About 👀

Welcome! I’m Dave, a.k.a. "The MaudMan". 😎

This is a blank canvas where I can write about whatever is on my mind without feeling the need for it to be particularly useful or entertaining. Some day these musings might be all that is left of me, so I might as well make the best of it.

My personal website, mauder.com used to be called “Mauder’s Money Matters“, and was hosted on Wordpress. At some point many 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. 🙂

Since I've been using Standard Notes for over a year now, I recently decided to give their blogging platform, Listed.to, a try. Hopefully it will reduce the friction of daily writing and I'll get back into my groove again.

These days, I’m a partner in Carefree Cabins, LLC, a vacation log cabin rental biz in Hocking Hills, Ohio. We have five four cabins which is pretty comfortable & managable, and still allows us time 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 "family" log cabin in 2013. That got turned into a rental and did so well, we decided to move to Hocking Hills in 2016, launch a new business, and built four more log cabins. We sold that first cabin at the end of 2019 for a variety of reasons I won't go into.

Professionally, I work as a Senior Principal Engineer and Technical Team Lead for a multi-billion dollar leader in the tech industry. I mostly specialize in block & file-based storage systems, hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) and virtualization. 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, at least on the side. Today I find myself wishing I could write some apps to scratch my own itch. For that reason, I’m very facsinated by sites such as FreeCodeCamp, and one of my goals is to eventually get through all of their course material.

Over the years, I’ve been involved in many “side hustles” including network 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. Maybe someday I'll get back to it.

My timeline… ⏲

  • 1968: Born in Northwest Ohio. I'm a Gemini. ♊
  • 1980: Introducted to my first computer, a TRS-80, by my nerdy cousin Gary who had an electronic wonderland in his basement. I was hooked. 🤓
  • 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 crap, that was cutting edge technology.
  • 1986: Graduated high school. Sold the Atari 130XE and bought another computer with a 16-bit 80286 processor.
  • 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 the 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 the resume and decided I need to "settle down." 🙂 Started working for the tech company I’m still with today.
  • 2008: Mom passed away. 🙁
  • 2012: Dad passed away. 🙁
  • 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 the same company I joined in 2007.
  • 2017: Third grandchild born (on my birthday 🙂 🙂 🙂 ). It’s another boy! Grandkids are fun, but damn, three is enough and I wish they’d stop moving and making noise & messes once in a while! LOL
  • 2018: Turned 50. Ugh!

My current interests, and topics I will likely write about:

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

Want to get in touch? Here’s how…

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Email

Send to dmauder at gmail.com. Please no spam or network marketing opportunities (which would be spam!) 😁

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