The BeginningThe internet was created in the 50's. The first public interface to the internet was internet as we know it was in the early 90's with several very quirky telnet based and meta-text based services. Most people remember the early web browsers that were integrated into AOL and Prodigy services.
My exposure to the internet started with I was 12 years old in 1984. Wielding 2 TRS-80 Color computers given to me by my uncle I used to dial-in to several university CSNETS. These were simple (mostly non-password controlled) systems that linked together universities. I would play games online and interact with other computer scientists about various programming languages I wrote at the time. BASIC being the main one. I used to write my own games in BASIC and upload them to others using these networks.
The internet has come a long way since then and many remember the golden years but it has shaped my understanding of the progression of organized networks as well as see beyond the immediate niche technologies. I tend to be pragmatic on many new trendy internet gimmics and focus on the core internet technologies. My skills section will details my influences and focuses over the years.
The FutureShifting my knowledge base from hard development skills to more of a strategic planning role is the path I am taking. Most clients know what they want but can't explain it or visualize it in a cohesive manner. Also, many clients lack the strategic information to make informed decisions. My new focus has been advising clients on competitive and simple strategies which are allowing them to leverage the current web and IT technologies without getting trapped in a ceaseless cycle of "niche widgetry".