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Jay Dreyer

About...

Who

I live in Plymouth, MN, just outside of Minneapolis, MN. I currently work for the .com arm of a very large retail company headquartered in Minneapolis. They have a bullseye for a logo. Figure it out.

I attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where I received a BA in History. Obviously, the logical next step was a career in IT. The majority of my work has centered on web based application development. All of it has been internal work so I can’t link you to anything cool. ASP and ASP.net are my primary languages, but lately I have been getting into the LAMP world. I am also into information architecture, web-design, CSS, and XHTML. In April 2005 I received my MBA from the University of Michigan (actually, the Ross School of Business).

I am married and have 3 year old son and a newborn daughter. When I’m not working on web sites, or this site, I’m in my woodworking workshop (aka, the garage), cooking, reading, watching movies or playing with my son. I am a big sports fan, particularly UM football and basketball, the Tigers, Lions, Pistons and Red Wings.

If you want, you can send me an email.

Why

Why do a blog? Why be the 1,000,000th person to waste time posting about things that most normal people couldn’t care less about? Why not? I thought this would be a good way to learn more about technologies that were outside of my comfort zone. I’ve learned a great deal about Linux, mySQL, Apache and open source software alternatives in the past couple months. I love to learn and this has been a fantastic learning experience. If I provide some entertainment, humor, or solutions for people, even better. And if you click some of those Google ad links, this can even be profitable! ;-)

How

This site was developed using textPattern, a fantastic (and free) piece of software. I highly recommend it if you are thinking about starting your own blog, or even if you are looking for a good content management system. The site uses mySQL as the backend. It is hosted at site5.com, where I host a number of different sites for friends and family.