Interested in electronics since I can remember, I naturally became involved in computers with my first, being the TRS-80, back in the early 80s. I ran a 5-node Novell v3.11 network in my home in 1992 powering Mustang Software's Wildcat BBS via DESQview which 3 users could dial into at speeds up to 16.8 Kbps (HST). In 1995 the BBS was converted into an ISP supplied by an ISDN line using Windows NT v4. Rather immediately it became apparent Windows wasn't up to the task, so #linux on IRC became my university.
In 1998 I was hosting websites at the ISP and a client wanted to sell things. I stumbled onto a Perl-based project called Minivend, which I eventually used to build numerous shopping carts, a site builder similar to Squarespace for insurance companies, an estimating/invoicing system and MP3 jukebox. This software was merged with Tallyman (another Perl-based open source commerce package) to become Akopia Interchange. I went to work for Akopia in 2000 and then Red Hat in 2001 when Akopia was acquired.
At Red Hat I transitioned from developer to the role of e-Business Hosting Manager where I maintained approximately 200 client websites (florist.com, looksmart.com, guthy-renker.com, being some of the most prominent) running Red Hat's Interchange e-Commerce software. Red Hat shifted focus in 2002 and I began working for a government contractor to help build and maintain websites to disseminate technical bulletins and updates to mechanics and service technicians throughout all branches of the military.
All throughout my life I have been interested in Nikola Tesla. In 2009 I started a website dedicated to him called teslauniverse.com. The site was originally powered by a highly customized version of the SMF forum. In 2011 I started working on a site powered by Drupal 6 for my employer. It was a bit difficult to get used to, but I soon new that I needed to use Drupal for Tesla Universe.
Since 2011 I have focused nearly 100% of my efforts on learning Drupal and producing Drupal websites, including Tesla Universe v2, which launched May 1, 2015. This same month I became an Acquia Certified Drupal Developer at my 4th Drupalcon in LA.
I am happy and grateful to be a part of Drupal and a member of the wonderful community of people from all over the world that make it such an awesome thing.
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- Commerce GPG (7 commits)
- Advanced search block (5 commits)
- AJAX Chat (3 commits)
- Anonymous Posting (2 commits)
- Select or other Taxonomy (1 commit)
- Date YMD (1 commit)
- Commerce iTransact (1 commit)
- Geofield (1 commit)
- NodeSymlinks (1 commit)
- Top searches block (1 commit)
- Domain token (1 commit)
- Total: 24 commits