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This is the story of me. Long ago in a galaxy not so far away, a child was born. That child from the early onset developed a nack for technology. His first computer was a smokin’ fast Packard-Bell 386SX 66Mhz PC that ran Windows 3.11.¬†It was the thing to have back in the day. This child eventually got his hands into programming. In high school he found that a TI-86+ Calculator was all he needed to get a coding fix. After the trials and tribulations of high school he went to college and got degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on programming. After college he found out there was much more to learn than Visual Basic.NET. He eventually fell in love with C Sharp, the language .NET is built on. After learning a few more programming languages, namely PHP and Java, he found a job at a web hosting company working as the principal programmer for their client management portal.

Hello, my name is Derek Chafin and I work for a company called MarketLeverage in the Parkville community of Missouri. I like to program my Arduino in my free time and play a little Fallout 3 on my XBox 360 every once in a while. My computer and programming skills have far exceeded my skills in college. I have learned many things about programming since those days, mostly new languages. These include but are not limited to C Sharp, Java, Android, Objective-C, iPhone, PHP, jQuery, CodeIgniter, Ruby, Ruby on Rails, C, C++, etc. My skills as a programmer are unrivaled well at least in the Parkville area. I recently got promoted to the role of Server Administrator so in addition to programming, my skills as an administrator include Ubuntu, CentOS, or any apt or yum based system, as well as, all versions of Windows Server from 2003 to 2008 R2.

I am fast becoming interested in microelectronics and electronics in general. I purchased an Arduino Mega and I can’t put it down. It has so much potential, that I can’t list here all the things I want to do with it. Eventually, I would like to get a degree in Electrical Engineering and work with and/or design the innards, hardware and software alike, of the devices we use everyday. This is just speculation but, maybe someday I’ll write an all-purpose AI for robots and their brethren¬†and create the biggest corporate empire the world has ever seen. For now, we’ll all have to make do with our Arduinos.


Until then,
Derek Chafin

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