Welcome on my personal website!
I wanted to do this for years, but I always had a good reason (yeah right) to not do it. I recently started mentoring sessions with my incredible mentor Gabriel LeBreton and one of my first assignment what to build myself a website. So here it is!
In here, I’m going to put my resume and mostly do blog posts about many subjects be it about a tool I find interesting, a ramble about an idea or personal development technique I like, etc. I’m a passionnate individual, I read a lot and I love to learn new stuff on a broad range of subjects. I consider myself more of a generalist than specialist and I thrive to learn about anything that interests me in the moment. On top of that, I really like to share about what I learn and teach stuff to people. Before you read any further, I am sorry in advance for any typo encountered. English isn’t my native language (french speaker) and those are my first writing experiences in english. If you spot any typo, please open an issue here and I’ll correct it.
Now a bit about me: I am Jean-Michel Plourde a diplomed IT technician, senior computer engineering student and a part time backend developer at TLM. As a kid, I was privileged that my parent bought us a computer, a pentium IV with a ridiculous $4k price tag. I was totally hooked from the beginning: I spend a lot of time (too much even sometimes) exploring what parameters did what, what other softwares where installed, etc. I even removed and put back components to learn the effect it does with only telling my parents about it years laters. At school there a thick red book about computers with images, describing promising technologies. I was fascinated with the PCi(?) TV card, I dreamed one owning one thinking about all the joy it would get me. Pretty weird to obsess over for a kiddo, but I guess that would set the pace for my geek personality.
When I was 11 I befriended some other geeks (amazing people who are still very close friends two decades later) that loved computers, video games and D&D. In high school we had a Runescape club and one of my friend and I would literally run to the cafeteria, eat our lunches in 5 minutes then run to computer labs to play with our club. I also took a computer class as an optional course and Mr. Dolbec and I really got along. He really inspired me, pushed me to give my best into my assignment and asked me to help him for voice/image recording sessions for our local genealogy bureau or for theatre plays.
Pre-university (in Quebec you need to attend cegep, which offers a 2 years program if you want to go to uni after or a 3-years technician diploma) specialisation choice was easy: computer tech diploma. The neighbour at my parent house was a computer tech working for a schoolboard so when it was time to do my internship, he helped me got one at his job. The internship was real fun, I learned a lot and met incredible individuals. I was offered a job with a temporary status that would be renewed each 6 months until I got a permanent job. I did coding projects and also helped settings up computer equipments depending on the needs. After almost 4 years, I thought to myself that while the job is great and the salary is good, I wanted a job with more science and applied knowledge.
I eventually moved to another schoolboard closer to home because the 1.5 hrs commute each day wasn’t great especially during winter snow storms. I was in charge of the IT support at my old high school which was very weird, but I had a ton of great old memories that resurfaced. Some of my old profs where still teaching so I had the opportunity to let them know how they shaped who I am today (sadly Mr. Dolbec retired 5 years after I graduated high school). I lasted almost a year at that job, before the christmas vacations I was pretty much unhappy and fed up with that kind of job.
While I love helping others and solve computer problems I couldn’t see myself doing this for the next 30-40 years. On my last day before christmas break, I took all my courage and went to my boss to resign in order to go to university. He smiled at me and said “Good luck! I did the exact same thing at your age and it was the best decision of my life.” A bit shook by those words; it was as if a huge weight was removed from my shoulders. The next Monday, I enrolled into a 4-years computer engineering diploma which today I only have three classes to complete in order to graduate.