Michael J. Hoover
Contact Information

Michael J. Hoover

Home: Please email first

Mobile: 925.209.7453

Email: mike@osono.com

Mike Hoover

Weblog: http://www.michaelhoover.org

Sample of articles I've written:
Google's "e" Commerce
The Google Brain (September 2002)
How to be the next Google (December 2002)
Self-Healing Software (June 2002)
Open Source Business (Nov 2003)
"MindWare" (June 2002)
Treating Applications Like Movie Productions (July 2002)
Genes For Machines (Feb 2003)
LifeWare/ Immortal Storage (Dec 2002)
Planes, Tractor-Trailers, and Information Technology Management (Dec 2003)
Capture Today's Technology In Stone For The Future (June 2004)

Older Weblog: http://just.osono.com

Worklog: http://www.michaelhoover.org/work


Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (1988-1991)
3 years of a 5 year Aeronautical Science/Commercial Pilot Degree

Diablo Valley Community College (1986-1988)
General Education

Received Private Pilot License (1987)

References available upon request. Thanks for stopping by!

My Plans

  • To develop Web 2.0 LAMP applications for the production and consumption of content and media.
  • To create highly available information systems.
  • To work in an entrepreneurial environment.

Present Day

665 3rd Street, Suite 207
San Francisco, Ca 94107
July 2005 - Present

Position: Senior Systems Administrator: Operations
Responsible for the 24/7/365 Information/Communication Infrastructure of Technorati.


  • Performance enhancements
  • Creating and executing strategies to improve site performance
  • General Automation/ Overall system administration
  • DNS/Mail/Logging modifications
  • Server build-out, kickstart automation, web server install automation, mysql server install automation, other operations infrastructure automation
  • Create OPS Tools using python, perl, bash, and php
  • Responsible for security and data integrity on all systems
  • Implementing new technologies to enhance business processes
  • Creation of reports and business intelligence applications

IXOS Software, Inc. / Opentext
901 Mariners Island Blvd #625
San Mateo, CA 94404
July 2000 - September 2004

Position: Manager Information Technology And Network Operations, Americas
Responsible for the 24/7/365 Information/Communication Infrastructure of IXOS North and South America.


  • Manage systems administrators
  • Manage Heterogeneous Desktop environment involving Unix/Microsoft/Apple machines
  • Manage the IT budget, procurement, and vendor relationships for multiple Offices/Locations
  • Install, configure, and maintain all servers, routers, VPN's, phone systems, telecommunications, desktops, laptops, and applications
  • Manage integration and data flow between IXOS Americas and sites in Europe, Australia, Singapore, and Japan
  • Responsible for security and data integrity on all systems
  • Responsible for the presentation of all aspects of IT to executive management
  • Responsible for company IT standards, policies, and procedures

Osono Ventures, Bay Area, CA
January 1997 - Present

Position: IT Consultant/ Web Development / DBA
Co-founder of Osono, an Internet Application Development group based in the bay area.

  • http://www.listen.com
  • http://www.echo.com
  • http://www.commerceflow.com
  • http://www.vivato.net
  • http://www.iuca.org
  • http://www.aiim.org
  • http://www.techmonkey.com
  • http://www.osono.com
  • http://www.machinespeak.com
  • http://www.idgconferences.com
  • http://www.macromedia.com
  • http://www.webbyawards.com
  • http://www.demo.com
  • http://www.thestandard.com

TechMonkey/Osono/MachineSpeak: web development/administration/infrastructure/design
Macromedia: Built registration system for UCON 99
Industry Standard: Networking consultant
Demo 99: Various Web Projects
IDG: Various System and Web projects, including IIS/SQL 7 User Interface, Linux installations, Firewall configuration, migration of legacy data, workflow processes, Server installations, Web server tuning.

The Past

Listen.com / Real Networks
San Francisco, CA
June 1999 - June 2000

Position: Senior Systems Administrator
One of three systems administrators responsible for building the production and internal infrastructure of listen.com. Built and launched a fully automated development->stage environment for 20+ java, oracle, and web developers. The infrastructure and automated development environments are still in use as of June 2004.


  • Managed production web servers, database machines, image servers
  • Managed co-location environments
  • Managed internal,external,international DNS
  • Installed, configured, and managed Solaris, NT, Linux servers and workstations
  • Worked with Oracle DBAs' server needs and configuration issues
  • Installed and configured multi Terabyte Network Appliance filers, full integration into unix/windows environment
  • Built multi-server development/qa/stage -> production environment
  • Installed,configured and managed Legato Networker
  • Installed, configured and managed NIS/NFS
  • Automated log reporting using scripts and webtrends
  • Perl, bash, python, php, html, sql
  • Various equipment installations, configurations

IXOS Software, Inc. (now OpenText)
San Mateo, CA
August 1997 - June 1999

Position: Technical Support Manager/Second-Level Support/Systems Administrator


  • Managed support team of 5
  • Senior level support for fortune 500 customers (Chase Manhattan, IBM, JVC, Canadian Power, Imation)
  • Traveled to perform both domestic and international software installations
  • Perform advanced training for Customers and Partners
  • Responsible for all product technology at demos, tradeshows, and other industry events
  • Systems: Linux, AIX, HP UX, Solaris, NT, IRIX, Windows 95/98/2000
  • Hardware/Application/Networking installation, configuration, upgrade, support
  • Responsible for the transfer of all Intellectual Property, Technology, Systems, Training, and Code to the company which purchased the product from IXOS (Smart Storage, then Legato, Now EMC)

Cisco Systems
San Jose, CA
November 1996 - July 1997

Position: Technical Support - Sales and System Engineering


  • Install, configure and support sales systems, laptops, connectivity, application support
  • Write and edit internal/external support documentation
  • Perform Training classes and seminars
  • Installed, configured, and managed Solaris, NT, Linux servers and workstations
  • Install, configure and support systems, laptops, connectivity, and applications for sales and sales engineering
  • Siebel Sales tools support and installation, client and server
  • Technical Lead for the Cisco/Siebel relationship
  • Network Sniffer installation and support
  • Built IT infrastructure for Cisco Waltham, MA office (100+ office and remote users)
Things I Know
  • Linux (Red Hat, Debian, Fedora, Trustix, SUSE)
  • Openbsd, Freebsd, OS X
  • Solaris (2.6 - 2.8)
  • Windows (95 - XP)
  • Windows Server (NT 3.51 - 2003)
  • Exchange (5.5 - 2003)
  • Firewalls (Checkpoint 4 - NG, ipfw, iptables, Sonicwall, Cisco)
  • Apache (1.26 - 2.0.49)
  • PHP (3 - 5)
  • MySQL (2 - 4)
  • Postgres (5 - 7)
  • Sendmail, Postfix, Courier IMAPD, Cyrus IMAPD, Eudora pop3d, Spam Assassin, CRM114
  • BIND 4 - 9, MS DNS, djbdns, WINS, DHCP (windows and unix based)
  • WiFi - NoCatAuth, Netgear, Linksys, Cisco, D-link
  • Symantec (server and client, exchange), Veritas (backupexec, netbackup)
  • Python, Perl, Bash, sh, expect, windows scripting, vi, emacs
  • CVS, Subversion, Perforce
  • VPN's - Checkpoint, PPTP, F-Secure, Cisco

Familiar with

  • Ruby On Rails .9 - current release with mysql/sqlite/fastcgi/lighttpd/ajax
  • Oracle < 9i DBA, Connection, OS Tuning, Financials
  • Microsoft Office Suite (95, 97, 2000, XP, 2003)
  • Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat Pro
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver, Freehand, Flash, Contribute, Central
  • Ebay, Amazon, Google, Technorati, Flickr, Yahoo, del.icio.us, etc. API's
  • Designing, building, and sustaining intranets, weblog servers, public download servers, accouting systems, collaboration systems, interfaces to data
  • Moveable Type, Wordpress/B2, Postnuke, NetOffice, OpenOffice, Jabberd, RSS/RDF/Atom applications (feeds on feeds, magpie, universal feed parser, autodiscovery)
  • Industry standard XHTML, CSS, Javascript/Ajax/Greasemonkey, DOM Manipulation, Accessibility