I played drums in 5th-grade band, but if you're looking for the Jeff Friedl who plays drums for ASHES dIVIDE, that's not me.
What is me is...
- I currently live in Kyoto, Japan.
- Married to Fumie since 1998.
- Son Anthony born October, 2002.
- Have studied the following languages in school: English, Spanish, German, French.
- Can actually speak the following languages: English, Japanese.
- Languages I apparently wasted a lot of time on for nothing: Spanish, German, French.
- Born in San Diego, California.
- Raised in Rootstown, Ohio.
- Bachelor of Science in Math / Applied Computer Science: Kent, 1987.
- Master of Science in Computer Science: University of New Hampshire, 1988.
- Have been in a couple of big earthquakes (Loma Prieta '89, Kobe '95).
- Spent 2.5 painful years writing the first edition of Mastering Regular Expressions (O'Reilly Media, 1997).
- Spent 2 more painful years writing the second edition (O'Reilly Media, 2002).
- Spent only 9 months updating for the third edition (O'Reilly Media, 2006).
- Have programmed in C since 1981, Perl since 1990. Don't know C++.
- Have used firstname.lastname@example.org as an email address since before there was Yahoo! Mail. Still use it.
- Wrote these blog posts.
- Took these pictures, and these, too.
- I lurk on Google Plus and Facebook.
- Adobe Systems, Inc 【アドビ システムズ】 (10/2007 — 8/2008, and again 12/2009 — 5/2010)
I consulted on issues related to Lightroom.
- Peak Web Consulting (2007 — 2008)
I worked on back-end infrastructure tools for top-tier bandwidth users (big Big players on the Internet, whose names I'm not allowed to mention).
Sunnyvale, CA, USA (1997 - 2005)
Architecting and engineering on the Y! Finance site, using mostly Perl/MySQL to fold, spindle, and hopefully not mutilate reams of financial data. I was employee #192. When I left )-: I was the 30th most senior (by time, certainly not influence) employee.
- Omron Tateishi Denki
Nagaokakyou, Japan (1989-1997)
Mostly kernel work on a four-processor symmetric shared memory system that Omron was developing. While at Omron, spent about three years as a “visiting scientist” at Carnegie Mellon University (and was mostly unimpressive to the superbly smart people there).
- Northeastern Ohio Universities College of
Rootstown, Ohio (1981 - 1986)
Worked with a first-run IBM-PC with DOS 1.0. (Unfortunately, Microsoft has not improved on their software much since then). Washed a lot of lab equipment. Did a lot of programming, including some really advanced flow cytometer control software in FORTH.
I enjoy researching a subject of personal interest, and then, because I occasionally stumble across an ability to write well, sharing the results. Examples include my long writeup on digital image color spaces, the auto-focus test chart that I developed, and a detailed Analysis of Lightroom JPEG Export Quality Settings. (See all in my list of geeky photo-tech posts.)
I also seem to have become the main provider of plugins for Adobe Lightroom, such as my plugins that allow direct export to Zenfolio, Flickr, SmugMug, PicasaWeb, Facebook, and more: see my Lightroom Goodies page for current details. I develop these on my own time, as a hobby, which is perhaps a bit odd because I don't actually use most of them in my own photo workflow. In case it's of interest, I've written up a story on how I fell into this line of handiwork: “Road to Now: My Long Path To Lightroom Plugin Development”