Hi! My name is Shivam Trivedi. I see you have stumbled upon my blog. You should also check out my actual website!!

To give you a little bit of background about myself, I grew up in India. Most recently, I lived in Ahmedabad, which is a small city of 8 million people. I completed high school in India, and came to the United States to pursue higher education. I currently study at Purdue University, and I am double-majoring in Network Engineering Technology and Cybersecurity. I aim to be a Network Security Engineer after I graduate.

I currently for work Rosen Center of Advanced Computing, which is Purdue's Supercomputing (Research-computing) department, and I get to work with some of the fastest Supercomputers in the world. I am also an instructor (Read: Teaching Assistant for a lab section), and I teach an introductory Network Engineering class to Network Engineering students.

At Purdue, I am involved in Purdue's Computer and Information Technology Student Council. I am also involved with Purdue's Cyberforensics club. I am a Purdue Polytechnic Student Ambassador, and a Purdue Polytechnic Global Techie Rep. I LOVE Purdue Basketball and Football, and I am probably watching them play (or just some other NCAA basketball or football) when I am not nerding around.

I have always been passionate about technology. I loved coding during high school, and made multiple application which emulated real-life appliances. My interests have shifted over time to become more of an Information Technology professional. I conduct most of my experiments on my beloved server that I have in my room, which is virtualised to support a lot of VMs. My current projects mostly revolve around Systems Administration (Both Linux and Windows), scripting (Mostly bash. Sudo-es everywhere), and setting up cool technologies that work together. Some of the projects include setting up my website, setting up this blog, setting up and running a mail and cloud server, setting up a CTF server, setting up my internal DNS server, and a LOT more. Hopefully I will succeed in my task of chronicling my adventures with my server on this blog!

In a nutshell: I like to do cool things with the tools available; more implementation instead of creation.

In this blog, I hope to write about 4 things:

  1. One IP, mo' problems: In these types of articles, I am going to write about how I used a single computer, and a single public IP address (NATed, of course), to create a small infrastructure to host all my applications. I might also add guides to replicate exactly what I did.
  2. Network Engineering: I personally believe that when you teach, you usually end up learning more than the people you teach. Here, I will write posts teaching people the basics of Network Engineering, and guides to specific Network Engineering problems/concepts. Hopefully, as I write about it, I will end up learning more than anyone who reads this.
  3. Cybersecurity: I think a lot of people in the information security community cringe when people say the word "cybersecurity". The point is, I want to do my part in teaching people how to be safe online, and what they can do to protect themselves. I am by no means an expert, but it's good to atleast try. Occasional stories about how I got hacked may be included. :P
  4. Information Technology: There's sooooo much technology out there. I will also write posts about general information technology as well.
  5. Others: Still haven't decided what I'm going to do here. This post probably belongs to the others category.

I will try not get too distracted by academics, or other projects, and try to write on this blog regularly. Hopefully, some of you people out on the internet will read my blog, and maybe even learn something. Feel free to comment, as I do have a comments section, and let me know if you find something interesting (or factually incorrect :P). Until next time!