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Hi! Welcome to the personal blog of Jason Stirk (Griffin) - a slightly unhinged web application developer living in Lismore, NSW (yes, that's in Australia).
I run a software consulting company called Aurora Software.
We originally set up GMM in March 2003 - just out of high school, just starting in University and really just learning. It's been fun, but all good things must come to an end.
Over those 5 years, I've had the opportunity to work with a whole host of people and businesses - some that I'm proud to say that I've worked with, and others that I'm glad to no longer be associated with. It's definitely been a learning experience - one which I'd be lying if I said that I loved every moment of, but one that has been fun, and one that I don't regret (too much :P).
In those 5 years, I abandoned Uni, we've changed servers 3 times, Craig has finished his degree, Danny's been to Japan twice, I've moved more times than I can count, finally ending up in New South Wales, and we helped a variety of businesses and community groups to develop a presence on the Internet.
So, I thought I'd put a shout out to all the folks that have been an inspiration to me over the 5 years, and those folks who have helped us along our way.
Firstly, definitely has to go to Paul O'Neill. I originally met Paul doing work experience at the small Perth ISP - v-App - which Paul was one of the principals of. Paul has a lot to be responsible for - including my first introduction to The Pragmatic Programmers, teaching me OO better, faster and more coherently than University, and for giving me support in developing from some teenager who loved writing code to a young dude being able to write code for a living. Through those 5 years we've both had ups and downs - both professionally, and personally, and I'm privileged to have him as a friend through all of that. Not to mention his awesome skills as a rubber duck and someone to throw zany code ideas around with.
I'm glad that Paul, Naomi and all the guys at in silico are taking over our clients - I can't think of any other company that I would trust to treat them as well.
Next, Danny and Craig, my ex-partners. These guys deserve a huge thanks just for putting up with me, for being awesome dudes, and for reminding me that just because we're in business doesn't mean that everything has to be totally serious all the time. Again, we've had our ups and downs, but they've never let that get in the way of business, and I appreciate both of them for that. GMM did well to make it as far as we did, and it wouldn't have been anywhere near as fun without them. The only regret? All of the cool apps that we wanted to build that we never got around to. They're both super clever and talented dudes, and I'm sure they'll do great in the future - whether that's in IT, design, photography or music.
To all of you folks that have been good enough to throw work at us over the past 5 years - to Zanchey, who's sent me enough referrals over the years to leave me eternally indebted to him; to Dirk, who (unbeknownst to him) has often reminded me that I love writing code, and if it's not fun you're not doing it right; to George, who seems to take a sadistic delight in getting a perfectly good design sorted, and then sending me a "revision" when I've just finished the first one; and to Andy, who will probably never read this, but hopefully is doing great with all of the amazing ideas that he has. To all of you, thank you for the friendship and trust that you've shown to us in the past. There's nothing harder than referring a friend to someone, and without you we'd have closed up shop long ago.
Finally, to my family. Despite the fact that they've probably never quite understood just what I'm rabbiting on about (since I was 8, probably), and have looked on with fear and concern as I've worked myself into the ground over one project or another (or from caffeine abuse), they've always just been there - which is much more important than it sounds. Whenever I've had problems with business, need some advice, or just need someone to bitch and moan to, they've been there.
So, what's happening now?
As I mentioned in a previous post, I've set up a new business - Achernar Solutions, where I'm looking at doing far more development and consulting work. Coding, thinking, building - the stuff that I love. I'm available to build web applications, for Ruby on Rails consulting, and remote Linux support.
I'm also staying on with in silico as their Systems Administrator - making sure that my baby (the server) stays running for long enough until they can easily maintain it themselves.
Aside from that, who knows? It's the start of a brand new year, and I'm looking forward to seeing everything that it has to offer.
May the next 5 years be as successful as the past 5!