My name is Ryan and I am a computer geek, but I'm sure you already figured that out. I am originally from, and grew up in, the Monterey Bay. Ever since my age consisted of a single digit, I have had great interest in computers and what they can do. Growing up I spent endless hours in front of my Dad's computer, and eventually my own computers as time went on. Things would break, then I would find a way to fix them... things would break again, then I would fix them again... the cycle continued to help build the skills I have today. I began to experiment with HTML in middle school, and started building web sites for myself, friends, and family for a few years. My Father even purchased a web server so I could learn how to host the web sites I was building from home back then! Later on I learned how to run homebrew software on various video game consoles, and eventually turned my old-school Xbox into a full blown media center (thanks to XBMC, now known as Kodi).
When I graduated high school I was still working in the food service industry. At that time I did not realize the value of my set of skills. From making sandwiches to serving customers their meals, it was all great... but I needed to do something I love. Eventually I moved up to the East Bay and began taking classes at Diablo Valley College. Part way through my attendance at DVC I decided it was time to shift into an industry that I have a passion for: Computer and information technology! Later on I worked for a small computer repair shop in Concord as their lead shop technician, where I nearly ran the business for the owner. I even began taking my own clients under "Custom Computers & Repairs." In 2009 I received my Associates in Science in Microsoft Windows Systems Administration from Diablo Valley College.
In the Spring of 2011, I moved to San Francisco to begin attending San Francisco State University. Since moving here, I decided to continue taking my own clients and begin expanding my personal business in full force. Finally, late Spring of 2014, I graduated from San Francisco State University and achieved my Bachelors of Science in Industrial Design with focus in Product Design and Development.
Shortly after graduating from SFSU I began building and configuring my own small business server (which is hosting this website). More importantly however, I purchased my first 3D printer and immediately began experimenting with it. Since then I have gained a lot of experience not only using it, but also troubleshooting, repairing, and even building 3D printers. I have even taken some time to design some parts for my first 3D printer that I actually 3D printed with it! Another post design school design I am proud of is my SSD Stackers, which are small parts for securely stacking solid state drives inside desktop computers. Needless to say, I am now offering a range of 3D scanning and design services!
So that is me, Ryan, the computer tech/geek in a nutshell. Feel free to contact me with any other questions or concerns! Otherwise, I will leave you with this (I believe it applies to more than just computer technology): If there is one thing I have learned in life so far, it is that experience is always the best teacher.