Telecommunications and Cybersecurity Professional

Month: June 2017

McSelfies in Ireland

I was in Ireland for the first time a few weeks ago with my sister Connie, brother Tom, and cousin Patti. Frances and Anna McDermott, two Irish sisters, came to Bellefonte, PA, back in the 40s along with a third sister, Mary Ellen. So we have Irish roots. 

Boatloads of Photos

As you can imagine we took a huge number of pictures. Four people, five cameras (Patti was also using her Nikon DSLR).

I coined the term “McSelfie” while we were in Ireland. A McSelfie is a McDermott selfie – essentially me or me and the others or me, the others, and the whole tour group in at least one case – shot by me as a selfie. This is my first effort at putting photos up on In a future post I’ll put up a full set of pictures,  but for now the McSelfie collection is the first gallery!

Where we’ve been

It has been said that you can’t know where you’re going until you know where you’ve been. So where this website/blog has been is relevant as the relaunch begins.


I grabbed the domain years ago when I owned a small Internet service provider (ISP) back in the late 90s. Originally I used it only for email and then a really crude blog (driven by the Blogger platform). When I returned to school at Kennesaw State University in suburban Atlanta (go Owls!) to complete my bachelors degree one of the classes challenged us to create a website coded purely with HTML. And the longstanding was born.

Even with my HTML 4.01 compliant site using CSS (state of the art at the time), the site really remained a place holder so folks could find me as I moved around the southeast US.

Now, of course, we have amazing tools like WordPress, and trying to manually code something even as simple as the version of that you are viewing today in HTML would be way too time consuming. And so the engine under the hood now is WordPress and I am over my guilt about not coding it by hand.

As for content, this site is really a general catch all. As I posted in the last days of the old site my personal hobbies include ham radio and photography. My professional world as a sales engineer is telecommunications and information security. And posts will span these and other things that interest me and that I think might interest visitors to this site. Ideally, as I become more comfortable with the platform, I may launch subject matter specific sites for the technical topics.

Most blogs and websites quickly become stale because cranking out content is not easy for many, myself included. But I’m gonna give it my best shot!

2017 Transformation

Sounds huge but I’m just changing my personal website from a very basic HTML based site, coded manually, to a WordPress driven site. Expect a lot of little changes here as I get things looking and working well. Let me know your thoughts.

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