Interview with Matt Worthington - TAZ's Server Admin

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Interview with Matt Worthington - TAZ's Server Admin

Matt Worthington is MattW, TAZ's server admin. Matt set up TAZ's server, keeps it up to date, and fixes it whenever I mess something up. :eek:

Matt's well know on XenForo.com and throughout the XF community for his technical expertise and helpfulness. We're lucky he's part of the TAZ community as well. :)

Let's see what we can find out about Matt. :D


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Can you give us a brief bio?

Sure, so I'm Matt Worthington, 31, Married for almost 8 years, and have a 1 year old daughter, Violet.


Tell us about life in Sheffield.

It's great. I've lived in Sheffield all my life, and don't have any plans to move elsewhere. My work is 6 miles from home, so I don't really have traffic issues starting at 7am or 7pm, depending on what shifts I'm working. One thing that catches people out, is just how hilly it actually is. That's not great for my running!


What is your educational background?

Educated to A-Level standard in the UK. I got pretty crap grades, due to them changing the way A-Levels were done (AS / A-Level) and we were the first year doing it, and got taught the wrong curriculum! Never went to University.


What do you consider as your major accomplishments up to this point?

My biggest accomplishment so far is Violet. She's turning into a cracking little toddler, and is a pleasure to be around. In my professional career, at 24, I was made a Supervisor after just 18 months of being in the job.


Any failures you'd care to tell us about?

The only thing I've really failed at was a job interview I had to be a signaller on the railway, because I got 1 part of the perception test wrong.


What is your fulltime job?

I'm a Supervisor in a Global Network Operations Centre.


What are your responsibilities as a Supervisor in a Global Network Operations Centre?

I currently manage a shift of Network Analysts, who are ultimately responsible for the running and operating of the Global Network our company has. We do things from booking out telco circuits when they fault, to troubleshooting Cisco router issues, to having to trawl through software debug to try and find out why a single transaction has failed out of several thousand. Then there is the maintenance and changes that we undertake. As a Supervisor, we are also responsible for Major Incidents, and engaging and managing various support teams to help is...
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Maxxamillion

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Damn right your current customer are happy with your services :D though I'm not to sure about you saying sheffield is a great place ahhaha. ;) nice one matt look forward to the future with you on hosting side
 

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For example, if I'm stuck on something at work, going out for a run and having a think about it while out usually helps me figure out what I need to do.
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I really want something like this for myself also :)

What are the most common technical mistakes you see new admins making?

Copying and pasting configuration files found on the internet, without actually taking the time to understand what they are doing. This then causes further issues when it doesn't work, and they don't know why.
That includes me :google:
 

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Nice interview.. DJ who would of known.. !

Matt your car hobby is as expensive as my computer hobby back in the day.. guess both of us glad it's past tense :)

I'd have to say loosing 5 stone (70lb) in 5yrs is an impressive accomplishment .. congrats :tup:
 

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Nice interview. Any plans on ditching the Astra and getting the Focus RS that's due to come out?
 

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I have a Zafira :(
Oh... It looks too much like the Renault Scenic.

I'd say one of the best 'family' cars at the moment would be the V40 XCountry by Volvo. Nice exterior, plenty of seating space and leg room. Fold down second row seats... speaking of second row, it's got room for three babyseats. Enough room behind the upright second row for groceries or supplies if on holiday. Plus, you've got Volvo reliability and safety to boot. Saw one during my trip there. I don't believe we Americans get it. Really nice crossover type of jelly bean.

The A3 is a nice hatch, but if it's like any other Audi, the small replacements or servicing take forever. Want to change the oil filter? Remove the entire front end. Need to change the bulbs? Remove the front bumper cover, and the list goes on.

After seeing the other day's Top Gear, I badly want an 80s Peugeot. Or a mint condition Delta Intagrale. And of course, a Land Rover Defender, any year.
 

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I'd say one of the best 'family' cars at the moment would be the V40 XCountry by Volvo. Nice exterior, plenty of seating space and leg room. Fold down second
I have my motorcycle to play with (and actually I use it as a main form of transportation)... for those times when I can't, or my lovely wife wants to go along, we load up in the Volvo C70. Nice little toy and not to expensive.
 
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The A3 is a nice hatch, but if it's like any other Audi, the small replacements or servicing take forever. Want to change the oil filter? Remove the entire front end. Need to change the bulbs? Remove the front bumper cover, and the list goes on
Yep, this one is no different. The nice thing is, I don't have to worry about this any more, because it's on PCP, so they gave me 2 free services. I did everything myself on the VXR, including replacing the suspension. Only thing I couldn't do was rebuild the gearbox when it went, so that cost me £1k to get fixed :(
 
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