This website (mdj.us) is the web portfolio, blog, and playground of Matt Jones, a Boston, MA based web developer, gamer, and tech/gadget junkie.
You'll find a little bit of everything covered here, but primarily "techie" stuff... website design, development, PHP programming, database, general gadget-related articles, etc.
About this website
The engine behind mdj.us is phpSQLiteCMS, with some custom hacks here & there.
Previous versions have run the sNews Content Management System, and various other CMSs before that.
This is my playground of sorts, you can find any range of topic covered here, depending upon my interests at the time.
If you're interested in some random statistics, check my site stats page.
Random stuff about me
I like to hack around in PHP and Perl, I'm a bit of a Linux nerd as well (been using Debian since Potato for my server, and the Fedora Xfce spin for my desktop). I'm constantly starting new designs, some of which I convert to themes (aka templates) and make them available for download here on my site.
I dig video games, gadgets, web design, programming, and anything techie in general. I'm totally infatuated with my little Android phone & my tablet (an Acer Iconia A100) these days, my netbook has officially died (won't even post), and I've come to the conclusion that tablets are the future for small-form computing... I still find myself gaming on my big desktop at times however, nothing can replace PC gaming for me, certainly not any of the current console systems.
I enjoy web design and publishing on my blog here, I created my first website in 1996 using HTML 3.2 and an embarrassing number of "FONT" tags. I'm not a professional web developer by trade (I'm a network guy), and I'm self taught in everything web related, meaning no formal training, I've picked up a lot by reading others great tutorials on the web, or in books and of course by trial and error.
I'm constantly learning new things to mess around with & implement on my site. I create all my images/designs with the GIMP. Anyways, this is my always-evolving little corner of the web... welcome & enjoy, and feel free to send me an email.
About the domain
I registered this domain on April 24th, 2002, the "gold rush" day for the second level .us domains. I attempted to register about 10 variations on my name and this is the only one I got, it was my least favorite at the time, but I've come to appreciate the value of the 3 character domain.
This domain was used primarily for internal web design & testing until fall of '08, when I began using sNews CMS as my publishing tool and made this my public blog/article site.