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February 3, 2009

The debut of Dan Voyles' technology blog

I’m a pretty average guy who lives in Mount Vernon, and have been here for 31 years. I love this community and the people in it. I am married with two wonderful children. Erich, Amaya, and of course my wife Emily are the lights of my life. I don’t know what I would do without them, even though the kids make me crazy daily.

I worked at First Cellular for over four years, but the market changed so much that the owners decided it was time to sell. That leads to my return to college. With Alltel buying First Cellular of Southern Illinois and the subsequent closing the back office, I decided to formally pursue my interest in technology with an IT degree from Rend Lake College. While in school, I am also working at Ecodigital Development Group as a ‘Network Support Specialist.’

I am pursuing an Information Technology Specialist degree. My Cisco Certified Networking Associate classes are done, along with several others. I’ve so far maintained an “A/B” average in my degree-related classes. The curriculum is being modified, so I have been able to substitute some VoIP and wireless classes that were not previously included in the degree.

Overall, I would say that these classes have resulted in a well-rounded and pretty comprehensive education. My education, in combination with working with other IT professionals and repairing PCs as a hobby have given me a fair amount of technology knowledge in a relatively short amount of time.

If you’re investigating me, or just curious, I can be found all across the web by the moniker ‘dirtvoyles’. Here are some specific places you can find me directly:

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Soon, I will start posting tech how-to's and answering questions from you great readers. Please feel free to email me at and I will reply and/or answer questions as best as humanly possible.

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