Alan Bailward

Programmer, geek, wannabe web revolutionary.

Manager, Security & Infrastructure at Left Technologies

As of 2020, I’ve been employed at Left Technologies for 9 years and am now the Manager of Security and Infrastructure. My responsibilities currently include: Ensuring the physical, internal and external network security of the organization. Training employees in security procedures and proactive protection against internal and external threats. Making sure that the organizations internal …

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The OS Development Era

I was extremely challenged by the work at Layer 7 Technologies as their OS Developer.  I bridged the Developers and QA techs in defining and maintaining the server based embedded networking appliance operating system.  My biggest accomplishment was to drastically decrease the build time for building system images.  I took a “by-hand”, very prone to …

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The Web Developer Era

After the dot com bust I got into the web application development world.  This involved my own contracting company working in tandem with web developers.  “They make it pretty, I make it work” was how I described what I did.  I worked on everything from a web based insurance underwriting system to educational website games …

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The Dot Com Era

Time moved along and the dot com era happened, Netmaster was renamed to Merilus, and I took position as Senior Developer.  Merilus were the creators of (among other things) the FireCard, the first PC on a PCI card.  The embedded nature of the Firecard required me to take position as the lead C programmer.  In …

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The Programmer Era

I think almost everyone in the technology industry of a certain age has a dot com story.  Mine starts with a little company called Netmaster Networking.  I was employed as a junior programmer creating perl code for the system and the web based administration for the NICS system, a firewall and network router system.  This …

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The Tech Support Era

My foray into the technical work world was a four year tenure as technical support and system administration for the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.  In this time I was responsible for helping transition to a new and more modern dial up system as technical support.  This involved a lot of user education, patience, and …

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