July 17th, , 2006
A new version of my remotely controlled servo pan/tilt web camera is up and working.
February 15th, , 2006
A website/venture that I'm involved in is now online: Rooftop Comedy. Some of the material really is funny. Some of it really isn't.
January, 20th, 2006
I just finished another update to the www.weardated.com website. For the
first time ever, you can search carpet using the actual color values. Before, the search was primarily based on predefined color
families. I wrote a color sampling utility to scan each of the 3000+ carpet images and generate the actual color information for the DB so it could
be searched on. Sampling images turned out to be a lot easier in .NET than I expected.
December, 18th, 2005
A creative friend of mine had an interesting concept idea for a logo. The logo is to be
for a non-profit organization specializing in the future. They are known as futurists and people pay them to think about trends. They are based in Hawaii. Nice job.
Anyways, the concept was for the logo to be based on a set of diverging lines. The lines would actually be somewhat random and different on each piece (or type) of stationary, letterhead, powerpoint, website page, etc. My friend
had a concept image drawn in photoshop. He sent it out to a list of developers he knew with a challenge to see what could be done. I decided to make it interactive.
Here it is: Flash Curves #3. I
think it was a success...hopefully I'll see it on some future correspondence.
September 27th, 2005
A recent project that I've semi completed is a custom Media PC. Kind-of like a Tivo or Microsoft Media Center, but much better. It doesn't look like a computer and sits in the entertainment center. Silverstone makes the case that I used.
I'll post pictures soon. It turned out well. Ironically, I almost never watch TV. But, it does hold a lot of Dora-the-Explorer and Blues Clues shows.
Media PC software applications that I would recommend: MythTV, Media Portal and BeyondTV.
Looks like I finally have a reason to buy an HDTV.
July 8th, 2004
Over the past year, I've been working on software and techniques to assist aircraft accident investigators; especially with regards to accurate presentation of relevant data to non-experts. A small website showing examples of the types of presentations that I have produced is viewable at www.flightregression.com.
June 10th, 2004
The deployment of a system I've been working on for quite some time has just
been completed at the Carpets-of-Dalton store near Atlanta, Georgia. The in-store component of the system
consists of a networked 52" plasma display screen and a 17" LCD Touchscreen. Customers use a graphical
UI on the touchscreen to browse in-store carpet inventory and can see actual carpet rendered photorealistically
into selectable rooms. The photorealistic rendering of actual carpet sample imagery into photographs is really
something to see and required some significant technical innovation.
Online customers will also soon be able to use the www.wear-dated.com
website to do similar activities. Favorite room and carpet combinations can be saved and loaded. The
system is "multi-channel" aware, meaning that customers are able to save and load items
in the store OR online.
This project was done by IconMedialab - St. Louis. I originally started on the project a few years ago while
an employee at IML. However, the majority of the implementation was done as an independent software developer. My
roles were lead technology architect, Flash MX programmer, database programmer, and lead backend (.NET) programmer. I
even got to play with RFID.
November 1st, 2003
I am now working full-time as an independent software/systems developer, and "JGS Technical LLC" has
been registered as an official business entity. What does this mean? It means that year-end taxes are going
to be even more fun than they already are.
June 16th, 2003
The research and development section is now online. Check it out under the Products
section of this website. In particular, check out the online Flash Colorization Demo.
May 22nd, 2003
We'll be adding a research-and-development section to the website soon. Look for
a robotic servo controller, online colorization tools, and a few other interesting
ideas currently being worked on.
Based on popular consensus, jgs-technical is focusing on two different product
development ideas for further research at this time.
The most promising idea currently, is to develop a scheduling and business
software/services package for small airport operators. (aka Fixed-Base-Operators
or FBOs). The software would allow online scheduling of airplane rentals,
instructor scheduling, maintenance schedules, and more. A number of variations
and product options are available with this idea. A number of competitors exist
already, but most do not have all features, and more importantly, most do not
have an intuitive and easy-to-use user interface.
A more detailed description of the FBO idea and other product ideas are located
in the Products section
of this site.
May 12th, 2002
went live, amid much controversy. Not really...but it did go live.