Dave VoorhisLecturer, University of Derby, UK
Director, AACS Inc., Canada
Using a "back to basics" text-only page as an implicit protest against style over substance, a human I.T. professional presents a Web-based biography of itself, including information about (and samples of, where appropriate) its accomplishments, creations, habits, ideas and activities.
My name is Dave Voorhis. I write code in a variety of computer languages and one human language. These are my contributions to the world's largest vanity press -- the Web.
At present, these pages are read-only. Email me if you wish to comment, contribute, or correct.
In 1976, at the age of eleven, I wrote and hand-entered my first program on a COSMAC ELF, via toggle switches and (I think) a hex keypad. The program didn't do anything useful -- in fact, I recall it consisted of less than ten instructions -- but it started an obsession (read: addiction) with computing that has continued to this day.
While in high school in the late 70's and early 80's, I developed games and educational software, including animated geometry and physics tutorials for the Apple II and Commodore Pet. None of these were commercially distributed, but the tutorials were still in use at a local high school well into the 1990's.
In 1986, I attained a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Brandon University -- where I'd achieved dubious distinction (or at least the ire of Computer Services) for creating a bulletin board system that used a self-modifying TSO script to virally distribute itself (with human assistance) on the university's Amdahl mainframe.
A year after graduating, I founded Armchair Airlines Computer Services Inc. to develop custom software for small to medium size enterprises. In partnership with Richard Whidden, Bob Green, Clayton Wozney, Dave Shust and others, I helped evolve the company from its humble beginnings in a 15'x15' basement office to owning a storefront office building and a client list spanning North America.
Armchair Airlines Computer Services boasts a long history of successful maintenance contracts, network installations, and software development projects including computer-aided software engineering tools, employee scheduling systems, vehicle maintenance databases, accounting programs, inventory systems, research tools, education administration utilities, e-Commerce Web sites, and private Intranets.
As a part-time sessional lecturer at Brandon University, I taught Software Engineering, Information Systems and Databases modules and supervised student projects. I have also worked, at one time and country or another, as a research assistant, motorcycle salesman, mechanic's helper, and inbound telesales representative.
I am a co-author of the "Biz!" business simulation game (published as an adjunct to a business textbook), and several academic papers on systems analysis and development team selection methodologies.
In April 2003, I accepted a post as a lecturer in computing at the University of Derby, U.K.
In addition to my teaching responsibilities, I conduct applied research into facilitating the development and maintenance of vertical market and custom business applications, with particular interest in:
My hobbies include photography and more photography, motorcycling (I have a BMW K1100RS), old cars (more BMWs, a 525i, a 535i, and a 318i), vintage audio and electronic equipment, extemporaneous music composition and creative writing.
McMaster, G. E.; Voorhis, Dave. "Forms Based Analysis and Interview Method." Proceedings of the Western Decision Sciences Conference, San Francisco, California. 1995.
Anderson, C. W.; McMaster, G. E.; Voorhis, Dave. "The Formation and Management of Teams: A Proposed Quantitative Approach." Proceedings of the Western Decision Sciences Conference, Seattle, Washington. 1997.
Rel -- an open source true relational database, based on Date and Darwen's Tutorial D database language. http://dbappbuilder.sourceforge.net/Rel.html
Tomato -- an experimental visual programming language for the Java VM. http://tomatoide.sourceforge.net
Miscellaneous goodies: Here!
Using CRM114 and qmail to Filter Spam
No point in going here. This is an anti-address-harvester mechanism designed to mess up spamsters' Web harvesters.
Ok, maybe it's worth seeing just for the sheer mind-shattering surrealism of the thing.
Copyright © 1995 - 2012 Dave Voorhis. All Rights Reserved. Don't steal the images or I'll whap you with a blunt stick, legalwise of course...