Author: Nick

As a visionary, entrepreneurial executive, I have extensive expertise in leading lean, agile, high-performing teams that design, engineer and deliver cross-domain solutions. My expertise includes managing complex integration projects that maximize ROI while facilitating secure transfer of information. My multifaceted experience spans both military and corporate operations in North America, South America, Europe and the Middle East with global implications. As co-founder of Spec Ops Technology, a successful international business, we built a team that delivers high quality, cost-effective technology solutions for clients in diverse business sectors including aviation and technology. Now at Xalt Energy, I am leading a diverse and energetic group of technical engineers. We are putting in place the infrastructure and process needed to drive Xalt Energy's green business solutions. My background includes extensive training in Boundary Information Protection within the U.S. Air Force. I served as an accomplished Lead Engineer who managed an elite R&D business group within the Integrated Defense Systems (IDS) sector. I’ve been recognized as an astute manager who built, coached and led a dynamic team of professionals while simultaneously serving as Team Lead of a major inter-agency integration project with Wyle Labs. Specialties: Information Security, Network Management, Linux, UNIX, BSD, Operating Systems, Heterogeneous network integration, Information Warfare, software management, large scale network deployment, open source software, MacOS, QNX, project management, architecture lead, security software implementation, logging, security implementation guides, proposals, cyber, cyber warfare, Special Mission Aircraft (SMA), COMINT, IMINT, SIGINT, HUMINT, and installing UNIX on every device I can find

The machine is self aware…

I live in the boonies now, but thankfully we have some semblance of broadband with SpeedConnect. It is a WiMax setup with a modem that needs to be reset once a day (sometimes more if I am downloading ISO’s) and only connects at 10Mb Half-Duplex.  Better than nothing I suppose. Originally I just succom to

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What do I want to do when I grow up?

Circumstances were such that I could not make a more public notification when it actually occurred, but I am now able. I have sold my portion of Spec Ops Technology and will be moving on to new and exciting things for which I have yet to fully determine. It is such a bittersweet moment in

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ADS-B Receiver and Plotter with Arch Linux

I love aviation and love software defined radios so building an ADS-B receiver and plotter was high on the lists of to-do. In Standish Michigan there are not a lot of fly overs so I wanted to be sure to capture those that happened. Haven seen now a few A-10’s on low pass it only fueled

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Spiffy Schmidts one year on…

Today marks the 365th day we have been blissfully married. It is hard to believe as it feels like yesterday we were standing on top of the mountains in the Carolinas saying “I do.” We have had the most amazing first year I think any married couple could request. Two days before we exchanged nuptials

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Leaving Abu Dhabi

Let me pretense this with we are not actually leaving Abu Dhabi, but rather we are leaving a slice of time for which we were there. Spec Ops Technology still has offices in Dubai (expanding in the Emirates too…) and will require us to be back at least twice a year, but the period for

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