Something Can Be Done About It
My name is Tad Reeves, and this is my personal website.
“Jettero Heller” is one of my all-time favorite characters of any book I’ve read, and thus the namesake of this blog. Jettero Heller, the hero character in L. Ron Hubbard’s monumental Mission Earth series, was a “Combat Engineer” from the planet Voltar. He was a moral & upstanding, yet tremendously brilliant engineer who also was an amazing athlete, a dedicated husband, and was on a mission to save the world. All told, I think he’s a pretty decent role model in most respects, which is why I chose his for the namesake of this blog – my personal space for technical discussion, and other various attempts to save the world.
I live in the Portland, Oregon area, though I’ve been all over. When someone asks me where I’m from, I just say, “The United States” as I’ve called both coasts home for long stretches of time, living in Oregon, Maine, Connecticut, L.A., the midwest, DC Metro, etc.
I’ve worked on & around Internet infrastructure for 20 years now, getting my first job at a small Oregon ISP in 1996. I’ve then worn just about every hat in the lifecycle of a website, as a project manager, UX designer, UI developer, graphic designer, but primarily as systems engineer – a side of things I’ve stuck with most. My last 6 years have had a primary focus on system engineering around sites running Adobe Experience Manager (the artist formerly known as “CQ” or “CQ5”), involving all of the storage, performance, deployment, automation, and smelling-of-burnt-servers that goes along with that.
Also, before I got work in computers, my youth was filled with dreams of being an automotive engineer, before it was quashed by fears that internal combustion engines were ruining the world. As such, I remain opinionated on cars, trains and transit in general, which I write about on this space as well.
I’m a father of three, and try to spend as much time as possible NOT in front of a computer screen, but out exploring the world with my kids. When I’m not blogging here, I also keep up a site on parenting which you may find interesting.