This article originally posted July 30, 2014
As anyone who knows me, or is socially connected to me knows I am either Robert Bleattler Technologist, or The Epicurean Technologist. I have many people ask me, why do you call yourself “technologist”?
Well its pretty simple really, I could call myself an IT guy, or a SysAdmin, or any of the other renditions of the same, but I am a little more than that. From an early age I wanted to know how things worked and why they worked, and what made them NOT work. I spent many hours in the library reading everything I could find on electrical and computer systems. I taught myself using books and diagrams to fix almost anything that could break, It was a natural thing as my maternal grandfather had this same talent. If you Google the definition of technologist, there are many different meanings, but the below are the ones that are relevant to this article:
a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems
a person trained to design and construct machines
a person who designs and writes and tests computer programs
a person trained in practical applications of the theory of electricity
As I am a person who does all of the above, I therefore conclude that I am a Technologist and not just a system admin. I truly enjoy a good challenge, and believe there is no obstacle that cannot be overcome. I go above the average system admin in the sense that I think like a machine, using logic first and working back from that. Believe me I have seen some strange occurrences in my career that seem to defy common logic, but when looked at from a different perspective seems to make sense. Everything we do depends on Technology, and if that technology fails I am the man to call!
All of this together is what make me a Technologist as opposed to “THE IT GUY”.