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About Me




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 Basic Info  
Name Odd Ball Headshot
AKA Gara
Age 42
Gender Male
Nationality Barbadian (Birth)


 Occupational Info  
1994-1996

Supported a series of legacy accounting applications written in CBasic. Responsible for installation, maintenance, service and support for these applications and their special requirements including dumb terminals, DR DOS, PC/M etc.
   
1995-1998

Started as telephone support at the first indepedent ISP in Barbados working for Internet Access. Later on was hired full time, and started making support visits for anything from internet connectivity software to general PC hardware maintenance/consultation while continuing both telephone and email support. Also became jointly responsible for the ISP's various server hardware and software running WinNT 3.5, 4.0 and Slackware Linux involving applications from serial modem racks to internet services.

Began doing HTML and Javascript web design and graphics work while continuing to support both internal and client hardware and software.
   
1998-2017

Initially started work on building an ISP from scratch, but the project was scrapped in favour of a large tourist information site for Barbados. The site was written in Cold Fusion. Primary responsibilitys included hardware/software evaluation and procurement, TCP/IP network setup and administration as well as graphics and site design. Learned Cold Fusion and iHTML and designed client sites ranging from basic HTML sites to fully dynamic shopping cart sites.

The company has changed hands several times, but the same basic functions continue. Currently responsible for all technical aspects of the company, including remote server administration, web design, front and back end web programming, ongoing evaluation and installation of software, services and hardware, search engine placement, security and maintenance.



 Skills & Experience  
Languages Cold Fusion 3, 4, 4.5, 5, MX 7 ****
  Javascript, DHTML & HTML DOM ***
  AJAX ***
  HTML 2.0-4.01, XHTML 1.0, 1.1 ****
  CSS, CSS2 ***
  SQL ***
  PHP 4, 5 *
  ASP.NET **
  XML/XSLT/SOAP *
   
Internet Protocol HTTP ****
Administration FTP ***
  SMTP/POP3/IMAP ****
  DNS (BIND) ****
   
Development Software Adobe Photoshop 4 - CS2 ***
  Macromedia Dreamweaver 8 ***
  Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 **
  HomeSite/Cold Fusion Studio ****
  Macromedia Flash 4-7 **
   
General Skills TCP/IP Networking ***
  Network Security **
  Application Development & Programming ***
  Relational Database Design & Administration ***
  System Administration ***
  PC Software Support ***
  PC Hardware Support ***
  Graphic Design ***
   
Ranking Key Passing Familiarity
Have read code or used in the past, understand basic theory
*
  Familiar
Have experimented with or used in minor projects
**
  Skilled
Have used for one or more projects, firm grasp of practical use
***
  Expert
Have performed numerous complex or involved projects with over an extended period
****
  Perfect
Possess flawless understanding of the technology
*****


 Personal Info: Favourites  
Movies
  • Requiem for a Dream
  • The Crow
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • The Quest for the Holy Grail
  • Heat
Books
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Series
  • The Dark Tower Series
  • Wheel of Time Series
  • Dragonlance Core Series
  • Forgotten Realms Series
  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • Neil Gaiman's Sandman Series
Music
  • Live
  • Nirvana
  • Linkin Park
  • Stabbing Westward
  • Type O Negative
  • Assorted Dancehall
  • Assorted Rap
Video Games
  • Grand Theft Auto Series
  • Quake Series
  • Civilization Series
  • Ragnarok Online
  • Battlezone 1 & 2
  • Baldur's Gate 2
  • Neverwinter Nights
  • Various FPS, RTS and PCRPGs


 Personal Info: Personality  
Things I Like About Myself
  • Loyal, dedicated, honest and polite
  • Quick study on things of interest
  • Even tempered
  • Extremely curious
  • Pursue knowledge as its own reward
  • Creative thinker
  • Work well under pressure
  • Open to new ideas
  • Strong sense of humour
  • Modest like the blazing sun
Things I Dislike about Myself
  • Occasionally disorganized
  • Have difficulty teaching
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