I was born in Poland and came to the United States at age 6.

I grew up in a very small town in Idaho and went to high school at Idaho Falls High School. The high school was located in a town 50 miles from my home, so needless to say the bus ride was very long and boring (and dark). I had to wake up at about 5:45 AM and catch the bus at 6:30. This sorry state of affairs led me to develop a serious aversion to waking up early—I am definitely not a morning person.

While I was growing up my two main passions were computers and Lego toys. I had an Apple IIGS, and spent a lot of time writing BASIC and assembly code on it. I once won the "one-liner" programming contest in Nibble, which was a popular Apple II enthusiast magazine. I liked building stuff with my Lego toys, and I still have a sizeable Lego collection to this day.

After high school I moved on to college. I studied Computer Science at Yale University. College was quite an experience. There was a lot of work and very little sleep. Caffeine was a staple of my diet. To unwind, on the weekends my friends and I often went on late night adventures into the university's underground steam tunnel network. This illict activity culminated in some wild and bizarre pranks, among them a night-before-midterms power outage, the lawn in the elevator incident, the mystery of the misplaced steam valve, and ghost duty in Woolsey Hall.

After I graduated from college, I entered the workforce as a software engineer. Some of the companies I worked for were fun and full of smart people that I could learn from. And others, unfortunately, were grossly mismanaged train wrecks. What's the moral of the story? Software companies should not be run by people who know nothing about software development. Not exactly a stunning revelation, is it?

Places where I have lived include Houston, Orange County, Los Angeles, and Silicon Valley. But today, I hang my hat in the beautiful state of Colorado.

My long term ambitions are the same as those of most software engineers: to develop a killer application. From time to time, I do development on one such application, a skunkworks software project that may someday change the way you view the Internet. If I ever manage to finish it, that is.

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