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Biography

I grew up in Florida, where I graduated high school. From there I attended MIT and obtained a degree in mathematics. By the time I left MIT, however, I had my heart set on being a professional musician, playing the classical guitar. This I worked on during the decade of the 1970s and was fairly successful. Along the way I obtained two more degrees, a Bachelor of Music degree and a Master of Music degree.

In 1980 I enrolled in the PhD program at the University of Colorado in Boulder. However, by then I was experiencing problems with my hands, a condition not uncommon among musicians termed focal dystonia. And, as I was very dissatisfied with the CU PhD program, I elected to drop out.

I obtained a job with Amoco Production Company as a programmer/analyst and worked there for 7 years. I left that job to start my own software company, Autumn Hill Software, which I ran successfully for about another 7 years. We created and sold software development tools for the PC/DOS marketplace. With the advent of Windows, however, our market dried up. and we shut down.

Following Autumn Hill, I joined a small startup, Sitera, as a Senior Software Engineer. The company's focus was bringing to market a programmable packet processing chip for networking application. At it core it utilized a custom version of the MIPS processor, which makes use of a pipelined instruction fetch and decode architecture. My job was to develop an assembler for the chip, so that users could write programs, assemble them, then download them to the chip. It was exciting work. I wrote the assembler in C++.

This was the late 1990s, and tech stocks were trading at insanely high values. We were purchased by Vitesse Semiconductor Corporation, and we all made a bunch of money. But, then 9/11/2001 happened, and then the market came to its senses. At the end, Vitesse laid off everyone of us and shut down the Colorado facility. This was 2002.

At that point I developed an interest in website programming and started freelancing websites. I've been doing this ever since, with the exception of one year, 2014, where I took a fulltime job as an in-house website guru with Great Big Color, a large format printer in Denver, Colorado. They printed billboards and the large signs you see on the sides of buses, among other things.

I continue to do freelance website development at the present, as I enjoy it immensely. I find it an interesting creative outlet, and there's always something new to learn to pique one's curiosity.

Education
Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyBS degree, Mathematics
University of TampaBM degree, Music
University of South FloridaMM degree, Music
University of Colorado1 year of course work, PhD, Musicology
Aspen Music Festival2 summers studying classical guitar
Professional Experience 1981-1987  Programmer/Analyst for Amoco Production Company Developed geological and geophysical applications for the oil exploration industry. Programmed in PL/I, Fortan, and C. Developed color mapping software. Developed database applications using Inquire and Focus. 1987-1995  Founder and CEO of Autumn Hill Software Created a suite of developer tools for the IBM/PC and DOS. Among these were an icon editing and display package, a font editing and display package, a printer driver toolkit, and a windowed GUI interface. These were all written in C and C++. 1996-2002  Senior Software Engineer for Sitera/Vitesse Semiconductor Developed software for a programmable packet processing chip ased on the Mips architecture. Wrote the assembler for the chip as well as parts of the development environment's IDE. Wrote in C++ and Tcl. 2002-2014  Freelace Web Designer/Developer Designed and developed websites for small businesses using PHP and MySQL (server side) with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and jQuery (client side). Also made use of 3rd party packages such as Wordpress and osCommerce. 2014  Website Guru for Great Big Color, Denver, Colorado Designed and developed websites several websites to support their business, which was large format printing for the transit industry and various retail companies. 2015-Present  Freelace Web Designer/Developer Designed and developed websites for small businesses using PHP and MySQL (server side) with HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, and jQuery (client side). Also made use of 3rd party packages such as Wordpress and osCommerce.