Operation Bootstrap

Web Operations, Culture, Security & Startups.

About the Author

Hi There, my name is Aaron Nichols. I’ve been doing various technology related jobs for over 18 years and am glad to say that each year they get more and more challenging & I am continuing to learn. I really enjoy what I do, but I learn fast & like variety – so I’ve managed to hold a variety of different roles. Mostly though – my skills and passion fall into a few major areas:

  • Systems Engineering – This is what I love, building things and working with other folks to make them better. I am never content to understand how one box works – I need to understand how the system works together & how little things can have broad and cascading effects.

  • IT/Operations – This is my bread and butter, and what I keep coming back to. I love this work and I love being very close to where the action is. I mostly focus on System Administration, but I’m a competent Network administrator & can¬†occasionally¬†reboot windows machines.

    • Software Development culture / process and practice. I spend a lot of time thinking about & studying how development teams work. I care a lot about this. I’ve joined a number of smaller orgs to help them establish a positive and fast moving development process and I very much enjoy talking about this topic with anyone who will listen.

This blog started as a way for me to share my thoughts on how security and operations can be integrated in smaller orgs. As interesting as this study was, it’s no longer a real focus of mine. I’m focused on the 3 bullets above and doing my best to help anyone I can with those things.

If you want to follow me on twitter – @anichols

If you want to look at my linkedin profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/anichols

If you want to try to chat, I am on a few public Slacks – notably the hangops and Rands Leadership Slacks.

Sending bits to my browser is also an option via anichols at trumped dot org


What’s in a name? _Operation Bootstrap is what we’re trying to do – we’re trying to get Operations started right. BS in Operations in what we’re trying to get rid of – keep it to a minimum and focus on the task at hand. If you feel the way I do about doing this work, it’s not a job. You are putting your thumbprint on every change you make to the infrastructure, good or bad. OpsBS embodies the good and bad in that.