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To be an engineer

Hello world, or whatever it is people are expected to write on their first blog post. My name is Peter Stefanov and I want to be a Network Engineer. That’s my goal, and a developer on the side, and a Help desk manager, and maybe an enterprise routing associate. There’s a lot of fun paths one could take! It’s hard to pick one. However if I HAVE to, I would say, I want to be a network engineer. I already work with core routing protocols as a system engineer at Verizon, but network engineers bind protocols to physical devices and actually do the configuration and package building and overseeing infrastructure with Network Architects. It’s just a job that I am very excited for, and at the moment that is my goal. It is subject to change however, with so many fun things to do in IT! Thank you for listening to my indecisive rant. I look forward to sharing more of my life with you all here!

I look about as nerdy as I am 😉

“A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one.”

Robert Greene, 1592

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To new beginnings

So recently I have reconnected with a friend that had stopped speaking to me about a year ago. He is a good guy; we used to be thick as thieves until something came between us. About a week ago a mutual friend got us together and we then went outside on the patio for a cigarette. We exchanged phone numbers again, caught up a bit and now we text again, so that was nice. Along with getting back with a friend, I am also finishing up a class in college right now, but I will try to keep my blog going as it’s a nice place to organize my thoughts and let my creative juices flow. I want to fill out my blog and come back to it in the future to see my own growth from the outside. It has been a good experience getting back into blogging and I am looking forward to the future of this blog! No picture today, it’s 2 in the morning, pretty tired.

In LA

So I travelled to Los Angeles on Monday from Virginia to see my significant other. For the most part we have been having a wonderful time, she is happy to see me. The only issue it seems is that I have come down with the flu (pretty sure it’s not COVID). So since yesterday I have been dealing with aches, pains, sensitivity to light; to the point I can hardly look at an LCD screen.

Though, moving on from my own well being; my girlfriend is very excited to take me to Santa Clara tomorrow for a fun day of mystery activities, no idea what, though I am sure it will be fun. I will be heading back on the 31st, then back to reality, need to get my apartment livable and get my pets back from my mother, I miss my dog a lot… I may have also left some dishes and trash in there, with the A/C off, stellar.

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

– Dr. Seuss, 2021

Re: Coding

So a little backstory. Since both of my parents were immigrants from a soviet satellite state, not to mention my father was in his 50s when I was born; we didn’t have a lot in common, I rarely spoke to my father especially. Though, we could talk about at least one topic; technology. My dad was one of the first computer technicians for the IBM compatibles, he worked on IBM OS/2, MS-DOS, PC-DOS, UNIX, POSIX, etc. He also had a collection of some antique hardware like Cryix CPUs, Zenith Towers, and Compaq Presarios. My introduction to computers was Windows 95 and the QBASIC programming language, it was interpreted language that went through your code line by line, it was good for things like making bat files, maybe a text based clone of Oregon Trail, or a simple scientific program for measuring values. By todays standards it would be considered very modest in comparison with something like Java; which has the JVM built into the code for security, who would have imagined? So enough about my sad heroes backstory, lets get to what I am doing nowadays!

So today I am learning Swift (formerly Xcode). It’s a high level language which reminds me a lot of C# or Python. I want to get good at it and be able to be a geo-bachelor when it comes to work. I would not mind working in the same place I live, though a lot of the houses I want are no where near any sort of land lines or fiber. So this creates a problem for a lot of the IT jobs available, I need to come in at some point for some amount of work, therefore I cannot just live anywhere, and it would somewhat restrict my choices. So I am learning swift, as it is the language of choice for the most mature smart ecosystem of devices available. Swift works on iOS, Mac OS X, IoT Apple Devices, Apple Watch OS, even legacy devices have compatibility to an extent, so this language has potential, and not to mention since Apple supports it, there’s longevity, for as long as apple exists there will be updates to the IDE and SDKs.

“Ah wretched me, that love is not to be cured by any herbs; and that those arts the bring relief to all, are of no avail to their masters.”

Phoebeus Apollo

Not such a great weekend…

I am currently a reservist in the US Army, I was active duty until 2018 and left after my father passed to care for my mother. This weekend a soldier in our company took his life. As someone who has been to one too many military funerals; it was as hard as they always are. However, how it was treated afterwards by the command was worse. I will not go into detail, as I am not trying to draw attention to my company or bring the personal matters of the family and friends of the deceased into lime light. Would just like to state it was not good. Besides that, I am perhaps a little behind with my classwork and am finding it difficult to find the motivation to do it at this point, I will try my best, as I always push forward, despite adversity, despite how I feel, I do, because I must, and there will be no one to hold my hand or coddle me when I am feeling sorry for myself. My message is reach out to those who love you, or even strangers, tell them how you really feel, what’s going on. The majority of people are compassionate and want to help, and there’s suicide hotlines available, as hard as it might be to pick up that phone and having to deal with the embarrassment of not going through with it. No picture this week, would rather not post that. Well, if I must, here is a picture of my wonderful Pitbull Rescue; Clover.

“I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love. For me, they are the role model for being alive.”

Gilda Radner