My journey with computers and software started when I began programming on a Commodore 64 at the age of ten. Most people bought the Commodore 64 to play games and – of course – I did play some of them too, but my main interest about it was the creative possibility of being able to make my own programs, games, music.
Fast forward a few years and after a few computers, all that time spent on those proved to have been useful, as I started working in IT eventually.
I have been working for a Microsoft partner and system integrator for nearly 5 years, starting in 1997 till 2001.
In that first IT job I first got in contact with Operations Manager among other things (other things like: migrating the first italian company from Windows NT4 to Windows 2000 together with people in Microsoft Consulting Services).
After that, I worked as technical support analyst at Symantec, and then as the Security Officer of a financial company in the Netherlands (DSB Groep N.V.).
During that period I have been regularly publishing articles on Italian IT websites (most of which are no longer running), on my personal weblog http://www.muscetta.com and writing on various security-related mailing lists. During this period I got more knowledge in the security field as a whole, on a lot of different technologies and platforms, not just Microsoft technology anymore. He is a great fan and supporter of the HoneyNet Project, and he partecipated to a couple of their "Scan of the Month" challenges: one regarding forensic analysis of a compromised linux system and one related to firewall log analysis.
Most of what I did in the security space was really analyzing logs and running queries against databases. be it intrusion detection or system management most of the techniques for data mining are really the same.
In 2004 I joined Microsoft (and moved back to Italy from Holland). At Microsoft I got many different titles: originally it was "Technical Account Systems Engineer" for Premier Support. Kind of what now is called "Dedicated Support Engineer", which is a part of "Premier Field Engineer" and it tends to be more focused on one vertical technology than it used to be back in 2004/2005, but the bottom line is still helping enterprise customers. Some more recent explanation of what I did for work under the support hat is in this post.
In 2011 I decided that it was time to have a bigger impact on multiple customers, relocated to Seattle, and started working in Microsoft corporation as Program Manager in the Operations Manager team. I worked for a couple of years on the .NET Application Performance Monitoring feature in System Center 2012 Operations Manager, Service Pack 1 and R2 releases, on the early incubation of Visual Studio Online Application Insights, and now I also work on System Center Advisor.
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I am getting sick and tired of creating multiple user id's on a zillion websites, checking messages on multiple inboxes and accepting the same 75 friends on 10 different social networks. So this page is also an attempt to collect most of my multiple personalities in one place
So, here you get them, some of those online profiles and contact information of mine:
LinkedIn – Professional Profile
Microsoft Technet – Script Center and technical forums
Flickr – My Photos
last.fm – Music I like and listen to
FriendFeed (I don't actively check this often – will mostly be reposts of other social networks)
IM::GTalk – email@example.com (I am not online on this one very often, but I do check this mailbox)
IM::Yahoo – firstname.lastname@example.org (I am not online on this one very often anymore – and there is no mailbox associated with this account)
IM::ICQ – 24423937 (I have not logged in here in ages… I am not even sure I remember my password!)