Hello. I’m Anthony Mattke, aka Tony. I’m a network engineer / geek located amidst the endless cornfields in north central Indiana. I’m a husband, father to three cats and a dog, and I hope to one day have super powers. Seriously.
I’ve been working on networks since 1999, and have had a pretty broad experience. I’ve worked for ISPs, networking manufacturers, data centers, consulted on government networking projects, financial institutions, but most recently I’ve been working on enterprise data centers and networks. I’m not big on certifications, but I current maintain my CCNP from Cisco, and will hopefully someday seriously consider working on the CCIE. In addition, and thanks to, writing this blog I have been a guest author / podcaster on Packet Pushers, a delegate for Tech Field Day, a Cisco Champion, and most recently an independent technical writer for Information Week’s Network Computing.
I made the switch to Mac back in 2008, but I’m still a Linux advocate. I’ve been using it since 1994 when I first installed Slackware. Luckily I get to keep those memories alive by administrating a few Linux boxes here and there, including of course this server.
I have an addiction when it comes to hobbies… I think it all comes back to my desire to learn and discover. Once I get hooked on something I can’t stop researching and exploring the topic. Some of my other hobbies include photography – aka not using my camera, watch collecting, biking – aka storing them in the garage, woodworking – buying tools, saving babies from trees, not bowling, being so scared to fly my rc helicopter that I sold it, amateur pyrotechnics, craft beer, collecting useless crap, video gaming (tonhe on XBL), rescuing kittens from fires, and pistol/rifle collecting along with target shooting. I also used to keep fresh water cichlids, but sold my tank a few years ago.
If you wish to have a chat, try the contact form. If you’re impatient send me a tweet, or you can usually find me idling in #cisco and #packetpushers on Freenode…
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Be sure to also check out my personal site, anthonymattke.me