I've been working with computers since 1975. Computers were a part
of my job for 25 years from writing estimating programs in BASIC (on a Tandy) - to
integrating time clock systems and job costing - to networking graphics Macs and
office PC's thru NT servers. This phase of my computer work also included
setting up web sites on hosted Unix servers - working with early e-commerce
systems - programming in pearl. I started programming interfaces for web access
to data files using ASP and using our in-house Server to process graphic files
submitted by customers.
In October of 2000, I started my self-employed computer consultant business.
Working for a variety of clients with a myriad of needs has been interesting and
challenging. I often found myself using web searches to look for possible
answers to what looked like unique problems. Combining my experience with tips
and suggestions from other people has helped me to solve hundreds of computer
problems and develop dozens of web applications and tools.
Documenting my work has always been a important part of my business process but
now I'd like to begin sharing some of my experiences with others. After seven
years of 24/7 consulting, I think some of my notes may be helpful to others and
I can contribute to the knowledge base of the Internet.
I'm going to start fresh because even new material will get "old" soon and who
wants to hear about peer-to-peer networking with Windows 98 SE or all the
settings we used to tweak for the early wireless networks. Most of the log
entries will be very brief, with links to additional information. If time
permits, I may expand on some things with brief articles.
Feedback would be nice - questions ok, I'll respond as time permits.
Thanks, John R. Dykstra