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My name is Michael Farias. I live in the United States, with my wife, two kids, a cat, and a handful of computers. I am a Microsoft Certified Solution Developer on Microsoft .NET and studying to upgrade to a Microsoft Certified Professional Developer.

I work as a web developer for an e-commerce site by day. I spend evenings and weekends trying out new technologies and working on various entrepreneurial projects. I have spent the past few months developing a small application for Windows Mobile.

I was first introduced to computers when my father brought a TRS-80 Color Computer home from Radio Shack in the early 1980's. I made some early attempts at programming in BASIC at home and in school, but I didn't really start writing software until after college. I began with minimal classroom training and learned the rest "in the trenches".


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