About Jeffrey Cobb
: Guru Lounge Development
Los Angeles, CA. 90029
- Computer repair and maintenance.
- Computer Networking
- Server Administration (Apache and IIS)
- Computer Programming:
- Visual Basic (Microsoft® Word, Access, Excel and standalone Visual Basic)
- PHP and Perl
- MSSQL and MySQL
- A number of other scripting languages such as Bash, SH, Python and VBScript.
- GuruLounge Development, Owner (2010 - present)
- Hall Mark & Associates, Expediter/Technician (2005 - present)
- Los Angeles Computer Doctor, Computer Technician (1997 - 2004)
- Steve Huelsman & Associates, Computer IT and Programmer (1995 - 1997)
- Fast and Friendly Computer Repair, Jr. Technician (1994 - 1995)
- Freelance Computer Repair, Computer Technician (1989 - 1991)
- Anadarko Electrical Cooperative, Computer Backup Operator VAX/VMS (1987-1988)
- University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, Computer Science (1987 - 1988)
- Canadian Valley Vocational Technical School, Introduction to Computers and Applications (1986)
- Chickasha High School, Computer major (1985 - 1986)
- Downey High School (1983 - 1985)
Background and History
Hobbies and past-times
In the late 1980's I mastered the BASIC programming language. I wrote a large number of communication and utility programs which included terminal programs, bulletin board programs, track and sector editors for floppy disks, a contact list manager and a few games.
Next I learned 6510 assembly language which I used for high speed sub routines to speed up certain functions for my BASIC programs. I also wrote a number of utility programs in this language including a extensive font editor written entirely in this language. This was the last program I wrote in this language before it became obsolete and I moved the the x86 platform.
During college I learned PASCAL and began writing programs regularly in this language in 1994. Specifically Turbo Pascal 6. Prior to moving away from this language I wrote a lightweight DOS binary file editor called "Filenose" in TP6. As I find this program too handy to be without, I’m currently creating a cross-platform version of the same program in C++ for the newer Windows and Linux operating systems.
I’ve written programs in Access BASIC for managing databases, in Word BASIC for document management and Excel BASIC for spreadsheet management. I’ve also written standalone database programs and other utilities in Visual Basic.
During my stint with various companies I’ve learned a number of scripting languages to help me automate administrative tasks, primarily backup and networking tasks. This has included Bash, SH and VBScript scripting languages. And on one occasion I had to do a quick study of the Python language in order to repair a faulty wireless networking script.
I’ve recently began writing programs in C++ for both Linux and Microsoft® Windows platforms. And aside from web development, C++ will be my primary focus until I’ve mastered this language as well.
During College in 1987 I accepted a training position as a Computer Backup Operator for an Electrical Cooperative in Anadarko, Oklahoma. I learned the VAX/VMS system and created programs to automate the backup process. This excluded the older VAX/VMS systems I did backup for where I was required to manually type in assembly language commands to initiate the backup process.
I should note that I received an exceptional recommendation from the director of the computer department for the Anadarko Electrical Cooperative.
When the training position was completed I did work "freelance" for people and small businesses in Chickasha, Oklahoma for the next three years until I relocated to Los Angeles, California.
After arriving at Los Angeles I did telemarketing and other jobs until 1994 when I began work as a Jr. Technician/Expediter for a computer repair company in Van Nuys, California called "Fast & Friendly Computer Repair". Aside from expediter work my primary role was assisting onsite computer maintenance and hardware replacement until I was allowed to perform onsite service on my own. Not long after this the company closed it’s doors.
I then began work for a Door & Window installation company (then called "Steve Huelsman & Associates") doing expediter work and repairing the company computers as the need arose. In 1996 the company split into two different companies. I continued to work for Steve Huelsman as his primary computer technician and database programmer.
In 1997 I started a freelance computer repair company called "Los Angeles Computer Doctor" where I did onsite computer repair for residential and business for the next 7 years.
In 2000 I relocated to Tujunga, CA. Eventually moving 20 miles away from my primary source of work began to impact my business and workload.
In 2005 I moved Silver Lake, California (closer to downtown Los Angeles) and started work with Hall Mark & Associates where I continue part-time as expediter, computer technician and web developer.
In 2010 I started promoting again for freelance computer repair and web development under the name "Guru Lounge Development" and have continued to do so ever since.
I enjoy camping, hiking, bicycle riding and a bit of amatuer photography. I’ve a personal blog of some of these experiences here.
I’ve been an avid fan of science fiction for as long as I can remember so naturally the bulk of my TV shows, movies and books reflect this.
I also enjoy good beer and conversation with friends, even if they’re 1,500 miles away via Skype.
Regardless of what I’m doing with computers, with every experience I have learned more about computers and tend to view computers in a much different fashion than most people. I have always enjoyed working with computers and view them with a sense of creativity as well as an incredible tool to be taken advantage of.
I am a quick study of applications and hardware and tend to implement needed changes as quickly as possible.
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