|Some of the things I'm pretty good at.|
•Promopeddler Inc :: Sherwood Oregon :: 2003 - 2007
Systems Administrator / Programmer
Initially hired to do data entry, I wrote routines on my own time to retrieve and parse data automatically, effectively increasing data entry rate and accuracy by over one thousand percent. Later adapted initial routines to automatically maintain data freshness and integrity for a 300,000+ product catalog. Also managed a 4 person development team in conversion of proprietary catalog routines to an extremely customized version of OSCommerce as well as monitored servers nearly 24/7, responding to hardware and connectivity issues as well as blocking attempts to exploit the web server, or harvest it's data without consent.
•Teleport Internet Services :: Portland Oregon :: 1996 - 2001
Technical Support Representative, Call Center Lead Tech, Call Center Manager, Systems Administrator
Initially hired as a technical support representative, quickly worked my way to lead tech, then initiated swing shift, and later night shift to provide technical support for 60,000+ customers, for what was then the Pacific Northwest's largest private Internet service provider. During my last year there I was moved to the engineering department where I managed 6 mail servers running Qmail on Solaris, and managed emails sent to abuse@ I also instructed new hires on the use of in house tools based on PERL and BASH as well as general Linux navigation and day to day usage. Eventually the company was bought by Earth link, where I had the option to re-locate, or be severed. I chose to stay in the Portland area and focus on freelance work.
•Stream International :: Beaverton Oregon :: 1993 - 1996
Technical Support Representative
Initially hired to provide technical support for Netscape Navigator 1.x I also took on the task of reformatting/converting internal procedural documents to a more accessible format, eg; from Microsoft Word and hard copy to HTML. I then helped to create a departmental intra-net for quicker access to technical documentation, effectively decreasing call times for the department. I continued supporting Netscape up to version 3.22 and was then moved to support Gateway computers. I eventually left the position due to the lengthy daily commutes.
•Self Employed :: 1996 - Present
Freelance PHP/MySQL Coder, SEO consultant.
A wide variety of small to medium sized projects, such as improving a web sites spider-ability, writing routines for the dynamic generation of XML site maps. I've written several complete sites, many related to the Real Estate industry. These days it is usually more cost effective to convert start up websites to use WordPress, which often puts me out of a job, since it makes maintaining and expanding a website comparatively simple to how it used to be. I've also customized numerous open source packages such as OSCommerce, Joomla / Mambo, WordPress, SMF forum, and a link directory script called Dew-NewPHPlinks, which I maintain. I can also take on the role of a systems administrator, maintaining and securing Linux based web servers running Centos & WHM / Cpanel.
Writing and performing music, gardening and cooking.
I also maintain a few blogs on various topics of interest..
Trials and tribulations of a freelance web developer :: Unfrozen Caveman Coder
The need for an affordable stereo guitar amplifier :: Bring Back GK250 ML
Using open source software as a digital audio workstation (DAW) :: Jack's Studio
Indoor/Outdoor gardening :: DIY Grow
Duane aka Dewed