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Me at my favorite place in the whole world
Me, at my favorite place in the whole world

Visit BobsPixels Digital Photography web site at http://www.BobsPixels.com.

Kokopelli I am a programmer / analyst currently employed by Boston College. I work primarily with Oracle databases and the Oracle Application Express (APEX) developer environment. Most of my development work is done in SQL and PL/SQL but since APEX is used for developing web-based applications I also get to dabble in HTML and Javascript quite a bit.

Before coming to Boston College I was employed by The Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Department of Industrial Accidents. At my position there I was also working primarily with Oracle databases and the Oracle Developer toolset: mostly Oracle Application Express (APEX) but also some Oracle Developer Forms and Oracle Developer Reports. Languages used were SQL, PL/SQL, HTML and Javascript. I was also the developer and main support person for the EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) environment while at that position.

Before to going to work for The Commonwealth of Massachusetts I was employed by HCL Technologies where I started working in July, 2006. Prior to that I worked as a software developer, system analyst and portfolio analyst at Teradyne, Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts. I started working at Teradyne in 1983 and worked there for almost 23 years, until my job was finally outsourced... to HCL. I got outsourced with it... for a while.

I was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and I now live in Weymouth, Massachusetts with my wife and better half, Robin, our four three two one three cat(s)s, and some odd number of tropical fish. Check out my friends and family photo album to see some of the people, past & present, who are responsible for making me what I am. I also have a little page on the IBM 1130 computer if you're interested in seeing how I got started in all of this computer geek-type stuff.

During my free CPU cycles I do a lot of net-surfing, web-crawling and coding of HTML for the Grand Canyon Explorer web site. I also do a some coding using PHP and MySQL these days for both my personal photography web site, BobsPixels Digital Photography, and also some enhancements to my Grand Canyon Explorer web site, mostly in the area of the trip reports.

I am really quite happy with my present position but I might be persuaded to leave it if something interesting became available in the Northern Arizona, Southern Utah, or the Four Corners area. Everyone has their price and mine is the Grand Canyon... I admit it, I am addicted. I find the whole concept of telecommuting extremely interesting and if I could live somewhere out there and work anyplace else via computer and modem, well, I guess I will cross that bridge when I come to it.

In September, 1998 we went to Hawaii for a two week vacation with some friends. The photos from that trip can be found here. Check out the photos from my new toy at that time, a Nikon CoolPix 900 digital camera. It's amazing how stuff gets so old so quick on the Net. The Nikon CoolPix 900 met an untimely demise by falling into a creek in the Grand Canyon. It was replaced with a Nikon CoolPix 950 and then a Nikon CoolPix 4500. I still have that CoolPix 4500 but now I've also gone through Nikon D70 and D80 digital SLRs and currently enjoy working with both a D200 and a D90.

If you live in New England and like to hike, check out my White Mountain Explorer.

Flag of Lithuania I am of Lithuanian descent (100%, both sides) and very proud of it. After years of occupation and ruthless oppression against Lithuania and Lithuanians nothing made me happier than to see that "evil empire" (the only two words ever spoken by President Reagan said that I ever agreed with), the Soviet Union, crumble to dust. Lithuania has finally started to recover from these years of oppression and even has a presence on the World Wide Web.

Here are links for some servers in Lithuania:
Vilnius University
US State Department: Travel information for Lithuania
US State Department: Human rights in Lithuania
CIA World Factbook Entries for Lithuania
A map of Lithuania

Unfolding map animated GIF Some of my other activities are:

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