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George Gray

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Programmer/Analyst/DBA at Robert Half Technology

About Me

Computers have always stirred a passion in me. Since I was about ten years old, I have had access or owned one of some kind. My father built his first computer in late 1974 and I began learning how to program it in early 1975. That first computer, an Intel 8008, was very crude. My toddler's 'learning laptop' has more power-and memory. As time went on, I began developing code for various jobs I had and begun my career, in earnest, with a local video rental chain in 1992. My family is my number one priority and biggest joy. I have a 17 year old son, a six year old step son and, now, a 15 month old toddler. It has been a lot of fun being both a father and husband. I also enjoy science fiction, NASCAR racing and gaming. You are never too old to have fun. I also write a blog called ye Olde Half Byte Blog or just HalfByte. It is primarily about technology, but I also write about things, including family and theme parks. We love theme parks. I have been documenting my attempt at a startup company specializing in simple, low cost computer kits aimed at education and as something parents can build with their kids.(http://halfbyteblog.wordpress.com/)

Industries I Write About

Broadcast Media

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Computer Games

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Computer Hardware

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Computer Software

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Consumer Electronics

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My Writing Samples

Half-Byte Embedded Tiny Basic is Ready

Details the development of the tiny basic programming language for Arduino like projects. The language allows the user to write custom code for the project and add or remove functionality as needed.

https://halfbyteblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/30/half-bytes-embedded-tiny-basic-is-ready/

An ATTiny 85 based held game

Chronicles how to build a small but fun little handheld game based on a cheap and limited component set.

https://halfbyteblog.wordpress.com/2017/01/02/an-attiny85-based-handheld-game/

Non-Tech fun: Vacationing in the Mid Atlantic Area

Places to go and things to do in the Mid Atlantic Area of the United States. Theme parks, museums, sporting events and leisure are discussed.

https://halfbyteblog.wordpress.com/2016/04/17/non-tech-fun-vacationing-in-the-mid-atlantic-area/

Tiny Basic Programming Lesson: Talking to the Real World

Programming lesson on how to read data from external sensors (on a microcontroller, like Arduino) and act upon that data.

https://halfbyteblog.wordpress.com/2016/03/11/tiny-basic-programming-lesson-talking-to-the-real-world/

A Video World: the Rise and Fall of the Video Rental Store

A personal dive into the short life of the video rental store and my experiences with them.

https://myvintagetech.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/a-video-world-the-rise-and-fall-of-the-video-rental-store/

I Always Knew This Day Would Come

My personal story about the day my oldest son moved out on his own.

https://thestateofdad.wordpress.com/2017/02/28/i-always-knew-this-day-would-come/

Its the little things

Another personal story discussing how small things can make such a big impact.

https://thestateofdad.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/its-the-little-things-that-matter/

Start Me UP: Windows 95 hits 20

A recounting of Windows 95 early days, the public beta and my personal experience with the 'new' operating system.

https://myvintagetech.wordpress.com/2015/08/24/start-me-up-windows-95-hits-20/

Experience

Programmer/Analyst/DBA

Contract developer, C#, SQL Server, end user documentation

Company: Robert Half Technology

I worked there from 4/2015 until 11/2015

Programmer/Supervisor/Manager

Responsible for overseeing a full time employee, managing IT department, development of in house mortgage software. Documentation.

Company: Live Well Financial

I worked there from 11/2015 until now

Programmer Analyst Specialist

Programmer (Lotus Notes, Visual Basic, C#), wrote technical and end user documentation

Company: Dominion Resources

I worked there from 8/1997 until 6/2013

Contractor-Programmer

Developed and maintained tools and software to ensure smooth running of IT systems Wrote end user and technical documentation Responsible for SCALA display system (like the electronic signage you might see at a McDonald's or airport) Support for older operating systems and hardware

Company: Bowhead

I worked there from 6/2014 until 4/2015

Content I Write