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An Autobiography of Russell O'Neill

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My name is Russell O'Neill. I created smileytech.net because I've always wanted to have a web site of my own, where I can try out different web-based development techniques and also share photos and other information about what's happening in my life with my friends and family. Also, I occasionally write a piece of software for myself that I think others might find useful, and thought this would be a good way to distribute those titles to anyone whose interested.

I'm not very big into writing about myself. I find it most unlikely that my life is/has been interesting enough to warrant people reading about it. However, I also feel that some background information about me will make viewing this site easier for those that do not know me. This is a personal homepage, thus it really needs some biographical information for anything to make sense. So, to provide this context, the following is a little bit about me.

I was born in New York City on December 13, 1979. I was the fifth and last child in my family. Of the five, I was the fourth male. I only lived in New York a couple of years before my family and I moved to Virginia, where I live until this day.

George Mason University Seal I found out at a young age I enjoyed working with technology. It didn't matter if it was networking, development, hardware, or even just using Microsoft Office...if an activity dealt with a computer in any way, I enjoyed doing it. So, after I graduated in 1997 from Oakton High School, I entered George Mason University to study Computer Science. After many mistakes, I finally graduated with my Bachelors of Science degree in May of 2003 (don't ever mention Calculus to me).

The FirstGov.gov logo During my Junior year at Mason, I joined the General Services Administration's Office of FirstGov as an intern. This office is responsible for the FirstGov.gov web site, which is the official Federal government portal. I worked on various projects for the office, including updating and improving the FirstGov.gov search engine and maintaining the applications that run on the site. After my internship ended, I was able to continue as a full time employee, and I continue working there to this day.

Once I had a full time job, I decided that it would be a good time to continue my education and go for a Master's degree. Therefore, I am now back at GMU as a Master of Science candidate in Software Engineering. I hope to finish in three years, and graduate in May 2006.

That's about it. If you want to find out more about me, feel free to explore this site some more, or send me an e-mail.

If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to email me at russell@smileytech.net.