million dollar man, 500+ custom cabinet drawings per year
build to suit restaurants, up to 10,000 square feet, 3 kitchens, and an elevator
TurboCAD, MegaCAD, SilverScreen Solid Modeler, CabinetVision Solid
Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Access, FrontPage, Custom Style Sheets (css)
And Bill said, let there be light...
In the beginning there wasn't Word or Excel. I worshiped false idols Amipro and Lotus 123. It wasn't
until I had relocated to the Czech Republic and Windows 95 débuted that I saw the light and was in
rapture with Bill Gates. Fortunately I was in luck. Most people were in the same situation as me,
infidels. Too, my fellow converts were equally disadvantaged as I trying to learn the programs. The
operating systems were in Czech, but the textbooks only available in English. I sill have my matching
set of Mastering Windows 95 and Mastering Excel for Windows. The publisher, Sybex, called them the Bible
of textbooks. I thought of them as my Rosetta stone because not only did I learn the programs but also
I learned Czech by translating the menus and commands.
The first thing I had to do was make a password. Mine was--pomocme. This is Czech for 'help me,' and
it is exactly how I felt at the time. I read those books cover to cover, learned the programs and taught
There was immediate need to put my newfound powers to use. I was sent to Ukraine to figure out production.
We processed logs from the forest with little idea of waste or relationship between class, diameter, price,
and output. Using Excel we could track these factors as well as measure operator output and time to
process a log. Result, we now had a baseline to build a sales program. As I was finishing this project we
made a contract to deliver elements to Belgium using this information.
What about all these programs?
You might be wondering what my level of competency is with these office products. I am a power user in all
these with exception of Access and only because it is the one I have used least. I do understand relationship
data base tables and could easily jump into it and within a short time.