New and interesting things

I’m currently digging into web development in a more serious way than I have in the past. I’ve commonly used html as a way to create documents without needing Word or similar software and as a convenient way to programmatically generate polished looking content. That is quite a way from fully literate web development and I’m reading and experimenting to get closer to a complete understanding of what is required for professional web development.

I’ve recently been reading about Android development. I’ve done a bit of Java programming in the past so the language and basic idioms are familiar. The broader programming environment is quite a bit different from desktop oriented Java development though. I’ve been very happy with my android devices to date and look forward to being able to deploy custom code to meet my needs on them in the near future.

GE is Closing Specialty MR in Wilmington

All good things must come to an end and GE has decided to close the Wilmington site (formerly ONI Medical Systems) and I’ll be moving on to some new challenge soon.

On the up side, I’ve had almost ten years of working with a fantastic team of very talented people and leading the development of the software to run an incredible piece of hardware. Also on the up-side we all have until (at least) next April to find someplace to land as GE’s site closing policies are very generous.

At this point I’ve updated my resume (at least the first iteration) here with the context condensed down to fit in two pages again and updated with what I’ve done for Oni and GE.

We’re currently winding things down and beginning knowledge transfer to the folks at GE MRI central in Waukesha. It currently looks as if my earliest availability will be the beginning of July. If all goes well and no serious hitches develop in the shut-down process, I expect that we can have all of the necessary software transfer wrapped up by then.

It has been a great run, but I am excited to be looking at new challenges and new possibilities. It is always great to get a look at what is going on in the Boston area and dig into a new set of features and issues to build solutions for.

A whole new blog…

I found out recently that I can host different CMS systems at the same time on my site. Given that WordPress seems to have the nicest blogging support of the big three free CMS packages (Drupal, Joomla and WordPress) and Drupal seems to be the most flexible this has prompted me to setup a blog using WordPress here at and start working with Drupal in another area.

This should let me blog about things that interest me in a nice, clean format with a commenting system and all the trimmings while still rolling up my sleeves and hacking around inside of Drupal.

I’ve also setup a web presence for my sister Erika who is heading to Italy to work at Cinecitta Studios soon on Keep an eye over there as she should be having lots to say and adventures to discuss once that gets rolling.

Thoughts and Considerations…