I reside in Scottsdale, Arizona and used to work for a tiny Seattle-area
software company called Microsoft as a developer on things related to the
Xbox Video service, primarily working in web, C#, C++, and SQL. When I
lived up in Seattle I was a manager guy there with various lofty sounding
titles but when I moved down here I became what you call an "individual
contributor" developer. Currently I work for a medical software company Scientific
Prior to Microsoft I worked briefly at Spyglass (which was
acquired by OpenTV and then NAGRA) doing browser work and before that,
Central Data Corporation where I designed hardware, wrote firmware,
did Unix and NT device drivers, and helped invent a chunk of their
- popular addictive online solitaire (used AJAX long before it was christened AJAX)
- familiar Klondike solitaire with mods to make it 100% winnable
- cinqo.freecell.net - 5 letter word game using knockout.js and MVVM
- wordme.net - phone-friendly Scrabble word search
- matchstickrockets.com - my first web site circa 1995.
Nine or ten years ago I became interested in Spanish and began studying
it. I now can say I speak Spanish really pretty well. To achieve true
fluency I think I'd probably need to spend a little time living in a
Spanish speaking country. Spanish then led to Portuguese and I also can
read/write that fairly well and at least defend myself in conversation.
I went to highschool in Springfield, Illinois at Springfield High.
I studied E.E. at the University of Illinois and was a rather unlikely frat rat at
Sigma Nu. I started a family rather young, dropped out of school, and then later went back to the university
in C.S., but got sucked in by the big money and high pressure schedules
of technology jobs and the rest, shall we say, is history.