Five Things You Might Not Know About Me

I've recently been tagged by Eric Mack. So here are five things you may not know about me.

  1. I was Co-inventor of MailScout an email rule server.

    In 1993 I was hired by Eric Mack and Bailey Williams to implement Eric's dream of an information gateway. This started out with pager gateways. As with many things I do that lead to a product, I was playing around with something that interested me. The cc:Mail email program had rules, but they were client based rules which meant if your computer wasn't turned on your rules would not run. I experimented creating the start of a scripting language for email. This enabled me to create an out of office rule that I could run while on vacation. After I got back from vacation, Eric and I got together and eventually created MailScout that had over 560,000 users.

  2. I am sometimes asked for my autograph.

    Some think that I am Richard Dreyfus the actor. I personally don't see it, but many do.

  3. I went to the Academy of Automobile design to learn automobile styling.

    When I graduated high school in 1973 (a year early) I moved back to California to go to the Academy of Automobile design which was run by Bruce Bollinger the creator of the Chevrolet Nomad. I wanted to be an automotive stylist, but in 1974 we had a gas crisis. There were long lines to get gas and you could only get gas every other day based on the last digit of your car's license plate. In the U.S. I was told that around 70 percent of all automobile stylists lost their jobs. With this information I decided that since I was just starting to draw that it might be better to pursue another career.

  4. I used to stutter.

    When I first started going to the Church on the Way in 1977, I stuttered. After about three months I stopped stuttering. Nobody prayed for me that I know of, but there was a lot of hugging. I believe that I was hugged out of stuttering.

  5. I used to be skinny and have hair.

    In 1977 I weighed 128 pounds and not only had a full head of hair but it went past my shoulders. When my oldest son discovered that I haven't always been bald in a picture (which I can't find), he exclaimed; you had hair!

Let's start a new meme. What are five things you think people know about you?

Tabbed Interface

Update 18 Aug 2008: Added an openTabOfElement method and now check for the hash of the url and open the tab that contains the hash item. Try opening the Contact tab. This also works for form validation routines when you want to set focus back to a field that contains an error. If the tab is closed you will get an error. To open the tab pass the element to the tabs.openTabOfElement method before setting focus to the form element.


I liked the tabs created in Sliding Doors of CSS, Part II by Douglas Bowman. Please read the article so that you will understand how to modify the CSS of the tabs. The tabs are very nice for site navigation, but I wanted to use it in a tabbed interface within a page so that a user could click on each tab without reloading the page. First I started with the markup for the tabs.

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