Scientific Hooligan, creator of the “It’s Okay To Be New” campaign. Passionate Community Architect at A Cloud Guru; recovering Linux Administrator but in the end, just a simple girl happily lost in the world of technology. This is a simple page where I document my adventures in learning.

Why It’s Not Just OK to be New

But Vital for Growth and Community

This blog was originally published on: Herdacity Greetings, Herdacity readers! My name is Ell Marquez, and I’m a Community Architect for Linux Academy. If you just read that title, tilted your head, and re-read it, wondering, “You do what now?” then I welcome you into my world. Simultaneously one of the most exciting and frustrating parts of the tech world is that it’s always changing — not just the technology but the people, the approach, and the companies. [Read More]

Challenge Accepted

An Adventure in Linux

This blog was originally published on: Linux Academy Hello once again, Linux Academy family! I hope you are all well and have not missed me terribly over the holidays. I am back and in a different role within Linux Academy. I have moved over to our community department, which means I get to spend even more time helping out in Slack, our community boards, and meeting you great folks at conferences. [Read More]

LXD Quick Start for Everyone`

This blog was originally published on: LinuxAcademy Hello, Linux Academy community. October has been an exciting month of learning about Cyber Security as part of Cyber Security Awareness month. However, as the month has come to an end, it’s time to check back in with our It’s Okay To Be New: Containers series. We started our journey learning about the History of Container Technology and then followed it up with getting some hands-on command line time in our Docker Quickstart for Everyone. [Read More]

Rebooting the OpenStack Mentorship program

What’s new and how to get involved.

This blog was originally published on: Linux Academy Hi everyone! The OpenStack Summit kicked off with an exciting announcement that OpenStack Summit Berlin would be the last OpenStack Summit. The gathering is now to be called the Open Infrastructure Summit. But what does this mean? Infrastructure has evolved from simply hardware to software-based solutions, allowing for the opportunity to have Open Infrastructure. Open infrastructure is an architecture method that provides the tools needed for an IT infrastructure based on free and open source software. [Read More]

Cybersecurity In The Real World

This blog was originally published on: LinuxAcademy Hello again everyone! October has come and gone in a flash. We had an amazing time at Texas Cyber Summit, and it was uplifting to see how this community comes together to educate and empower one another. During this time, I was honored to chaperone an aspiring group of cybersecurity enthusiasts who are a part of the Cyber Patriot program. It was amazing to see how quickly these kids picked up and understood complex issues that honestly did not even exist when I was their age. [Read More]

October is Cybersecurity Awareness MonthIt's Okay to Be New

This blog was originally published on: LinuxAcademy Hey everyone! It’s Ell Marquez coming back with another part in our “It’s Okay to Be New” series. Now I’m not sure how many of you know this, but October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and it is in its 15th year as an annual initiative to help raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity. As a part of this event, Linux Academy has been kind enough to allow me to take a break from the container world and go back to my roots in the cybersecurity world by helping organize this year’s Texas Cyber Summit. [Read More]

Tech Conferences

How to Survive When You Don't Have a Map

This blog was originally published on: Linux Academy In traditional business careers, there seems to be a map laid out on day one of what your career should look like. This career path helps determine growth as an employee and, to previous generations, it defined their success. Over the last year, I have had the fantastic opportunity to meet so many people who are on different stages of their technical careers. [Read More]

Docker Quickstart

For Everyone

This blog was originally published on: Linux Academy Hello, Linux Academy community! As we approach week three of the Linux Academy Docker associate certification group, I have had more and more people contact me about how to get started. My go-to answer has been, “Join Linux Academy, take our Docker quick start course, and then join our study group!” However, my community is broader than just the students at Linux Academy, and as much as I would love to see all of you join, some of you may not be ready to take that step. [Read More]

The History of Container Technology

This blog was originally published on: LinuxAcademy As a part of the It’s Okay to Be New series, I’ve been doing a lot of research about containers this week. My goal is to lay the foundation for anyone, regardless of technical background, to be able to start playing with and learning about containers — be it LXC, Docker, or the next big container technology. Personally, I learn best through stories, and in order to tackle something new, I have to develop the story in my head; I like to understand not only where we are in the learning process, but also how we got here. [Read More]

It's Okay to Be New

This blog was originally published on: LinuxAcademy Hi everyone, I’m Ell Marquez, also known as ell_o_punk in the OpenStack and Twitter worlds. I am one of the new hires here at Linux Academy and will be taking on the role of Tech Evangelist. At this point, you might be wondering, “What in the world does that mean?” Well, it means that I am here to ensure that everyone has a chance to hear about what Linux Academy has to offer. [Read More]