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Mike English

Problem Solver, Grand Rapids

As a "Professional Problem Solver," I design, implement, and maintain systems to host and deploy software applications. Additionally, I maintain Atomic's internal IT infrastructure and provide technical support to all employees.

I work with our software developers to understand an application's needs and lifecycle and design systems to support them. From deployment processes to hosting, to configuration management, monitoring, and automation, I ensure that we deliver the best possible products for our customers.

I co-founded and organize DevOps West Michigan with my colleague and fellow "Professional Problem Solver," Justin Kulesza.

I've done work for a wide array of projects and customers, including international clients such as the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group. The IFC's SME Toolkit project provides resources for entrepreneurs in developing countries around the world. Justin and I are responsible for the continued operation of the web application through which many of the SME Toolkit program's materials are provided.

In my time away from the office, I like to play with new and esoteric programming languages, operating systems, automation and security tools. I take pleasure in setting up new development environments and strive to make everything more portable, repeatable, and secure. I am also keenly interested in the ethical dimensions of new technology, and enjoy reading and thinking about the complex economic, social, and environmental impact it can have on the world.

By day I write
  • English
  • Chef
  • Puppet
  • Ruby
  • Bash
  • SQL
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Regular expressions
  • Awk
And work with
  • iTerm, tmux
  • Vim, Emacs, SublimeText
  • Git, SVN
  • Teamcity
  • Apache, Nginx, IIS
  • MySQL, Postgres, MS SQL Server
  • Linux, OS X, Windows
  • Vagrant, Virtualbox, VMWare, Xen
  • PFSense, Cisco
  • Zabbix, Graphite, NewRelic, PagerDuty
By night I dabble in
  • OCaml
  • Go
  • Python
  • J
  • Scheme
  • Clojure
And play with
  • Arduino
  • Raspberry Pi
  • Xen
  • NixOS
Open Source Project
  • aerostat - cloud workstation / dotfiles / pairing

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