I’m an experienced freelancer with a lengthy track record
of performing quality work for clients in a variety of disciplines. If you
want average work done cheaply, save your time and stop reading now. If you
want a professional with a business background and a strong work ethic, who
really understands how to make customers happy, please
contact me to discuss your project needs.
I value quality, communication and service, and I will put
100% into your project to ensure that you are pleased with the results.
Here’s a brief summary of my key credentials:
- About 300 projects completed both on freelancing sites
and also working directly with many clients, and a 100% positive rating.
This includes a perfect “10” rating on over 50 projects on vWorker.
- Dual master's degrees from MIT in Computer Science
and Management (Sloan School).
- Extensive expertise with a variety of computer
systems and applications, including over 30 years of programming
- Published author of 1,600-page industry-leading
technical book, and several acclaimed websites.
- Over 10 years' work on high-quality technical article
layout and copyediting.
- Semi-pro photographer with a wide range of
composition and editing skills.
Here are some of the specific areas where I can help you:
- Data Conversion: I specialize in transforming
data from one system or structure to another. I can parse nearly
anything into nearly anything else, quickly and accurately. I have
particular expertise working with text files, including HTML, XML, CSV
- Data Extraction (“Scraping”): I’ve developed
my own custom tools and techniques to allow me to extract data from web
sites and other information sources. (Note that I only perform ethical
data extraction, meaning that which is done for legitimate ends or with
the permission of the data source. I don’t assist spammers or those
trying to plagiarize content.)
- Custom Scripting: I have helped dozens of
clients with custom scripts to help them accomplish a variety of data
manipulation goals. I use a simple language for most of my scripts,
which is easy to understand and widely portable.
- Excel Formulas and Programming: The year 2011
marks the 20th anniversary of my first professional-level work using
spreadsheets. I am a master at formulas, which are faster and more
reliable than macros, and I can often solve problems with them that
others consider impossible. I wrote my first BASIC program in 1980, and
can do some pretty nifty work with VBA as well.
- Copyediting and Proofreading: Elegant,
articulate English is essential for a book, article or web site to make
a professional impression. I have written and edited thousands of pages
of material, and can help you look your best.
- Photo Editing: I’ve been a digital
photographer for over a decade, have the latest version of Photoshop,
and a great deal of experience in its use. I also have special software
for high quality background removal for product photos (sometimes called
- Voice Acting and Audio Editing: Yes, I do this
too! :) I have a neutral American accent, and have in the past done
projects ranging from a two-minute video voiceover to over 20 hours of
material. I also edit and improve audio recordings.
- Technical Writing: I don’t do a great deal of
freelance technical writing, because I expend most of my writing energy
on my own projects (such as the Online Freelancing Guide!) However, I do
occasionally write for others if the project is interesting and the
As you can see, my skills are eclectic. If you have a need
not on this list, feel free to contact me—I might
be able to assist you anyway, or refer you to someone who can..
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