Monthly Archives: April 2007

Mix ’07 Keynote

Well, Mix 07 has officially begun, and the keynote I have to say was quite good. It was all about Silverlight. Now WPF we all know is supposed to be a competitor of Macromedia Flash. And Expression is supposed to be the competitor to Flash Studio. Well, Microsoft has announced Silverlight as the Flash plugin that will work on PCs and Macs, in IE, Firefox, Netscape, and Safari. There were lots of demos, one from CBS News that allowed users to submit their own videos, one from that allowed users to stream video and build overlay widgets for stats, and one called TopBanana that did movie editing… all were very slick. The Silverlight plugin will also have CLR built in, so you can build Silverlight apps in .Net using Expression and publish cross platform. This is particularly exciting for us in Internet Marketing at BMS, because Agencies can develop the front end in XAML, we can do the back end in .Net. and we can publish to Silverlight Cross Browser, and still have hooks for all our observations collection. More to come about this in one of the later sessions!!!

A Little Bit About Me

Well, I suppose it’s about time that I start blogging. I have been in the technology industry for ten years… I think it’s about time I started using it. Anyways here is a bit of resume-writing.
A little bit about me:
  • I was born in New Jersey, but moved to Detroit, Michigan when I was one year old.
  • I lived in Detroit until I turned 7. This was enough time to become a Tigers, Lions, Red Wings and Pistons fan.
  • Then I moved back to New Brunswick, New Jersey.
  • I went to New Brunswick public schools up to high school. Then I went to Rutgers Preparatory School from 1989 through 1991.
  • In 1996 I got my bachelors of art with majors in Art and Art History from Rutgers College. It took me five years, but then again I paid for it.
  • My first job out of college was with a small company in Edison called Nationwide Computers & Electronics. I worked on their full page newspaper advertisements selling computers, appliances, etc. By the end of the year I was there, I was a Quark Xpress and Illustrator expert.
  • Things got a bit rough there, and I ended up working for a subsidiary of theirs called NWCD – New World Computers Direct. There I developed their direct mail catalog, and started working on their web site. By the time I left there in 1998 I had developed a full online catalog built in PERL that connected to the Bank of Michigan to take online credit card orders.
  • I left NWCD and took a consultant job at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Hopewell. I worked there developing Lotus Notes applications for the Worldwide Medicines department. We used Notes 4.5, Photoshop, and JavaScript. I worked there until I left in 1999 to go to Bellcore.
  • I worked at Bellcore in the Marketing department responsible for their external web site. I was in that department through the name change, and helped drive the new design through the rebranding of the company. After that, I took a job with their Notes development group. I was team lead there through early 2000. Thats when I applied for another job at BMS.
  • I took a new consultant spot in the Client Services group of IMSS back in BMS Hopewell. I was converted to an employee on June 27, 2001. I have been bounced around from group to group, and site to site. Now I am a manager in the Application Services department. I first worked on internal applications across most of the divisions within the company. My current assignment is to manage the Internet Marketing applications. These are the direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical brand web sites.

My hobbies include:

  • Digital Photography, Scuba Diving, Golf, Billiards, Coin Collecting, World of Warcraft, Magic: The Gathering, Warhammer 40,000

I think that’s enough for me tonight.