In the 1980s personal computing was limited. My first computer was a Tandy 1000 from Radio Shack. Word Processing and Compuserve software was a cartridge inserted into the side of the console, which was connected into a TV set’s antennae screws for display. A 300 baud modem was used to dial into Compuserve, which was a long distance call to Columbus, Ohio.

My next useful device was a Magnavox VideoWriter, a word processor with a built-in thermal printer. I bought it after researching the possibilities for networking computers together to start a business services company.

During six years as a US Army Training NCO for the same Combat Engineering company I was entering company training schedules into a laptop and saving them for delivery to Battalion on 5 1/4 inch floppy disks. I learned Word Perfect. I then learned Microsoft Works on a Mac Classic.

Later, I used that accumulated knowledge to start a decade of desktop publishing work for translation companies in Monterey, California. At first, all of the work was with Microsoft Word. Then as I accepted larger projects, there was a lot of unstructured data handling. In 1992, before Internet became available, we uploaded Word docs to bulletin boards for translators to download, then downloaded the translated docs. It was a tedious and unreliable system.

By the time the Internet became publicly available I was managing team sized projects, and I was looking for ways to improve the process. Early on PDF files became an important tool for fixing font problems before printing to paper or film and for doing review of in-progress work and for client review. That was a step forward, but the issue of unstructured data handling still needed a solution.

The networking solutions that I sought in the 1980s became available with Windows for Workgroups in 1993. It was fairly affordable and seemed somewhat like magic at the time.

I experimented with Word table linking with random corruption issues. After the mid-1990s development of Microsoft Access and MySQL, structured data handling options became available. These options became even more useful as the Internet developed, along with standards for connecting web pages to these databases.

In the late 1990s I developed Logos.net for Logos Corporation as a Classic ASP web app to register documents for translation by the Logos language translation software. After Logos was sold, I used what I had learned over the next decade to develop Hip Access and to do contract work improving Classic ASP websites.

Hip Access was originally a content management system with the goal of becoming exactly what WordPress has evolved into today. I drove a taxi on the Las Vegas Strip for eight years while developing Hip Access. I never quite got it where it needed to be. Besides, I lacked the funding and marketing skills to bring it to fruition.

In 2008, the collapse in the national housing market crippled Vegas. Despite monumental efforts to change the way the Nevada transportation service operated, driving support ended.

By 2009 Cloud Computing was the most obvious path for my career and development future. But, there was a large learning curve that needed to be met. I began studying AWS, but needed to support my family. I was hired to go to the Nevada Legislature 2009 session and lobby for transportation changes. During the transportation hearings I became interested in the laws being adopted for solar and energy.

I came back from Carson City and started a non-profit corporation to educate Nevadans on the use of solar energy. It was moderately successful for two years. During that time I improved my cloud computing skills and was lucky to find a long-term contract adding security to the Classic ASP website at University of Illinois close to my siblings. My very good fortune was to get a career job immediately afterwards because of my Classic ASP skills, but with an up and coming cloud computing company.

For the past eight years I have steadily improved my JavaScript programming skills while Infocrossing was bought by Wipro, then sold to Ensono, my current employer.

I have maintained Hynes Internet Publishing since 1994 as a professional development entity.

In 2012 I rewrote Hip Access as a Meteor JS app, while following development of the framework from beta to version one.

I’ve continued to maintain iStructure as a legacy app still running in Classic ASP, with a well structured custom JavaScript library. I recently migrated that app to GitBucket to run on a Windows 2016 server, giving me a good refresher on IIS setup & configuration and a new Git repository experience.

From 2018 to present I have improved my Angular skill set to develop a companion app to VMware Cloud Director 9.7+ using Director’s module plugin feature and VMware’s Clarity Design library.

Since 2017, I have maintained a Minecraft Spigot server with a supporting app at My Happy Place. It’s an Angular 8/Material web app using everything that I’ve learned at Ensono. My Happy Place now connects to Happy Place Talk, a WordPress blog.

In 2020 I brought a few long planned professional development projects together on WordPress multi-site running on AWS Lightsail. The project uses AWS S3, Route53, IAM, Amazon Alexa, iTunes Podcast and Amazon Associates to attempt monetization.

Hip Access is being developed as the landing page to each app. Go to Hip Access to learn more about individual project descriptions and links.

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