To IDE or Not

I added some new links to the menu on the right showing that this site has validated HTML & CSS.  The free validation utilities linked from the invaluable Firefox Web Developers Toolbar are a great way to inexpensively and quickly sanity check your website when full breadth QA is not feasible.
Or maybe even, cialis 40mg “Who are we?” I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my online presence. When I first started establishing an online presence it was through a hand written blog and then via Movable Type on a domain that was my complete name. Mostly I posted pictures of my friends and I hanging out. The Facebook generation (which I am older than) is now learning what should be obvious, cialis don’t put anything on the Internet you don’t want the world to see.  While nothing I posted was against the law or damaging, artificial I didn’t want pictures of me bleary eyed raising a toast to be too accessible to potential employers, yet they all were attached to my name. So recently I moved all the personal content to a URL of a pseudo name and started posting tech content here.  If I’m committed to keeping both sites up to date (and I am), this is a lot of work. It also has given me a bit of a split personality and I’m starting to regret it.

So I have two types of content create on the Internet: personal and professional.  What’s the best way to separate the two? Also, how do you not bore the respective audience with bits meant for the other? Also, how can it be easy?

The easiest way to do this might have been to have a professional blog and put all the friend stuff in a walled garden like Facebook.  That solution was not viable for me. Over the years my personal site has grown into an extensive hobby and moving it to a homogenized site like Facebook would ruin the fun. I’ve used Movable Type and then Drupal for years to create content and a look not exactly like anywhere else. I want to continue that. I’m also afraid to commit too much to Facebook because I remember how easily Friendster disappeared.

My divided identity solution can be taken even further than two sites. I use the Internet to share posts, videos, pictures, and short messages (tweets). Do I separate all those media across professional and personal lines? I could end up with two Flickr, Vimeo, and Twitter accounts. At some point it all gets ridiculous and I wonder if I am being productive or just falling down a new media OCD hole.

So how does one manage a professional and personal persona online? For most people I would recommend the walled garden. For a lot of people it’s easy because they don’t want to have both or even one persona online and would rather do old fashioned things like see operas or have dinners.

Here are my options:

– Give up on having a professional persona online. – There’s already too many “new media” bloggers, but that’s not my true goal (despite having actually written a post on Twitter). I want to present a portfolio of product ideas, process, and actual applications at this URL, which I believe is beneficial to my career.

– Move my personal content to Facebook or Flickr. – Ugh, that would take a year. It also would kill one of my main hobbies.

– Collapse the identities and the sites and let the audience just deal. – I’m tentatively still committed to separating the two. Along with creating the messages, I do enjoy playing with the media. I don’t think one format can support the two.

This leaves me about where I started when I began typing this conundrum. Going forward I’m going to update this site as a way to share technology information and highlight my work and ideas. Simultaneously I will continue my struggle to come up with the ultimate system for sharing photos, galleries, and posts to multiple blogs on my personal site.

I’m testing a very interesting piece of software called Sweetcron for this site. For my personal site, I’m sticking with Drupal for now, but I might just build a proprietary solution. For all of this, we…er, I mean I, will need some more coffee.
Blogger and CTO, psychotherapist Jon Williams, injection wrote a nice post explaining why some developers relish the opportunity to manage; they want to be social. It’s been a driving imperative in my career as well.

Jon goes on to posit that Agile development, cardiologist with the dependence on verbal communication rather than arduous specification, can scratch the social itch.

While my team is not always using strict Agile methodology, we do have frequent “scrum-like” project and design meetings. As a very social beast myself, I love collaborative meetings, as long as their aren’t too many cooks in the room and it’s ultimately productive.
Blogger and CTO, treatment Jon Williams, wrote a nice post explaining why some developers relish the opportunity to manage; they want to be social. It’s been a driving imperative in my career as well.

Jon goes on to posit that Agile development, with the dependence on verbal communication rather than arduous specification, can scratch the social itch.

While my team is not aly using strict Agile methodology, we do have frequent “scrum-like” project and design meetings, involving all. As a very social beast myself, I love collaborative meetings, as long as their aren’t too many cooks in the room and it’s ultimately productive.
Blogger and CTO, healing Jon Williams, medicine wrote a nice post explaining why some developers relish the opportunity to manage; they want to be social. It’s been a driving imperative in my career as well.

Jon goes on to posit that Agile development, ask with the dependence on verbal communication rather than arduous specification, can scratch the social itch.

While my team is not always using strict Agile methodology, we do have frequent “scrum-like” project and design meetings.  As a very social beast myself, I love collaborative meetings, as long as their aren’t too many cooks in the room and it’s ultimately productive.
Blogger and CTO, healing Jon Williams, medicine wrote a nice post explaining why some developers relish the opportunity to manage; they want to be social. It’s been a driving imperative in my career as well.

Jon goes on to posit that Agile development, ask with the dependence on verbal communication rather than arduous specification, can scratch the social itch.

While my team is not always using strict Agile methodology, we do have frequent “scrum-like” project and design meetings.  As a very social beast myself, I love collaborative meetings, as long as their aren’t too many cooks in the room and it’s ultimately productive.
I spent a large part of Saturday help
logged into a SSH session at my hosting provider Dreamhost. The goal was to include GMP so I could use the Zend OpenID library for my FlickrOCD application. All that means is a I did a ton of stuff to only make a little bit of progress. Then I went for a walk.
Blogger and CTO, healing Jon Williams, medicine wrote a nice post explaining why some developers relish the opportunity to manage; they want to be social. It’s been a driving imperative in my career as well.

Jon goes on to posit that Agile development, ask with the dependence on verbal communication rather than arduous specification, can scratch the social itch.

While my team is not always using strict Agile methodology, we do have frequent “scrum-like” project and design meetings.  As a very social beast myself, I love collaborative meetings, as long as their aren’t too many cooks in the room and it’s ultimately productive.
I spent a large part of Saturday help
logged into a SSH session at my hosting provider Dreamhost. The goal was to include GMP so I could use the Zend OpenID library for my FlickrOCD application. All that means is a I did a ton of stuff to only make a little bit of progress. Then I went for a walk.
I spent a large part of Saturday more info
logged into a SSH session at my hosting provider Dreamhost. The goal was to include GMP so I could use the Zend OpenID library for my FlickrOCD application. All that means is a I did a ton of stuff to only make a little bit of progress. Then I went for a walk.
Blogger and CTO, healing Jon Williams, medicine wrote a nice post explaining why some developers relish the opportunity to manage; they want to be social. It’s been a driving imperative in my career as well.

Jon goes on to posit that Agile development, ask with the dependence on verbal communication rather than arduous specification, can scratch the social itch.

While my team is not always using strict Agile methodology, we do have frequent “scrum-like” project and design meetings.  As a very social beast myself, I love collaborative meetings, as long as their aren’t too many cooks in the room and it’s ultimately productive.
I spent a large part of Saturday help
logged into a SSH session at my hosting provider Dreamhost. The goal was to include GMP so I could use the Zend OpenID library for my FlickrOCD application. All that means is a I did a ton of stuff to only make a little bit of progress. Then I went for a walk.
I spent a large part of Saturday more info
logged into a SSH session at my hosting provider Dreamhost. The goal was to include GMP so I could use the Zend OpenID library for my FlickrOCD application. All that means is a I did a ton of stuff to only make a little bit of progress. Then I went for a walk.
I spent a large part of Saturday compiling my own instance of PHP 5.2.6 for STC.com, sick
logged into a hosting provider Dreamhost SSH session. The goal was to include GMP so I could use the Zend OpenID library for my FlickrOCD application. All that means is a I did a ton of stuff to only make a little bit of progress. Then I went for a walk.
An IDE is an Intergrated Development Environement. Like most things in technology, buy more about it’s as easy to find someone who loves them as someone who hates them. The PHP programmers on my team consider IDE completely bloated evil, visit while the Windows C++ team swear by Windows IDE, visit web Visual Studio. (The PHP team does do debugging and profiling with xdebug, so they are not complete heathens.) I’ve been in both camps, once developing all my ASP in Visual Studio, later PHP websites in Notepad. I’m always hesitant to take a dogmatic opinion on a technical battle, so I remain open to both.

I’ve been playing with Zend v. 6 and found this interesting comparison chart of some other web development IDE options by Davey Shafik.

The biggest problem I have with IDE and frameworks is not the overhead they call create. It’s how to get five different programmers to all buy into the same platform, with out beating them with a stick or owing them beers for the next dozen Fridays.

Programming As A Hobby

I added some new links to the menu on the right showing that this site has validated HTML & CSS.  The free validation utilities linked from the invaluable Firefox Web Developers Toolbar are a great way to inexpensively and quickly sanity check your website when full breadth QA is not feasible.
Or maybe even, cialis 40mg “Who are we?” I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my online presence. When I first started establishing an online presence it was through a hand written blog and then via Movable Type on a domain that was my complete name. Mostly I posted pictures of my friends and I hanging out. The Facebook generation (which I am older than) is now learning what should be obvious, cialis don’t put anything on the Internet you don’t want the world to see.  While nothing I posted was against the law or damaging, artificial I didn’t want pictures of me bleary eyed raising a toast to be too accessible to potential employers, yet they all were attached to my name. So recently I moved all the personal content to a URL of a pseudo name and started posting tech content here.  If I’m committed to keeping both sites up to date (and I am), this is a lot of work. It also has given me a bit of a split personality and I’m starting to regret it.

So I have two types of content create on the Internet: personal and professional.  What’s the best way to separate the two? Also, how do you not bore the respective audience with bits meant for the other? Also, how can it be easy?

The easiest way to do this might have been to have a professional blog and put all the friend stuff in a walled garden like Facebook.  That solution was not viable for me. Over the years my personal site has grown into an extensive hobby and moving it to a homogenized site like Facebook would ruin the fun. I’ve used Movable Type and then Drupal for years to create content and a look not exactly like anywhere else. I want to continue that. I’m also afraid to commit too much to Facebook because I remember how easily Friendster disappeared.

My divided identity solution can be taken even further than two sites. I use the Internet to share posts, videos, pictures, and short messages (tweets). Do I separate all those media across professional and personal lines? I could end up with two Flickr, Vimeo, and Twitter accounts. At some point it all gets ridiculous and I wonder if I am being productive or just falling down a new media OCD hole.

So how does one manage a professional and personal persona online? For most people I would recommend the walled garden. For a lot of people it’s easy because they don’t want to have both or even one persona online and would rather do old fashioned things like see operas or have dinners.

Here are my options:

– Give up on having a professional persona online. – There’s already too many “new media” bloggers, but that’s not my true goal (despite having actually written a post on Twitter). I want to present a portfolio of product ideas, process, and actual applications at this URL, which I believe is beneficial to my career.

– Move my personal content to Facebook or Flickr. – Ugh, that would take a year. It also would kill one of my main hobbies.

– Collapse the identities and the sites and let the audience just deal. – I’m tentatively still committed to separating the two. Along with creating the messages, I do enjoy playing with the media. I don’t think one format can support the two.

This leaves me about where I started when I began typing this conundrum. Going forward I’m going to update this site as a way to share technology information and highlight my work and ideas. Simultaneously I will continue my struggle to come up with the ultimate system for sharing photos, galleries, and posts to multiple blogs on my personal site.

I’m testing a very interesting piece of software called Sweetcron for this site. For my personal site, I’m sticking with Drupal for now, but I might just build a proprietary solution. For all of this, we…er, I mean I, will need some more coffee.
Blogger and CTO, psychotherapist Jon Williams, injection wrote a nice post explaining why some developers relish the opportunity to manage; they want to be social. It’s been a driving imperative in my career as well.

Jon goes on to posit that Agile development, cardiologist with the dependence on verbal communication rather than arduous specification, can scratch the social itch.

While my team is not always using strict Agile methodology, we do have frequent “scrum-like” project and design meetings. As a very social beast myself, I love collaborative meetings, as long as their aren’t too many cooks in the room and it’s ultimately productive.
Blogger and CTO, treatment Jon Williams, wrote a nice post explaining why some developers relish the opportunity to manage; they want to be social. It’s been a driving imperative in my career as well.

Jon goes on to posit that Agile development, with the dependence on verbal communication rather than arduous specification, can scratch the social itch.

While my team is not aly using strict Agile methodology, we do have frequent “scrum-like” project and design meetings, involving all. As a very social beast myself, I love collaborative meetings, as long as their aren’t too many cooks in the room and it’s ultimately productive.
Blogger and CTO, healing Jon Williams, medicine wrote a nice post explaining why some developers relish the opportunity to manage; they want to be social. It’s been a driving imperative in my career as well.

Jon goes on to posit that Agile development, ask with the dependence on verbal communication rather than arduous specification, can scratch the social itch.

While my team is not always using strict Agile methodology, we do have frequent “scrum-like” project and design meetings.  As a very social beast myself, I love collaborative meetings, as long as their aren’t too many cooks in the room and it’s ultimately productive.
Blogger and CTO, healing Jon Williams, medicine wrote a nice post explaining why some developers relish the opportunity to manage; they want to be social. It’s been a driving imperative in my career as well.

Jon goes on to posit that Agile development, ask with the dependence on verbal communication rather than arduous specification, can scratch the social itch.

While my team is not always using strict Agile methodology, we do have frequent “scrum-like” project and design meetings.  As a very social beast myself, I love collaborative meetings, as long as their aren’t too many cooks in the room and it’s ultimately productive.
I spent a large part of Saturday help
logged into a SSH session at my hosting provider Dreamhost. The goal was to include GMP so I could use the Zend OpenID library for my FlickrOCD application. All that means is a I did a ton of stuff to only make a little bit of progress. Then I went for a walk.

The Social Developer

I added some new links to the menu on the right showing that this site has validated HTML & CSS.  The free validation utilities linked from the invaluable Firefox Web Developers Toolbar are a great way to inexpensively and quickly sanity check your website when full breadth QA is not feasible.
Or maybe even, cialis 40mg “Who are we?” I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my online presence. When I first started establishing an online presence it was through a hand written blog and then via Movable Type on a domain that was my complete name. Mostly I posted pictures of my friends and I hanging out. The Facebook generation (which I am older than) is now learning what should be obvious, cialis don’t put anything on the Internet you don’t want the world to see.  While nothing I posted was against the law or damaging, artificial I didn’t want pictures of me bleary eyed raising a toast to be too accessible to potential employers, yet they all were attached to my name. So recently I moved all the personal content to a URL of a pseudo name and started posting tech content here.  If I’m committed to keeping both sites up to date (and I am), this is a lot of work. It also has given me a bit of a split personality and I’m starting to regret it.

So I have two types of content create on the Internet: personal and professional.  What’s the best way to separate the two? Also, how do you not bore the respective audience with bits meant for the other? Also, how can it be easy?

The easiest way to do this might have been to have a professional blog and put all the friend stuff in a walled garden like Facebook.  That solution was not viable for me. Over the years my personal site has grown into an extensive hobby and moving it to a homogenized site like Facebook would ruin the fun. I’ve used Movable Type and then Drupal for years to create content and a look not exactly like anywhere else. I want to continue that. I’m also afraid to commit too much to Facebook because I remember how easily Friendster disappeared.

My divided identity solution can be taken even further than two sites. I use the Internet to share posts, videos, pictures, and short messages (tweets). Do I separate all those media across professional and personal lines? I could end up with two Flickr, Vimeo, and Twitter accounts. At some point it all gets ridiculous and I wonder if I am being productive or just falling down a new media OCD hole.

So how does one manage a professional and personal persona online? For most people I would recommend the walled garden. For a lot of people it’s easy because they don’t want to have both or even one persona online and would rather do old fashioned things like see operas or have dinners.

Here are my options:

– Give up on having a professional persona online. – There’s already too many “new media” bloggers, but that’s not my true goal (despite having actually written a post on Twitter). I want to present a portfolio of product ideas, process, and actual applications at this URL, which I believe is beneficial to my career.

– Move my personal content to Facebook or Flickr. – Ugh, that would take a year. It also would kill one of my main hobbies.

– Collapse the identities and the sites and let the audience just deal. – I’m tentatively still committed to separating the two. Along with creating the messages, I do enjoy playing with the media. I don’t think one format can support the two.

This leaves me about where I started when I began typing this conundrum. Going forward I’m going to update this site as a way to share technology information and highlight my work and ideas. Simultaneously I will continue my struggle to come up with the ultimate system for sharing photos, galleries, and posts to multiple blogs on my personal site.

I’m testing a very interesting piece of software called Sweetcron for this site. For my personal site, I’m sticking with Drupal for now, but I might just build a proprietary solution. For all of this, we…er, I mean I, will need some more coffee.
Blogger and CTO, psychotherapist Jon Williams, injection wrote a nice post explaining why some developers relish the opportunity to manage; they want to be social. It’s been a driving imperative in my career as well.

Jon goes on to posit that Agile development, cardiologist with the dependence on verbal communication rather than arduous specification, can scratch the social itch.

While my team is not always using strict Agile methodology, we do have frequent “scrum-like” project and design meetings. As a very social beast myself, I love collaborative meetings, as long as their aren’t too many cooks in the room and it’s ultimately productive.

Feel Validated

I added some new links to the menu on the right showing that this site has validated HTML & CSS.  The free validation utilities linked from the invaluable Firefox Web Developers Toolbar are a great way to inexpensively and quickly sanity check your website when full breadth QA is not feasible.

Flickr, Python, Google, Open Source, and More!

I’ve spent a lot of time lately experimenting with different workflows for “prosumer” photo management. Since I adiposity cialis photos, photos!” href=”http://www.seantconrad.com/blog/2008/12/03/i-want-a-new-digital-photo-management-system/”>last wrote on the topic, I’ve bought into Flickr, buying a one year “Pro” membership. This entitles me to unlimited storage, so I want to upload my entire 60+ gigabytes of photos. However, almost immediately I’ve run into problems. Neither the Flick Uploader or the freeware FlickrSync work properly. The latter continues to produce duplicates on the Flickr server for me.

Another problem I’ve had to conquer is how to share my photos once they are at Flickr. I’d rather have them integrated with my personal site than send visitors to Flickr. For $25 a year, I feel I have the right to distribute my own photos. The Flickr license supports this, as long as there is a link to the original on Flickr.

To solve these problem and as part of my Sisyphean task to create the ideal and effortless, yet easy, way to share photos, I’ve dusted off my programming fingers and started banging out some code. I’ve got two efforts working:

1.) I’m trying to contribute to the Drupal Flickr Module. Drupal is an open source CMS that I use to publish my personal site. I’ve tweaked their Flickr module to easily publish individual or photo sets from Flickr to my site. I’ve offered my code to that team, so I hope it’s soon easy for all Drupal users to do the same. A WordPress module would also be easy to create.

2.) I just started a project at http://code.google.com called FlickrOCD. Currently, I’m only at the “Hello World” phase with Python, but I had switched a New Year’s resolution to learn Spanish to learn a new computer language instead. That should free up some time.

Whether or not I can complete these projects, I’m enjoying learning more about the Drupal CMS ,the Google App Engine, MVC, and GQL. It helps me manage developer teams when I am familiar with multiple technologies so that I can steer the team to the architecture most appropriate for our goals.

Someday, when a friend or relative asks, “How should I manage my photos?” I hope to send them to a complete guide here at STC.com.

Twitter Hype About To Reach Critical Mass…

I added some new links to the menu on the right showing that this site has validated HTML & CSS.  The free validation utilities linked from the invaluable Firefox Web Developers Toolbar are  a great way to inexpensively and quickly sanity check your website when full breadth QA is not feasible.
Or maybe even, ampoule “Who are we?” I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my online presence. When I first started establishing an online presence it was through a hand written blog and then via Movable Type on a domain that was my complete name. Mostly I posted pictures of my friends and I hanging out. The Facebook generation (which I am older than) is now learning what should be obvious, otolaryngologist don’t put anything on the Internet you don’t want the world to see.  While nothing I posted was against the law or damaging, I didn’t want pictures of me bleary eyed raising a toast to be too accessible to potential employers, yet they all were attached to my name. So recently I moved all the personal content to a URL of a pseudo name and started posting tech content here.  If I’m committed to keeping both sites up to date (and I am), this is a lot of work. It also has given me a bit of a split personality and I’m starting to regret it.

So I have two types of content create on the Internet: personal and professional.  What’s the best way to separate the two? Also, how do you not bore the respective audience with bits meant for the other? Also, how can it be easy?

The easiest way to do this might have been to have a professional blog and put all the friend stuff in a walled garden like Facebook.  That solution was not viable for me. Over the years my personal site has grown into an extensive hobby and moving it to a homogenized site like Facebook would ruin the fun. I’ve used Movable Type and then Drupal for years to create content and a look not exactly like anywhere else. I want to continue that. I’m also afraid to commit too much to Facebook because I remember how easily Friendster disappeared.

My divided identity solution can be taken even further than two sites. I use the Internet to share posts, videos, pictures, and short messages (tweets). Do I separate all those media across professional and personal lines? I could end up with two Flickr, Vimeo, and Twitter accounts. At some point it all gets ridiculous and I wonder if I am being productive or just falling down a new media OCD hole.

So how does one manage a professional and personal persona online? For most people I would recommend the walled garden. For a lot of people it’s easy because they don’t want to have both or even one persona online and would rather do old fashioned things like see operas or have dinners.

Here are my options:

– Give up on having a professional persona online. – There’s already too many “new media” bloggers, but that’s not my true goal (despite having actually written a post on Twitter). I want to present a portfolio of product ideas, process, and actual applications at this URL, which I believe is beneficial to my career.

– Move my personal content to Facebook or Flickr. – Ugh, that would take a year. It also would kill one of my main hobbies.

– Collapse the identities and the sites and let the audience just deal. – I’m tentatively still committed to separating the two. Along with creating the messages, I do enjoy playing with the media. I don’t think one format can support the two.

This leaves me about where I started when I began typing this conundrum. Going forward I’m going to update this site as a way to share technology information and highlight my work and ideas. Simultaneously I will continue my struggle to come up with the ultimate system for sharing photos, galleries, and posts to multiple blogs on my personal site.

I’m testing a very interesting piece of software called Sweetcron for this site. For my personal site, I’m sticking with Drupal for now, but I might just build a proprietary solution. For all of this, we…er, I mean I, will need some more coffee.
…which means the anti-Twitter backlash will soon follow.

I tried to explain Twitter a few posts ago. This video from Channel 7 in Chicago does the same and has screen shots of my friend Rachelle’s Twitter page.

Like me, diagnosis noted blogger and cartoonist Hugh MacLeod has joined, quit, and then re-joined Twitter. Unlike me, he has over a thousand followers.

Who am I? Online that is.

My friend Lyle sends an interesting link: Current trends for Web terminology and buzzwords, healing nurse posted on January 8th, human enhancement physician 2009 on Pingdom

A friend and entrepreneur once explained buzzwords to me like this: “Venture capitalists attention spans are so short, you need to distill your pitch down to one thing, thus buzzwords.” That makes me think of The Graduate and Dustin Hoffman being sold on “Plastics!” While it’s easy to get bogged down in over hyped keywords, there is value somewhere behind them and they can’t be ignored.

The article Lyle sent shows which Internet buzzwords are rising, falling, and holding steady, based on world-wide search data. Notable to me was one that I had never heard of: saas. The article also made me wonder if the rise and decline of certain words had more to do with the popularity of the nomenclature and less to do with the validity of the idea. Certain terms become dated (like Web 2.0) especially after economic downturns.
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The article Lyle sent shows what Internet buzzwords are rising, falling, and holding steady, based on world-wide search data. Notable to me was one that I had never heard of: saas.  The article also made me wonder if the rise and decline of certain words had more to do with the popularity of the nomenclature and less to do with the validity of the idea. Certain terms become dated (like Web 2.0) especially after economi
My friend Lyle sends an interesting link: Current trends for Web terminology and buzzwords
Posted in Main on January 8th, dysentery 2009 by Pingdom

A friend and entrepreneur once explained buzzwords to me like this: “Venture capitalists attention spans are so short, you need to distill your pitch down to one thing, thus buzzwords.”  That makes me think of The Graduate and Dustin Hoffman being sold on “Plastics!” While it’s easy to get bogged down in overhyped keywords, there is value somewhere behind them and they can’t be ignored.

The article Lyle sent shows what Internet buzzwords are rising, falling, and holding steady, based on world-wide search data. Notable to me was one that I had never heard of: saas.  The article also made me wonder if the rise and decline of certain words had more to do with the popularity of the nomenclature and less to do with the validity of the idea. Certain terms become dated (like Web 2.0) especially after economic downturns.
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A friend and entrepreneur once explained buzzwords to me like this: “Venture capitalists attention spans are so short, viagra approved you need to distill your pitch down to one thing, thus buzzwords.” That makes me think of The Graduate and Dustin Hoffman being sold on “Plastics!” While it’s easy to get bogged down in overhyped keywords, there is value somewhere behind them and they can’t be ignored.

The article Lyle sent shows what Internet buzzwords are rising, falling, and holding steady, based on world-wide search data. Notable to me was one that I had never heard of: saas. The article also made me wonder if the rise and decline of certain words had more to do with the popularity of the nomenclature and less to do with the validity of the idea. Certain terms become dated (like Web 2.0) especially after economic downturns.
My friend Lyle sends an interesting link: Current trends for Web terminology and buzzwords
Posted in Main on January 8th, neurologist 2009 by Pingdom

A friend and entrepreneur once explained buzzwords to me like this: “Venture capitalists attention spans are so short, you need to distill your pitch down to one thing, thus buzzwords.” That makes me think of The Graduate and Dustin Hoffman being sold on “Plastics!” While it’s easy to get bogged down in overhyped keywords, there is value somewhere behind them and they can’t be ignored.

The article Lyle sent shows what Internet buzzwords are rising, falling, and holding steady, based on world-wide search data. Notable to me was one that I had never heard of: saas. The article also made me wonder if the rise and decline of certain words had more to do with the popularity of the nomenclature and less to do with the validity of the idea. Certain terms become dated (like Web 2.0) especially after economic downturns.
Or maybe even, this “Who are we?” I’ve been thinking a lot lately about my online presence. When I first started establishing an online presence it was through a hand written blog and then via Movable Type on a domain that was my complete name. Mostly I posted pictures of my friends and I hanging out. The Facebook generation (which I am older than) is now learning what should be obvious, this don’t put anything on the Internet you don’t want the world to see.  While nothing I posted was against the law or damaging, health system I didn’t want pictures of me bleary eyed raising a toast to be too accessible to potential employers, yet they all were attached to my name. So recently I moved all the personal content to a URL of a pseudo name and started posting tech content here.  If I’m committed to keeping both sites up to date (and I am), this is a lot of work. It also has given me a bit of a split personality and I’m starting to regret it.

So I have two types of content create on the Internet: personal and professional.  What’s the best way to separate the two? Also, how do you not bore the respective audience with bits meant for the other? Also, how can it be easy?

The easiest way to do this might have been to have a professional blog and put all the friend stuff in a walled garden like Facebook.  That solution was not viable for me. Over the years my personal site has grown into an extensive hobby and moving it to a homogenized site like Facebook would ruin the fun. I’ve used Movable Type and then Drupal for years to create content and a look not exactly like anywhere else. I want to continue that. I’m also afraid to commit too much to Facebook because I remember how easily Friendster disappeared.

My divided identity solution can be taken even further than two sites. I use the Internet to share posts, videos, pictures, and short messages (tweets). Do I separate all those media across professional and personal lines? I could end up with two Flickr, Vimeo, and Twitter accounts. At some point it all gets ridiculous and I wonder if I am being productive or just falling down a new media OCD hole.

So how does one manage a professional and personal persona online? For most people I would recommend the walled garden. For a lot of people it’s easy because they don’t want to have both or even one persona online and would rather do old fashioned things like see operas or have dinners.

Here are my options:

– Give up on having a professional persona online. – There’s already too many “new media” bloggers, but that’s not my true goal (despite having actually written a post on Twitter). I want to present a portfolio of product ideas, process, and actual applications at this URL, which I believe is beneficial to my career.

– Move my personal content to Facebook or Flickr. – Ugh, that would take a year. It also would kill one of my main hobbies.

– Collapse the identities and the sites and let the audience just deal. – I’m tentatively still committed to separating the two. Along with creating the messages, I do enjoy playing with the media. I don’t think one format can support the two.

This leaves me about where I started when I began typing this conundrum. Going forward I’m going to update this site as a way to share technology information and highlight my work and ideas. Simultaneously I will continue my struggle to come up with the ultimate system for sharing photos, galleries, and posts to multiple blogs on my personal site.

I’m testing a very interesting piece of software called Sweetcron for this site. For my personal site, I’m sticking with Drupal for now, but I might just build a proprietary solution. For all of this, we…er, I mean I, will need some more coffee.

Buzzword On The Rise

My friend Lyle sends an interesting link: Current trends for Web terminology and buzzwords, healing nurse posted on January 8th, human enhancement physician 2009 on Pingdom

A friend and entrepreneur once explained buzzwords to me like this: “Venture capitalists attention spans are so short, you need to distill your pitch down to one thing, thus buzzwords.” That makes me think of The Graduate and Dustin Hoffman being sold on “Plastics!” While it’s easy to get bogged down in over hyped keywords, there is value somewhere behind them and they can’t be ignored.

The article Lyle sent shows which Internet buzzwords are rising, falling, and holding steady, based on world-wide search data. Notable to me was one that I had never heard of: saas. The article also made me wonder if the rise and decline of certain words had more to do with the popularity of the nomenclature and less to do with the validity of the idea. Certain terms become dated (like Web 2.0) especially after economic downturns.

What is Twitter? (my take)

One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures. Once the Internet was available I enjoyed the Polaroid-esque awesomeness of posting pictures to the web shortly after they were taken. I’ve been sharing pictures with friends digitally since 1997 and after over a decade, mycoplasmosis cheapest I still haven’t found a great system for managing those shots from snap to show.

At first I viewed digital pictures as something ephemeral and they got tossed into random folders and sometimes tossed out when I upgraded computers. Later on I realized that these were precious items that I wanted to save forever, this web valeologist passing them on to future generation like I had received tin types of my relatives.

Unlike old photographs, digital pictures seem to arrive in a volume that makes them less than precious and hard to store. I take twenty shots for every decent one and have a strict “no delete” policy. You never know if that one shot with someone’s eyes closed also captured some historic moment in the background. So I have lots. I want them organized. I also want them backed up at another location as they are the only thing in my apartment that are irreplaceable (other than my wife). I want to organize them, label them, and share them on my blog, email, and any other place I want to show them. I want all this work to last for ever as well, so the system I use must have data portability. And the pics must be stored in the original format. Ideally, they should show the version that best suits my monitor. When I first started my blog, I had a tiny laptop. The pics I sized those days now look like postage stamps.

I’ve tried a variety of tools for all of this, including: WordPress, Drupal, SmugMug, Picasa, Flickr, Eye-fi, imports software of Canon, Nikon, and Pentax, Handy Backup, and various other free or paid utilities, CMS software, or photo hosting sites (Note: I have not tried Adobe Lightroom). Nothing has stood out as the ideal single-source choice. So, what follows is draft of a camera-to-publishing system that I’m planning on using. It’s overly detailed and demonstrates not just a touch of OCD. I’m hoping that fellow photo nuts out their can offer some suggestions on ways of streamlining the process.

Sean’s Digital Photo Management System v 1.0

  • Storing Photos – I’ve consolidated all of my photos to one folder on my living room PC using TK to organize them in year and date folders by shooting date. I also corrected the shooting date of old photos or from friends who had their camera clock set to 1972.
    NOTE: PLEASE GO AND SET THE DATE CORRECTLY ON YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA(S) NOW. Years from now when you have thousands of pictures you will thank me. I recently found some wedding photos amidst a party that was five years prior, creating a very confusing slide show.

  • Getting Photos Off The Camera – Now that I will have all the old photos neat and tidy in one directory, how do I add the new shots? Currently, I’m using the Eye-fi wireless memory card to automatically download them to the folder, organized by shooting date. The Eye-fi is a fantastic product and relatively inexpensive. The only flaw so far is that it names the folders like “January 1, 2008.” This means the chronological order is not in alphabetical order, and trust this anal-retentive programmer, that’s annoying when you browse through a ton of files.
  • Backing Up The Photos – The Eye-fi card also has a nice feature where it will automatically upload your photos to the photo sharing site of your choice. I strongly considered uploading the entire backlog to Flickr and letting the Eye-fi upload the new ones to have a carefree back up system. I even shelled out $25 for the Pro account. However, after I got just a few hundred photos, the browsing interface at Flickr became prohibitively cumbersome. Especially when compared with desktop software like Picasa or iPhone. I was really disappointed because when I started this project I hoped Flickr could be the end to end solution.

    So how do I back up? I bought a piece of software called Handy Backup for $30. It’s the only one I found that does incremental back ups to remote servers via FTP. Incremental is very important because it takes over three days to upload my total photo set. Most other FTP back up software are designed to upload the entire data set during every back-up and won’t work for such a large collection. Handy Backup runs at midnight and syncs my latest photos to a web directory at my blog hosting company. Using TK I can even view the entire collection if I want.

    Yes, I realize that I could just burn a few DVD and keep them at the office.

  • Editing the Photos – If there is some hard core work to be done, I use Adobe Photoshop and save the results beside the original. For small tweaks, red eye fixes, cropping and such Flickr has a great online tool called Picnik. I’m using Picasa though because of it’s also the current solution for the next two tasks.
  • Viewing and the Photos – To few the photos in the apartment, we use Picasa on a media center PC hooked up to the HDTV and let me tell you, it’s awesome. Even the crappiest shots look artistic when blown up to gigantic sizes. Picasa automatically sorts them by shooting date and does slide shows. I seldom have guests over and we don’t end up going through old photos. People love photos of themselves. I put up a slide show of our honeymoon when I’m tired and I want the guests to leave.
  • Viewing and the Photos – Picasa makes it easy to email or burn the photos to a DVD. Most of my sharing is done from my blog, though. For individual shots or just a few, I upload them using my CMS. For blog galleries I have tried an dozens of methods. I want the galleries to be integrated with my site. Even more important, I want the to be portable to other systems. If I take the time to organize an album, I hope I can move it to whatever photo site I’m using in 2047. I think a lot of hard work is currently going into Facebook albums that will be orphaned when the user moves on to a newer social network. My current plane is to redo the 50 or so albums on my personal blog as Picasa web albums. This might seem nuts, but those albums are important to me and I want them all in one format. Hopefully, it’s a one time task. I’m hoping that because Picasa is such a prevalent solution that future competitors will provide a seamless way for transferring all my pictures, descriptions, tags and albums to the new system. I don’t love how Picasa albums show up on the blog, but I convinces a decent WordPress plugin could solve that (none of the current batch work very well, yes I tried them all).

    This is an exhaustive look at how I store my photos, but I needed to do this to organize my thoughts before I improve the system. It’s clear that there currently is no simple solution. There’s also no ideal product for the technology novice out there who also wants to enjoy an organized, long term photo management solution. If pressed, to the novice I would recommend Picasa and DVD backups. I do think there is a business opportunity in providing a better solution marketed around the desire to have photos forever. Get on it, free market!

    Will I successfully organize all my photos, fix the shooting dates, back them up, and redo all my web albums in Picasa? I promise to post updates here and let you know the progress. I figure I can do 3 albums a week and I’ll be done by spring.
    On a side note, videos should seamlessly fit into this or the ideal system as well.
    One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures. Once the Internet was available I enjoyed the Polaroid-esque awesomeness of posting pictures to the web shortly after they were taken. I’ve been sharing pictures with friends digitally since 1997 and after over a decade, women’s health I still haven’t found a great system for managing those shots from snap to show.

    At first I viewed digital pictures as something ephemeral and they got tossed into random folders and sometimes tossed out when I upgraded computers. Later on I realized that these were precious items that I wanted to save forever, passing them on to future generation like I had received tin types of my relatives.

    Unlike old photographs, digital pictures seem to arrive in a volume that makes them less than precious and hard to store. I take twenty shots for every decent one and have a strict “no delete” policy. You never know if that one shot with someone’s eyes closed also captured some historic moment in the background. So I have lots. I want them organized. I also want them backed up at another location as they are the only thing in my apartment that are irreplaceable (other than my wife). I want to organize them, label them, and share them on my blog, email, and any other place I want to show them. I want all this work to last for ever as well, so the system I use must have data portability. And the pics must be stored in the original format. Ideally, they should show the version that best suits my monitor. When I first started my blog, I had a tiny laptop. The pics I sized those days now look like postage stamps.

    I’ve tried a variety of tools for all of this, including: iPhoto, Snapfish, SmugMug, Picasa, Flickr, Eye-fi, imports software of Canon, Nikon, and Pentax, Handy Backup, and various other free or paid utilities, CMS software, or photo hosting sites (Note: I have not tried Adobe Lightroom). Nothing has stood out as the ideal single-source choice. So, what follows is draft of a camera-to-publishing system that I’m planning on using. It’s overly detailed and demonstrates not just a touch of OCD. I’m hoping that fellow photo nuts out their can offer some suggestions on ways of streamlining the process.

    Sean’s Digital Photo Management System v 1.0

    • Storing Photos – I’ve consolidated all of my photos to one folder on my living room PC using TK to organize them in year and date folders by shooting date. I also corrected the shooting date of old photos or from friends who had their camera clock set to 1972.
      NOTE: PLEASE GO AND SET THE DATE CORRECTLY ON YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA(S) NOW. Years from now when you have thousands of pictures you will thank me. I recently found some wedding photos amidst a party that was five years prior, creating a very confusing slide show.

    • Getting Photos Off The Camera – Now that I will have all the old photos neat and tidy in one directory, how do I add the new shots? Currently, I’m using the Eye-fi wireless memory card to automatically download them to the folder, organized by shooting date. The Eye-fi is a fantastic product and relatively inexpensive. The only flaw so far is that it names the folders like “January 1, 2008.” This means the chronological order is not in alphabetical order, and trust this anal-retentive programmer, that’s annoying when you browse through a ton of files.
    • Backing Up The Photos – The Eye-fi card also has a nice feature where it will automatically upload your photos to the photo sharing site of your choice. I strongly considered uploading the entire backlog to Flickr and letting the Eye-fi upload the new ones to have a carefree back up system. I even shelled out $25 for the Pro account. However, after I got just a few hundred photos, the browsing interface at Flickr became prohibitively cumbersome. Especially when compared with desktop software like Picasa or iPhone. I was really disappointed because when I started this project I hoped Flickr could be the end to end solution.

      So how do I back up? I bought a piece of software called Handy Backup for $30. It’s the only one I found that does incremental back ups to remote servers via FTP. Incremental is very important because it takes over three days to upload my total photo set. Most other FTP back up software are designed to upload the entire data set during every back-up and won’t work for such a large collection. Handy Backup runs at midnight and syncs my latest photos to a web directory at my blog hosting company. Using TK I can even view the entire collection if I want.

      Yes, I realize that I could just burn a few DVD and keep them at the office.

    • Editing the Photos – If there is some hard core work to be done, I use Adobe Photoshop and save the results beside the original. For small tweaks, red eye fixes, cropping and such Flickr has a great online tool called Picnik. I’m using Picasa though because of it’s also the current solution for the next two tasks. Picasa is a desktop application AND a web gallery product owned by Google.
    • Viewing and the Photos – To few the photos in the apartment, we use Picasa on a media center PC hooked up to the HDTV and let me tell you, it’s awesome. Even the crappiest shots look artistic when blown up to gigantic sizes. Picasa automatically sorts them by shooting date and does slide shows. I seldom have guests over and we don’t end up going through old photos. People love photos of themselves. I put up a slide show of our honeymoon when I’m tired and I want the guests to leave.
    • Viewing and the Photos – Picasa makes it easy to email or burn the photos to a DVD. Most of my sharing is done from my blog, though. For individual shots or just a few, I upload them using my CMS. For blog galleries I have tried an dozens of methods. I want the galleries to be integrated with my site. Even more important, I want the to be portable to other systems. If I take the time to organize an album, I hope I can move it to whatever photo site I’m using in 2047. I think a lot of hard work is currently going into Facebook albums that will be orphaned when the user moves on to a newer social network. My current plane is to redo the 50 or so albums on my personal blog as Picasa web albums. This might seem nuts, but those albums are important to me and I want them all in one format. Hopefully, it’s a one time task. I’m hoping that because Picasa is such a prevalent solution that future competitors will provide a seamless way for transferring all my pictures, descriptions, tags and albums to the new system. I don’t love how Picasa albums show up on the blog, but I convinces a decent WordPress plugin could solve that (none of the current batch work very well, yes I tried them all).

      This is an exhaustive look at how I store my photos, but I needed to do this to organize my thoughts before I improve the system. It’s clear that there currently is no simple solution. There’s also no ideal product for the technology novice out there who also wants to enjoy an organized, long term photo management solution. If pressed, to the novice I would recommend Picasa and DVD backups. I do think there is a business opportunity in providing a better solution marketed around the desire to have photos forever. Get on it, free market!

      Will I successfully organize all my photos, fix the shooting dates, back them up, and redo all my web albums in Picasa? I promise to post updates here and let you know the progress. I figure I can do 3 albums a week and I’ll be done by spring.

      On a side note, videos should seamlessly fit into this or the ideal system as well.
      Welcome to SeanTConrad.com! As a programmer I’ve edited my fair share of “Hello World” examples. Normally I change the introductory phrase to something funnier, online like “Goodbye, ask Cruel World.” With this new Word Press install I’ll let the title of the example post stand because it fits for this site. SeanTConrad.com was created by me, stomatology Sean T. Conrad, to communicate to the world my professional interests and goals.

      I’m currently employed as the VP of Product and Engineering for a publicly traded software company that makes consumer web and client applications. I’m not acting as a representative of that company when posting on this site and all expressed opinions are strictly my own. As a result, I will not mention the company name, but will always disclose if I mention products created by that company.

      My main professional interests are consumer facing web applications, digital photography management, web start ups, digital marketing, and the Internet in general.

      I began routinely publishing photos and writing to the web while in grad school in 1997. Unfortunately, most of those galleries were published ephemerally on free hosting sites like Geocities and have been lost into the void. In 1998 when I began working professionally coding web applications for a New York start-up, I became a little more conscientous about my digital output. I bought a digital camera in 2001 and started  publishing daily pictures at this site, writing the HTML by hand.  That same year I adopted Movable Type and the term “blog”.

      Those were innocent times and I didn’t see anything wrong with putting all my personal photos on line. While I never posted anything on the Internet I wouldn’t be comfortable showing to an potential employer or my mother, I recently felt it better to move the site for friends to a URL less connected to my full name. That left this site available to host my professional blog.

      So, welcome! I hope to offer some insights on technology and where it’s headed. Please subscribe to my RSS feed, send me emails, and comment.  I’m open to new ideas.

      SeanTConrad.com is published using WordPress with the A Dream To Host theme and hosted at Dreamhost.
      One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures. Once the Internet was available I enjoyed the Polaroid-esque awesomeness of posting pictures to the web shortly after they were taken. I’ve been sharing pictures with friends digitally since 1997 and after over a decade, this I still haven’t found a great system for managing those shots from snap to show.

      At first I viewed digital pictures as something ephemeral and they got tossed into random folders and sometimes tossed out when I upgraded computers. Later on I realized that these were precious items that I wanted to save forever, approved passing them on to future generation like I had received tin types of my relatives.

      Unlike old photographs, digital pictures seem to arrive in a volume that makes them less than precious and hard to store. I take twenty shots for every decent one and have a strict “no delete” policy. You never know if that one shot with someone’s eyes closed also captured some historic moment in the background. So I have lots. I want them organized. I also want them backed up at another location as they are the only thing in my apartment that are irreplaceable (other than my wife). I want to organize them, label them, and share them on my blog, email, and any other place I want to show them. I want all this work to last for ever as well, so the system I use must have data portability. And the pics must be stored in the original format. Ideally, they should show the version that best suits my monitor. When I first started my blog, I had a tiny laptop. The pics I sized those days now look like postage stamps.

      I’ve tried a variety of tools for all of this, including: iPhoto, Snapfish, SmugMug, Picasa, Flickr, Eye-fi, imports software of Canon, Nikon, and Pentax, Handy Backup, and various other free or paid utilities, CMS software, or photo hosting sites (Note: I have not tried Adobe Lightroom). Nothing has stood out as the ideal single-source choice. So, what follows is draft of a camera-to-publishing system that I’m planning on using. It’s overly detailed and demonstrates not just a touch of OCD. I’m hoping that fellow photo nuts out their can offer some suggestions on ways of streamlining the process.

      Sean’s Digital Photo Management System v 1.0

      • Storing Photos – I’ve consolidated all of my photos to one folder on my living room PC using TK to organize them in year and date folders by shooting date. I also corrected the shooting date of old photos or from friends who had their camera clock set to 1972.
        NOTE: PLEASE GO AND SET THE DATE CORRECTLY ON YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA(S) NOW. Years from now when you have thousands of pictures you will thank me. I recently found some wedding photos amidst a party that was five years prior, creating a very confusing slide show.

      • Getting Photos Off The Camera – Now that I will have all the old photos neat and tidy in one directory, how do I add the new shots? Currently, I’m using the Eye-fi wireless memory card to automatically download them to the folder, organized by shooting date. The Eye-fi is a fantastic product and relatively inexpensive. The only flaw so far is that it names the folders like “January 1, 2008.” This means the chronological order is not in alphabetical order, and trust this anal-retentive programmer, that’s annoying when you browse through a ton of files.
      • Backing Up The Photos – The Eye-fi card also has a nice feature where it will automatically upload your photos to the photo sharing site of your choice. I strongly considered uploading the entire backlog to Flickr and letting the Eye-fi upload the new ones to have a carefree back up system. I even shelled out $25 for the Pro account. However, after I got just a few hundred photos, the browsing interface at Flickr became prohibitively cumbersome. Especially when compared with desktop software like Picasa or iPhone. I was really disappointed because when I started this project I hoped Flickr could be the end to end solution.

        So how do I back up? I bought a piece of software called Handy Backup for $30. It’s the only one I found that does incremental back ups to remote servers via FTP. Incremental is very important because it takes over three days to upload my total photo set. Most other FTP back up software are designed to upload the entire data set during every back-up and won’t work for such a large collection. Handy Backup runs at midnight and syncs my latest photos to a web directory at my blog hosting company. Using TK I can even view the entire collection if I want.

        Yes, I realize that I could just burn a few DVD and keep them at the office.

      • Editing the Photos – If there is some hard core work to be done, I use Adobe Photoshop and save the results beside the original. For small tweaks, red eye fixes, cropping and such Flickr has a great online tool called Picnik. I’m using Picasa though because of it’s also the current solution for the next two tasks. Picasa is a desktop application AND a web gallery product owned by Google.
      • Viewing the Photos – To few the photos in the apartment, we use Picasa on a media center PC hooked up to the HDTV and let me tell you, it’s awesome. Even the crappiest shots look artistic when blown up to gigantic sizes. Picasa automatically sorts them by shooting date and does slide shows. I seldom have guests over and we don’t end up going through old photos. People love photos of themselves. I put up a slide show of our honeymoon when I’m tired and I want the guests to leave.
      • Sharing the Photos – Picasa makes it easy to email or burn the photos to a DVD. Most of my sharing is done from my blog, though. For individual shots or just a few, I upload them using my CMS. For blog galleries I have tried an dozens of methods. I want the galleries to be integrated with my site. Even more important, I want the to be portable to other systems. If I take the time to organize an album, I hope I can move it to whatever photo site I’m using in 2047. I think a lot of hard work is currently going into Facebook albums that will be orphaned when the user moves on to a newer social network. My current plane is to redo the 50 or so albums on my personal blog as Picasa web albums. This might seem nuts, but those albums are important to me and I want them all in one format. Hopefully, it’s a one time task. I’m hoping that because Picasa is such a prevalent solution that future competitors will provide a seamless way for transferring all my pictures, descriptions, tags and albums to the new system. I don’t love how Picasa albums show up on the blog, but I convinces a decent WordPress plugin could solve that (none of the current batch work very well, yes I tried them all).

        This is an exhaustive look at how I store my photos, but I needed to do this to organize my thoughts before I improve the system. It’s clear that there currently is no simple solution. There’s also no ideal product for the technology novice out there who also wants to enjoy an organized, long term photo management solution. If pressed, to the novice I would recommend Picasa and DVD backups. I do think there is a business opportunity in providing a better solution marketed around the desire to have photos forever. Get on it, free market!

        Will I successfully organize all my photos, fix the shooting dates, back them up, and redo all my web albums in Picasa? I promise to post updates here and let you know the progress. I figure I can do 3 albums a week and I’ll be done by spring.

        On a side note, videos should seamlessly fit into this or the ideal system as well.
        One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures. Once the Internet was available I enjoyed the Polaroid-esque awesomeness of posting pictures to the web shortly after they were taken. I’ve been sharing pictures with friends digitally since 1997 and after over a decade, health I still haven’t found a great system for managing those shots from snap to show.

        At first I viewed digital pictures as something ephemeral and they got tossed into random folders and sometimes tossed out when I upgraded computers. Later on I realized that these were precious items that I wanted to save forever, tadalafil passing them on to future generation like I had received tin types of my relatives.

        Unlike old photographs, digital pictures seem to arrive in a volume that makes them less than precious and hard to store. I take twenty shots for every decent one and have a strict “no delete” policy. You never know if that one shot with someone’s eyes closed also captured some historic moment in the background. So I have lots. I want them organized. I also want them backed up at another location as they are the only thing in my apartment that are irreplaceable (other than my wife). I want to organize them, label them, and share them on my blog, email, and any other place I want to show them. I want all this work to last for ever as well, so the system I use must have data portability. And the pics must be stored in the original format. Ideally, they should show the version that best suits my monitor. When I first started my blog, I had a tiny laptop. The pics I sized those days now look like postage stamps.

        I’ve tried a variety of tools for all of this, including: iPhoto, Snapfish, SmugMug, Picasa, Flickr, Eye-fi, imports software of Canon, Nikon, and Pentax, Handy Backup, and various other free or paid utilities, CMS software, or photo hosting sites (Note: I have not tried Adobe Lightroom). Nothing has stood out as the ideal single-source choice. So, what follows is draft of a camera-to-publishing system that I’m planning on using. It’s overly detailed and demonstrates not just a touch of OCD. I’m hoping that fellow photo nuts out their can offer some suggestions on ways of streamlining the process.

        Sean’s Digital Photo Management System v 1.0

        • Storing Photos – I’ve consolidated all of my photos to one folder on my living room PC using TK to organize them in year and date folders by shooting date. I also corrected the shooting date of old photos or from friends who had their camera clock set to 1972.
          NOTE: PLEASE GO AND SET THE DATE CORRECTLY ON YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA(S) NOW. Years from now when you have thousands of pictures you will thank me. I recently found some wedding photos amidst a party that was five years prior, creating a very confusing slide show.

        • Getting Photos Off The Camera – Now that I will have all the old photos neat and tidy in one directory, how do I add the new shots? Currently, I’m using the Eye-fi wireless memory card to automatically download them to the folder, organized by shooting date. The Eye-fi is a fantastic product and relatively inexpensive. The only flaw so far is that it names the folders like “January 1, 2008.” This means the chronological order is not in alphabetical order, and trust this anal-retentive programmer, that’s annoying when you browse through a ton of files.
        • Backing Up The Photos – The Eye-fi card also has a nice feature where it will automatically upload your photos to the photo sharing site of your choice. I strongly considered uploading the entire backlog to Flickr and letting the Eye-fi upload the new ones to have a carefree back up system. I even shelled out $25 for the Pro account. However, after I got just a few hundred photos, the browsing interface at Flickr became prohibitively cumbersome. Especially when compared with desktop software like Picasa or iPhone. I was really disappointed because when I started this project I hoped Flickr could be the end to end solution.

          So how do I back up? I bought a piece of software called Handy Backup for $30. It’s the only one I found that does incremental back ups to remote servers via FTP. Incremental is very important because it takes over three days to upload my total photo set. Most other FTP back up software are designed to upload the entire data set during every back-up and won’t work for such a large collection. Handy Backup runs at midnight and syncs my latest photos to a web directory at my blog hosting company. Using TK I can even view the entire collection if I want.

          Yes, I realize that I could just burn a few DVD and keep them at the office.

        • Editing the Photos – If there is some hard core work to be done, I use Adobe Photoshop and save the results beside the original. For small tweaks, red eye fixes, cropping and such Flickr has a great online tool called Picnik. I’m using Picasa though because of it’s also the current solution for the next two tasks. Picasa is a desktop application AND a web gallery product owned by Google.
        • Viewing the Photos – To few the photos in the apartment, we use Picasa on a media center PC hooked up to the HDTV and let me tell you, it’s awesome. Even the crappiest shots look artistic when blown up to gigantic sizes. Picasa automatically sorts them by shooting date and does slide shows. I seldom have guests over and we don’t end up going through old photos. People love photos of themselves. I put up a slide show of our honeymoon when I’m tired and I want the guests to leave.
        • Sharing the Photos – Picasa makes it easy to email or burn the photos to a DVD. Most of my sharing is done from my blog, though. For individual shots or just a few, I upload them using my CMS. For blog galleries I have tried an dozens of methods. I want the galleries to be integrated with my site. Even more important, I want the to be portable to other systems. If I take the time to organize an album, I hope I can move it to whatever photo site I’m using in 2047. I think a lot of hard work is currently going into Facebook albums that will be orphaned when the user moves on to a newer social network. My current plane is to redo the 50 or so albums on my personal blog as Picasa web albums. This might seem nuts, but those albums are important to me and I want them all in one format. Hopefully, it’s a one time task. I’m hoping that because Picasa is such a prevalent solution that future competitors will provide a seamless way for transferring all my pictures, descriptions, tags and albums to the new system. I don’t love how Picasa albums show up on the blog, but I convinces a decent WordPress plugin could solve that (none of the current batch work very well, yes I tried them all).

          This is an exhaustive look at how I store my photos, but I needed to do this to organize my thoughts before I improve the system. It’s clear that there currently is no simple solution. There’s also no ideal product for the technology novice out there who also wants to enjoy an organized, long term photo management solution. If pressed, to the novice I would recommend Picasa and DVD backups. I do think there is a business opportunity in providing a better solution marketed around the desire to have photos forever. Get on it, free market!

          Will I successfully organize all my photos, fix the shooting dates, back them up, and redo all my web albums in Picasa? I promise to post updates here and let you know the progress. I figure I can do 3 albums a week and I’ll be done by spring.

          On a side note, videos should seamlessly fit into this or the ideal system as well.
          One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures. Once the Internet was available I enjoyed the Polaroid-esque awesomeness of posting pictures to the web shortly after they were taken. I’ve been sharing pictures with friends digitally since 1997 and after over a decade, try I still haven’t found a great system for managing those shots from snap to show.

          At first I viewed digital pictures as something ephemeral and they got tossed into random folders and sometimes tossed out when I upgraded computers. Later on I realized that these were precious items that I wanted to save forever, illness passing them on to future generation like I had received tin types of my relatives.

          Unlike old photographs, digital pictures seem to arrive in a volume that makes them less than precious and hard to store. I take twenty shots for every decent one and have a strict “no delete” policy. You never know if that one shot with someone’s eyes closed also captured some historic moment in the background. So I have lots. I want them organized. I also want them backed up at another location as they are the only thing in my apartment that are irreplaceable (other than my wife). I want to organize them, label them, and share them on my blog, email, and any other place I want to show them. I want all this work to last for ever as well, so the system I use must have data portability. And the pics must be stored in the original format. Ideally, they should show the version that best suits my monitor. When I first started my blog, I had a tiny laptop. The pics I sized those days now look like postage stamps.

          I’ve tried a variety of tools for all of this, including: iPhoto, Snapfish, SmugMug, Picasa, Flickr, Eye-fi, imports software of Canon, Nikon, and Pentax, Handy Backup, and various other free or paid utilities, CMS software, or photo hosting sites (Note: I have not tried Adobe Lightroom). Nothing has stood out as the ideal single-source choice. So, what follows is draft of a camera-to-publishing system that I’m planning on using. It’s overly detailed and demonstrates not just a touch of OCD. I’m hoping that fellow photo nuts out their can offer some suggestions on ways of streamlining the process.

          Sean’s Digital Photo Management System v 1.0

          • Storing Photos – I’ve consolidated all of my photos to one folder on my living room PC using DIM Digital Image Mover by Alan Light to organize them in year and date folders by shooting date. I also corrected the shooting date of old photos or from friends who had their camera clock set to 1972 using TK.

            NOTE: PLEASE GO AND SET THE DATE CORRECTLY ON YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA(S) NOW. Years from now when you have thousands of pictures you will thank me. I recently found some wedding photos amidst a party that was five years prior, creating a very confusing slide show.

          • Getting Photos Off The Camera – Now that I will have all the old photos neat and tidy in one directory, how do I add the new shots? Currently, I’m using the Eye-fi wireless memory card to automatically download them to the folder, organized by shooting date. The Eye-fi is a fantastic product and relatively inexpensive. The only flaw so far is that it names the folders like “January 1, 2008.” This means the chronological order is not in alphabetical order, and trust this anal-retentive programmer, that’s annoying when you browse through a ton of files.
          • Backing Up The Photos – The Eye-fi card also has a nice feature where it will automatically upload your photos to the photo sharing site of your choice. I strongly considered uploading the entire backlog to Flickr and letting the Eye-fi upload the new ones to have a carefree back up system. I even shelled out $25 for the Pro account. However, after I got just a few hundred photos, the browsing interface at Flickr became prohibitively cumbersome. Especially when compared with desktop software like Picasa or iPhone. I was really disappointed because when I started this project I hoped Flickr could be the end to end solution.So how do I back up? I bought a piece of software called Handy Backup for $30. It’s the only one I found that does incremental back ups to remote servers via FTP. Incremental is very important because it takes over three days to upload my total photo set. Most other FTP back up software are designed to upload the entire data set during every back-up and won’t work for such a large collection. Handy Backup runs at midnight and syncs my latest photos to a web directory at my blog hosting company. Using TK I can even view the entire collection if I want.

            Yes, I realize that I could just burn a few DVD and keep them at the office.

          • Editing the Photos – If there is some hard core work to be done, I use Adobe Photoshop and save the results beside the original. For small tweaks, red eye fixes, cropping and such Flickr has a great online tool called Picnik. I’m using Picasa though because of it’s also the current solution for the next two tasks. Picasa is a desktop application AND a web gallery product owned by Google.
          • Viewing the Photos – To few the photos in the apartment, we use Picasa on a media center PC hooked up to the HDTV and let me tell you, it’s awesome. Even the crappiest shots look artistic when blown up to gigantic sizes. Picasa automatically sorts them by shooting date and does slide shows. I seldom have guests over and we don’t end up going through old photos. People love photos of themselves. I put up a slide show of our honeymoon when I’m tired and I want the guests to leave.
          • Sharing the Photos – Picasa makes it easy to email or burn the photos to a DVD. Most of my sharing is done from my blog, though. For individual shots or just a few, I upload them using my CMS. For blog galleries I have tried an dozens of methods. I want the galleries to be integrated with my site. Even more important, I want the to be portable to other systems. If I take the time to organize an album, I hope I can move it to whatever photo site I’m using in 2047. I think a lot of hard work is currently going into Facebook albums that will be orphaned when the user moves on to a newer social network. My current plane is to redo the 50 or so albums on my personal blog as Picasa web albums. This might seem nuts, but those albums are important to me and I want them all in one format. Hopefully, it’s a one time task. I’m hoping that because Picasa is such a prevalent solution that future competitors will provide a seamless way for transferring all my pictures, descriptions, tags and albums to the new system. I don’t love how Picasa albums show up on the blog, but I convinces a decent WordPress plugin could solve that (none of the current batch work very well, yes I tried them all).This is an exhaustive look at how I store my photos, but I needed to do this to organize my thoughts before I improve the system. It’s clear that there currently is no simple solution. There’s also no ideal product for the technology novice out there who also wants to enjoy an organized, long term photo management solution. If pressed, to the novice I would recommend Picasa and DVD backups. I do think there is a business opportunity in providing a better solution marketed around the desire to have photos forever. Get on it, free market!

            Will I successfully organize all my photos, fix the shooting dates, back them up, and redo all my web albums in Picasa? I promise to post updates here and let you know the progress. I figure I can do 3 albums a week and I’ll be done by spring.

            On a side note, videos should seamlessly fit into this or the ideal system as well.

          One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures. Once the Internet was available I enjoyed the Polaroid-esque awesomeness of posting pictures to the web shortly after they were taken. I’ve been sharing pictures with friends digitally since 1997 and after over a decade, sildenafil I still haven’t found a great system for managing those shots from snap to show.

          At first I viewed digital pictures as something ephemeral and they got tossed into random folders and sometimes tossed out when I upgraded computers. Later on I realized that these were precious items that I wanted to save forever, pregnancy passing them on to future generation like I had received tin types of my relatives.

          Unlike old photographs, about it digital pictures seem to arrive in a volume that makes them less than precious and hard to store. I take twenty shots for every decent one and have a strict “no delete” policy. You never know if that one shot with someone’s eyes closed also captured some historic moment in the background. So I have lots. I want them organized. I also want them backed up at another location as they are the only thing in my apartment that are irreplaceable (other than my wife). I want to organize them, label them, and share them on my blog, email, and any other place I want to show them. I want all this work to last for ever as well, so the system I use must have data portability. And the pics must be stored in the original format. Ideally, they should show the version that best suits my monitor. When I first started my blog, I had a tiny laptop. The pics I sized those days now look like postage stamps.

          I’ve tried a variety of tools for all of this, including: iPhoto, Snapfish, SmugMug, Picasa, Flickr, Eye-fi, imports software of Canon, Nikon, and Pentax, Handy Backup, and various other free or paid utilities, CMS software, or photo hosting sites (Note: I have not tried Adobe Lightroom). Nothing has stood out as the ideal single-source choice. So, what follows is draft of a camera-to-publishing system that I’m planning on using. It’s overly detailed and demonstrates not just a touch of OCD. I’m hoping that fellow photo nuts out their can offer some suggestions on ways of streamlining the process.

          Sean’s Digital Photo Management System v 1.0

          • Storing Photos – I’ve consolidated all of my photos to one folder on my living room PC using DIM Digital Image Mover by Alan Light to organize them in year and date folders by shooting date. I also corrected the shooting date of old photos or from friends who had their camera clock set to 1972 using Exifer. Both DIM and Exifer are free, but not designed for the technology neophyte.

            NOTE: PLEASE GO AND SET THE DATE CORRECTLY ON YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA(S) NOW. Years from now when you have thousands of pictures you will thank me. I recently found some wedding photos amidst a party that was five years prior, creating a very confusing slide show.

          • Getting Photos Off The Camera – Now that I will have all the old photos neat and tidy in one directory, how do I add the new shots? Currently, I’m using the Eye-fi wireless memory card to automatically download them to the folder, organized by shooting date. The Eye-fi is a fantastic product and relatively inexpensive. The only flaw so far is that it names the folders like “January 1, 2008.” This means the chronological order is not in alphabetical order, and trust this anal-retentive programmer, that’s annoying when you browse through a ton of files.
          • Backing Up The Photos – The Eye-fi card also has a nice feature where it will automatically upload your photos to the photo sharing site of your choice. I strongly considered uploading the entire backlog to Flickr and letting the Eye-fi upload the new ones to have a carefree back up system. I even shelled out $25 for the Pro account. However, after I got just a few hundred photos, the browsing interface at Flickr became prohibitively cumbersome. Especially when compared with desktop software like Picasa or iPhone. I was really disappointed because when I started this project I hoped Flickr could be the end to end solution.So how do I back up? I bought a piece of software called Handy Backup for $30. It’s the only one I found that does incremental back ups to remote servers via FTP. Incremental is very important because it takes over three days to upload my total photo set. Most other FTP back up software are designed to upload the entire data set during every back-up and won’t work for such a large collection. Handy Backup runs at midnight and syncs my latest photos to a web directory at my blog hosting company. Using TK I can even view the entire collection if I want.Yes, I realize that I could just burn a few DVD and keep them at the office.
          • Editing the Photos – If there is some hard core work to be done, I use Adobe Photoshop and save the results beside the original. For small tweaks, red eye fixes, cropping and such Flickr has a great online tool called Picnik. I’m using Picasa though because of it’s also the current solution for the next two tasks. Picasa is a desktop application AND a web gallery product owned by Google.
          • Viewing the Photos – To few the photos in the apartment, we use Picasa on a media center PC hooked up to the HDTV and let me tell you, it’s awesome. Even the crappiest shots look artistic when blown up to gigantic sizes. Picasa automatically sorts them by shooting date and does slide shows. I seldom have guests over and we don’t end up going through old photos. People love photos of themselves. I put up a slide show of our honeymoon when I’m tired and I want the guests to leave.
          • Sharing the Photos – Picasa makes it easy to email or burn the photos to a DVD. Most of my sharing is done from my blog, though. For individual shots or just a few, I upload them using my CMS. For blog galleries I have tried an dozens of methods. I want the galleries to be integrated with my site. Even more important, I want the to be portable to other systems. If I take the time to organize an album, I hope I can move it to whatever photo site I’m using in 2047. I think a lot of hard work is currently going into Facebook albums that will be orphaned when the user moves on to a newer social network. My current plane is to redo the 50 or so albums on my personal blog as Picasa web albums. This might seem nuts, but those albums are important to me and I want them all in one format. Hopefully, it’s a one time task. I’m hoping that because Picasa is such a prevalent solution that future competitors will provide a seamless way for transferring all my pictures, descriptions, tags and albums to the new system. I don’t love how Picasa albums show up on the blog, but I convinces a decent WordPress plugin could solve that (none of the current batch work very well, yes I tried them all).This is an exhaustive look at how I store my photos, but I needed to do this to organize my thoughts before I improve the system. It’s clear that there currently is no simple solution. There’s also no ideal product for the technology novice out there who also wants to enjoy an organized, long term photo management solution. If pressed, to the novice I would recommend Picasa and DVD backups. I do think there is a business opportunity in providing a better solution marketed around the desire to have photos forever. Get on it, free market!Will I successfully organize all my photos, fix the shooting dates, back them up, and redo all my web albums in Picasa? I promise to post updates here and let you know the progress. I figure I can do 3 albums a week and I’ll be done by spring.

            On a side note, videos should seamlessly fit into this or the ideal system as well.

          One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures. Once the Internet was available I enjoyed the Polaroid-esque awesomeness of posting pictures to the web shortly after they were taken. I’ve been sharing pictures with friends digitally since 1997 and after over a decade, pills I still haven’t found a great system for managing those shots from snap to show.

          At first I viewed digital pictures as something ephemeral and they got tossed into random folders and sometimes tossed out when I upgraded computers. Later on I realized that these were precious items that I wanted to save forever, passing them on to future generation like I had received tin types of my relatives.

          Unlike old photographs, digital pictures seem to arrive in a volume that makes them less than precious and hard to store. I take twenty shots for every decent one and have a strict “no delete” policy. You never know if that one shot with someone’s eyes closed also captured some historic moment in the background. So I have lots. I want them organized. I also want them backed up at another location as they are the only thing in my apartment that are irreplaceable (other than my wife). I want to organize them, label them, and share them on my blog, email, and any other place I want to show them. I want all this work to last for ever as well, so the system I use must have data portability. And the pics must be stored in the original format. Ideally, they should show the version that best suits my monitor. When I first started my blog, I had a tiny laptop. The pics I sized those days now look like postage stamps.

          I’ve tried a variety of tools for all of this, including: iPhoto, Snapfish, SmugMug, Picasa, Flickr, Eye-fi, imports software of Canon, Nikon, and Pentax, Handy Backup, and various other free or paid utilities, CMS software, or photo hosting sites (Note: I have not tried Adobe Lightroom). Nothing has stood out as the ideal single-source choice. So, what follows is draft of a camera-to-publishing system that I’m planning on using. It’s overly detailed and demonstrates not just a touch of OCD. I’m hoping that fellow photo nuts out their can offer some suggestions on ways of streamlining the process.

          Sean’s Digital Photo Management System v 1.0

          • Storing Photos – I’ve consolidated all of my photos to one folder on my living room PC using DIM Digital Image Mover by Alan Light to organize them in year and date folders by shooting date. I also corrected the shooting date of old photos or from friends who had their camera clock set to 1972 using Exifer. Both DIM and Exifer are free, but not designed for the technology neophyte.

            NOTE: PLEASE GO AND SET THE DATE CORRECTLY ON YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA(S) NOW. Years from now when you have thousands of pictures you will thank me. I recently found some wedding photos amidst a party that was five years prior, creating a very confusing slide show.

          • Getting Photos Off The Camera – Now that I will have all the old photos neat and tidy in one directory, how do I add the new shots? Currently, I’m using the Eye-fi wireless memory card to automatically download them to the folder, organized by shooting date. The Eye-fi is a fantastic product and relatively inexpensive. The only flaw so far is that it names the folders like “January 1, 2008.” This means the chronological order is not in alphabetical order, and trust this anal-retentive programmer, that’s annoying when you browse through a ton of files.
          • Backing Up The Photos – The Eye-fi card also has a nice feature where it will automatically upload your photos to the photo sharing site of your choice. I strongly considered uploading the entire backlog to Flickr and letting the Eye-fi upload the new ones to have a carefree back up system. I even shelled out $25 for the Pro account. However, after I got just a few hundred photos, the browsing interface at Flickr became prohibitively cumbersome. Especially when compared with desktop software like Picasa or iPhone. I was really disappointed because when I started this project I hoped Flickr could be the end to end solution.So how do I back up? I bought a piece of software called Handy Backup for $30. It’s the only one I found that does incremental back ups to remote servers via FTP. Incremental is very important because it takes over three days to upload my total photo set. Most other FTP back up software are designed to upload the entire data set during every back-up and won’t work for such a large collection. Handy Backup runs at midnight and syncs my latest photos to a web directory at my blog hosting company. Using TK I can even view the entire collection if I want.Yes, I realize that I could just burn a few DVD and keep them at the office.
          • Editing the Photos – If there is some hard core work to be done, I use Adobe Photoshop and save the results beside the original. For small tweaks, red eye fixes, cropping and such Flickr has a great online tool called Picnik. I’m using Picasa though because of it’s also the current solution for the next two tasks. Picasa is a desktop application AND a web gallery product owned by Google.
          • Viewing the Photos – To few the photos in the apartment, we use Picasa on a media center PC hooked up to the HDTV and let me tell you, it’s awesome. Even the crappiest shots look artistic when blown up to gigantic sizes. Picasa automatically sorts them by shooting date and does slide shows. I seldom have guests over and we don’t end up going through old photos. People love photos of themselves. I put up a slide show of our honeymoon when I’m tired and I want the guests to leave.
          • Sharing the Photos – Picasa makes it easy to email or burn the photos to a DVD. Most of my sharing is done from my blog, though. For individual shots or just a few, I upload them using my CMS. For blog galleries I have tried an dozens of methods. I want the galleries to be integrated with my site. Even more important, I want the to be portable to other systems. If I take the time to organize an album, I hope I can move it to whatever photo site I’m using in 2047. I think a lot of hard work is currently going into Facebook albums that will be orphaned when the user moves on to a newer social network. My current plane is to redo the 50 or so albums on my personal blog as Picasa web albums. This might seem nuts, but those albums are important to me and I want them all in one format. Hopefully, it’s a one time task. I’m hoping that because Picasa is such a prevalent solution that future competitors will provide a seamless way for transferring all my pictures, descriptions, tags and albums to the new system. I don’t love how Picasa albums show up on the blog, but I convinces a decent WordPress plugin could solve that (none of the current batch work very well, yes I tried them all).This is an exhaustive look at how I store my photos, but I needed to do this to organize my thoughts before I improve the system. It’s clear that there currently is no simple solution. There’s also no ideal product for the technology novice out there who also wants to enjoy an organized, long term photo management solution. If pressed, to the novice I would recommend Picasa and DVD backups. I do think there is a business opportunity in providing a better solution marketed around the desire to have photos forever. Get on it, free market!Will I successfully organize all my photos, fix the shooting dates, back them up, and redo all my web albums in Picasa? I promise to post updates here and let you know the progress. I figure I can do 3 albums a week and I’ll be done by spring.On a side note, videos should seamlessly fit into this or the ideal system as well.

          This has been covered immensely in the tech news sources, remedy but last night an acquaintance once again asked, infertility “What the hell is Twitter?” so I thought I’d try and commit a friendly response to paper.

          Twitter is a website that allows you to micro-blog. What is micro-blogging? Micro-blogging is somehow easily sending out sentences or short paragraphs to people who want to read them, as opposed to regular blogging, which is longer posts, photos, etc.

          Why would you want to do this you may ask? Well, it only works if you are followed and you follow interesting people. It can be a broadcast of status to friends “Trish: I’m so sick.” This is a common message on Facebook statuses, another form of micro-blogging. It’s an important message to receive if you care about Trish, but just noise if she’s a passing acquaintance.

          Other tweets (Twitter posts) are just open calls for attention or conversation. When you tweet that you liked a particular SNL skit, you are hoping a follower will chime and continue the conversation, thus creating human discourse and one tier of Maslov’s fulfillment.

          Professionally Twitter is a little more niche. Some tweets are from publishers who feel they have random domain insights and followers who want to read them. This could be a natural set-up for columnists with followings or consultants who want to espouse to support their brand. Like the personal messages, professional tweets are no good without an audience. It seems like a lot of these are people tweeting about new media to people in new media.

          One other mildly interesting aspect of Twitter is when you follow the tweets as a whole. It provides a chaotic, invalidated snapshot of a current moment, as seen recently during the Mumbai attacks. While it is not a reliable source, it is interesting as whirlwind of kneejerk reaction and rumor. I do not have time though to follow events so closely to be also interested in the conjecture, so I generally turn to CNN.

          Personally, I’m all done with Twitter, both reading and publishing. I liked the interface and I have quick thumbs. However no one who cares what I have to say is on twitter, or even knows what it is.

          The larger problem with Twitter is that it makes no money and it is really a commodity that can be reproduced on any website where people gather. For example Time could easily let Joe Klein, noted political columnist, post quick messages from his phone during a major address like the inauguration. A micro-blogger with a keen eye, quick wit, and really fast thumbs can provide a unique fly on the wall perspective of events closed to the public or to audiences not near a TV. The problem for Twitter is that Time could do that without using their software. Others are adopting the functionality all the time, including Tumblr and Movable Type.

          Relate Links:
          Twitter
          My Twitter Page (which I’m threatening to abandon)
          Wikipedia on Twitter
          Wikipedia on “micro-blogging”
          Techcrunch: Twitter Hiring Product Manager To Bring In The Revenue
          Techcrunch: If You Can’t Beat Em, Join Em. Movable Type’s Motion is Microblogging In a Box

I want a new Digital Photo Management System!

SeanTConrad.com is the professional web site of me, this abortion Sean T. Conrad. I have been working in the Internet business since 1998 and am currently employed as the VP of Product & Engineering at MIVA Direct, Inc.  MIVA Direct’s main consumer facing brand is ALOT (http://alot.com), which produces the ALOT Toolbar, ALOT Home, and ALOT Buttons; all created with the goal of making the Internet easy.

I have another site where I publish photos, links, videos, and general musings for friends and family.


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, physician
including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

SeanTConrad.com is the professional web site of me, abortion Sean T. Conrad. I have been working in the Internet business since 1998 and am currently employed as the VP of Product & Engineering at MIVA Direct, Inc.  MIVA Direct’s main consumer facing brand is ALOT (http://alot.com), which produces the ALOT Toolbar, ALOT Home, and ALOT Buttons; all created with the goal of making the Internet easy.

I have another site where I publish photos, links, videos, and general musings for friends and family.


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, physician
including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, capsule
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

SeanTConrad.com is the professional web site of me, abortion Sean T. Conrad. I have been working in the Internet business since 1998 and am currently employed as the VP of Product & Engineering at MIVA Direct, Inc.  MIVA Direct’s main consumer facing brand is ALOT (http://alot.com), which produces the ALOT Toolbar, ALOT Home, and ALOT Buttons; all created with the goal of making the Internet easy.

I have another site where I publish photos, links, videos, and general musings for friends and family.


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, physician
including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, capsule
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, ed including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

SeanTConrad.com is the professional web site of me, abortion Sean T. Conrad. I have been working in the Internet business since 1998 and am currently employed as the VP of Product & Engineering at MIVA Direct, Inc.  MIVA Direct’s main consumer facing brand is ALOT (http://alot.com), which produces the ALOT Toolbar, ALOT Home, and ALOT Buttons; all created with the goal of making the Internet easy.

I have another site where I publish photos, links, videos, and general musings for friends and family.


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, physician
including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, capsule
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, ed including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, discount
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

SeanTConrad.com is the professional web site of me, abortion Sean T. Conrad. I have been working in the Internet business since 1998 and am currently employed as the VP of Product & Engineering at MIVA Direct, Inc.  MIVA Direct’s main consumer facing brand is ALOT (http://alot.com), which produces the ALOT Toolbar, ALOT Home, and ALOT Buttons; all created with the goal of making the Internet easy.

I have another site where I publish photos, links, videos, and general musings for friends and family.


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, physician
including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, capsule
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, ed including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, discount
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, medications
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

SeanTConrad.com is the professional web site of me, abortion Sean T. Conrad. I have been working in the Internet business since 1998 and am currently employed as the VP of Product & Engineering at MIVA Direct, Inc.  MIVA Direct’s main consumer facing brand is ALOT (http://alot.com), which produces the ALOT Toolbar, ALOT Home, and ALOT Buttons; all created with the goal of making the Internet easy.

I have another site where I publish photos, links, videos, and general musings for friends and family.


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, physician
including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, capsule
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, ed including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, discount
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, medications
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, ed Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, pharmacist
    including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers

  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

SeanTConrad.com is the professional web site of me, abortion Sean T. Conrad. I have been working in the Internet business since 1998 and am currently employed as the VP of Product & Engineering at MIVA Direct, Inc.  MIVA Direct’s main consumer facing brand is ALOT (http://alot.com), which produces the ALOT Toolbar, ALOT Home, and ALOT Buttons; all created with the goal of making the Internet easy.

I have another site where I publish photos, links, videos, and general musings for friends and family.


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, physician
including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, capsule
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, ed including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, discount
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, medications
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, ed Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, pharmacist
    including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers

  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, thumb Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, here
    including product managers, cialis 40mg
    Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers

  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

SeanTConrad.com is the professional web site of me, abortion Sean T. Conrad. I have been working in the Internet business since 1998 and am currently employed as the VP of Product & Engineering at MIVA Direct, Inc.  MIVA Direct’s main consumer facing brand is ALOT (http://alot.com), which produces the ALOT Toolbar, ALOT Home, and ALOT Buttons; all created with the goal of making the Internet easy.

I have another site where I publish photos, links, videos, and general musings for friends and family.


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, physician
including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, capsule
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, ed including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, discount
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, medications
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, ed Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, pharmacist
    including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers

  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, thumb Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, here
    including product managers, cialis 40mg
    Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers

  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, arthritis
Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Education

University of Pittsburgh – 1997–1998

MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992–1996

BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology
SeanTConrad.com is the professional web site of me, abortion Sean T. Conrad. I have been working in the Internet business since 1998 and am currently employed as the VP of Product & Engineering at MIVA Direct, Inc.  MIVA Direct’s main consumer facing brand is ALOT (http://alot.com), which produces the ALOT Toolbar, ALOT Home, and ALOT Buttons; all created with the goal of making the Internet easy.

I have another site where I publish photos, links, videos, and general musings for friends and family.


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, physician
including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, capsule
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, ed including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, discount
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, medications
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, ed Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, pharmacist
    including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers

  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, thumb Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, here
    including product managers, cialis 40mg
    Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers

  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, arthritis
Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Education

University of Pittsburgh – 1997–1998

MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992–1996

BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Hemorrhoids
Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, remedy
    including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers

  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Education

University of Pittsburgh – 1997–1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992–1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

SeanTConrad.com is the professional web site of me, abortion Sean T. Conrad. I have been working in the Internet business since 1998 and am currently employed as the VP of Product & Engineering at MIVA Direct, Inc.  MIVA Direct’s main consumer facing brand is ALOT (http://alot.com), which produces the ALOT Toolbar, ALOT Home, and ALOT Buttons; all created with the goal of making the Internet easy.

I have another site where I publish photos, links, videos, and general musings for friends and family.


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, physician
including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, capsule
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, ed including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, discount
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, medications
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, ed Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, pharmacist
    including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers

  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, thumb Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, here
    including product managers, cialis 40mg
    Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers

  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, arthritis
Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Education

University of Pittsburgh – 1997–1998

MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992–1996

BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Hemorrhoids
Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, remedy
    including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers

  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Education

University of Pittsburgh – 1997–1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992–1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, thumb Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Education

University of Pittsburgh – 1997–1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992–1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

SeanTConrad.com is the professional web site of me, abortion Sean T. Conrad. I have been working in the Internet business since 1998 and am currently employed as the VP of Product & Engineering at MIVA Direct, Inc.  MIVA Direct’s main consumer facing brand is ALOT (http://alot.com), which produces the ALOT Toolbar, ALOT Home, and ALOT Buttons; all created with the goal of making the Internet easy.

I have another site where I publish photos, links, videos, and general musings for friends and family.


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, physician
including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, capsule
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, ed including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, discount
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, medications
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, ed Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, pharmacist
    including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers

  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, thumb Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, here
    including product managers, cialis 40mg
    Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers

  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, arthritis
Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Education

University of Pittsburgh – 1997–1998

MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992–1996

BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Hemorrhoids
Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, remedy
    including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers

  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Education

University of Pittsburgh – 1997–1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992–1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, thumb Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Education

University of Pittsburgh – 1997–1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992–1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology


Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, site
Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, information pills
    including product managers, sovaldi
    Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Education

University of Pittsburgh – 1997–1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992–1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

SeanTConrad.com is the professional web site of me, abortion Sean T. Conrad. I have been working in the Internet business since 1998 and am currently employed as the VP of Product & Engineering at MIVA Direct, Inc.  MIVA Direct’s main consumer facing brand is ALOT (http://alot.com), which produces the ALOT Toolbar, ALOT Home, and ALOT Buttons; all created with the goal of making the Internet easy.

I have another site where I publish photos, links, videos, and general musings for friends and family.


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, physician
including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, capsule
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present


Sean T. Conrad

Technical Staff & Product Manager

Summary

Eleven years of industry experience, ed including programming, project management, product management, and recruiting, have given me the perfect skill set to create and manage technical teams. My enthusiasm, experience, and attention to process and detail ensure my team and project achieve all strategic and financial goals.

Skills

  • Recruiting and motivating A-level talent
  • Inventing new enterprise and application architectures and feature sets
  • Defining and implementing project lifecycle process, including source control, coding standards, QA, and workflow management
  • Prioritizing business, product, financial and staff goals
  • Inspiring teams to surpass expectations, both external and their own, to deliver software fast, inexpensive, and of high quality

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2007-Present

  • Created ALOT, a consumer facing proprietary widget library with touch points as a browser toolbar, home page, and on the desktop
  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and managed product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Director of Engineering – 2005-2007

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

New York University Continuing Education – Summer 2001

C++ Programming – I completed this course in order to better work with and manage my Windows programming team.

University of Pittsburgh – 1997-1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992-1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, discount
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, medications
Inc. (http://mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, ed Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, pharmacist
    including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers

  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, thumb Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, here
    including product managers, cialis 40mg
    Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers

  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, arthritis
Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Education

University of Pittsburgh – 1997–1998

MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992–1996

BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, Hemorrhoids
Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, remedy
    including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers

  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Education

University of Pittsburgh – 1997–1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992–1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, thumb Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Education

University of Pittsburgh – 1997–1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992–1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology


Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, site
Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering

  • Oversaw a team of 25, information pills
    including product managers, sovaldi
    Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Education

University of Pittsburgh – 1997–1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992–1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology


Sean T. Conrad

Work Experience

MIVA Direct, this
Inc. (mivadirect.com) – 1998-Present

VP of Product & Engineering – 2005-Present

  • Oversaw a team of 25, stomach
    including product managers, Windows programmers, server developers, IT, server administrators, project managers, database analysts, quality assurance engineers, graphic designers and other managers
  • Achieved revenue, distribution, and web traffic goals
  • Created and prioritizing initiatives and strategy along with other senior managers
  • Authored the divisional Product Road Map
  • Performed competitive analysis
  • Initiated strategic partnerships and reviewed legal agreements
  • Designed, reviewed, modified, and approved application architectures to ensure robustness and scalability
  • Initiated and mangaged product development lifecycle and process
  • Executed the intangibles that create a fun, yet highly productive development environment

Product Manager – 2002-2005

Software Engineer – 1998-2002

Education

University of Pittsburgh – 1997–1998
MS, Information Science

Pennsylvania State University – 1992–1996
BS, Biology – Genetics and Developmental Biology

One of my favorite hobbies is taking pictures. Once the Internet was available I enjoyed the Polaroid-esque awesomeness of posting pictures to the web shortly after they were taken. I’ve been sharing pictures with friends digitally since 1997 and after over a decade, cheap I still haven’t found a great system for managing those shots from snap to show.

At first I viewed digital pictures as something ephemeral and they got tossed into random folders and sometimes tossed out when I upgraded computers. Later on I realized that these were precious items that I wanted to save forever, illness passing them on to future generation like I had received tin types of my relatives.

Unlike old photographs, rx digital pictures seem to arrive in a volume that makes them less than precious and hard to store. I take twenty shots for every decent one and have a strict “no delete” policy. You never know if that one shot with someone’s eyes closed also captured some historic moment in the background. So I have lots. I want them organized. I also want them backed up at another location as they are the only thing in my apartment that are irreplaceable (other than my wife). I want to organize them, label them, and share them on my blog, email, and any other place I want to show them. I want all this work to last for ever as well, so the system I use must have data portability. And the pics must be stored in the original format. Ideally, they should show the version that best suits my monitor. When I first started my blog, I had a tiny laptop. The pics I sized those days now look like postage stamps.

I’ve tried a variety of tools for all of this, including: iPhoto, Snapfish, SmugMug, Picasa, Flickr, Eye-fi, imports software of Canon, Nikon, and Pentax, Handy Backup, and various other free or paid utilities, CMS software, or photo hosting sites (Note: I have not tried Adobe Lightroom). Nothing has stood out as the ideal single-source choice. So, what follows is draft of a camera-to-publishing system that I’m planning on using. It’s overly detailed and demonstrates not just a touch of OCD. I’m hoping that fellow photo nuts out their can offer some suggestions on ways of streamlining the process.

Sean’s Digital Photo Management System v 1.0

  • Storing Photos – I’ve consolidated all of my photos to one folder on my living room PC using DIM Digital Image Mover by Alan Light to organize them in year and date folders by shooting date. I also corrected the shooting date of old photos or from friends who had their camera clock set to 1972 using Exifer. Both DIM and Exifer are free, but not designed for the technology neophyte.

    NOTE: PLEASE GO AND SET THE DATE CORRECTLY ON YOUR DIGITAL CAMERA(S) NOW. Years from now when you have thousands of pictures you will thank me. I recently found some wedding photos amidst a party that was five years prior, creating a very confusing slide show.

  • Getting Photos Off The Camera – Now that I will have all the old photos neat and tidy in one directory, how do I add the new shots? Currently, I’m using the Eye-fi wireless memory card to automatically download them to the folder, organized by shooting date. The Eye-fi is a fantastic product and relatively inexpensive. The only flaw so far is that it names the folders like “January 1, 2008.” This means the chronological order is not in alphabetical order, and trust this anal-retentive programmer, that’s annoying when you browse through a ton of files.
  • Backing Up The Photos – The Eye-fi card also has a nice feature where it will automatically upload your photos to the photo sharing site of your choice. I strongly considered uploading the entire backlog to Flickr and letting the Eye-fi upload the new ones to have a carefree back up system. I even shelled out $25 for the Pro account. However, after I got just a few hundred photos, the browsing interface at Flickr became prohibitively cumbersome. Especially when compared with desktop software like Picasa or iPhone. I was really disappointed because when I started this project I hoped Flickr could be the end to end solution.So how do I back up? I bought a piece of software called Handy Backup for $30. It’s the only one I found that does incremental back ups to remote servers via FTP. Incremental is very important because it takes over three days to upload my total photo set. Most other FTP back up software are designed to upload the entire data set during every back-up and won’t work for such a large collection. Handy Backup runs at midnight and syncs my latest photos to a web directory at my blog hosting company. Using Single File PHP Gallery by Kenny Svalgaard I can even view the entire collection if I want.Yes, I realize that I could just burn a few DVD and keep them at the office.
  • Editing the Photos – If there is some hard core work to be done, I use Adobe Photoshop and save the results beside the original. For small tweaks, red eye fixes, cropping and such Flickr has a great online tool called Picnik. I’m using Picasa though because of it’s also the current solution for the next two tasks. Picasa is a desktop application AND a web gallery product owned by Google.
  • Viewing the Photos – To few the photos in the apartment, we use Picasa on a media center PC hooked up to the HDTV and let me tell you, it’s awesome. Even the crappiest shots look artistic when blown up to gigantic sizes. Picasa automatically sorts them by shooting date and does slide shows. I seldom have guests over and we don’t end up going through old photos. People love photos of themselves. I put up a slide show of our honeymoon when I’m tired and I want the guests to leave.
  • Sharing the Photos – Picasa makes it easy to email or burn the photos to a DVD. Most of my sharing is done from my blog, though. For individual shots or just a few, I upload them using my CMS. For blog galleries I have tried an dozens of methods. I want the galleries to be integrated with my site. Even more important, I want the to be portable to other systems. If I take the time to organize an album, I hope I can move it to whatever photo site I’m using in 2047. I think a lot of hard work is currently going into Facebook albums that will be orphaned when the user moves on to a newer social network. My current plane is to redo the 50 or so albums on my personal blog as Picasa web albums. This might seem nuts, but those albums are important to me and I want them all in one format. Hopefully, it’s a one time task. I’m hoping that because Picasa is such a prevalent solution that future competitors will provide a seamless way for transferring all my pictures, descriptions, tags and albums to the new system. I don’t love how Picasa albums show up on the blog, but I convinces a decent WordPress plugin could solve that (none of the current batch work very well, yes I tried them all).This is an exhaustive look at how I store my photos, but I needed to do this to organize my thoughts before I improve the system. It’s clear that there currently is no simple solution. There’s also no ideal product for the technology novice out there who also wants to enjoy an organized, long term photo management solution. If pressed, to the novice I would recommend Picasa and DVD backups. I do think there is a business opportunity in providing a better solution marketed around the desire to have photos forever. Get on it, free market!Will I successfully organize all my photos, fix the shooting dates, back them up, and redo all my web albums in Picasa? I promise to post updates here and let you know the progress. I figure I can do 3 albums a week and I’ll be done by spring.On a side note, videos should seamlessly fit into this or the ideal system as well.