History of Adventures In Creativity


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Adventures In Creativity started out, as I did, as an Engineering Development company. After a couple of projects, AIC went dormant as I continued my education and explored new areas - namely the new area of personal computers (back when a personal computer was an Apple II Plus!).

If you really want the story about the transition from engineering to computers, click here.

Of course, as history will tell, it was not too long before IBM got into the computer business and that is now well-known history. So, since I was asked, I started doing work with the early PC's - database systems in dBASE II. That was interesting stuff, in that it was fun to watch a project develop and become useful. That I was paid to have this kind of fun was a real bonus!

1984 turned out to be less like what Orwell predicted, but the introduction of the Mac has changed computing forever. Just look at how we now do things if you have any doubts. By this time I was working retail computer sales for a wonderful company that actually cared about its customers - and things were simple enough that we could teach people to use the equipment we sold them. That grew into the first computer user group, hosted at the store. (It has since gone on, to grow in membership and travel around the County and currently resides out in Thousand Oaks now.)

Meanwhile, I am still doing the occassional project for a customer or client through the contacts made at Computer Village. And, we are still in the mid-80's. By this time, I am doing projects on the Mac, in addition to projects on the PC. I had run through all of the database development systems as they came out for the Mac, and was disgusted with all of them except Fourth Dimension.

Fourth Dimension, or 4D as it is known to friends, has long been the development choice for those of us not too willing to learn Pascal or C and all of the nuances of writing low-level code for the Mac. That work was enough to convince Apple that I should have Developer status. For many years, I augmented my personal and professional experience with information from Apple through their Developer program. Lately, Apple's direction and requirements for the Developer program have not provided enough of what I need to be of value to my customers and I have let that one go.

Computer Village closed in late 1994, sadly for most of us closely related to the store - even though I was not working there by that time. This left a "hole" in the retail marketplace that AIC filled. For almost a year, AIC was very involved in the retail computer business, and looking like it could actually become a self-supporting venture. Fate had other plans. That fall, Clinton and Congress got nose-to-nose and stalled over a budget. You might remember that Federal Parks were closed for a couple of days while Congress ran around to find the funds to open them back up again. I remember, because I was on vacation at the time! One of the other results of all of this was a significant change in the way government agencies purchased computer products. Which is to say that 90% of AIC's customer base suddenly was not in the market for computer products for several months - and when they got back to ordering, some of us had been forced to leave this business area for lack of sales.

Windows, 95 at first and then 98, came to be the center of PC computing. As a developer, I had experience in the DOS-based languages; writing for Windows seemed to require too much time doing things that were not central to the application (windows, dialog boxes, checking where the mouse had gone off to, etc.). I was confident that some people would work out most of those issues so the developers could get back to the core of their application - and that has come to pass. Meanwhile, I found several interesting positions around the Ventura County area providing computer and system support.

I had been told that I was a good teacher, that I should look into that field. I was more than a little surprised when I was, in fact, offered a teaching assignment at Ventura College - followed a couple of days later with an assignment at Oxnard College. The assignments at Oxnard College continued, as I learned more (i.e. became A+ Certified and Microsoft Certified), I was able to teach more classes. I have enjoyed all of them, the students and their successes as a result of their training.

Today, 2001, AIC provides solutions to customers: primarily in hardware and sometimes software ( both off-the-shelf and cusom-written), network design, system management, growth management, training and repair.

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