In 1996, I joined the IBM Patent Server project, which was a free service IBM provided to the Internet on January 9, 1997. The service was so well received, that IBM spun off the project in 2000, and formed a new company, Delphion, which I left IBM to join.
In December, 2002, Thomson bought Delphion and I once again worked for a big company. But alas, in April, 2006, Thomson laid me off. "Needs of the business" is the only reason they gave. I say the real reason is Thomson later bought Micropatent, a Delphion competitor (we both made patent information searchable via the web), and put the Micropatent managers in place. That started a fairly quick exodus of the major Delphion players out of Thomson, which was too bad.
I graduated from California State University at Chico in 1981 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. I worked at IBM between April, 1982 and November, 2000, when the IBM Patent Server project spun off from IBM, into Delphion, Inc. In December, 2002, Thomson bought us and we became Thomson employees. In April, 2006, Thomson laid me off -- the first time I've ever been laid off.
I've been married since 1989 and have two kids, Melanie and Adam. Can you top this coincidence? My mother, my wife, and my daughter all share the same birthday, June 20th.
Here is a sorted list of family birthdays & anniversaries.
Here is "A Spectator's Guide to Water Polo", both a 3-page Quick Start and the bigger, 55-page full guide. It's a great summary of the rules for us novice parent spectators.
|My family. My wife Kathy, and the kids, Melanie and Adam.
Click here to see & get the big, 2.3MB picture.
|Solve Sudoku puzzles. I like this free Sudoku solver, simplesudoku.|
|Pretend I'm a master wood craftsman. In reality, I just dabble in my garage, but one day (probably in my retirement) I hope to have the time to have a full shop and play to my heart's content.|
|Research my family tree using Broderbund's Family Tree Maker software. See my pages with them.|
|Study a mail-order locksmith course I'm taking from Foley-Belsaw.|
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