keithbruno.com

About Me

Welcome to keithbruno.com.

I know most people love to talk about themselves but I'll try to keep it short and sweet.

First off, I'm not going to tell you how old I am, but I do have two sons that are in their mid-twenties. You do the math. I do tend to think of myself as younger than my chronological age. I've been into science and programming almost all of my life (my first computer was a Radio Shack TRS-80 computer with 4K of RAM) hence the focus on those topics on my site. I love tinkering with electronics and anything that has to do with geolocation, alternative fuels, flying and making things easier to operate.

I will say that even though I have many computer related certifications, too many to list here, that most of my knowledge comes from outside of the classroom. I'm a firm believer in experience as the best teacher and academics are used to fill in the theory. Being a commercial helicopter pilot and instructor has taught me that there are many things you just can't learn in a classroom.

I love teaching and that is the primary purpose of this website. My goal is to pass along my knowledge to whomever can use it. If you're trying to do something, most likely it has already been done before. Don't waste time reinventing the wheel. I do lots of programming and almost never write original code anymore. I have hundreds of code libraries that I draw upon and modify to the task at hand.

My Career

  • Starting in high-school I worked at Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) as an intern and learned the ins and outs of programming in languagues that I'll be willing to bet no one has heard of (JOVIAL and PL/1 My first job was to take programs off of coding sheets and transfer them to punch cards for the LANTIRN pod fitted to the F-15 Strike Eagle. If you don't know what any of this is then click the links to Wikipedia.
  • My first paid job was running around the data center mounting reel-to-reel tapes on tape drives. From there I moved up to lead computer operator (a real exciting job) and finally to customer support where I worked in the first PC help center established by the company.
  • Later I transitioned over to PC repair and maintenance and stayed there until my job was outsourced to another company. As part of the outsourcing agreement I was able to complete my Novell CNE certification.
  • My first job as a network administrator was at Software Support International (now called Convergys). I was responsible for keeping the Novell 3.11 network running properly (that was a major feat) and supporting the desktop computers. Later I taught classes to help the employees there receive their CNE certifications. This was my first exposure as an instructor and find out that I was quite good at it.
  • After I left SSI I became a contract instructor and would travel the US teaching Novell CNE, CompTIA and Microsoft MCSE classes. I did this for a good many years and also ended up working with New Rider's Press on two Windows NT 4.0 training guides.
  • Fast forward four or five years and I found myself burned-out from all the traveling. I took a couple of local contract teaching jobs for a couple of local colleges and universities in the Orlando area. I taught the same classes at such fine institutions such as IADT, Herzing University (where I received my A.S. degree), Stetson Univeristy (where I worked on my B.A. degree), the Dershya Institute (where I met my wife Sandy), New Horizons, IKON Office Solutions and too many more to remember.
  • Along the way I earned several flying certifications including an ultralight pilot's license, private airplane, commercial helicopter and flight instructor ratings. I was on my way to becoming an airline pilot when that event we now call 9/11 happened. After that, the airline industry collapsed. I even built my own experimental aircraft and flew it for two years.
  • I've worked as a flight instructor at the Lakeland and Orlando Executive airports, flew as a helicopter tour pilot and even worked part-time for the local Fox news station as a fill-in pilot.
  • After many years of chasing after me, Stetson University offered me a position that I couldn't refuse as the Technology Coordinator at the Celebration campus. I took them up on it and left flying for a while. After a couple of months my oldest son Adrian came to work with me and we even started our own PC repair and web design business.
  • From there I met my business partner Robert and we joined forces and created a successful VoIP telephone company called Central Florida Telecom, LLC. We currently run it with a couple of other employees and sell phone service to businesses all over the U.S.
  • In November of 2014, I sold my half of the VoIP business to my business partner but still take care of the IT portion of the business. I manage and maintain the networks for several companies in Orange and Osceola counties. I do contract programming work for an engineering software company in Maitland called BCA Technologies where I work with some of the smartest people I've ever met.
  • I keep my flying skills current by filling in at Air Florida Helicopter Charters when they get busy as well as flying as a backup pilot for one of our local news helicopters.
  • In October of 2014, while attending a refresher course at the Robinson Helicopter factory in Torrance, California, I was introduced to drones. Soon after that I purchased my first drone and decided to take on the task of teaching people how to fly their drones responsibly. I started Drone Academy, USA to educate the public about drones and to fly these fascinating machines for companies that need safe and professional drone services.
  • I forgot to mention that in and amongst everything else I had two great sons Adrian and Alex and have been married to my beautiful wife Sandy for the past 7 years. I remember the number of years as she always gives me a little plastic pig for each year that we've been married. I can see them from my desk. We have two high-maintenance weiner dogs to take care. Sandy has her own website that is a directory of establishments in the United States that sell or make sugar-free or no sugar-added desserts.