“Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.” – Henry Ford
My name is Hayden James, a Linux systems administrator (Linux Sysadmin) for over 10 years. Currently I support around 35 clients from around the world. Most work with me directly and a few through Elance. Most of my work is done remotely using a terminal emulator and Secure Shell. I take great joy in solving all things Linux and those times which are challenging or new ground, I view them as opportunities. This makes me very passionate and motivated about my work.
Sys-ad-min: A person responsible for the upkeep, configuration, and reliable operation of computer systems, especially servers.
Born in Antigua, in 1979, my background in tech started when the internet first hit the island around 1996. Back then I made it a goal of becoming a web developer. Graduated from high school in 1998, after which I enrolled with NRI schools (of MHE) in Washington for a course in web development. In 1999 I started working with Antigua Sun Newspaper – Antigua Online, (more than a decade before its closure) where I served as the web developer for the daily online version of the newspaper.
As an artist in pastels and watercolors, I also came up with the idea to market and sell my paintings online along with other artists in Antigua and thus created a website which sold these paintings. Also in 1999, I created the website purehonda.com, which grew to have over 200,000 unique visitors per month and over 50,000 registered members. The site was also featured in 3 major US magazines ( Sport Compact Car, Super Street [2 times], and Honda Tuning). I sold PureHonda on Sept 10th 2001 just missing the burst of the dot-com bubble!
In 2004, I launched PinStack.com, a smartphone discussion community that supported users with news, reviews and forum help. This site was acquired in 2009, at which time PinStack was receiving over 2 million page views per month, with over 700,000 registered members. For my next project, I purchased a much smaller website called Coolvibe which enabled me to combine server management, my love of art and website development. I kept Coolvibe for 1 year and more than doubled its monthly traffic to just over 1 million page views monthly.
Most recently I sold altenergyshift.com. The website address is self-explanatory. Additionally, from 1998 to 2007, I was employed full-time by ACT Antigua, AT&T and Cable & Wireless. New projects include Stacklinux.com and digitalart.io (update: sold it). As mentioned, most of my time now is spent supporting existing Linux server clients. While this is something I really enjoy, it has also pulled me away from web development.
“Hayden, thank you for your image optimization suggestion. Millions of web surfers now get a faster web experience because of it!” – The Cloudflare Team
“Coolvibe is a site dedicated to showcasing the best and most inspirational digital art from around the web — be it science fiction, fantasy, retro, 3D, illustrations, vector art, and virtually everything else.” – 1stwebdesigner
“PinStack.com is a virtual playgroud where technology buffs network, trade advice and get the latest gadget news!” – Ottawa Citizen
“PinStack.com …a complete Blackberry guide!” – TheRecord.com
“For the extent of the problem [Blackberry Addiction], see the BlackBerry Addicts Confession Page on PinStack.com” – Newsday.com
“Pinstack, which is one of the more popular Blackberry forums…” – ZDNet.
“Purehonda.com is the distilled, 100% unrelenting Honda fix you need. If it were possible, we’d tell you to open a vein and pump the HTML directly into your bloodstream.” – Super Street Mag
“With all the vinegar and spice of a tabloid newspaper, Purehonda.com crowds an immense quantity and variety of information into it’s display page. There’s enough information and stimulation here to captivate the Honda/Acura addict for hours – if not days!…if you stop by we’re sure you’ll agree that Purehonda.com comes as close to achieving a “virtual community” for Honda and Acura partisans as anyone on the web!.” – Sport Compact Car
Listed multiple times as a top Honda enthusiasts resource in Honda Tuning Mag.