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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 am currently working at Julia Balfour, LLC.

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.