What does it mean to think?
I don’t know. I will certainly not break into deep philosophical discussion right now.
My name is Kyle Tolle and I currently attend The Ohio State University. My major is Computer & Information Science, so naturally I have an interest in computers. I went the CIS route, instead of Computer Science & Engineering, because I find software more interesting than hardware. I am also doing a Business minor, because I have an interest in running my own business.
A bit of background, perhaps? I started developing simple, static web pages in 7th and 8th grade. From then on, I have been fascinated with interactive web pages. I set my heart on being a CGI programmer, even though I didn’t really know what that meant. I looked more into some of the technologies available, and had ASP and PHP catch my attention. I chose PHP over ASP for one simple reason; PHP is free. Linux servers running PHP were cheaper than their Windows/ASP couterparts, and I wanted the cheapest solution since I was just learning.
I started off reading The Visual Quickstart Guide for PHP and fell in love. Fell in love with what? Creating something from nothing! From there I picked up PHP and MySQL and started to create simple web apps with a database backend. Another one of my hobbies is writing, so I wanted to create a website for authors. A place where one could blog and post writings, as well as get feed back on those items. Thus Scrawlpoint was born.
I worked on this throughout high school and into college. Scrawlpoint went through several major redesigns and even more minor revisions. It was basically a test bed for me to learn about different things. It has a simple currency which can be used to buy things in the on-site store, a profile page, and a commenting system. I built this all by hand and learned a lot while doing so. I haven’t worked on it in quite a while, unfortunately. School, internships and various other things have taken up a lot of my time. I hope to return to it some day. It is written largely in procedural PHP4 code, but I would love to overhaul it and extend it into some OO PHP5 (or 6 if it’s out by that time).
I have competed in Microsoft’s Imagine Cup, which was the first time I worked with C# or any Microsoft developer technology really. The sort of problems I’ve encountered with desktop/console apps are a lot different from this in web apps. It takes some time getting used to the whole object-oriented and component-oriented design side of things. I advanced to the regional semi-finals in New Orleans, so Microsoft flew me and the other OSU kids down there. That was pretty awesome, especially being the first time I’d flown. I didn’t advance any further but I did have a lot of fun and learned a lot.
Since then I have done an internship at Avetec, which is a small-ish non-profit doing work in the area of jet engine simulation in order to reduce the immense costs of prototyping and speed up the time to production. I have done some web programming for John Harder, a professor here at OSU. The project was to develop a system for a grant he was working on, but the grant ended before it was put into production. I do have a working demo, though it is not online right now. I am currently working for Pete Gordon (blog) of Users First doing software development for Apneicare.
On my own, I have started nullSIX. It’s a company for technology services, such as web design, applications, custom work, hosting, etc. I had planned to launch it with a few friends, but that didn’t work out. I decided to go ahead and start it alone and registered the name uh… somewhere within the past two years. I can’t remember precisely. I need to update the website, and hope to do that soon. I did a website for the band New American Standard, but they have since migrated to a new site in order to integrate with a local organization. I have also done an online portfolio for the photographer Greg Phipps. I am currently reanalyzing the business goals for nullSIX, so we’ll see where it goes. I am really interested in working on or creating some opensource software.
So that brings me to today and the future. I am currently working on my second to last quarter here at OSU. Last quarter I was interviewing all over the country, but finally settled on a specific position. I’ll be working as a Software Engineer for Lockheed Martin in Colorado Springs, Colorado. I am very excited about the location, the work, and to be done with undergrad! Now, Lockheed does have tuition reimbursement, so I will probably end up going back for my masters at some point.
Things have really fallen into place quite nicely for me. I have said for years that I want to live in Colorado, because it seems most suited to my tastes of mountains, and outdoors activities especially snowboarding! I even got to go this past winter break to Telluride, Colorado to snowboard for a week and it was spectacular. I will hopefully post pictures somewhere soon.
Now, back to this blog. What will I use it for? I plan to write on a lot of things, including:
- Software Development
- How-to guides and tutorials (some for family members to use)
- Projects I undertake
- Thoughts on life in general
- Potentially many other things!
I am very excited to finally have my name as a domain and to start this blog! My host is HostGator and they use cPanel. I was quite surprised, and very happy, to see they have a program called Fantastico which allowed me to install this WordPress blog in about 30 seconds. Now, I get to play around with the posts, themes, plugins, and loads of other things on here!
I hope to start my first How-to/Tutorial very soon, so I had better get motivated.