Name: Michael McEvoy
Birth Date: June 8, 1971, 1:17pm
Vision: Weak (maybe 20/180?), wears glasses
Hearing: Shot (140 dB is almost loud enough), wears hearing aids
School: Clarenceville HS, Livonia, MI 1989
College: Bachelor of Arts, Madonna University, Livonia, MI 1993
Job 1: Northville District Library, Technology Coordinator, Northville, MI 48167
My job at NDL is better summed up as “Do all, Be All, Guru of Everything plugged into to wall”. I administrate the various array of websites, all the computers, routers, firewalls, servers and handle the budget for Technology, grants, teaching classes for patrons and much more. I also act as the Computer Page Administrator, with 5 great people working for me. I even do plumbing and construction. I love my job, really.
Job 2: National Multiple Services, Network and Computer Consultant, Berkley, MI 48072
Provides timely computer and network consulting services to Medical Professionals in the SE Michigan area. Duties often include network planning, equipment and software installations, troubleshooting, and presense of my guru-ness.
Job 3: McEvoy Technologies, LLC, Northville, MI 48167
This is my catch all consulting business, which allows me to do side jobs for anyone who needs a reasonably price geek to navigate the murky waters of technology. Being able to help people and train them is one of my favorite things.
The Library Network, Webmaster/Postmaster, Southgate, MI 48195
My job at TLN is part time. I put in hours when I can. I run the web site, which REALLY needs updating, and monitor/tweak the current mail server. I’m the all purpose test monkey for the System Administrator, and occasionally I do service calls for various libraries.
Alas, TLN fired me without reason after almost 12 years of service. My last day with them was February 10, 2008. I will remain unhappy with this decision for a long time.
MC Web Design, LLC, CEO/Partner, Sterling Heights, MI 48313
I own and operate MC Web Design with my cousin, Charlie Stoia. We provide web design and other computer/technical services to clients across the SE Michigan area.
Alas, MC Web Design, LLC officially folded as of February 21, 2008 and has been replaced by McEvoy Technologies, LLC.
Are you nuts?
Yeah, pretty much. I used to regularly put in 65 to 70 hours a week, and if I have a running web development going on, I’ve put in as many as 90 hrs a week. Lately though, even on my busiest week I’m only putting in 40 to 50 hours. They’re quality hours, though! The economy is making it hard for me to work as much as I’m capable of, however. I understand that having your own personal technology consultant is a luxury for most people.
Do you have a personal life?
Eh… depends what you mean. I spend a lot of my free time at the gym, riding my bike, reading books, gardening or visiting friends and family.
If it was so, it might be, and if it were so, it would be, but as it isn’t, it’s ain’t. That’s Logic! — Lewis Carroll
What was with the Spoo Stuff?
Jump in the way back machine to the land where Commodore ruled: BBS’s. Way back when, let’s say, 1982, I started logging on BBS’s and posting messages. BBS’s require you have a “handle”, which was just a fancy BBS way of saying “nickname”, pattered after CB radio. So my “handle” on BBS’s was “Spultz”.
On single line systems, you would have message posting, very similar to what now is called Usenet (which itself is fading as a valid technology). I would post messages as Spultz, and people would called me Spultz. Or Spoo. Apparently the key combination of s-p-u-l-t-z is too spread out on a keyboard and it’s much easier for the beginning hunt and peck typist to just type s-p-o-o.
As BBS’s evolved, they eventually evolved into multi-line systems. Multi-line systems are the modern precursor to Instant Messaging. Groups of people would be in “chat rooms”, exhanging messages with great boldness. My handle on those systems remained “Spultz”. Most people, however, took to short hand (modern day IM-speak began on BBS’s… thatz y i am far 2 el33t 4 u). My shorthand name was… SPOO. Spoo did this. Spoo did that. Spoo said Yo, Homie don’t play that game, d00d.
So long before there was Babylon 5 and it’s BLUE MEAT crap, and long before the rest of you started to take on the word… face it, dudes. I AM SPOO. There’s nothing you can do about it. If you’re calling yourself Spoo… well… they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
Lest I come off as an arrogant idiot, I realize there are people with proper last names of “Spoo”. The above rant is intended primarily for the Babylon 5 idiots who kept bothering me about the name and usage of Spoo.
When it came to the dawn of modern internet and web pages (MOSAIC, or Netscape 1.0), I created a domain name. Spoo.com was already gone, used by some politician in Colorado or something, so I picked up Spoo.net, and had that domain name for over 7 years. I recently allowed the domain to lapse and am quite shocked J. Michael Stryzinski hasn’t already snapped it up considering the big bruhaha on Wikipedia over it. Then a few years ago when I began to question TLN’s collective technological sanity, I decided to move on a bit and created the domain you have come to visit: MCSPOO.COM
The MC stands for “Master of Computers”
Are you REALLY that big of a geek?
Maybe. I have no problem if I’m perceived as such. There’s a scene in “Revenge of the Nerds” where they proclaim “I’m a nerd… and I’m proud of it.” I rather like that scene. I am what I am, not necessarily what you want to perceive me as being. You’re free to perceive me as whatever you think. I’m free to not give a damn what you think. (Sorry… I know that’s harsh, but years of being the only deaf kid in a public school system hardened me up a bit.)