"I did a PhD in Computer Science at University of Washington in High Performance Computing (HPC). I moved into database and distributed applications in 1999 to be a part of a larger community. I'm currently doing consulting and building distributed, database system with open source technology (J2EE) as the infrastructure.
"I like traveling. I've lived in 8 different states/countries for a minimum of 2 years in my span of 35 years of living, including 2 foreign countries. If we count the cities, the number of places increases by 50% to 12, and the minimum time decreases to 1 year (meaning I lived in 12 places, each at least for a year over the last 35 years), giving an average of 2.92 years per place.
"I recently spent 3 weeks in China where my latest consulting job took me. 1 week in Beijing and 2 weeks in Changchun speaking through a translator about J2EE and open source tools.
"I became interested in the open source community through a friend and colleague, Rex Jakobovits, PhD, CEO of Vivalog, Inc, a web-based picture archiving communications system software development and ASP firm in medical informatics. The WIRM (Web Interfacing Repository Manager) system is perl- based. I worked on the internals, porting and customizing WIRM to IBM AIX and Oracle for a major credit card company to manage their metadata.