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Anthony Blardo

Devanooga username



SRE Manager


Clearwater, FL

Current daily computer

MBP 13” || Ryzen 5800X/32GB 3200/RTX3080 EndeavourOS

Current mobile device

iPhone 11 Pro

One word that best describes how I work:


What apps, software, and/or tools can’t you live without?

Terraform, Kubernetes, Rancher, VSCode

What is your best time-saving shortcut?

Procrastinate on work that is meaningless until others realize the same truth.

What is your workspace setup like?

Triple monitors, ergo keyboard, trackball, home server.

Favorite or must-have gear in your workspace?

Ortholinear keyboard and a fast machine.

What do you listen to while you work?

Repetitive electronic nonsense in various forms.

What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else? What’s your secret?

Systems thinking and organization. My secret is obsessive dedication to codification and translating processes into workflows.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Never be afraid to ask why.

What is some advice you would give to yourself earlier in your career?

Learn to be proud without being condescending.

Anything else you would like to add?

Engineering is a lifelong quest. If you believe you’ve learned everything you need to then you have failed.