My Path to Geekdom

mariobrosI was first exposed to computers in the mid-80’s, when my mother (a school teacher) brought home an Apple IIe for the summer.  The Apple IIe exposed me to my first taste of BASIC programming, where I discovered the joy of infinite loops and Mario Bros.

Worldgroup_logo_01In 1993, my family purchased their first PC, an IBM PS2 486 DX2 66MHz powerhouse that I used to chat on America Online and Prodigy.   Soon thereafter, I started using a group of local BBS systems.  As a CoSysop of Cranium Games BBS in Albuquerque, NM, I found interest in multiplayer FPS games like Doom, Doom2, Heretic, Hexen, and Descent and door games like Legend of the Red Dragon.  It was at that time, that I started exploring ANSI-based GUI coding.

I developed my first website in 1995 while attending New Mexico Tech.  Though I was enrolled under the Electrical Engineering program, I discovered my true love of everything tech, and found myself engrossed in the Internet.

campany_logo_eIn 1997, I started working for Silmax, LLC, a semiconductor manufacturer that produced reclaim wafers for the likes of Intel and IBM.  Over the course of 12-years, the company would be acquired and merged into what is now known as SUMCO Phoenix Corporation.  During the course of those 12-years, I would work in various aspects of semiconductor manufacturing, ranging from reclaim to epitaxy.

mIRCLogoIn 1998, I was introduced to mIRC, and developed a love for mIRC coding on the now defunct MSN IRCx network.  Here I honed my coding skills with the help of a large community of mIRC users from around the globe, gaining much stronger knowledge of standard programming techniques like constants, variables, loops, and arrays.

In 2001, I was introduced to MMORPGs, and I opened my first MMO account with Everquest on the Kithicor server.  As time went by, I also put in years of time playing Dark Age of Camelot on the Gaheris server, Everquest 2 on the Butcherblock server, and World of Warcraft.

In 2006, I decided to try my hands at PHP/MySQL development.  Starting with a fairly solid foundation from my mIRC coding and basic HTML skills, I was able to start developing simple PHP/MySQL scripts with the aid of tutorials on Tizag.

logoIn 2007, I launched myphpscripts.net to begin sharing my PHP/MySQL scripts and code snippets with the world.  To date, my scripts have been downloaded over 25,000 times, and can be found in-use around the globe.  My scripts are also published on Hotscripts.com, where several enjoy ratings of over 4.5 peppers.

The same year, I also developed the UA Tracker project, a simple data-collection project designed to build a database of web browser variants.  To date, the project has collected user agent strings for over 80,000 unique browser variants.

In 2009, I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Kaplan University with an Associate of Applied Science in Computer Information Systems.

logoIn 2010, I founded Einstein Computers, LLC, a small computer repair and web development business.  Though short-lived (there isn’t a lot of need for computer repair in Henderson, TX), I gained some experience in small business management and professional IT services.

145284v4v1Later in 2010, I started employment with The Crosby Group as a production planner for their Lebus Manufacturing facility.  When the company discovered my computer skills, I was moved to another position as an IT Specialist, where I would perform the duties of both production planning and various related IT duties.  My current responsibilities include administration of the Infor Thruput planning system, data analysis, software development, and production planning.

In July 2014, I was hired by Rio Ammunition as a production planner for a new factory in Marshall, TX.  This new job would take me to Europe for 7-months to train at facilities in UK and Spain.  During this time, I was promoted to Production Control & Logistics Manager.