My background is equal parts business and technology.
I work at the University of Washington as a web developer with the awesome faculty and staff at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation In the past, I've worked at Drake University as a web developer and as a security applications analyst and HIPAA consultant/trainer.
My two undergrad degrees were in computer science, and information systems. I recently completed an MBA in entrepreneurship. But, honestly, I've learned more by hanging out in online forums, on IRC, and by reading blogs and books.
Tools of the trade
- XHMTL, CSS, and jQuery make things look nice.
- Drupal, Linux, Apache, and MySQL do the heavy lifting.
- CVS, Subversion, and Git keep everything organized.
- Komodo IDE for hacking and debugging.
- Mac OSX, Windows, and Ubuntu Linux. I use all three daily.
- Fireworks and Photoshop for mock-ups and image editing.
- Hosting with VPS.net though I'm eyeballing Amazon's EC2.
- Travel. There is nothing more exciting than landing in an unfamiliar place, where you don't speak the language, you can't even decipher the alphabet, and you only have a vague idea of where you want to spend the night.
- Photography. The first words I ever spoke to my long-time girlfriend were, "So... is that the new D-80?" It wasn't. But the line apparently worked. (She is a much better photographer than I.)
- Running. You can call it jogging; I won't be offended. I've completed three marathons, including the New York City Marathon last November.