I am Tyler J. Wagner, and I’m a Linux systems, network, and satellite engineer. I live in London and travel frequently. I have lived in San Francisco, Amsterdam, Baghdad, and Erbil (Iraqi Kurdistan). I am an American/British dual national. I hold a B.S. Computer Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. I can be found on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and LinkedIn. If you’ve seen a user named “tolaris” almost anywhere, that’s probably me.

As a newly-minted Site Reliability Manager at Google in our London office, I am still feeling my way into the role. Standard disclaimer: The opinions stated here are my own, not necessarily those of my company.

Until recently, I was the Chief Technology Officer of Talia Ltd, a satellite Internet services provider and Linux consulting and network engineering company. Talia operates its own teleport and maintains a VSAT network spanning 8 satellites and 1500 modems across the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa.

I have a personal collection of servers and workstations which run Ubuntu and Linux Mint. I have managed some form of Unix since I was introduced to HP-UX 9 in 1996, and have run Linux on the desktop full time since 2005.

My wife and I lived in Iraq from August 2003 to May 2005, where I worked for ServiceSat International, now IraqSat, an Iraqi satellite-based ISP. You can read about our experiences there in the archive of our personal blogs at giantlaser.livejournal.com and slownewsday.livejournal.com. I recommend you start here. A friend also wrote a reasonably accurate article about my time there; it’s an entertaining read if you have the time.

These are my thoughts.