I am Nazmus Nazsir. I used to live in New York City, but now I live in the suburbs of Boston and I work for the Harvard Business School. There are many different parts of my world and this website will serve as the gateway to the rest of my world. Want to know more about me? Keep reading.
I am an Amateur Astronomer, I have always been interested in the Universe and until about 2010, I wasn’t able to pursue this interest. After I graduated college and landed a great job, I was able to fund this part of my life. I own a NexStar 6SE telescope with an Advanced VX computerized mount. Most of my “good” astrophotography is posted on Naztronomy.com so be sure to check it out! I have great pictures of stars, the planets (Jupiter, Saturn, and Mars), our beautiful Moon, and a few shots of our home planet, Earth (from Earth). My favorite moment in Astronomy has to be August 21, 2017, when I traveled to Lenoir City, Tennessee for the Great American Eclipse and had my mind blown by 2 minutes of totality. It was unbelievable.
I am a Gamer, I own Gamers-Forum.com and have been the administrator for the past 12 years. The forum will turn 12 years old in August 2018. It has come a long way with hundreds of thousands of posts made by tens of thousands of gamers around the world. I play games such as League of Legends and Counter Strike. Video games bring out the competitive side of me. Before every big exam, I play video games. I always believed that the adrenaline that I get from playing the game gave my body and brain a jump start on the test. Whether or not that’s true, who knows.
I am a computer enthusiast, I own Nazmus.com where I take orders for custom built computers. I am an expert with computer hardware and I try to keep up to date with all technology. I am currently writing this page from an awesome computer that I built in 2012 (yes it’s pretty old and I need a new one). I have built several dozen other computers and servers for myself and clients over the years. I have even made a few and sold them on eBay. If you need a custom computer built by someone who knows what they are doing, shoot me an email. Disclaimer: My site is outdated, I promise I will find time to update it at some point!
I am a creator of Robots. I always wanted to learn how to program hardware and in 2014, I started learning. Although I don’t have a website set up for that, I have a YouTube channel called Nazbotics showing off my latest projects. I am still new but I believe that I have the potential to do something big in the future. One of my past projects was programming a remote control tank/car controlled using an Arduino Uno by another Arduino Uno. Since then, I’ve done some led lighting around my house controlling them using Raspberry Pis. RPis have been my favorite thing since Winter 2016.
I am a (past) tax professional. I updated this post in February 2019 and to be honest, I don’t know if I can call myself a tax professional any more. I used to do taxes for a non-profit organization which utilizes the VITA program which stands for Volunteer Income Tax Assistance. I have done taxes from 2012 to 2015 fairly regularly but my IT career has taken me a different path and left little time to keep up with taxes. Although I haven’t done taxes for other people, the knowledge and skills I gained allows me to continue to do my own taxes and those of my family members.
I am a technology expert (sort of) in higher education. My career is currently based in the Higher Education field. I worked at three higher education institutions at the heart of New York City where I specialized in Blackboard Learn. I was one of two Blackboard Administrators in the college and I absolutely loved it. I helped faculty, staff, and students of the college work with Blackboard. I also provide training in Blackboard and other software the college supports such as Microsoft Office, PeopleSoft, and basic computer hardware and software. I am very good at finding solutions to tricky IT issues, this skill landed me a full time position. I continued this path by moving to Boston where I’m currently a Sysadmin for the Harvard Business School where I am growing my expertise in owning the life cycle of custom home-built applications, mostly built in Java.
I’m a Systems Administrator. I’ve administered different systems for years, both Linux and Windows environments. But until I landed in my new career path at the Harvard Business School, I was never an official sysadmin (not one with references anyway). I maintain custom home-built learning technology applications. I manage the overall health of the apps and work with various partners in releasing enhancements, making bug fixes, managing releases, and more.
I am a technical writer. This is a part of me that has been enhanced because of my work in higher education. One of my many duties include writing technical documents for users. I take complicated technical steps and put them into simple step-by-step documentation that everyone can understand. Over the past few years, my technical writing skills have grown and I slowly became one of the best technical writers at my previous two positions, something I am very proud of. I have written several dozen documents on Blackboard, Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, and Outlook), Outlook Web App, CUNYfirst/PeopleSoft, and other systems used around the college. For a while, I have been hoping to land a technical writing job at a big company like Google or Microsoft, hopefully, one day.
I am an Investor. You can also call it a Stock Trader. I have been dabbling in the stock market for several years now. I have stake in several dozen companies. Back in 2011, I started a stock market blog called Stocksicity where I shared my knowledge with the world. Unfortunately for the blog, I started Graduate school and a job which left very little time for me to pay attention to the stock market and share my knowledge. But I still try to move my investments around here and there. Most recently, I’ve gotten into Cryptocurrencies such as Litecoin (LTC), Steller Lumens (XLM), Ripple (XRP), and VeChain (VEN).
I am a bowler. When I moved to Boston in 2015, I didn’t know anyone. In an attempt to make friends, I joined a bowling league where I bowl every Tuesday, six weeks at a time. My first season didn’t go very well. After my first game, the number of teammates thinned until only I remained. I gave up until the 6th game where I went against this wonderful group of people in a team named ‘Merica. They adopted me and I have bowled on their team since. Over the years, I’ve grown very fond of bowling and I bowl every chance I get. In Spring 2016, we won our first Championship!
I am a lifelong learner. This is a title that was given to me by my boss. It originally came up when I first interviewed for my position at HBS and I believe that this title has somewhat defined how I’ve lead my life since I started working here. I agree, I am a lifelong learner, I love learning new things, but being told that you are something makes a whole lot of difference. Over the past year, I have learned so much about so many things. I’ve also enrolled for a Web Technologies Degree/Certificate (haven’t decided which path to go yet) at the Harvard Extension School. I’ve completed four terms as of February 2017 and I absolutely loved it. I will be registering again in the fall! While being a lifelong learner, I also want to share my knowledge with others. And I use the internet as my medium. This is a part of me that will never change because I will always be curious.
I am a Master. I have a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. This is a very interesting field and reading through my bio above, you see that this is the least techy part of my life. The reason I went to college for Criminal Justice and not something like Computer Science or Computer Engineering is because I wanted to learn something new, why dabble in something I’m already doing as a hobby? Well, that was my mentality when I first started college. I see now that big companies like Google and Microsoft and Adobe require some sort of technical degree for many of their jobs. So I am planning on getting a Master’s in Computer Engineering, and hopefully, it’ll be sooner than later. I am currently on a hiatus from school and we all know that once you stop something, it’s very hard to get started again. I’ll have to push myself.
I am Nazmus. There is a lot more to me than what’s written above. This is the most that I have ever written about myself, on paper or on the internet. Thank you for visiting Nazm.us, the gateway to the rest of my world.