I started my career as a Graphic Designer for Digital Equipment Corporation, in Nashua NH where I was the first online graphic designer DEC hired. I created online illustrations for products like VAX/VMS, X-Windows , and many layered products and languages. This was before HTML and the Internet, when “online documentation” was delivered via CD-ROM.
In the 90’s I started creating interactive and database-driven websites. The technology was primitive, but with some imagination I created some pretty innovative stuff.
After Compaq Computers bought out DEC, I joined the web design and development team for Compaq’s customer support site. The most important take away there was learning how to build fast, efficient and user friendly web based application.
Around the time of the Hewlett Packard merger in 2002 I had mastered a high degree of database expertise. Many of my peers saw me as “the database expert”. I had the opportunity to work on many large scale databases, develop nightly jobs that processed tons of data, and design systems that provided the fastest possible response time. Designing data-rich applications to distribute, search and present information on the web became a passion.
I’m still fascinated with databases and web-based apps. Check out my pet project TrailsNH.com where my custom bots keep track of everything hiking: trail conditions, recent hiking photos, forest road condition, trail advisories, avalanche warning, and snow conditions.
I started working for myself in 2006 when I was one of the 15,000 people laid off at HP. Working for yourself is super interesting, projects are diverse and wide ranging, and lots of new things to learn. The flexible schedule is a nice plus but I don’t take advantage of it often enough.
Thanks for checking out my background. Here’s what I’ve built recently.