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About Kurt VanderSluis

For the last 25 years I have been a computer professional and a network specialist. I have worked intimately with all of the current operating systems (Windows, Mac and Unix) and many no longer in use. Over the years, my work life has centered around providing troubleshooting, design support and performance analysis for large corporate networks as well as teaching and writing on those subjects.

I began my career as a engineer for Boeing in 1980 after graduating from Michigan Tech. In my experience at Boeing, I learned how to create successful computer projects. In 1986 and 1987, I created one of the first large, corporate Macintosh networks in the world, designing the network standards, choosing the equipment and software and training the maintenance crews and support personnel.. In 1988, I left Boeing to start a training and consulting division for Farallon Computing (now Netopia). With Farallon and later with my own company, The Network Group, I developed a series of classes, instructional videos and computer learning modules in network design, administration, troubleshooting and protocol analysis. During this time, I also taught classes and consulted all over North America and occasionally internationally. I consulted or taught classes at British Petoleum, US West, Kodak, GE, Rockwell, General Dynamics, Southern Methodist University, the Boston Globe, BC Hydro and many, many others.

In 1997, I started the Professional Services division at the AG Group (now WildPackets, Inc.) in Walnut Creek, CA, makers of network analysis software including EtherPeek, still my favorite protocol analyzer. During the dot-com craze, I left WildPackets to become Network Operations Manager for Intertainer in Los Angeles, CA, a company whose mission it was to bring video on demand to the world. With lavish funding from MGM, Sony, Microsoft and US West, we did some fascinating work until the boom ended. Then, after four wonderful years as a network troubleshooter and analyst for Network Catalyst (now MTM Technologies), my wife, Sheila Bender, and I decided to return to our family and roots here in the Northwest.

In 2003, I founded PT Tech Help in Port Townsend. Sheila and I are also co-publishers of Writing It Real, a subscription-based online writing magazine. I sing with Port Townsend's community chorus, am a member of the Port Townsend Chamber of Commerce, and look forward to the years ahead meeting local Jefferson County client needs.