The Story

Welcome to the YourTech website. Here, I provide remote services for Linux and FreeBSD servers, as well as supporting many commercial and open source applications on these operating systems.

"It is the way I think. I am a very bottom-up thinker. If you give me the right kind of Tinker Toys, I can imagine the building. I can sit there and see primitives and recognize their power to build structures a half mile high, if only I had just one more to make it functionally complete. I can see those kinds of things." - Ken Thompson
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." - Robert Heinlein
"When you do things right, people won't be sure you've done anything at all." - Futurama

Hi, I'm John Hogenmiller, a computer professional and Unix administrator with 11+ years of real-world experience in my field. In 1998, I started (HSource, LLC) as a web and email hosting provider. I also officially went into business building and repairing computer systems.

Over the next several years, I moved more into the area of computer repair and Linux server administration. In 2001, I started a new company: YourTech, LLC to focus on the areas of computer repair and server administration. YourTech and HSource remained a side business for me -- a way to help others while pursuing a greater understanding of computer systems and server administration.

During this time, I worked for two separate ISP outfits, designing and maintaining various interrelated services: programming a ticketing support system, programming a billing system, customer access authentication, email systems, spam filtering, web hosting, and several other equally important elements. These all ran on variations of the Linux or FreeBSD operating systems.

From 2004 through 2007, I ran YourTech and HSource as a full-time business. During this time, the demand for computer repair dropped greatly as the cost of new computer systems began dropped dramatically. This opened up time for us to focus on some new areas. I assisted two separate wireless ISPs in deploying fixed point-to-point wireless antenna networks across several counties and even crossing state lines. I also worked with a large bank to affect a complete replacement of their outdated computer infrastructure (workstations, server, operating systems, and teller software) to much newer and streamlined system. I also continued to provide remote server administration and hosting (web, dns, email, and backup) for other clients.

Around July of 2007, I accepted a position (Level III Unix Administrator) for an enterprise-class data center. In this position, I provide high-level support for other Unix/Linux administrators as they encounter issues with their existing solution or are adapting to a new solution.

With the acceptance of this position, I am still remaining active with the YourTech business and its customers. The two "jobs" are complementary in fashion. I work with a wider array of technologies for YourTech customers than I would in any "regular" position. At the same time, I work with small, medium, and large enterprise customers that host at our data center. The combined experience allows me to pick and choose the best solutions from both worlds for the people that need them.

While I have other interests such as home remodeling and hiking, I am always interested in hearing about people's tech scenarios. If you'd like to pass along a story, ask me a question, or even retain some of my services, I would recommend getting in touch. My resume is also available.