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About

I am a software developer living in Connecticut. I graduated from Bowling Green State University (in Ohio) in 2013 with a B.S. in Computer Science. I’ve worked on both commercial software products and more recently, in creative agencies.

I’m primarily develop sites and applications for the web, but am also well versed in desktop Mac development. In my off hours, I like to chip away at one of my personal open source projects, like Classic Finder.

Blog Posts

I created a clone/re-creation of the Classic Mac OS Finder in modern Cocoa and Objective-C. I attempted to make it as pixel perfect and to-scale as possible by referencing screenshots I found around on the web and a tangerine iBook running Mac OS 9. This Finder clone is functional. It will really (p...

I need to talk about this: The best laptop ever madeThe argument needing to be made is not that the 2015 MacBook Pro was some kind of pinnacle of a laptop - I was in 2015, and it wasn't. The 2015 MacBook Pro was just a speedbump, and a ho-hum one at that.Today, in 2017, people are raising com...

A few months ago, I got a text message from a friend mulling over whether to proceed with working on and learning ASP.NET WebForms, or to go straight to ASP.NET MVC. I wrote my response out in the Notes app, copy/pasted and sent.After flipping through old notes and clearing them out, I found it a...

Projects

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Download a pixel-for-pixel clone of the original Macintosh Finder on your modern Mac. This application is written in Objective-C and Cocoa.

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An online, fast-loading encyclopedia in list format. I'm opening the moldiest books in your local library and distilling information into insightful lists.