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I was born and raised in New Jersey and went to college in Binghamton, New York -- but don't hold these against me. I used to work for America Online where I worked as a software engineer. I don't mind if you hold that against me because I enjoyed it just fine. After all, being able to serve over 1,000,000 simultaneous users is no small technological feat.

You don't know anything about online software development until you've worked at America Online. You may think you do but I guarantee that the demands of their audience far outstrip anything you've ever seen. Period. My work at AOL included e-commerce development, web development, and systems programming. Specifically, this included the design and development of a web-based online shopping system (Winter of 1996-97 through Winter of 1998-99) as well as the design, development, and roll-out of the first major incarnation of using server-side, database-backed applications (Summer through Fall of 1996). I led a very talented team to redesign that year. A new generation of has rolled out in the two-and-a-half years since then as AOL's web initiative has evolved. The production version of that my team developed in 1996 immediately became the most-visited site on the Internet, a distinction still held today. We dealt with so much audience and so many infrastructure demands, it's astounding. Anyway, it was also a fun place to work with endless audience to watch your product. Today, though, that audience is decreasing as consumers move from dial-up services to broadband services. Despite what you may have heard AOL did not "ignore" broadband; they just struggled trying to figure out what to do with it.

I've had other jobs at companies like IBM but none have been as exciting and rewarding as my job at America Online.

My semi-work-related axes to grind include "minimalising" the Tcl version of the AOL Instant Messenger client for people on-the-go. I try to make my latest bunch of patches available shortly after a new version of Tik is released. Occasionally, these patches find their way into the released client, which is a minor ego-greaser for me that serves to motivate me to improve the Tik client even more.

Our yard has lots of room for foliage. We're cultivating as much as we can during the growing season. See the photos if you want to see some.

My basement is filled with computers. My preferred Unix platform is Solaris, but I'm forced to use the inferior HP/UX, Irix, and Digital UNIX products at work--the irony here is that the latter three are either out of business, acquired, or porting everything to Linux. My favorite free Unix platforms are FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and NetBSD in that order. In the US, Red Hat is the only Linux game in town. I was one of the people who actually enjoyed using AIX and was sad to see OS/2 fall off the face of the earth. For jollies I occasionally boot up AmigaDOS, Commodore 64 Basic, Tandy Color Computer 3 Extended Basic, OS-9, and Amiga UNIX.

My wife, Molan, and I were married in 1997. Have a look at the pictures! We've also settled down in the beautiful western suburbs of Washington, DC, at the end of a long, bucolic side road in the middle of it all.

We have two children (so far!). Check the pictures for more!

If you need to contact me, the best way is through the contact kriston link on this web site. This link is found at the bottom of most of the screens on the site. You can also use the contact information in my domain record.


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