Yesterday I got a lead on an Information Technology job where the recruiter actually reached out to me and contacted me. The position is kind of a jack-of-all trades position where I would be doing help desk, product testing, and some light systems engineering. I think I have the requisite experience and skill set to do the work and it seems interesting. Of particular interest is the opportunity to work with Linux, WordPress, and WooCommerce. I know the rudiments of WordPress and WooCommerce so having the opportunity to learn more and grow is exciting. I finally got around to submitting my resume to the recruiter this morning and we have a phone interview this afternoon. I would say I have a decent chance at the position. I am a little excited about the opportunity.
Last night I successfully added the capability to reach this website via IPv6. I wasn’t doing much in the way of anything exciting so I figured I would get that done. I run my own DNS servers so I had to take advantage of the free IPv6 addresses being offered. It turns out that it was super easy to do. The hardest part of my troubleshooting was figuring out why OpenBSD was rejecting my default gateway with the error message that the network was unreachable. It turns out that the IPv6 address that I assigned was not on the same network as the default gateway! Oooops! Once I fixed that little problem, it was a matter of opening the firewall ports for IPv6 and ensuring that the web server daemon was listening on the appropriate addresses. Since my ISP is not forward thinking enough to give me an IPv6 address, I needed to use a validating website to verify connectivity. As I like to say, “Wango bango! It works.”
Since the new opportunity I have is asking for some familiarity with Debian Linux, I am going to spin up a virtual machine on my desktop with Debian and practice setting up a LAMP (Linux Apache MariaDB PHP) stack and get that working. I would like to be able to answer some basic questions during the technical interview to show that I have the ability to learn. I don’t need to be an expert in Debian Linux but I do need to be able to demonstrate at least a rudimentary knowledge since one of the systems I would be maintaining sounds like an e-commerce one powered by WordPress and WooCommerce. Interview preparation is definitely a good thing.
Hopefully I will have some feedback and advance to the technical interview stage.