Joe and Susan's Homepage
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? I developed the site for the Germanic-American Institute in 1997, and until last year I maintained it on a volunteer basis. I was the publicity director at the GAI and retired at the end of 1998 after three years on the Board of Directors. Check out the web site if you're interested in Germanic culture or the German language. Unfortunately, I've been a little too busy in the past year to take part in much German cultural fun.
Tony's Personal Low-Carb Web Site
Hi... and welcome... here's a bit about me...
Since January 2004, I have been the computer teacher at St. Rose School in Roseville, a job I really love! It hasn't left time for much else, but somehow I found time this summer to get married to Angi, the love of my life, and go on a wonderful honeymoon trip to Europe. In my other life, I do general computer troubleshooting and training, website development and hosting, digital photography/graphics, and all-purpose general geekiness.
I have now been using personal computers and mainframe computers for more than 25 years. For the past 16 years, I have used Macintosh computers from Apple. Though I know the Windows operating system quite well and earn money troubleshooting its many problems, I am an advocate of Apple for the vast majority of users, due mainly to its superior design and reliability, but also for its ease of use. However, the competition has been good for both platforms, and we all have benefitted from it. If Apple had gone out of business in the 80s as was always predicted, I shudder to think how crummy Windows would be now! But it has improved with age, and, to be honest, Apple has adopted a few good ideas from "the dark side." That's what I mean about competition being beneficial.
Back to me: I have a bachelors degree in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and a Masters degree in International Management (MIM) from the University of St. Thomas Graduate School of Business. I began my career working in marketing at a small local manufacturer based on the possibility of an overseas assignment which never panned out. In the meantime, my father passed away and I bought a house-- which were both perspective-altering experiences-- and I decided to focus on working in the Saint Paul area, my home.
After losing my job (which was a good thing) in 1997, I took time to learn Web development. I had been doing desktop publishing for ten years, so the technology of Web programming was not difficult for me to learn. I started my own company, "Schaps Enterprises," and I've been gradually building up a client base doing web development, desktop publishing, general graphics work, pc consulting, troubleshooting and training and, most recently, digital photography.
I have a neighborhood Web site for the area I live called ComoPark.com. I am active in the local District 10 Como Community Council, and despite my penchant for international travel, I love working in my local area. One of my joys (when I have time) is volunteering at Seniornet in Minneapolis (better a geek than an antique!) coaching their excellent computer courses for seniors.
That's all about me-- see a few pics of me by clicking here...