Getting to know us – Caleb
We at Data Cave think a large portion of what sets us apart from other data centers is our people. We truly love what we do, which we’ve talked about before. We thought it would be nice for you to get to know us a little better.
This is the first in a series of blogs that will let you into our lives a little more so you can see what we’ve worked on in the past, what we’re doing right now, and what we’re focused on for the future.
Let’s start at the top with our president, Caleb Tennis. Caleb has been interested in computers and everything surrounding them for almost his entire life. When he was only three, Caleb’s family got a Tandy TRS-80 and he fell “in like” (because who loves a Tandy, really?) At five years young, Caleb was hacking with BASIC on MS-DOS and by 10 he had written his first commercial program that was sold to the online service, Delphi.
Throughout his life, Caleb has had a huge interest in electronics. It fascinated him and became one of his passions. During high school, he took four years of electronics classes and also did electronics repair work along with computer and network support for his high school. At the time, the school didn’t have resources to hire someone for the school corporation who could, or would do that sort of thing. Caleb fit the job perfectly.
He went on to study computer science at the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, but quickly changed to an Electrical Engineering major when he decided it was quite a bit more interesting to him. He personally felt he already knew a lot about all computer related things, but lacked a lot of understanding of the deeper fundamentals of engineering. Ever the one for a challenge and a knowledge seeker, Caleb immersed himself in the major.
After graduating from college, Caleb ended up landing a full-time position at Analytical Engineering, Inc. (AEI) for which he was an intern during his college career in 1999 and 2000. AEI is an engine testing facility here in Columbus, Indiana. Caleb began developing a complex network control system for running and analyzing diesel engine test performance data after realizing the company’s need for it. The program is still the core of the system they use today.
Caleb decided he wasn’t busy enough and while working full-time and teaching part-time, spent two and half years pursing his masters degree in Electrical Engineering at Purdue University.
Over the years, he has worked in a variety of roles including teaching Linux classes at Ivy Tech Community College, written two books, Rapid GUI Development with QTRuby ,in which you saw how to use the powerful Qt3 library to create cross-platform GUI applications for Linux and OS X in Ruby, and A Peek at Computer Electronics wherein “From basic electronics to advanced computer hardware, you’ll learn the magic behind the gear that makes it all run.” He was also a Gentoo developer who helped maintain hundreds of packages within the Gentoo portage tree – no easy task.
Caleb also keeps himself busy with speaking appearances and by hacking on various open source projects, which you can see and get involved with at github. He also has a passion for flying and received his pilot’s license in 2010. He has been flying his single engine around the counties of Indiana, which he blogs about. In 2012, he became a member of the local airport aviation board.
Caleb is married with a son and most recently welcomed a baby girl in April 2012.