Please DO NOT CONTACT ME about employment opportunities.   As of 11/7/2013, I am highly focused on my web hosting/design business Host Pond Web Hosting and Emerald Web.  This resume is here for potential hosting customers and design clients that wish to know my background.

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Host Pond LLC
c/o Richard Powell
1525 SE Tacoma St
Portland, OR 97202


22 years technical experience, 12 years in leadership and management roles with a strong background in Systems Security, Programming, Cryptography, Networking, Systems Administration, Web Development, Automation, and Electronic Data Interchange (EDI).

email : Richard @

HARDWARE : Intel Pentium, ReadyNAS, Cisco 27xx,37xx, Swiches (DLink, Cisco, Lucent, Extreme), DEC Alpha 3000/8800/2100/4100, VAX 6650/7740/8530/8250, Sun Sparc, Macintosh, DEC Hubs, HSJ/HSZ/HSC Disk controllers, CI, Storage Tek SILO
TCP/IP, UDP, IPX, SNA, DECNet, SMTP, POP, LDAP, IPSec, SSL, SSH, PPP, FTP, X/ZModem, Telnet, SLIP, HTTP/S, DNS, CGI, EDI X12, AES, RSA, Diffie/Hellman, DES, Blowfish, IDEA, PPP over Ethernet
OS : Linux, Unix, VMS, Windows XP/2000/NT/9x/3.x, Mac OS, DOS, Cisco IOS
mysql, PostgreSQL, Apahe, WordPress, Joomla, CPanel, Ensim, Plesk phpBB, Sendmail, Snort, Tcpdump, Tripwire, Openssl, Microsoft: Outlook / Exchange Server / Active Directory / Internet Information Server / Proxy Server / SQL Server 6.5 / Index Server / Office / Visual Studio, PGP, Crystal Reports, Oracle RDB 7.0, Diskeeper, SYSGEN, Multinet, UCX, Pathworks, DECEDI, SLS, DCSC, ALLIN1, 2020
PHP, CSS, HTML, Javascript, Java, VB Script, C, C++, Active Server Pages (ASP), Assembly Language (Intel), VAX-FORTRAN, VAX-COBOL, VAX-Basic, Postscript, SQL, GW-Basic, Jovial, Datatrieve, DCL, DOS, ksh
TRAINING : Digital Unix Systems Administrators course, Digital Unix TCP/IP course, Microsoft Windows NT Server and Workstation 4.0, Digital Performance Management, DECEDI introduction and advanced mapping, SLS, DCSC, UNIX based library control system

Sr. Systems/Network Administrator (consultant),
Standard TV and Appliance 12/26/2006 to 11/1/2013

Design, Recommend, Install, Administer various technologies to meet electronic information needs
Designed, Implemented, and Maintain VoIP/PRI phone system. Mitel (Formerly Inter-tel) hardware
Migrated T1 loop to more cost effective VPN Internet strategy using SonicWall firewalls
Maintain Windows servers and client desktops in Active Directory environment
Programmed and Maintain LAMP Intranet website with various ties into corporate GERS/Escalate Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.  Using Oracle SQL commands.
Programmed web based daily delivery and support routes using both Yahoo maps and google maps for easier scheduling and oversight of deliveries.  Saved company thousands of dollars per year by automating these processes.
Scripted Electronic Service Orders (ESO) using open office spreadsheet (scalc) and basic.  Multi-step program that extracts daily calls from GERS/Escelate, then imports tech comments and status back into the ERP system.

Host Pond LLC 7/24/2008 to Present

Designed / Implemented fault tolerant services using ReadyNAS network storage and vmware ESXi
Developed photo gallery slide show (Gallery Objects) for WordPress
CPanel installs and configurations
All aspects of customer support, including troubleshooting problems with various 3rd party opensource programs.
Worked extensively with WordPress and many popular plugins
Constantly analyzing and developing new strategies to keep hackers and spammers off the network
Administrate barracuda spam filter for hundreds of websites
Basic graphic work for websites.  Photoshop cropping, layers, paths, etc…

Chief Security Officer (consultant),
PaySentinel LLC 02/15/2004 to Present

Responsible for ensuring PCI DSS compliance.  Including network penetration testing and quarterly scans.
Design, Recommend, Install, Administer various technologies to meet electronic information needs
Responsible for testing gateway for common vulnerabilities such buffer overflows, cross-site scripting.  OWASP is used a guide in this review and testing process.

Sr. Systems/Network Administrator,
OP River Technologies 10/2002 to 07/2008)

Design and implement corporate network infrastructure
Supervise and manage all technical departments, including product development, and disaster recovery
Systems installations, upgrades and management (Linux, Windows, Cisco, Extreme)
Design and develop custom automation scripts, as well as web based client control panels
In charge of all aspects of system and network security (Chief Security Officer)
Negotiate and maintain all contracts pertinent to technical business operations
Review, specify, recommend, and purchase hardware and software products pertinent to business operations

Chief Technology Officer (Consultant),
R.G. Tecq Inc. 3/2000 to 10/2002 (

Oversee all aspects of product development.
Review, Specify, Recommend, and Purchase hardware and software products pertinent to current and future projects.
Successfully hacked into multiple corporate networks in order to demonstrate security weaknesses to potential and existing clients.
Actively participate in code development for the Mega Music Player, the Authotecq financial transaction system, and the IQ Secure ( currently under construction) Network Information protection devices. All projects involved encryption using DES, RSA and the proprietary DogCryption algorithm.
Train employees in the following areas: Networking protocols (IP/UDP/etc), Programming in C/C++/Basic, Linux Operating System, CGI programming, Systems Management

Technical Manager,
USC/Norris Cancer Hospital 2/99 to 2/2000 (

Supervise: PC support specialist and trainee
Coordinate Year 2000 readiness plan for entire site.
Intranet/Web: Develop and implement on-line reports, corporate telephone directory, and training materials
Conduct basic PC and corporate email training for company associates

Sr. Systems Manager/Network Administrator,
Healthnet 7/97 to 2/99 (

Windows NT Server Administration. Upgrades/Installations, Domain security and system policies.
Intranet/Web: Evaluate and purchase software and hardware to meet the companies needs. Corporate and Division level design and functionality of Intranet web sites involving HTML, VB Script, Java, Javascript, C++, ODBC, MSSQL Server 6.5, Oracle RDB 7.0, and Active Server Pages (ASP). Technical support for all web server software and hardware.
Configure and Maintain: SNA gateway, DECEDI records, Cisco routers, DNS on Linux system
Monitor and troubleshoot network problems and bottlenecks
Evaluate and implement RSA/PGP encryption technology

Systems Manager,
Health Net 12/92 to 8/96 (

Primary Manager of 3 mode development cluster and 3 node ALL-IN-1 cluster – at different times.
Secondary Manager of 8 node production cluster
Project Lead: Automated Notification Project; responsible for hardware purchasing, network design involving DECNet and TCP/IP, configuring the Client/Server hardware and software, and configuring the Polycenter Console Manager application.
Performance Management: determine hardware bottlenecks, install images, modify SYSGEN parameters, upgrade controllers and systems, investigate poor coding and scheduling practices
Trouble shoot system failures, and develop plans to avoid similar future failures
Revamped entire tape library database into a more efficient and accurate system
Manage disk space (host & controller based STRIPE, RAID, etc…) for over two terabytes of data
Coded in DCL: Customized Storage Library System (SLS) which cut the backup times in half, backup verification and recovery programs, incorporated RMU backups into SLS, automated operational procedures
Coded in VAX-BASIC: Database to manage disk moves, logical names, and disk space allocation
Trained Operators on VMS, DCL, SLS, DCSC, Backups, Polycenter Scheduler, Ops Procedures, UNIX
Member of Operations Standards Committee: developed documentation and instruction on procedures

Systems Administrator,
DirecTV 8/96 to 7/97 (

Swing shift Systems Administrator supporting 15 VMS Alpha Systems, 4 Win NT/95 Systems
Configured RZ29 raid sets on HSZ controllers
Functions Automated: media conversion, account creations/modifications, file restores
Programmed in Postscript for report writing utility
Additional Experience: Problem Analysis/Resolution, network model pools – Shiva – Defender 5000

President / Webmaster / Network Administrator,
Web Master Detail Inc. 4/96 to 11/97

Hardware Configured: Pipeline router on a T1, Linux DNS server, NIC cards, & SCSI devices requiring kernel recompiles on Linux systems, LAN-WAN on the Internet
Software Configured: Hylafax – Email to page/fax, PostgreSQL, Apache web server, sendmail, gnu-c++, ppp
Troubleshoot: packet loss problems, software problems, performance bottlenecks, network issues
Automated: Information retrieval programs that crawl the world wide web, and web site monitoring
Additional Experience: CGI, routing, NFS, graphics design, html, vrml, email, perl, ghostscript, animation, TCP/IP, SSL, Java (Sockets), Multiple OS booting, Win95, IPV6, Client/Server applications

Computer Operator,
California Field Ironworkers Trust Fund, 9/91 to 4/92

Coded in DCL: Full image and incremental backup programs
Developed VAX-BASIC code for tape library tracking system and outstanding balance reports
Submitted and monitored batch jobs, performed backups and restores, distributed reports

Computer Operator/Jr. Engineer,
Northrop Grumman B-2 Division 9/90 to 9/91 (

Tested software – Wrote test cases. Analyzed high risk areas. Analyzed programs in assembly language
Programmed in JOVIAL, VAX-FORTRAN, VAX-C, VAX-BASIC, Datatrieve, Regis Graphics
Trouble shot system failures
Developed DCL code for full image and incremental backups
Maintained the security of user authorization files, managed disk space, submitted and monitored batch jobs

Computer Operator,
U.S. Census Bureau 3/89 to 9/90 (

Promoted twice within a year
Developed Datatrieve code for payroll department
Assisted in the installation of a DEC-VAX cluster at the Regional Census Center
Installations: VMS Operating System, and customized software upgrades/patches
Trouble shot system failures and user related problems
Supervised data processing of payroll and personnel information

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