I use this site because I have the freedom to ask any question (dumb or not) without feeling judged. I feel like there are occasionally things that have just slipped by that I should know, but I don't and you guys are willing to help me every little step of the way — I love you guys!
First, to clear up any confusion, my first name is Dade but I often go by Xander.
I've been learning how to program on my own since I was 8. I haven't participated in many actual programming courses, but I've managed to learn a lot on my own (and of course I've received plenty of help from StackOverflow).
In the last few years I developed an interest for networking and servers. I've also developed a strong love for Linux (I have a thing for Debian).
A little while ago I began working as a technician for a small managed IT company. Since then I have moved on to be the IT manager for a healthcare associated company in Raleigh North Carolina where I support 120+ users and maintain our servers at our central office.
On the side I provide managed web hosting for several smaller companies in NC and have been doing so for a few years. I enjoy helping my clients improve their SEO and get a better understanding of where their traffic is coming from and what it all means.
In my free time I enjoy designing websites, writing server software, studying for certification exams, fine tuning my home network, and of course trying to come up with the next big thing (aren't we all?)
My latest endeavor, LameJokes.org, has been one of my favorites. I decided I wanted to share my love for horribly lame jokes. I was also unsatisfied with the sorting methods used by other joke websites (I wanted the absolute funniest lame jokes at the top and I wanted the public to have an easy way to vote and submit their own) and so I employed the sorting algorithm described by Evan Miller, here. It still has a ways to go, but the project provided me with a wonderful opportunity to learn how to utilize AngularJS (and I certainly love it)! I'd like to improve how the sorting is displayed on the front end (the scores appear rather arbitrary to visitors), I'd like to build a better back end for joke moderation, I'd love to set up integration with my LameJokesDotOrg Facebook page to auto post user submitted jokes everyday, and I'm currently working on a signup page to have a daily lame joke sent to your email inbox.
I have a few projects up on GitHub — many of them aren't particularly complete (or any more than just an empty repo), but I do have at least one currently that I occasionally commit to (and actually does something).