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 an android based point of sale system at Clover. I have worked on Microsoft Windows (at Microsoft), Apple's Mac OS 9 and OS X (at Apple), embedded Linux (several start-ups), and Android. 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. My perfect job would be riding for a brand, tending cattle in the morning, managing technology in the afternoon but anything that moves me closer to livestock and ranches is the right direction. In the end, I like farms better than cities and ranches better than farms.

Right now, I live near farms and work 70 miles away in the city.

My Resume

Here are some highlights from my day job:

Microsoft

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

Apple

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

Embedded Linux

Embedded Linux consumer electronics; Dell Streak, Roku, and Clover Point of Sale.

Smittie's Ramblings, my blog.

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

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

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