Howdy. I'm Smittie.

In my day job, I am a software quality assurance engineer. When I started in the computer industry, the Internet was not readily available to the general public, the World Wide Web had not been invented yet (but I am sure Al Gore was working on it). I wrote software for Apple's Newton, was a project manager on the iPod and currently work on Roku. I have worked on Microsoft Windows (at Microsoft), Apple's Mac OS 9 and OS X (at Apple), and embedded Linux (several start-ups). For fun, I play with html, CSS, JavaScript, various content management systems and things I find on the Internet.

When I was young I wanted to be a cowboy. They told me there were no cowboys left in the world; I believed them. I was 37 years old when I discovered that they had lied to me. Saddest day of my life. I love cowboy culture. I find any way I can to spend as much time as I can on ranches. Anybody's ranch, I don't care. Especially if there are cattle to tend and horses to tend them on. I like all breeds of cattle but I am especially interested in heritage breeds. I love the mountains of western Montana so I am partial to Highland and Galloway cattle because they are naturally suited to that region. My next job will be on a ranch, managing their IT and learning to be a better cowboy. And that is when I will quit my day job.

My Resume

Here are some highlights from my day job:


Test Lead for Japanese, Middle East and Thai languages, Windows NT 4, Windows 2000.


Localization Support Engineer; QuickTime, Mac OS X, iPod and long time fan boy.

Embedded Linux

Embedded Linux consumer electronics; Sirius Radio Stiletto, Dell Streak, and Roku.

Smittie's Ramblings, my blog.

I've been blogging since 2003. My latest entries:

I write about cowboy things, geeky stuff and the meaning of life.
What kind of cowboy would I be without some philosophy?

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