Introducing Our Resident Techie – Bill Slater

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Bill Slater


Director of Systems & Technology

What’s your average day like at Oneupweb?

A typical day includes balancing maintenance tasks, issue diagnostics and resolution and much less glamorous administrative tasks such as updating documentation. In addition, there’s usually a client project that requires some sort of attention.

Tell us about a favorite client moment.

Launch of the new Cherryland Electric Cooperative website.

Tell us about a favorite Oneupweb moment in general.

Still plenty of time for this.

What’s your favorite blog and why?

Server Fault – It’s “a question-and-answer site for professional system and network administrators.” It’s nice to have a place to ask questions help out other admins who might be experiencing issues that I have encountered in the past.

What makes Traverse City appealing?

It’s a well-rounded, beautiful place to work.

What are your favorite things to do/favorite places to eat, etc.?

The area is an outdoorsmen’s dream: skiing, snowmobiling, boating, fishing, backpacking, camping, hiking, etc. My favorite place to eat in TC would have to be Sleder’s Family Tavern.  Great food, great atmosphere, awesome people.

What do you do when you’re not at work?

Me and my family are huge outdoors people. If I’m not working, we’re probably outside doing something: making fresh apple cider, winter camping, kayaking, etc.

Years from now, what will stick out most about 2014?

My oldest son joined the United States Army.

It’s 5:30 PM – what’s your cocktail of choice?


What’s the last song you intentionally listened to?

“All I Could Do Was Cry” by Etta James.

What’s your secret guilty pleasure?

Clint Eastwood Westerns and Good & Plenty candy.

Tell us something weird/unique/quirky about yourself.

I used to do computer work for David Copperfield and his staff. Was asked onstage to perform a skit with the Blue Man Group.

What’s one of life’s simple pleasures?

Dinner. At the dinner table, with the family.  No distractions.

The Internet is listening: give us your words to live by:

A computer’s attention span is only as long as its power cord.

Do you want to see Bill’s reenactment of the Blue Man Group skit? Email him directly at

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