Welcome! I’m Dave.

This is a blank canvas where I write all about myself without feeling the need for it to be particularly useful or entertaining. Some day this website might be all that is left of me, so I might as well make the best of it.

This site used to be “Mauder’s Money Matters“, but at some point a fews years ago I got bored with it. At that time I was focused on personal finance, debt-reduction, and investing. I also wrote a monthly column by the same name in a nationally syndicated trade publication. Yes, I’m a nationally syndicated writer. Well, I used to be one. 🙂

These days, I’m a partner in Carefree Cabins, LLC, a vacation log cabin rental biz in Hocking Hills, Ohio. We have five cabins which is pretty comfortable/managable, and still allows us to stop and smell the roses. Afterall, we’re living in one of the most beautiful areas that exists in Ohio. The cabin rental business launched serendipitously when we invested in building our first log cabin in 2013. That one did so well as a rental, we decided to move to Hocking Hills in 2016, launch a new business, and start building more log cabins.

Professionaly, I work in IT as a Systems Integration Consultant for a multi-billion dollar tech company. I’m fortunate enough to work from a home office in beautiful Hocking Hills, Ohio, and I travel quite a bit. I’m not sure how much longer I’ll continue to work for “The Man”, but for now I enjoy what I do and plan to keep working and run the cabin rental business for the foreseeable future.

I’ve worked in IT since 1990 after I graduated college with a degree in computer programming. Sitting at a desk writing code all day didn’t suit my personality at the time, so I branched off into technical support and systems engineering. In late 2001, I got interested in storage technology (SAN/NAS) and it has been my specialization ever since. My tech skills include servers, virtualization, networking, hyper-converged platforms, systems management, automation, disaster recovery, and various other aspects of IT. However, the underlying theme is always SAN and/or NAS related.

In hindsight, I wish I would have stuck with programming / coding. Today I find myself wishing I could write some apps that would scratch my own itch. For that reason, I’m very facsinated by sites such as FreeCodeCamp, and plan to eventually get through all of their course material.

Over the years, I’ve been involved in many “side hustles” including networking marketing, vending routes, and affiliate marketing. Without a doubt, I found the most success with online affiliate marketing, but never achieved a level of income that would have allowed me to quit my job.

My timeline…

  • 1968 (June): Born in Northwest Ohio
  • 1980: Got interested in computers and “worked” on my first TRS-80 thanks to my geeky cousing Gary and the electronic wonderland in his basement. 🙂
  • 1983: Parents bought me my first computer, an Atari 800 XL.
  • 1985: Saved up some alloweance, sold the Atari 800 XL to my sister, and upgraded to an Atari 130XE. Still 8-bit, but had 128KB of RAM! Holy shit that was cutting edge technology.
  • 1986: Graduated high school. Sold the Atari 130XE and bought a 16-bit 80286 computer.
  • 1987: Joined the US Navy.
  • 1988: First child born. It’s a girl!
  • 1989: Honorable discharge from Active Duty Navy, entered the Naval Reserve for the next 6 years. Started college and officially launched my new career in IT. Started out majoring in computer electronics, but changed to applied business with a major in computer programming. Got back on the BBS’s and learned 16-bit computers are for losers. Sold 286 and bought a 32-bit 386SX. OK, the CPU was 32-bit, but the data bus was still 16-bit. It’s all I could afford at the time.
  • 1990: Got married and second child born. It’s a boy! Started first real IT job – computer operator and quickly moved to a programmer role. Got rid of the 386SX computer and bought a 486.
  • 1992: First and only paycheck from Microsoft. Maybe I’ll share that story in a blog post one day.
  • 1995: Honorable discharge from the Naval Reserve.
  • 1996-2006: What the hell happened here?? I guess just a bunch of working/furthering my IT career, and being a husband & father.
  • 2007: Various IT/tech jobs since 1989. Was starting to look bad on resume. 🙂  Started working for the tech company I’m still with today.
  • 2008: Lost my mom. 🙁
  • 2012: Lost my dad. 🙁
  • 2013: First grandchild born. It’s a girl!
  • 2014: Second grandchild born. It’s a boy!
  • 2016: Moved to Hocking Hills, Ohio and launched Carefree Cabins, LLC.  Went on a “sebatical” to a different tech company for 16 months. Hated it, came back to same company I joined in 2007.
  • 2017: Third grandchild born (on my birthday 🙂 🙂 🙂 ). It’s another boy! Grandkids are fun, but damn I wish they’d stop! LOL
  • 2018: Turned 50. Ugh!

My current interests, and likely topics on Mauder.com

  • Technology, especially leveraging technology for many of the items listed below…
  • Personal Finance & Budgeting
  • Investing
  • Managing & Eliminating Debt
  • Early Retirement
  • Nutrition / Natural Health
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Buying & Using American made products
  • Digital security & privacy
  • Productivity
  • Coffee (REALLY good coffee!)
  • Barefoot walking, running, hiking
  • Reading
  • Watching Movies

My Strengths

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My Weaknesses

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I’ve been married to the same wonder(ful) women since 1990, we have two adult children, three grandchildren, a dog and two cats. The youngest grandchild was born on my birthday and turns 1 year old in 2018.

Young Dave & Michele

Old(er) Dave & Michele

Bailey, bestest dog EVER!

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