've formally accepted the security engineer position after a lot of heartache and soul searching.  Switching jobs is painful and I had many nights tossing and turning this week.  I'm still not entirely certain what awaits me, but there's a certain type of peace in knowing what awaits me.


My manager is out this week, which is unfortunate.  I feel vaguely guilty not talking to him, but I wasn't sure I was really going to get the job for a long time.  Not having switched positions for 18 years, I'd forgotten how long things take sometimes.

I'm hoping I get to hold on to the security-related work I currently do, and start getting up to speed on the exciting world of security.  I keep thinking of security issues we need to fix and different types of things I want to look for.  There's also a desire for us to all get a certain security certificate, so I'll be spending some time studying up on various security concepts.

Yesterday news came out that a group called the Shadow Brokers, likely backed the Russians, had stolen NSA's hacking tools and released them.  Now we're trying to get things patched to prevent people from using them against us.

It's all exciting and terrifying and fascinating.



And Then There Was One

January 20, 2016 by Adam in Adam

I just heard that Jonathan gave his notice today.  He's going to Health Catalyst, like so many other ex-PeaceHealth developers.  Jonathan got a raise and will lead a team building web applications, which sounds like a great opportunity.  Of course, that leaves me as the last remaining developer, maintaining 150+ web applications developed by ten different people over the last couple decades.


I stumbled down to get myself a mocha, half joking with the barista that she could slip something stronger in there.  I had a nice chat with Dave, who I've worked with for a long time.  My old boss Glen, who works for Health Catalyst now, sent me a "hey, think about working here" email.  I responded, expressing an interest in at least figuring out what my options are.

While I'm still in a bit of a daze, I think I'm going to ask for a raise (I didn't get one last year).  I'll also see what Health Catalyst comes back in terms of job opportunities.  Assuming I stick around at PeaceHealth, I'll need to go into emergency mode, taking care of the most critical issues while training up a new web development team.  I do occasionally think about how devastating my departure would be to PeaceHealth.  My company hasn't exactly treated us well the last few years, so I have mixed feelings about how that would turn out.  Seeing something I had such a big hand in creating fall apart seems a little sad.

Anyway, I'm going to keep pondering options and talking to people.  We'll see how it goes.



Project Day Part 2

August 31, 2015 by Adam in Adam

Sunday was a slightly subdued version of Saturday, accomplishing all manner of tasks while Joanna and the kids were away.  First off I had a nice visit with my mom at the Glenwood, stocking up on pancakes for the day's efforts.

Laundry was a steady constant, taking care of things that were rarely washed such as Sam's comforter and clothes stuffed at the bottom of his piles.  I spent much of the morning cleaning his room and putting things away, something I do on an annual basis when I can't stand it anymore.  You can actually sit on the nice couch that Yayoe kindly gave us - all the piles of clothes are now put away or hanging up.

After lunch I headed outside to clean the back porch and spray paint the railings.  There was compost to toss, containers to tidy up, and miscellaneous junk to toss.  Eventually I got to power washing the patio, though I eventually stopped when the downpour hit.

I retreated inside to fold clothes and watch 1920's Australian Lady Detective shows on Netflix, along with drinking a little too much cider and munching on nachos.

Today I'm off to work, though likely getting to more cleaning tasks tonight.  I need to sweep and tidy our guest room before our French intern arrives.  And there's always more laundry.



Project Day

August 30, 2015 by Adam in Adam

It's been a long day and I'm absolutely beat.  I took Joanna to the airport, waking up at 4:30.  She's been giving me updates as she flies across the country and I've been sending her pictures of my assorted efforts.

Today is one of those rare days with no one in the house, and I started in on my absolutely massive list of projects.  Mostly I did just one - cleaning up the front yard.  I pruned and dug up sod and put up the new trellis.  It was exhausting work and I spent hours doing it.  Eventually I stopped to go to the grocery store and pick up more bark o mulch.  It all looks pretty good now.

As for tomorrow, I'm having breakfast with mom and then working away at the rest of the things on my list.  I suspect it'll rain, so my outside painting projects will have to wait until next time.



Birthday Boy

July 21, 2015 by Adam in Adam

Here's a slightly belated video from my birthday celebrations.  The cake Joanna threw together was incredible.





Drone II

June 24, 2015 by Adam in Adam

In which I almost land on the neighbor's roof.




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