If you are reading this, you are probably wondering, “Who is this guy, and why should I listen to him?” The following should be a fairly painless read giving you my history.
My first experience with a computer was back in the early 1980s when my dad bought a Kaypro II while doing his Masters work. I was too young to do anything serious with it, so I mostly played a ASCII character based King Kong type game.
Later in elementary school the computer lab teacher showed us the newest machine, the Macintosh Classic. I still remember to this day her talk about the 3.5″ floppy compared to the 5.25″ floppy, and how she could toss a 3.5″ on the floor and it’d still be fine but couldn’t do that with the 5.25″.
Jump forward a few years and my dad had purchased an Intel 286 DOS based computer, and eventually an Intel 486DX DOS based computer. We also had a dot-matrix printer, so I started typing papers for school in WordPerfect. The computer had a modem — all of 9600 baud — and I remember dad going on bulletin boards and talking about Prodigy. Sometime around 1995 we got dial-up through my mom’s work. I remember going online — still on a DOS system mind you — to look at the Letterman Top 10 lists.
For college I decided to go to George Fox University. One of the things about George Fox — which was as standout then as it is now — is that since the early 1990s they have given a new computer to every incoming freshman to use during their time at GFU. When the student graduates they get to keep the computer. The computer I got was a Mac Performa 6200CD running Mac OS 7.5, and later upgraded to OS 8. Man I played a lot of Warcraft II on that computer. GFU was all Mac at that point, except for the Computer Science department.
During the summer of 1998 GFU switched to a dual-platform campus, and I changed my major to Management and Information Science. Because I’d be in the CS program I ditched my Performa for an AMD K6-2 based machine. I used this computer for 3-4 years until I built one from scratch. That was very satisfying to hand select all of the components, and then put them all together to make this amazing machine. More recently, I was one of the first to purchase an Intel-based Mac Mini for home, and have loved every moment of it.
At work I’m a half-time DBA/programmer/operations manager for the Office of Admissions at my alma mater, and my official title is Director of Systems/Operations. The software in the office requires me to be on Windows, since I’m working on Goldmine, SQL Server 2000, and Visual Studio 2003. The other half-time I’m a programmer analyst/system administrator in IT at said alma mater. I am primarily a Windows/AD admin, but also work on Exchange and other assorted systems. We are also beginning a PeopleSoft implementation, which will be exciting for sure.
Outside of my normal employment, I do some freelance website development. I love working with WordPress so much that I inevitably end up using it for most of what I do. I’ve created a handful of themes, and have dipped my toes into writing plugins, but nothing too serious. This is more of a hobby for me at this point, what with one son, and another child on the way.
Thanks for coming by, and paying attention to my tech dronings.