Alwanza.net is a technical portfolio. All the code and images on this site (with the exception of the two validation images, the Linked-in image, and the Apache image on this page) were created by Meryll Larkin. Alwanza.net contains my résumés, scripts, applications; including viewable code samples. This site contains work that I have provided for my personal site, Alwanza.com and projects that I created for others.
Alwanza.net is hosted on a computer in my home (on my home network) which I built by assembling components a decade ago. I installed all the software and maintain it. I configured the network, including firewalls. I upgrade the hardware and software as needed. I patch and update regularly.
About Meryll Larkin
I am a Linux System Administrator and Perl programmer, located near Seattle, Washingon, USA. I deploy computer hardware (photos of hardware I have built). I install and document software installations (documentation of installations). I write web applications in Perl (two of my web programs are here). I write shell scripts and perl scripts (perl and shell script library).
I aim towards "best practices"
I am located in the greater Seattle area. I have 12 years experience in high tech; 7 years as senior systems administrator, including 4 years as hands-on IT manager. I provide high involvement, take-charge services in Linux system administration, Perl programming, and database administration including 24/7 uptime support for mission-critical company network and computer systems.
I have architected new systems from the ground up. I can take a list of a company's functional needs and turn them into a working solution that fit their budget and growth projections.
I am particularly adept at installation and configuration of dedicated specialty servers and/or programs; creating and expanding functionality, automation, documentation, web programming, web architecture, troubleshooting, network technology, functional design, firewalls.
I enjoy keeping current with new technology. I work well with researchers, scientists, programmers, musicians, and engineers. I prefer working in companies with between 30 and 300 employees, so that the "big picture" or customer service doesn't get lost in too much departmentalization.