~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ About Me ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
As an electronic designer, software engineer, writer, lifelong inventor and hobbyist, I've been actively involved with many of the fields we simply call 'high tech' for quite a long time. Long before multi 'gigaHertz' processors were hitting the home market, I was learning assembly language and marketing 3D graphic design and CAD products under the name 'Elfin Magic Software', for little 8-bit ATARI 'home' computers. At that time, A few megahertz (1000 times slower than a gigaHertz) was a big deal, and RAM memory space exceeding 64Kbytes (not megabytes!) was considered a luxury. Even before then, I was actively involved with building microprocessor based electronic devices from the ground up, choosing from scratch what IC chips could best accomplish each task. My electronic background includes both analog and digital design, and products related to electronic music as well. My programming experience ranges from low level assembler coding for embedded systems and controllers, through C++ and other high level languages for the PC platform. In recent years, I've also been involved with web design and set up, and earned a coveted Webby Award in 2001. I've put my resume here for your perusal
More than ever before, it has become nearly impossible for both business owners and private individuals to make good choices about the technology they purchase or invest in. And for their less than optimal decisions, they are neither stupid, nor to blame. Technology is changing so fast, and we all are so continually bombarded with advertisements and hype, that seldom can even the most intelligent and well educated professional feel assured they are getting the most 'bang for the buck'. And it does not take a rocket scientist to know that many of the so called 'experts' often provide information ranging from inaccurate, to flat out wrong!
So what do I have to contribute to this dilemma? Well rounded experience and a long history in these many related fields, which can be a substantial benefit to you, should you find yourself needing any of my services. If you write me asking for an inexpensive Web presence, I'll make sure the best deals on reliable web hosting, domain name registration are part of the package, so your hard earned money can focus on the more important aspects of content! You'll also benefit from years of experience in image enhancement (for your graphics and photographs), writing and page layout.
If you need a small scale custom circuit designed, I can offer both the expertise as well as the experience, so that the most affordable technology and methods will be employed. For custom software applications, you can count on a detailed analysis beforehand, so you'll know the benefits and pitfalls of each design considered, BEFORE the job is done, and in the end know exactly what you're getting.
Should technical writing be your need, I'll let my work speak for itself. How many times have you purchased something with 'some assembly required' only to wonder out loud what idiot wrote the 'simple' instructions! It is unfortunate how many good products (and companies!) fail because of poor product documentation, and there are few examples of incompetence more obvious than a badly written manual. No wonder so many people only resort to reading the instructions as a last resort!
Perhaps you don't currently have a need, but are wondering about the soundness of some current ideas or decisions you've already made. You don't have to be a large business owner to benefit from consulting, and you don't need to spend a fortune to get some good advice. I do not claim to be an authority on all things technical, and assure you that the number of things I don't know vastly exceeds what I do. But I give you these promises regarding any inquiry. First, if I don't know, I'll say so, and will try to point you in a better direction if I can. Second, if the information you need is something I can provide without a time investment, I'll do so at no cost. Only when I honestly can provide a service worth your investment as well as my own time will fees be discussed, and in no case will there be any fees associated with those initial email consultations.
~~~~~~~~~~~ And Finally, for the Hobbyists... ~~~~~~~~~~~
I have found it unfortunate that the art of being an electronics inventor and hobbyist has become so rare. I hope to make this site a vehicle for making many of my inventions and technical pursuits available to others, in much the same way as an on-line electronic or technology based magazine would. Some of these may take the form of construction projects, and others as finished products. In the construction area, many circuits will likely be published as free ware, and others with parts and/or complete documentation offered for a reasonable charge.
This is currently my only web site with business intentions. But rest assured there will be plenty useful ideas posted here at no cost, all along the way. Eventually, I may make space available for other hobbyists, inventors, and designers to share or market their own inventions as well. Since many great endeavors often start with a collaboration of like minded individuals, that seems like a sensible invitation! So I do invite anyone interested in any of these plans or services offered to email me.
Here, I'll add some fun articles you might like, as I get around to posting them