Meet Michael, (another) Linux nut!

Screen Shot 2013-04-30 at 10.44.35 AMMichael Sampson has a reputation for being the office Linux nut. No small feat, when you consider that everyone at Anchor is a Linux nut. He works as a Systems Admin with Chris and Ryan.

How did you come to be working at Anchor?

“I was attending PyCon AU in Tasmania. I saw the Anchor banner next to the food table. When I got back, I checked out their company blog. I’d never worked on high-availability stacks or a lot of the other technologies mentioned and I thought that would be fairly interesting. So I applied for a job. I’ve been here since January.

What did you do before working at Anchor?

I spent the last 7 years working in an IT position in the education sector in Armidale. I’m from Tamworth originally, but I did both my Bachelors and my Masters in Computer Science at UNE in Armidale.

Tamworth hey? So you’re a country music fan?

Not really. The festival is good for the town obviously, but to me it always felt like two weeks of people wearing big hats and getting in the way.

Have you done much travel?

I’ve never really been big on travel, but I wouldn’t mind seeing a bit more of Australia. I once spent a couple of weeks up north around Cairns and Port Douglas. I’d like to go back to Tassie and check out Cradle Mountain and the west coast.

I’ve often thought that one trip I’d like to do would be to go from one side of the United States to the other. I’m not sure how – whether car or bus or train – and try and hit all of the highlights on the way through. So many things to see in the States.

When did you start getting interested in computers?

When I was a kid. My first computer was a VIC-20, back in the day. I was one of those kids that was always pulling stuff apart to see how it worked. Wasn’t always so great at putting it back together though…

What is something about Anchor you wish more people knew?

The level of technical ability here. Very smart people.  Every day I learn something new.

What’s your favourite technology?

Before I came here I hadn’t really been exposed to KVM virtualisation. I’d seen it, I’d played with it, hadn’t really seen it in production. In my previous job we used proprietary virtualisation solutions. KVM’s have come a long way and some of the add-ons like Virt-manager are pretty slick. It’s nice that it is built right into the Linux kernel.

Got any favourite movies, TV shows or books?

Usual Suspects, The Sting. Inception was a good movie. I really enjoyed that. Most of my movies tend to be a bit sci-fi.

I do enjoy reading. I like to read a lot of technical blogs. I have always enjoyed reading behind the scenes technical articles. GitHub and Slashdot have both posted fairly in depth information about the hardware/software powering their sites. Whenever I read posts like that I think, “that sounds interesting”.

I enjoy novels by John Sandford and Lee Child. Lee Child’s books all feature a guy called Jack Reacher who’s a fairly unique character. They just made a movie based on one of the books. In the books Jack Reacher is always described the same way,  he’s a 6’5″ guy, 220 pounds – he’s huge. In the movie they got Tom Cruise to play him…

Lastly, the most important question. Star Wars or Star Trek?

I like both to be honest. If I had to pick one, probably Star Wars. With the exception of the newer ones…