The vast majority of my computer skills are self-taught, with experience gained through personal endeavors, Internet research, and community participation in a large number of open source projects.
In recent years I have been focusing on learning the .NET platform, with the emphasis on C# development for use with various Internet protocols.
I have also been heavily involved with the phenomenal Second Life® platform, enhancing my skillset in one of my favorite pasttimes, 3D modelling, as well as developing several client applications which connect to the platform.
Rounding out my skillset to include an understanding of the current state of the Linux platform, I have been working with virtual machine systems like Virtual Box and administering virtual servers running Ubuntu and Debian distributions.
Deployment on Linux servers has a number of advantages in terms of cost reduction for small businesses, and in an effort to be more productive in those areas, I have been endeavoring to work more with PHP and the MySQL database platform.