Oban was born and raised in San Francisco, California but spent significant portions of his childhood in Northern New Mexico. He began his computer career at the age of twelve during summer computer programming camps learning the ancient arts of BASIC and LOGO programming on Apple IIe's . After attending college at San Diego State University Oban's computer career took flight with the emergence of the Internet. Since then he's become an accomplished Web Programmer, Database Engineer and Systems Administrator. He's been the lead Systems Administrator for ISP's, programmed for startups during the dot com heyday, built the back end of many enterprise level web sites, and lead teams of programmers and systems administrators through completion of countless successful projects. He now manages the Brownrice Internet staff, keeps the network humming, and chases his wife and twin boys around during his time off.
Project and Suppport Manager
Vanessa Moon started down the path of technology in 1988 working at Dell Computers in client services. She soon transferred her focus within the company to sales and was intricately involved in what was at the time Dell's largest single sale in its history: the State of Texas, Department of Human Services. This resulted in a transition from sales into Project Manager for the completion and installation of 14,000 PC's across the State of Texas. Her career with Dell was interrupted by love for an artist in Taos, New Mexico, whom she married in 1994 and left Austin and Dell. In 1996, she and her husband opened an art gallery in Taos. Dos Lunas Gallery operated successfully for 8 years. Back in the real world again, Vanessa worked as Technical Support Manager for a software company that specialized in Ticketing, Point-of-Sale and Guest Management solutions for Ski Resorts, Park & Attractions and Museums & Non-profits (supporting FoxPro and SQL ). She now is the Project Manager for Brownrice Internet and loving every minute of it. At Brownrice, when not managing everyone's tasks and deadlines, she pitches in and helps with support calls and testing.
Programmer and Systems Administrator
Dave wasn't a computer expert at age ten. In those days computers were the size of a house and run by the military, so his parents couldn't afford one. Also, the punchcard reader was too noisy. Instead, he studied hard at electrical engineering thinking that one day he'd get a job working on thermionic valves and magnetic core drives that were at the heart of computer technology at that time. Those days are long past and technology has moved on but at Brownrice there is still one vestige of the ancient computer arts which he is still able to draw upon on a daily basis: an arcane knowledge of the Unix operating system
Bridget started off her techie career in video and digital printmaking and developed her web programming chops teaching foundations classes in time based media. After getting her MFA in Social Practice at the California College of the Arts, she worked at the Oakland Museum of California where she designed and built their digital interactive pieces, and their collections website.
During a vacation to Taos, Bridget quickly realized that one week in paradise just wasn't going to cut it. When she's not mountain biking or on the trails, she's now plugging away at Brownrice doing support, testing, and a bit of programming.
Joel began programming at the age of ten on a Commodore 64, building games in BASIC and later moved on to full fledged programming in C . At sixteen, he worked as technical support and computer repair technician for an ISP. He attended college at Texas Tech University where he majored in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. At nineteen, he began programming professionally in Java and was assigned to help in the re-design and re-implementation of the largest commodities trading website of that time (xpresstrade.com). He now continues his programming career at Brownrice Internet where he works with other talented individuals to build high quality applications.
Geordie Robb's first experience with a computing machine was back in 1972 at Deerfield Elementary School on an ancient Teletype ASR 33 There he learned the basics of BASIC , and the code of Hammurabi. Geordie graduated from the University of Vermont in 1990 with a BA in Economics. Geordie's natural inclination toward creating order out of chaos took root when he was asked to build a small website/database project as a favor. He soon found himself flooded with requests to build a wide array of web applications which required learning how to leverage the most up to date web technologies available. Geordie has been providing Brownrice Internet with Software Consulting, Web Programming and Database Design services since 2002. Geordie is the lead developer for the wildly successful family of CultureGrants Online applications that are currently taking the Arts Grant world by storm. He is now working on a new project (still a secret) which will take location based services to a new level of sophistication, putting the latest spatial analysis tools into the hands of the everyday user. He recently moved from sunny New Mexico to Portland, Oregon where it is easier to work inside all day.
Born out of a true love for technology and the Internet, Brownrice is a programming and systems administration company that takes pride in the fact that we are small enough to know our clients' online goals and are large enough to provide the redundancy, experience, and reliablitiy that businesses can depend on.