I'm a 30-something computer geek who lives in central Illinois. By day, I'm an application developer/server admin/all-around, go-to guy for a software development company. By night ... umm, it's not too different than by day. I enjoy PC and console gaming (as long as I'm not getting pwned), Internet pop culture, movies of all kinds, working on/around the house, and working on the lawn in the summer.
From an early age, I knew I wanted to grow up to be a "computer guy," even before I had my first PC. Many students don't really know what they want to do for a living, even after high school/college, but getting into the computing industry always felt right for me. Combining your work and your hobbies definitely has its advantages, but unplugging every now and then is a necessity.
My parents bought me my first computer, a Tandy TRS-80 Color Computer 3 that I still have, when I was in elementary school. Since then, I was hooked. I got my first PC with MS-DOS not long after that. I began fixing computers for other people around the age of 14, thus beginning a path that would lead me to where I am today. During high school I, and some technically inclined friends, did computer work for the local school district. It was a lot of fun and a great learning experience for someone not even out of high school, but it did come with the nerd pricetag because it was at a time before computers and the Internet really became mainstream. While in college, I majored in computer science while working for a few IT companies around town. I graduated in the fall 2001 and moved to central Illinois to begin my post-university career in 2002.
I've owned this domain since 2001, but I've mostly used it for e-mail and miscellaneous things since then. I don't currently do any web development for my day-to-day work, so I thought that starting this site would be a good way to catch up with modern times and try out some of these new-fangled technologies that I keep hearing about in my favorite podcasts. This is a personal site, but I'm going to try to keep the content to things that just about anyone out there on the Interweb might enjoy. Feel free to participate and have fun!