An eternal student in all domains. Nothing is too complex with enough time and a curious mind.
Learning at every step for the next mission –
Web Developer – Harvard University (2013 – 2014)
Web Systems Admin – Freelancing (2007 – 2014)
Freelancing as a Drupal CMS developer, SysAdmin, and IT Ops contractor providing practical solutions to business problems. Some of my customers were: Bullhorn Inc., Tickets for Charity, One to One Interactive, Unica, UConn., Stock Artists Alliance, Internet Standards Consortium, Kerio Systems, Cramer Interactive.
Sr. Web Developer – Wandrian Inc. (2006 – 2007)
Web Production Manager – Biscom Inc. (2005 – 2006)
Web Designer – Sybase Inc. (2000 – 2005)
Web Content Editor – Fitchburg State College (1999 – 2000)
Pizza Delivery Guy – New Pizza, Strasbourg (1996 – 1998)
I bet that I can still find my way on a moped around the streets of Esplanade by day, and Ilkirch in the night and weekend! Only that back then we transacted in french francs and memorized maps for each delivery.
BBS/ISP Operator – Tropical BBS, Nairobi (1995)
Yes, long before today’s internet standards caught on, I setup a BBS and the only person who understood what I was doing was the other guy running one from Libra House. Eventually, I leased a General Packet Data Service line from KPTC and used it to transmit data and link to ASNs such as CompuServe. I remember reading Prodigy updates, and using AT&T EasyLink with mile-long addressing to relay primitive email to a university in Wageningen. I had to abandon this project to join ULP, and I ruminated about it for years!
PC Clone Assembler – Computroller, Nairobi (1994 – 1995)
This was the place to be, and we had the best toys. I had some PC/DR/MS-DOS skills before GUIs were even possible. Mr. Small and Victor gave me a chance and I did not disappoint. Paul Siambi taught me about hardware, Peter showed me pkzip in action; taught me how to play Doom, and we tested new tools from the PCMag. Before long we were installing Artisoft LANtastic networks, assembling clones, solving computer problems, and were highly in demand. I sent my first email and saw the future or connected systems.
… ULP came calling and I had to move on.
Curious Tinkerer – (Since the 70s)
I am just now coming clean about the number of items that I disassembled and went in over my head. I had my share of electric shocks and attempted repairs – I justify all these as the necessary foundation for what I have managed to do.