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About scottyallen

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Raw Score Total: 7,399.99
Name:  scottyallen
(see 5 ratings)
  in Boulder, Colorado
United States

Seller / Coder Rating:  10 (Excellent)
Sign up date:  Feb 27, 2003 7:21:16 AM EDT
Last Logged In:  Aug 17, 2003 4:25:03 PM EDT
Jobs Started:  7
Jobs Completed:  7
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Networking & Systems:
Linux (Redhat & Debian), Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Solaris, DNS (BIND 8), IIS 4, Postgresql, Mysql, MS Exchange 5.5, Communigate Mail Server, Cisco IOS, SNMP, DHCP, NAT, PPTP, IPsec, Netsaint, Apache web server, Samba, RAID

Perl, CGI, PHP, C, SQL, HTML, Javascript, CSS, CVS, make & configure

MS Office 2000, VI, Adobe Photoshop 5.5, 3d Studio Max 3.0, Visio 2000

  • March 2003-Present
    Freelance Consultant
    • Performed remote system administration of linux servers including server setup, hardening, maintenance, troubleshoting, and migration. Wrote various perl scripts to automate routine administration tasks. Coordinated with clients via email, instant messenger, and phone to ensure maximum server availibility.
    • Designed and implemented migration of large membership-based website to multiple webservers. Wrote shell and perl scripts to aid in migration and to synchronize new content between servers. Coordinated with multiple other administrators and developers to ensure a smooth migration.
    • Designed and implemented large scale distributed custom data mining application in perl and mysql, with the capacity to process millions of queries per day.
    • Customized perl-based search engine script for to use a variety of different data sources to provide search results.
    • Wrote and installed various CGI and PHP applications per client specifications, often integrating with existing site designs.
  • November 1999-July 2001
    HQ Global Workplaces
    New York City, NY
    Lead System Administrator
    • Promoted to Lead System Administrator, was ultimately responsible for the resolution of all problems on a 400+ location WAN, serving 10,000+ client machines, and 2500 employees, as well as client email and web services, and corporate email, web, and data center infrastructure.
    • Responsible for project management and served as a technical mentor for several other administrators.
    • Managed the New York data center including 30 Linux, NT, and Cisco systems. Systems included primary and secondary DNS servers, web services, email servers (MS Exchange and others), internal file servers, routers, switches, and NT domain controllers.
    • Planned, implemented, and maintained a Lotus Notes 4.6 to Microsoft Exchange 5.5 Connector routing both internal and internet mail between two existing email systems from two halves of a corporate merger. The implementation included the development of workarounds and the writing of perl scripts to solve undocumented software bugs.
    • Served as a member of a 24/7 on-duty team that was an escalation point for all WAN and server outages. Worked with network-monitoring personnel, field personnel, and telecommunications vendors to resolve T-1 outages, routing issues, and LAN and cabling discrepancies.
    • Served as a technical escalation point for helpdesk, field personnel, and other administrators for client, staff and infrastructure issues.
    • Designed and wrote a web-enabled database to store all relevant WAN information, for use by engineers, field technicians, vendors, and helpdesk staff.
    • Designed and implemented a customized network monitoring solution based around the network monitoring package Netsaint, to provide coordinated network outage alerts to 5 different sets of engineering and management teams, with alerts customized to each groups needs and skill levels. Integrated network monitoring platform with existing WAN information and trouble ticket systems.
    • Designed a packet-filtering firewall for the New York City data center using existing Cisco hardware.
    • Designed and deployed an MS PPTP VPN, to provide secure access to the corporate network to system administrators and specific employees.
  • March 1999-November 1999
    Intelligenesis Corporation
    New York City, NY
    System and Network
    • Promoted to System and Network Administrator. Was responsible for the development and support of all central IT infrastructure, including email, web (internal and external), DNS, code repository, and development server farm. All systems were protected using strong encryption, and were accessible by employees telecommuting from around the world, as well as remote offices, all using a wide variety of operating systems.
    • Supervised the movement of all IT infrastructure during the move of the New York office (the corporate headquarters) to a larger space.
    • Designed and supervised the assembly of the New York server room to house 25 quad-processor development servers and 10 infrastructure servers. Interacted with building engineers, air conditioning contractors, cabling contractors, and equipment vendors.
    • Supervised the technical aspects of transitioning DNS, mail, and web services from outside providers to internal servers.
    • Worked with developers to solve problems encountered during system testing, including researching memory and filesystems limits in Windows NT and Sun JVM.

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  perl decryption needed soliver 10
$75.00 July 8, 2003 4:24:03 PM EDT
  In short words: Excellent - will use him again!
  Leaves of Learning momhuey 10
$25.00 July 2, 2003 12:11:24 PM EDT
  Very talented and professional coder. As long as this coder is available, we will likely be using him exclusively.
  Bonus for scottyallen on 7/1/2003 8:44:28 PM momhuey None Given $100.00 July 1, 2003 8:46:50 PM EDT
  Price Quote Process momhuey 10
$300.00 July 1, 2003 8:43:11 PM EDT
  The programmer exceeded our expectations in terms of deliverables; we didn't expect the functionality we received for the price we paid. He was calm and professional in the face of rampant idiocity and daily scope changes. The work he completed was accurate and clean. We recommend him highly.
  Mail Pre-processor jeff_schwartz None Given $125.00 May 1, 2003 11:30:52 AM EDT
  Web Server Configuration bhosting 10
$100.00 March 22, 2003 5:58:42 PM EDT
  Quick, knowledgeable and friendly. I really could not ask for anything else.

Took a job with a tight deadline and got it done.
  Sort my PHP driven menu mightycpa 10
$15.00 March 1, 2003 12:51:24 AM EDT
  Scotty took my requirements and ran with them. Once the bid was accepted, he cranked out the work in one day, working diligently throughout to fix the little doodads that cropped up unexpectedly.

We had a few problems, mainly because he was modifying a script that was similar to, but not exactly like, the one that I transferred his new code into. As a result, he could not possibly foresee the problems that arose, nor could he possibly diagnose them directly. I did it this way to reduce my cost, and my choice created a significant challenge for any coder. Scotty proved himself very worthy.

You won't go wrong with Scotty, so don't be afraid to accept his bids.
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