Breaking News: You can hire our company (for reasonable projects, that is) from now . If you are interested, don't hesitate. We did some fairly decent jobs in the past years, such as implementing Nero's DVD Video Subsystem (as well as their Video Recording counterparts in both the "plus" and "minus" world) along with the apparently now obsolete HD-DVD-VR part.
I'm a professional software developer (originally graduated as an engineer in tech. physics - for the English world, that's probably a Master's degree in Engineering) and familiar with C/C++ on DOS, Windows 3.x/9x, Windows NT/2000/XP/Vista/7, OS/2, HP-UX, Linux, OSF/1, SCOUnix, Solaris, Ultrix, FreeBSD, VAX/VMS.
Technologies: Networking (mainly TCP/IP), RPC, Win32, (D)COM, multi/cross-platform development (mostly Win32/UN*X) (anyone noticed I did not mention MFC? I use it when I have to, but I consider GUIs to be a necessary evil ;-)
You can reach me at jkr.on.the.web [insert the 'at' sign here] gmail.com
If I really helped you save some bucks, I would like to ask you for something: Please donate some of these saved bucks (you decide) to the charity organization of your choice - or just help out somebody who is needier than you are :o)
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