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Name: Michael Head
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I generally program in Java. It was my first real language after x86 assembly.(though there was some C and C++ in between there, I didn't do anything useful with that). I've been thinking of moving to Python, but I really like the app server programming model, and Zope doesn't cut it for me as well as JBoss. Java (in particular J2EE) is also more marketable. I guess I'm just a sellout, but so what? At least I have (or will have again, when I get back to industry) the money to support my Free Software writing habit.

short history:

  1. Lived in several places before high school: Fairbanks, AK; Arlington, VA; Vestal, NY
  2. 1991-1995 Schooled at Vestal High School. Didn't have a wretched time, but didn't have a good time, either. Played lots of games and used various BBSs (mostly to see what the latest gamez were, sadly). Not much programming until I took assembly at Binghamton University. Left thinking I'd get a PhD in Math.
  3. 1995-1999 Studied at Binghamton University. Got a BS in Math as well as a BS in CS. Somewhere in 1996, I became more interested in Linux more deeply than before. Didn't like depending on software I either had to buy or "steal". Towards the end, I started becoming more interested in the Free Software ideals, especially after RMS gave a talk on campus.
  4. 1999-2001 Worked for IBM doing consulting for various banks and insurance infrastructure companies with Java. Somewhat interesting for a while, but I really hate writing business logic, and I didn't want to get much into project management or architecture towards the end. Wrote Jacob along with tchambery.
  5. 2001-2004 Studied at Brandeis University for my PhD in computer science, artificial intelligence, computer supported cooperative work. Working on Esau, jscheme4eclipse, Extremities. Nothing really took off like Jacob, though.
  6. 2004- Studying at Binghamton University (again!) for my PhD in computer science, high performance distributed computing, grid computing. I'm working on lots of projects, but none of them are my opensource projects (yet). I'd really like to get started on arch4eclipse, but my research duties keep me a little too busy. I still occaisionally add a feature or two to Jacob. envelopalator was a nice little jaunt into python, pygtk, and glade -- it just needs to be packages up nicely for distribution.


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14 Feb 2007 (updated 14 Feb 2007 at 03:57 UTC) »

Just because I can, and because I think it's useful for google to know about this, I wrote up a doc about handling Microsoft Office Document Scanning TNEF and TIFFs in Linux. Sometimes I get these TIFFs in a TNEF attachment that aren't really TIFFs, they're actually JPEG-in-TIFFs. Apparently some obscure Microsoft software is still generating these, despite the standard having been withdrawn. In any event, I figured out a way to get the JPEG out of the TIFF without too much trouble and made a short little web page about it.

Comments go to my LJ

Another year and a half, another post... Finished up the Ph.D. exams last year. My study group made some decent notes on the Binghamton University qualifying exams. Still trying to find a topic and finish up collecting data on a parallelized xml parsers...

Wow. Another year, another post. Gone from Brandeis, back at Binghamton. I'm working on a lot of one-off projects in Grid Computing (binary xml, gridftp DDoS resilience, high performance data transfer in componentware) right now. If anything takes off, I'll post about it...

Again, it's been a long time since I posted. In the mean time, jscheme4eclipse has been started and worked up to a reasonably useful state. Extremities is what I'm on to now, and I'm very excited. I'm finally able to combine my research work with my opensource work.

5 Sep 2002 (updated 5 Sep 2002 at 15:25 UTC) »

It's been a long time since I posted, but tchambery and myself, together with a couple other people have been working on zClipse, writing plugins for Eclipse. In particular, we have Insectivore, CompleteClipse, SourceControl, and zMail in the works.

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