About This Site
My Resume
Photo Gallery
Old Photos
Related Sites
Go back home!
About this site, and how it was created.
See other sites that are related to this one
Want to hire me? Look here!
My old Photo Album.
Look here if the photos haven't been moved to the new album yet.
Photos of all my adventures.
Please contact me if you would like a PDF, or Open Office version of my resume

John H. Ross
623 Greenwood Avenue
Toronto, Ontario
M4J 4B1

Summary of Qualifications:
  A self directed, motivated, and hardworking technology professional who thrives on tough challenges.  
Possess excellent troubleshooting skills and an ability to overcome difficulties with creative and 
practical solutions. Have over seven years experience with a variety of operating systems, including 
major varients of UNIX and Windows and an excellent understanding of common networking 
technologies and protocols. Excel at interacting with a wide variety of individuals, including technical 
as well as non-technical people. 

Technical skills include:
  Sun (Sparc, Ultra, and SunFire)
  Apple Macintosh

 Applications and Protocols  
  HTTP (Apache, Squid)
  SMTP (Sendmail, Intermail, Qmail)
  Firewalls (IPFilter, Checkpoint FW-1)
  ssh, scp, sftp
  NFS, CIFS, Samba
  Sun Grid Engine
  IMAP (courier IMAP)
  FreeBSD Jails

 Operating Systems
  BSD (FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD)
  Mac OS
  Data OnTap
  Cisco IOS
  Windows (95, 98, NT, 2000, XP)

  Shell Script (Bourne, BASH, TCSH, CSH)

Employment History:
TD Securities
  Batch Architect
  April 2002-Present
·Designed and developed multiple monitoring applications to aid troubleshooting and accelerate resolution times.
·Acted as a liason between the Development group and the Unix administrators to facilitate effective communication.
·Developed promotion tools and procedures to ensure all new code is promoted in a fully tested and controlled manner.
·Wrote wrapper scripts to enable all the batch programs to interface with other scripts as well as the scheduler.
·Provide 24 hour pager support to ensure that all SLAs are met.

  Senior Systems Architect
  January 2002 - Present
·Architected a complete Web/Email hosting platform with emphasis on reliability and managability.
·Wrote scripts to automate routine tasks and enable faster provisioning and maintenance response times.
·Continue to teach others system maintenance to ensure 24 hour a day problem resolution.

Netcom/AT&T Canada IES 
  Unix Systems Administrator
  June 1998 - April 2002
·Trained the customer maintenance group on DNS procedures to facilitate the handoff from the Sysadmin group.
·Trained new sysadmins on UNIX systems and procedures to transition them into their new roll.
·Lead the sysadmin group's Y2K effort to ensure service levels would be maintained through the year 2000 new year.
·Implemented an enterprise level backup cluster to service 14 NetApp filers.
·Implemented and maintained almost one hundred Solaris servers.
·Migrated UNIX and NT files to NetApp filers in an NFS/CIFS environment.
·Wrote documentation detailing the amalgamation of the Netcom, AT&T WPO, and Metronet platforms to assist in transitioning this process.

Netcom Canada
  Business Technical Support Representative
  January 1998 - June 1998
·Helped define this new position within Netcom.
·Doccumented new procedures, and other stuff in this new roll.
·Was solely responsible for training the new BTSR when I left that position.
·Acted in a second level support capacity for business customers.
·Communicated with Information Systems and Network Operations to effectively resolve customer issues.

Netcom Canada
  Technical Support Rep, and Mac Specialist
  March 1997 - January 1998
·Supported customers in a call centre environment.
·Provided third level support for Macintosh customers.
·Helped the Information Systems department develop "Netcomplete 4" for the Macintosh platform.
·Wrote documentation and developed tools to assist other TSRs in dealing with Macintosh customers.

Sentex Communicationse
  Technical Support and Web Master
  September 1995-January 1997
·Designed, implemented and maintained the company web site.
·Provided telephone and email support to customers.
·Installed modems and Internet software on customer's computers.
·Wrote CGIs using Perl and shell scripts.
·Assisted in maintaining all internal UNIX systems.

- Cisco ICND (March 2001)
- Solaris System Administraton II (September 1998)
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (June 1996)

Activities and Interests:
- Flying Cessnas out of Toronto City Center Airport 
- Active member of the Toronto swing dance community
- Working on a CSPA (Canadian Sport Parachute Association) Class A licence
- Rock Climbing
- Skiing
- Sailing
- Maintaining my own domains (fenks.org and pretzel-logic.ca), and home network