I’m a man who has metaphorically worn many hats, although I tend not to physically rest one on my head. My primary life goal is to understand the intricacies of the world and to use that knowledge to make things better. I’m an IT guy, but the realms of automotive and medical physiology are also intriguing areas of interest. What can I say? I love systems – how they are designed, how they break, how you fix them and how you prevent the same incident from happening twice. This site is simply a posting ground for ideas and articles that I think someone in the world might find handy, and it isn’t intended to be much more than that.
I am currently a voice network engineer and get to do a lot of fantastic stuff with technology every day. Routers, switches, servers, IP telephony, you name it. The A/V realm has been a long-standing hobby and although my works cannot hold a candle to those of the professionals, I still greatly enjoy it. All photos on this site came from one of my cameras, in a pinch, an iPhone. Before delving seriously into IT, I was a physician; treating patients from surgical to neurotic and getting granular with the granulomas in the lab during cancer and obesity research projects. If there is one thing I’ve learned in all my years (thirty-two of them to be exact), it’s that the more you know about something, the more you realize you don’t know about it yet.
Back in 1999 I wrote an auto repair article that “started it all”, the BMW M42 Timing Case Profile Gasket (E30 head gasket) and published it on my fledgling website. I figured that if you can write HTML and also venture into undocumented territory with a car engine, why not publish something useful? Since then, two divisions of my automotive site have formed, Tim’s Volvo Site and Tim’s BMW Site, each with their own articles and insights.
Since then, the social internet has become an entirely different creature, even to the point where I considered scrapping my personal website along the way. With social media, forums, image hosting and instant mass-communication, a semi-static personal website could justifiably be considered a legacy relic from the dialup era. In one sense, I cannot refute that argument. In another sense, it’s nice to have a home address in the otherwise ephemeral digital world we live in.