I am Canadian, but I live mostly in India. I started my career as a writer doing Public Relations but quickly moved into public online search systems for libraries and information centers. I worked as a System Analyst and Project Manager before becoming a private consultant. As a consultant, I made lots of money, invested wisely in real estate, and retired before 40. Now I only take on projects I want. I have written tons of user documentation, trained thousands of users, done endless presentations and I am so glad to be out of it all!
I started using MediaPortal in 2007 when my VCR broke and I could not find a DVD recorder here in India (no TiVo!). So it was the PVR functions that first attracted me. Then, I developed WebEPG grabbers for over 300 Indian TV Channels. I soon gave that up as EPG in India is a nightmare with no consistency and the websites are constantly changing format. Now, I hardly ever watch or record TV since MP makes it so easy to just download and watch all my TV shows without worrying about what is broadcast where or when. MP is my favorite software of all time, hands down, and I am really picky!
My nick - Dadeo is a common nickname given by my friends and family - Daddy+Video since I provide most of them with the latest movies and TV Shows!
The MP Team, and community, is the best I have ever worked with and that includes a lot of really highly paid ‘experts’! Their dedication, and brilliance, is awe inspiring so I am glad to help in any way I can. I recently began writing the features pages for the new homepage and was invited to become a member of the Docs Team. I hope to take a crack at improving the Wiki some day soon.
Currently, I am also the author of the aMPed skin for 4:3 users – the underprivileged! When I am not on my computer, which is rare, I love hiking in the mountains, designing and renovating houses, and I maintain a website and library database of over 100,000 audio, video and written works for a non-profit organization.