The domain jonbrown.org was purchased as part of a University Sr. Year final project where I showcased my mastery of then HTML
Web development and design was not part of the curriculum, I had crafted my own project through a self study course capstone at Franklin Pierce College then now Franklin Pierce University.
Since then I have had multiple iterations of the website where I showcased my graphic design and web development capabilities. Early on in the site it was a showcase of what I was capable of and my overall resume. Lack of experience showed but the site itself was a portfolio piece.
In 2005 Jon became interested in desktop widgets the first platform, Konfabulator ran on macOS and used XML and HTML as their core design and development language. Apple came out with Dashboard Widgets and shortly thereafter Jon developed Calorie Counter, Calorie Tracker and Birthstone Picker which was featured in Apple's keynote address and launch of macOS Tiger.
Popularity of the widget really tookoff and Jon started The Flip Side a widget podcast dedicated to macOS Widget Development. Jon then worked for a non profit where he was professionally trained at the Big Nerd Ranch for iOS Development and became developing macOS and iOS apps notably the app BeFit for macOS and Seafood Tracker for iOS.
As Jon grew into his career path, as a certified Apple Administrator he added on to the site a popular blog and social media following as he segued into life as a business owner and operator of then Mac Gurus turned Grove Technologies LLC where he performed Apple based IT Support services for digital agencies.
A historical lookback
Website forwarded to Grove Designs
"I have been running, maintaining, and contributing to the efforts around jonbrown.org for the last 24 years. Its really me on a plate and all the things I have done over the course of my life. Thousands of miles traveled, hundreds of thousands unique opportunities and hundreds of projects. Its been an amazing journey. I am looking forward to many more. "
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