I started my programming career in the Windows arena in the prehistoric world of 1988, working for a few years in Germany on a client/server system, then doing various contract work in the United States, including a document management system for Eli Lilly.
I started Vivtek as a sole proprietorship in 1996 to provide a central point of presence for my work on Internet applications (my most visible project from that period is Techspex.com, still going strong 12 years later!) and quickly found that open-source opens up incredible capabilities to the individual programmer.
In 1999, I built Despammed.com, which I believe to have been the first free, public anti-spam filtration service. It's still operating.
In 2001, I started wftk, an open-source workflow toolkit. It was hopelessly ambitious. I plan to finish it before 2050, no excuses.
Since 2003 or so, I earn most of my money with technical translation (German, French, Spanish, Hungarian, and Italian into English), plus ongoing consulting with Techspex.com. But now that services like Elance are transforming the programming industry, I've decided to get back into project work for hire.
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