IT Specialist - South Western New York
Please Note - This web site is basically obsolete now, I haven't updated it for years. A bit busy and don't really need new clients unless they hand me tons of money :-)
I, Jon Thomas "Stoker" Stokkeland, started Sauen.Com in June 2001 with a single client, developing some Web Shop, E-commerce and Order managament software.
I do this solely on a spare time and hobby basis and have no intention of going full time. Doing so would require me to charge commercial fee's for all my services and time spent, and I think many of my clients would not have been able to use my services when they started their business. Another reason for keeping it a hobby is that I do it for fun, to learn more, get challenges and keep up with news and technologies in the industry, if I went full time I would not have time to research and play around. Right now, my day time job as Network Administrator at The Seneca Nation Of Indians gives me corporate experience and the ability to work with larger systems and infrastructure; combined with this hobby on my spare time, I have a lot of fun and versatility and gain skills every day.
As far as response time to issues that comes up, I can not guarantee a response time, but I
can guarantee that I will respond as fast as I can, usually this would be in the morning before
work, on my lunch break or anytime at night. If I go on vacation or take off for the
weekend I usually keep checking email, and I take extra precautions such as keeping
important hardware components with friends to deliver if I am not there, and I inform all
my clients with business centric systems when and where I go.
That said, there has not been very many issues, some systems, like my web hosting service is in a Professional NOC, that is administred and monitored 24/7 by professionals. Usually I can take care of any issue remotely or over the phone.
So far the word of mouth has been my only advertising, and I've gotten quite a few clients by now.
I have been (a geek) in the technology business for many years, education and background from
industrial control systems machinery manufacturing in Norway.
I served in the Airforce working with F16 aircraft electro-mechanical weapon systems in 1993/1994 before becoming a fulltime engineer.
Since 1996 I have been involved in all sorts of small business and internet related tasks, administrating and running multiple organizations network, servers (Novel, UNIX, Linux, Windows) and enterprise software systems.
I have also been very active in development of applications for both industrial and business use, many of the projects has included integration with existing business database and applications, and it usually involves running a GNU/Linux or UNIX system.
I consider myself a versatile engineer with over 10 years of experience within computers, software, and networking, as well as industrial and business data integration/data collection systems.
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