Saturday, May 15, 2021

Introduction: Hi, I'm Ronman

 Good... Evening I guess?.

I'm Ronman (or Aaron to those who verbally address me) and this (gestures around) is my blog.

I'm going to start be being perfectly honest, I'm not sure exactly how often I'll post, how interesting it will be, etc. However, we are going to give this a try. By we, I mean, me. I'm going to do this.

For now, this is just a blog, however I have considered branching out into videos later on down the road, but I'm not promising anything.

Back to introduction.

My name is Aaron, however, as a young child, I would royally peeve my mother and aunt. When they would get mad, they would say "aaaRROOON", thus, I was given the nickname of "ronman".

A good while after that, I was introduced to programming. My father is a MS.NET developer and has been for many years. He introduced me to MS Visual Studio, developing a Windows Forms. My first application was a math helper. It showed various shapes and different formulae that could be worked to find area, perimeter, etc. It wasn't very polished at all, but it was the first thing I did, so I was happy with it.

A few years later, I was gifted a set with an Arduino Uno and various components. This sent me down a rabbit hole of programming in embedded applications. Now, this had a profound affect on me. I quickly learned a lot about the software side of Arduino and basic robotics.

After high school, I attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. I received my Bachelors in Electrical Engineering (though I just forgot to add the minor for Computer Science/Engineering?).  Much of what I do is higher level than electrical engineering, but the decision to major as an EE was well thought out and I don't regret it one bit. It goes like this. At the time of selecting my major, I was considering a career as a robotics engineer. (Spoiler: That's not what I do.) The thought was that you didn't need to major in CS AND EE, but if you majored in either of them it would really help if you wanted a career in that area. Software development came naturally, I had no problem finding references online, and some of the EE stuff was.. magic? So EE.

I got my first internship between Jr and Sr year at a primarily communications company. I worked there essentially writing documentation for a set of VMs to be deployed together. It wasn't that fun, but it drove my change in career from robotics to security.

I went back to that same company after college (the next year) and started my career in security/cyber/reverse/forward/all-around engineering.

I've been working in security engineering for 5 years now. It's been a blast. Most of the time. It's had its ups and downs, there have been boring days where I've written documentation all day, and stressful days where I was first in and last out (like a stack, see?). Along the way, I've learned a lot. Hopefully, putting down some of the things I've learned will help someone out there.

In my free time, as at work, I write code. I also do more normal things like play video games, bicycle, pick locks, and apparently blog.

So. That's it.

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