About SmashTech

Who Am I?

I am Jim Olding. Father, husband, nerd.

I’ve been involved with IT in one form or another for the past 20 years. I started off working helpdesk for a local ISP after school, and moved on to computer janitor for a retail chain.

I escaped retail to become the network administrator for a national trucking company. I was there for over 11 years, during which we migrated from NT4 to Active Directory, merged multiple forests, scaled from a single site Exchange 5.5 to a multisite Exchange 2010 setup, switched to voip, and moved from 56k frame relay to fiber MPLS for connecting approximately 11 different sites across the country.

Since 2014, I’ve been the system administrator for a company providing online engagement & events in healthcare and education.

History

SmashTech has evolved over the years, but has always been a blog in some form or another.

In the early days, it was just manually updated HTML. After realizing this was horrid to maintain across multiple pages, I created a very basic CMS. It was written in ASP Classic, and backed by an Access database. Not exactly secure or scalable. That code has thankfully been lost to history.

Then came the glory days, running on PostNuke. For a time, there was a small but thriving community centered around silly posts, and lots of Flash games. But with PostNuke came the exploits, and trying to keep up on security patches and moderate a community became too much to handle. After a brief flirting with Joomla, the site migrated to WordPress.

The site carried on for years, sitting mostly idle. It was occasionally used to organize lan parties, but even that eventually moved to Facebook.

Now running with Hugo, SmashTech continues existing. Here’s to another (hopefully more active) 20 years!