Hello world, I'm Ed, a tech geek from NYC.

Welcome to my home and thank you for visiting. Feel free to show yourself around about who I am, what I do and where I go on my spare time. If you have any questions, scroll to the bottom or click the contact page to reach me.

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snippets about ed

// me //

"simple guy based in chicago trying to make a positive impact in the world";

// skills //

"skilled system administrator, programmer and manager with a firm foundation to be agile in any situation";

// fun //

"avid travel hacker who loves exploring different culture, backpacking in the wilderness and running unique races";


Interested in learning more about me? Click one of the areas above for a deep dive.

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This screen shows the input parameters for the badge to be printed out.

// Badge System //

purpose <simple badge system for visitor and employee badges>

tech <php; jquery; ec2>

Displaying the main screen for managers where they can schedule sick, vacation and holiday times for employees.

// Scheduler //

purpose <scheduling and managing time for managers and viewing for employees>

tech <php; mysql; jquery; ec2>

// Package Tracking System //

purpose <tracking and accounting packages for staff and guests>

tech <php; mysql; jquery; ec2>

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// career shift // 2021.05.10 //

I am starting my final week at an organization that I have been with for over a decade. My last day is this Friday and it will be a bittersweet moment. Throughout the last month, I didn't realize how much I meant to the organization and how many things I did on the surface as well as under the radar. However, I believe this is the perfect time to move on as it is never good for an organization to be too reliant on one individual.

That being said, I am looking forward to new opportunities with my new organization to make a difference and a fresh beginning in a new home. Never like the present time to look onwards...

Privacy starter Kit

// privacy tools //

While I advocate privacy awareness, it doesn't mean i'm full on anti-Google or any advertising company. People ask me if they should switch from their Gmail account all the time. While for me, personally, I dislike the idea of companies such as Google monetizing on my personal information. I have switched to privacy-minded companies like ProtonMail and Tutanota for my e-mail.

However, I still recognize the importance of tools like Gmail for many users. It's ease of use, strong spam and phishing protections and seamless integration is unmatched in the industry and moving off these platforms might not be the right fit for many people.

If you are still interested in checking some privacy related tools, here's a starter list including some that I currently utilize(*) and you may want can check out...

Search Engine: Duck Duck Go(*), Start Page, Qwant

Messaging: Signal(*), Wire, Theema

Browsers: Brave(*), Tor, Bromite

VPN: ProtonVPN(*), ExpressVPN, NordVPN

Apps: Bitwarden, OsmAnd, CryptPad

Email: ProtonMail(*), Tutanota