“JB is trustworthy, competent
and efficient. Her help in integrating my work with her team
was instrumental in a quick and satisfactory end to a shared
project. Bravo!” ~ Andrew Snyder, Founder/CEO, birdDog
“I have worked with JB
for several years on projects for the Sustainable Business Alliance.
As an all-volunteer organization, we rely on members who are
self-starting, good communicators, and most of all responsible
for delivering on the commitments that they make. JB is one of
the hardest-working and talented members we have. I highly recommend
her as a very professional businessperson. ” ~ Terry O'Keefe,
Former Executive Director, Sustainable
"JB has given me countless hours with
her very reasonable sliding scales rates for her outstanding
services. JB’s computer support and design skills, her
aesthetic eye and hard work can only be matched by her generosity,
patience, and boundless kindness. I cannot imagine another computer
expert of higher abilities and willingness to put her skills
in the service of her clients as JB does day in day out. I recommend
JB without any reservation." ~ Marion Gerlind, Ph.D., Director, Gerlind
Institute for Cultural Studies
"DRAGA design revamped our web site
and made it look professional. JB uses color in an attractive
way, makes the viewer's trip through the web site easy and organizes
information. She balances each page with photos and copy so that
it appeals to the eye. And she worked quickly. I would use DRAGA
design again." ~ Melon Dash, President, Transpersonal
I have been using the Apple Macintosh operating
system since the Apple Lisa.
At that time I worked in an artificial intelligence (AI) lab
in London, England, and which had one of the first Lisas sold
in that country. It was fascinating. One could actually draw something
without writing a program! I quickly became a Mac addict and evangelist (though
I never got the street cred Kawasaki did!).
when the first Macintosh arrived, I was disappointed by its lack of a hard
drive, etc., but still excitedly waited for better to come. Later, I
moved on from, and did other things, before returning to the Macintosh
platform several years later, just as the desktop
publishing revolution began. I co-created
and taught the first commercial multi-platform desktop
publishing in London, working with a dear friend, Peter, who, at the time, was digitizing
Tibetan prayer books before they disappeared. He had created the first Tibetan
typeface for the purpose. At that time we were using Aldus PageMaker (1.0!), MacDraw,
Publisher, Microsoft Word,
(1.0) Microsoft Write, and Microsoft Paint.
Programs like FileMaker, PhotoShop and DreamWeaver weren’t
even a gleam in anyone’s eye. We worked with
floppy disks, small hard drive capacity and even smaller amounts
of RAM. Ah! Those were the days!
was an exciting time because everybody was eager to learn the new
technology, but, as adults, we were afraid to make mistakes and look
stupid. However, whenever we managed to learn something with the
software…when the first publication or layout was completed…the
look of joy and accomplishment on our faces was beautiful! The “AHA!
Oh wow!!!!” moment is wonderful and
such fun to behold. Kids live in them all the time, but adults are
more afraid to look silly and so don’t risk as much.
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revolution grew, I got burned out on teaching and started my own business
as a systems consultant for design firms that wanted to invest in
the new desktop technology. I helped to, either integrate Macs into
existing mini computer environments, or begin to build entirely
new systems. That was fun, because designers are
basically big kids and I got loads of “Oh wow!!!!
moments. I did a few articles for MacWeek, et. al. about new programs,
When I got involved
with the Internet in the 1970’s
there wasn't that much there, but what was there was super cool!
That was exciting for awhile with it’s concept of hyperlinks
and I did a lot of application-building with that before getting
Back to the States
and non profit work
came back to the United States, from London, in 1990, worked with
non profits and began creating web sites with relation to
the FileMaker, creating database-to-web
applications, working with firms like CompuMentor to provide
pro bono consulting where it was needed.
you found that interesting.
It’s amazing all the stuff
I've done. I may sound ancient, but I don't feel like it. Where did all that time disappear?
Please have a look at the rest of the site for ideas about the work I've done. I look
forward to hearing from you about your next project.
I've worked with computers for nearly thirty
years as a designer,
technical support manager, trainer and consultant, and my
experience includes graphic design and production, illustration, creation
and maintenance of database and web site solutions, as well as applications
training. When I take on a project, my goal is to collaboratively produce clear, clean
written and graphic information. I'm enthusiastic in analysis, troubleshooting and
That’s a tiny bit of my background. Trust me, it's even better
finding out more in person. Another passion is telling folks about the 4Rs:
reduction and rot:
lessening our environmental footprint and having
fun while doing it. I'm
also interested in personal development (reading, exercise, thinking),
non-violent communication, writing, bike riding, hiking, gardening,
live with one at the moment) and other animals, plus environmental issues.