Hello. I’m Anthony Mattke, aka Tony. I’m a network engineer / geek located amidst the endless cornfields in north central Indiana. I’m a husband and father to a beautiful daughter, two dogs, and several fish.
I’ve been working on networks since 1999, and have had a pretty broad experience. I’ve worked for ISPs, networking manufacturers, data centers, consulted on government networking projects, financial institutions, but most recently I’ve been working on enterprise data centers and networks. I’m not big on certifications, but I do maintain my CCNP from Cisco. In addition, and thanks to, writing on my site routerjockey.com I have been a guest author / podcaster on Packet Pushers, a delegate for several Tech Field Day events, and a repeated Cisco Champion. Some day, I hope to fulfill a bucket list item of writing a book, but I think that is a bit farther down the road.
I switched to Mac in 2008, but I’m still a Linux advocate. I’ve been using it since 1994 when I first installed Slackware. Luckily I get to keep those memories alive by administrating a few Linux boxes here and there, including this server. These days I typically run Ubuntu for the ease of apt package management, at least compared to what I remember from the old days of Slackware.
I have an addiction when it comes to hobbies… I think it all comes back to my desire to learn and discover. Once I get hooked on something, I can’t stop researching and exploring the topic. Some of my other hobbies include motorcycles, keeping freshwater cichlids, board games, photography – aka not using my camera, watch collecting, biking – aka storing them in the garage, woodworking – buying tools and not having time to use them, bowling (not at my age), being so scared to fly my RC helicopter that I sold it and bought a drone 15 years later, amateur pyrotechnics, craft beer, collecting useless crap, video gaming, firearms/knife collecting along with trap and target shooting.
If you want to have a chat send me a tweet, and I probably won’t see it for weeks/months.