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About Hayden James

Hello! I’m Hayden James, Linux Systems Analyst and Founding Editor of LinuxBlog.io.

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Bio: The journey began in 1996 with a desktop PC and dial-up internet, igniting my passion for IT. Despite limited tech education opportunities on the island in the 90s, I was determined to become a web developer.

Post-high school, I dove into a web development course remotely with NRI schools (McGraw-Hill Education), leading to my first role at the ‘Antigua Sun‘ Newspaper in 1999.

During the late 90s, I created purehonda.com, which attracted over 200k monthly visitors and 50k members, gaining features in Sport Compact Car, Super Street, and Honda Tuning magazines. I sold it just before the dot-com crash.

In 2004, I launched PinStack.com. By 2009, it had evolved into a thriving smartphone community with more than 700,000 active members and 3 million monthly page views, which led to its eventual sale.

These and many other websites I’ve owned and operated have honed my skills in Linux server management and application performance. This period also included nearly ten years in full-time roles that significantly enhanced my expertise and experience in PC support, IT support and network routing and switching.

Currently, I live in Saint Kitts, where I work remotely, managing StackLinux.com (Linux web hosting). Additionally, I also work with approximately 30 clients as their dedicated Linux Systems Analyst.

What Does a Linux Systems Analyst Do?

A Linux Systems Analyst is a specialist who expertly manages and maintains the Linux operating systems within an organization. Their role encompasses designing, setting up, and overseeing systems and applications based on Linux.

This requires in-depth knowledge of the Linux structure, commands, system management, cybersecurity, and efficiency enhancement. They are also tasked with configuring servers, maintaining Linux applications, and solving any technical problems that arise.

Moreover, a Linux Systems Analyst often collaborates with other IT professionals like developers, network engineers, and database administrators. Essentially, the role is vital for maintaining the reliability, security, and efficiency of an organization’s Linux systems, ensuring they meet business requirements.

I utilize specialized monitoring tools and observability software to collect and analyze data in real time. After which, I optimize and maintain client infrastructure remotely using a terminal emulator (Ex. Tilix) with SSH (Secure Shell Protocol).

Media Mentions

Interviewed for the front-page article: ‘Unprecedented’ cyberattack involved tens of millions of IP addresses— CNN

“Hayden, thank you for your image optimization suggestion. Millions of web surfers now get a faster web experience because of it!” — Cloudflare.

“PinStack.com is a virtual playground where technology buffs network, trade advice, and get the latest gadget news!” — Ottawa Citizen.

“PinStack.com …a complete Blackberry guide!” — TheRecord.com

“For the extent of the problem [Blackberry Addiction], see the BlackBerry Addicts Confession Page on PinStack.com” — Newsday.com

“Pinstack, which is one of the more popular Blackberry forums…” — ZDNet

“Coolvibe is a site dedicated to showcasing the best and most inspirational digital art from around the web — be it science fiction, fantasy, retro, 3D, illustrations, vector art, and virtually everything else.” — 1stwebdesigner

“Purehonda.com is the distilled, 100% unrelenting Honda fix you need. If it were possible, we’d tell you to open a vein and pump the HTML directly into your bloodstream.” — Super Street Mag

“With all the vinegar and spice of a tabloid newspaper, Purehonda.com crowds an immense quantity and variety of information into its display page. There’s enough information and stimulation here to captivate the Honda/Acura addict for hours – if not days!… if you stop by, we’re sure you’ll agree that Purehonda.com comes as close to achieving a “virtual community” for Honda and Acura partisans as anyone on the web!.” — Sport Compact Car

Listed multiple times as a top Honda enthusiasts resource — Honda Tuning Mag

Current Home Lab setup

My home lab
Details: Home Lab Beginners guide (Hardware)

Linux distro history

Distros used longer than six months: ArchUbuntu 6.06+, (k)Ubuntu 14/16Mint 5/6Crunchbang, Kali, Debian 5/6Debian 8/9Debian SIDFedora 27+Manjaro + i3, Ubuntu 20.04 LTS w/ Pop Shell i3-like tiling. Currently, I’m using Kali-i3 on both desktop and laptop, pictured below.

Kali-i3 desktop
Read: ThinkPad T14s Gen 3 AMD Linux User Review + Tweaks

Linux laptop history

Starting from 1998: Dell Inspiron 7000 A366LT, ThinkPad T40p, ThinkPad T60pThinkPad x301Alienware M14x R2Alienware 14, and the Pinebook Pro. After 11 years, I finally retired my Alienware 14. Read why I returned to ThinkPad.

I use the ThinkPad T14s + Kali-i3
Read my ThinkPad T14s Gen 3 AMD laptop review.

In my office I’m usually working on my desktop PC, which is a budget-friendly, all-black, no flashing RGBs, no-nonsense – ATX Mid-Tower build.

Thank you for your support!

Many thanks for your time and support, and I look forward to sharing more Linux and technology content with you in the future!

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