Not Chi-town! If there ever be the sound of nails on a chalkboard, it is this sound! Chi-town. I loathe that word. It's called Chicago.
Hello, My name is Eric. Welcome to my page, and thank you for visiting. Plese feel free to click through and learn about me and my work.
Shekinya.net started back in April 2003 on Yahoo! GeoCities -- for those that remember the Yahoo phenomena. It started as I was learning HTML and, at the time, I was writing fantasy stories. In 2008, Shekinya.net went live with DynDNS and I hosted the website at home. From 2008 to the current, it's been hosted at home with CentOS Apache and Windows IIS.
As Shekinya.net expanded after 2008, I've integrated a business site, blog and photography site into the website. Professionally, I work in IT, so Shekinya.net spurred off "Biz," which includes my "Systems Aboot" home business and local orginization "Oakbrook 17-102," which has its roots in N. Royalton OH. Shekinya.net also incorporates amateur photography work I do in Chicago.
Oakbrook 17-102 is an incorporation of all my facets: photography, writing, IT, etc. It started in Oakbrook Gardens, the apartment complex I lived in 2008, located in N. Royalton OH. The name has remained to this day as my personal signage. It has nothing to do with Oak Brook IL, a Chicago suburb.
Please feel free to click on any of the link below to learn about all my professional and creative outlets. The 500px photography site is a professional photography site.
* Hosted by Shekinya.net.
Photo credit: Phil Lutkovsky
What lies at the end of the Brown Line?
It's not just Kimball and Lawrence. I currently live in Albany Park, Chicago IL. It's a quaint Chicago neighborhood, bordered by Irving Park on its south, Ravenswood and Lincoln Square on its east, North Park on its north and Mayfair on its west. I moved here from Darien IL in 2014. Before that, I lived in Cleveland OH. 1350 Cross Creek Drive #179, Brunswick OH 44212 was my last residence there. Although I’ve been a naturalized citizen of Ohio since 1977, I believe I finally found home here in Chicago. I was born in Wilmington NC. I’ve lived in various places since then, growing up most of my life in Ohio. I’ve lived in Chicago once before in 1994, and Wisconsin for a period of time. I am a graduate of Maple Heights High School in Maple Heights OH, class of 1992. For the duration of my High School years I was interested in Architecture and took several classes that would prepare me for the career, like Mr. Raiff’s Mechanical Drawing classes and Graphic Arts. However, as I graduated, I wasn’t sure that is what I wanted to do with my life. I was all ready to go to Kent State for the career, but backed out. I didn’t want to do Architecture. Between my Dad and my Graphic Arts’ teacher, Mr. Raiff, the seed of photography was planted…
1001 Things to See in Chicago Before you Die!
Since January 2015, I've been part of this meetup group. The original Owner of the group founded the group based upon photography and "seeing things in Chicago." He had a list --- which I have inherited --- that detailed a very deep look into Chicago, the richness of culture, architecture and people. In March 2015, John, the group's founder, approached me and asked me to Co-Organize. He needed someone to handle one of Chicago's largest events of the year, "The Chicago River Dyeing and St. Patricks' Day Parade." I accepted the feat. Little did I know then, but that successful meetup landed me as the group's Event Organizer. In March, shortly after St. Patrick's Day, John bid 'farwell' to the group and passed me the torch. His job took him out of a city he loved. Not wanting the group to "die," I happily accepted his torch. From that point, “1001 Things to See in Chicago Before you Die” has expanded into a major success. With the help of two beautiful women Co-Organizers and another Gentleman Co-Organizer, we've grown tremedously. I also participate and work with another meetup, led by Rich Kolar, called Chicago Streets and Beyond Photography."
Albany Park, Chicago IL
Community Area 14, 8 miles northwest of the Loop. Albany Park grew from a sparsely settled farming community to a dynamic urban neighborhood in the course of one generation. In 1868 local entrepreneur Richard Rusk turned an initial 10-acre investment of land into a large farm that included a profitable brickyard along the North Branch of the Chicago River and the Rusk Race Track, where late-nineteenth-century Chicagoans often took day excursions to watch horse racing and enjoy the bucolic environs. As Chicago's population exploded in the 1870s and 1880s, the suburban community became increasingly popular. In 1889 Chicago annexed the area along with the rest of Jefferson Township.
German and Swedish immigrants initially settled the area. After 1912 Albany Park became home to a large number of Russian Jews leaving the crowded neighborhoods of Chicago's Near West Side. The community remained predominantly Jewish through the 1950s. Between 1910 and 1940 several synagogues and churches, public schools, and public parks opened. Albany Park's population reached a high of 56,692 in 1940. After the Second World War, many Jewish families—like the generation before them—moved north, this time to suburban Lincolnwood and Skokie.
After the 1970s, Albany Park became a port of entry for immigrants from Asia and Latin America. In 1990 the community area claimed the largest numbers of Korean, Filipino, and Guatemalan immigrants in Chicago. The Korean community played important commercial and civic roles in the revitalization of the area. The number of homes sold increased 125 percent between 1980 and 1989. Albany Park's pattern of population shifts continued in the 1990s, as more prosperous Korean immigrants began moving to northern suburbs. Throughout the twentieth century, Albany Park acted as a gateway community for aspiring middle-class ethnic groups.
IT Begins in IT
At home, I’m working on several IT Projects. Over the past couple years, I used some of my savings to build my own home network and “sandbox environment” as they call it in the IT Biz. The sandbox has its origins from my first IT job. The story goes as following:
I was working at Broadvox in 2006 and it was my first IT job out of ITT Technical institute. I was hired on for my fist System Administrator role there. I worked under a great manager that encouraged me to succeed in Information Technology. That manager was Erik Hinderer. As one of my first projects, I was supposed to decommission a Domain Controller in the environment. My manager instructed to document everything. Read MS articles and TechNet. Take notes. Document everything into a cookbook (or as I have often called them Duzits – Thank you Mr. Bernath, 9th grade Algebra). At my current job, they call these SOPs (standard operation procedures). So, whatever they are called, I did just that. I documented the process.
The time came to turn the server off and unrack it. Erik was helping me take it off the racks. Afterwards, he looked up to me and handed me the server. “Here, it’s yours.”
Naturally, curious and hesitant. “Why?”
He stated that the vendor doesn’t support it anymore and it was a very old Dell PowerEdge server. “Take it, or it gets dumped.”
Before I started that project, my manager encouraged me to sign up for Microsoft’s MAPS program to receive montly subscriptions to all Microsoft’s latest current software with legitimate licensing. I did just that. I took the Microsoft Test for the MAPS subscription and received software including, Server 2003, Exchange 2003, Exchange 2007, SQL Server 2005, and much more
“Take the server and put all the software on it, and learn,” Erik stated, handing me the server. “This will help you do your job and you can use it to test and refine your work at the company.”
The sandbox environment was started there while working at Broadvox in 2006. Erik was right. Many times over, this environment helped me do my job better – still to this day. Currently, I do the same, especially if I’m testing any type of Scripting (which we use for automation). I log into my stuff and test – NEVER THE CLIENT. This past summer, I had to say goodbye to that first server I was gifted from Erik. Over the years after Broadvox, I dedicated some of my own savings to building out my home sandbox into current releases of Microsoft and staying up to date. I incorporate both Microsoft products and GNU Linux, and VMWare into my sandbox environment. At my first IT Job, I worked under another manager, Sergey Galchenko. Working with him was a great pleasure. He did mostly everything in Linux, so this prompted me to implement Linux into my home sandbox environment.
I have working at home 2 domain controllers, an Apache Reverse Proxy, Various applications running on IIS, networking monitoring tools running on Apache, my website running on Apache, 1 ESX host with several virtual machines, mostly with Server 2008 R2 and CentOS Linux, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 with OWA and ActiveSync, and much more.
Currently, I am working on several IT projects at home:
- C# project to integrate with Active Directory. Simplify the user creation, setting up of user directories, shared permissions, etc. Integrating SQL Server 2008 into this. (Work in progress)
- Fixing my VSFTPD server. I broke it when I updated logins to AD/LDAP. It was using PAM. (Finding solution)
- I would like to upgrade Exchange 2010 with O365 (costs)
- SSL Licensing (DynDNS or GoDaddy). I need a valid cert.
- Powershell scripting! This is a big one especially since my current job focuses tons on AUTOMATION! I still use VBscript in a lot of places.
- There are a few Linux projects I am looking to do as well, including Samba, and some Apache stuff. I currently have one Samba server at home, fully integrated with Active Directory (well almost in spite of the VSPTD issue).
- Term Server project. Upgrade current Term Server from Server 2003. Find legitimate licensing.
In 2012, I moved to Chicago (Darien) with all my equipment. I remember before I moved shutting down only a few things. I moved into Chicago in 2014, I moved again with MORE equipment I had from 2012. Once again in 2015, I moved AGAIN to the south side of Chicago (viz. upstairs to 3rd floor in same building), with a FEW new pieces of hardware. In the moving process, I did all the moving. Ha, I didn’t let the movers touch the stuff. So, when you opened this site today, you are opening it from my Apache Linux server, which is a VM on an ESX host. I will also add, but all the Microsoft stuff I own is legitimate software with proper licensing. None of it is stolen. I used some of my savings to do this undertaking. If I’m going to do it how they do it the real world, I should as well!