Background

My name is Todd “TJ” Totland and I am an Engineer and technology lover living in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. 

I am a DevOps Cloud Engineer focusing mostly on cloud infrastructure . Currently certified as a MCSE, MCT, VSP, VTSP, CNE, and CNA with vast experience in many technologies used in businesses today.

I have a PASSION for Innovating, Learning, Solving Complicated Problems, Automation, and Helping and Supporting Others.

Professional Skills

Since 1990, I have designed, built, and managed hundreds of different types of computer and network systems for large and small customers. 

I am a subject Matter Expert in Cloud TechnologiesWindowsAutomationNetworkingSecurity, and has vast knowledge in several VMware products.

My primary responsibility is focused on solving production outages that involve large, complex networks for AIG customers.

When not recovering from an outage, my focus is spent on outage avoidance, DevOps projects, and automation.  This involves improvement projects, disaster recovery, system maintenance, Security, stability, scripting, and architecture improvements.

I currently support over 120 applications on over several hundred Windows and Linux servers.  Support includes daily maintenance, security and stability auditing, and Disaster Recovery architecture. 

In addition to my engineering responsibilities, I also work daily with our applications, security, networking, and development teams to lead new changes and opportunities to our IT products.

Other companies I have worked for include Bell Communications Research (Belcore), Alpha Technologies, Dataflex, GE Capital, Microsoft, AT&T, IBM, and AIG.

I run my own computer and networking company (Totland Computer Services, LLC) where I helps local residents with PC problems, website programmingNetworking Support, and Home Automation (IoT). 

I started and maintain several personal and technical blogging sites and contribute to many others. 

Some of the things I really enjoy are being creative, writing about technical issues, solving complex problems, programming, and sharing my knowledge with other people.

Volunteer Service

I am a retired US Coast Guard Auxiliary officer where I served for 21 years.  More than half of that time was at the national level supporting government websites.  You can visit my accomplishments page for more information on my USCG service.

I volunteer for several organizations including Tinton Falls EMS.  While working there,  I held positions as the squad secretary and membership chair for 10+ years.  For the past 25 years, I have been an EMT doing Emergency Medical Services for several different communities in NJ.

While my kids attended elementary school, I was President of the Royals club for 4 years which supports events for children in our area, a golf coach for 10 years, and St. James Athletics executive board member for 8 years.

I volunteered my time teaching karate to children at the YMCA and have been practicing martial arts since 1980.   I am a 2nd degree black belt and have won several regional tournaments.

While with AT&T Research, I earned 14 patents working in broad band technologies.  

I was appointed to the my town’s Technical Advisory Committee from 2010 to 2012.  Some of my responsibilities on TAC included providing technical guidance to the borough council and the Mayor on technology matters like solar energy, computer and network designs, and security issues.

Education

I have lived in New Jersey most of my life and graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in 1986.  I have 2 college degrees, one in Business Administration and one in History.

Also, I have several technical certifications (MCSE, MCT, VSP, VTSP, CNE, CNA) and I am always learning new things in my home computer lab.  Please check out my lab page where I talk about all the recent activities I am doing in there.

Personal

I am a true geek and have lots of hobbies which include blogging, fitness, photography, boating, reading, golf, genealogy and just about anything digital. 

Family is very important to me and I enjoy relaxing with my family and friends at a family party.   I am married with 3 children which you can see on our family website at TotlandFamily.com.

Publications

I write a lot about many different topics.  You can view some of my articles at the following websites below.  You can also review my recent articles on the Recent Blog Articles page. 

I really enjoy helping other people on technical or personal matters and I hope you find them useful.  Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think about my articles.

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Who am ?

Geeky Jedi Wizard, Forever Learning, Experiencing, Solving, Inventing;  Generalist, Multipotentialite, Environmentalist, Minimalist; Family; Curious;  Gentleman, Do What’s RightPreppy; Honorable, Respectful, Faithful;  Love Movies; Sometimes a Workaholic; To Make the World ever Better, Smaller, Committed to a Simple Lifestyle, …..