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My name is Kenton Small. I'm a professor of Information Networking Technology at a community college. I'm also the head coach of an eSports team. I've been programming since I was 15 and have done work for many successful companies including Sony, Rips Licorice, and Newton Manufacturing - just to name a few.

I teach everything computer related such as PC Repair, Networking, Cloud, Servers, Programming, Security, etc. This and eSports coaching keep me busy, however I still have many hobbies that I enjoy including health and nutrition, fitness, travel, business, and finance.

I wear my FitBit religiously and try to stick to organic or healthy foods as much as possible. I enjoy coming up with different diets and exercise plans to keep me in shape and provide variety. I love to travel as much as I can, particularly to Asian countries and coastal areas. Relaxing on the beach is one of my favorite hobbies.

I started this blog in order to share what I've learned about the things I encounter and do in my daily life, in hopes that my experiences become useful information to others as well. Please feel free to sign up and leave a comment, or follow me on social media.

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