NOTE: This website is woefully out of date. I
haven't really updated it in years - actually close to ten years.
It just doesn't make it to the top of my to do list. Most of my
online activity these days is on my
blog, Gizmo Lovers.
Someday I'll get around to updating this site. For now it is
accurate up to a point, but should be considered a historical
document at best.
I've been online since September 1989 when I first arrived at Worcester Polytechnic Institute as an
Aerospace major. Five years later, in August of 1994, I left WPI with
a BS in Technical Writing and a BS in History. Don't ask, it is a
long, convoluted tale - well, you can ask if you really want to know.
I am currently working for GTE
Internetworking, Powered by BBN. In other words GTEI bought up BBN
but wanted to keep the name. We're in Cambridge, MA. BBN is the
company that started all of this. This? Yes, this - as in the
Internet. They developed the first of what could be considered
routers and helped build the ARPAnet, which evolved over time into the
Internet as we know it. There is a lot of history around here. If
you're at all interested check out the book "Where Wizards Stay Up
Late: The Origins of the Internet" by Katie Hafner and Matthew Lyon.
Very good book, IMHO.
Previously I was working for the Lucent Remote Access Business
Unit, aka Lucent RABU, formerly Livingston Enterprises.
Livingston was merged into Lucent
in late 1997. Don't worry if you haven't heard of them. They make
communication servers and routers, the kind of thing an Internet
Service Provider (ISP) or corporation uses to connect modems,
terminals, or other serial devices, to their network. And before that
I worked for Xylogics, who made
similar equipment and is now part of Bay Networks.
I like to think I got these jobs because I'm good at what I do, and I
put my resume out online. But then
again, I may just be damn lucky. ;-)
I started playing around with HTML back at WPI around 1991, but
never really had the time to get deep into it. I had a friend who had
a friend at CERN where Tim Berners-Lee was developing HTML. So I've
been at this for a while now. The concept intrigued me as I am deeply
interested in all forms of communications media. After I left WPI I
didn't have ready access to a web server to play with until my ISP at
the time, The World, added WWW pages
for their users. And so the first version of this site was born.
I'm not an artist, and I'm not really into lots of flash. So I'll
be keeping the graphic component of this site low - basically nothing.
Well, there are a few photos of me on here,
just because. The average user online today is still using a 486
machine with 640x480x256 resolution, and a modem between 14.4K and
28.8K (April, 1997) so I like to design for the masses. The photos
are a little bit out of date. I started wearing a closely trimmed
beard back in 1995 - the photos either show me clean shaven or with
the wild unkempt look I had in college when things got to busy for me
to bother shaving.