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Involved in computers since 1988 when drum teacher at college showed the benefits of using them for music. Started on a Mac since the only thing really working good on PC's then was DOS (programs were not easy to use). Mac was pretty much the leader in Music back then. It still has retained that title especially in the recording industry from Pro Tools becoming the defacto standard way of recording in the studio.

Found out computers do a few things more than music hahaha. Studied about GUI's in the PC environment from 1988 (although had been using Mac's for music all this time couldn't afford one on a college budget then) and made the move from DOS in 1990 the first day Windows 3.0 launched. Then in October that year went to a demonstration at the IBM building in Houston, Texas hosted by Microsoft: OS/2... Coming to a Windows Near You. (think I still have the announcement letter somewhere...) I was convinced having finally seen OS/2 in action. Microsoft demonstrated OS/2 2.0 that them and IBM were working on jointly. The next day, purchased a copy of IBM OS/2 1.3 per Microsoft's recommendation. (Bill Gates probably would have had the Microsoft employee fired if he knew a year later when they were splitting lol).

Started working with computers professionally at the retail level then made way into networking in 1991. In 1992, decided to moonlight computer consulting so GUItek was born.

GUItek: Computer Consulting since 1992 Specializing in GUI's: OS/2, Windows, Mac, Unix (AIX, HP-UX, Solaris, SCO), Linux, FreeBSD graphical environments. Database Integration: dBase, Paradox, Btrieve, SQL: MySQL, IBM DB2, MS SQL Server, Oracle, Informix. Network Integration, Computer repair and Programming.

Been involved in OS/2 since 1990 Starting with version 1.3. Was OS/2 SIG Leader for HAL-PC (Nation's largest PC User Group) 1991-1997. OS/2 Developer SIG Leader from 1993-1999. Promoted OS/2 and it's use to business and end users. And have used it in own business and still do.

In 1998, launched GT Virtual Internet as a service of GUItek doing cost effective web hosting and web design. Later added nationwide dialup and soon DSL. 1999, after being laid off from a network administration job, GUItek and GT Virtual Internet became full time since computer jobs were scarce in 1999 because of the Y2K scare and hiring freeze of computer professionals.

Found out about SETI@Home in 1999 and joined on September 3, 1999 and started participating. Promotion of OS/2 over the years made it natural to join the OS/2 Warp team for SETI when signing up.
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