Aug 192013

This site is about Stefan Ozminski.  Anyone that wants to download programs or scripts from might want to know a little about the author beforehand.

My bachelor’s degree in Computer Science is from Michigan State University, 1985, and was focused on Software Engineering.  My employment for the last 30 years has been in Information Technology, but my degree was from the School of Lyman Briggs and was actually a Natural Science degree with a coordinate major in Computer Science.  There was enough overlap in requirements that students in that program could meet all the requirements of the College of Engineering Computer Science degree and the requirements of the College of Natural Science School of Lyman Briggs Natural Science degree together in a 4-5 year program.

The first software program I was ever paid to write was a concordance program in 1985 to create A concordance to Darwin’s The expression of the emotions in man and animals.  It ran on a Cyber 750, was programmed in FORTRAN and took 15 hours to run.  This project was done under the leadership of Dr. Paul H. Barrett and Dr. Donald Weinshank.  A second concordance was done which created A Concordance to Darwin’s The descent of man and selection in relation to sex in 1986.  The second was redesigned and programmed in C on an MS-DOS machine and ran in 45 minutes.  We did a third concordance to create A Concordance to Charles Darwin’s notebooks, 1836-1844.

I have worked on DOS machines since 1985.  I started working in the VMS operating system in 1986 and continued until about 1993.  From 1989 to 1994 I worked at the Kellogg Biological Station as a computer and network administrator for a VMS, Microsoft MS-DOS and Apple Mac network.  During that time I did a lot of Ingres database management and also did some consulting work on UNIX platforms.  From 1994 to 2005 I worked at the Kellogg Company as a consultant maintaining and developing software and databases on VMS, Oracle and Microsoft Windows systems, including a couple of years working with the SAP system.  I started working consistently with Microsoft Windows when Windows 2000 was released.

I am back at the Kellogg Biological Station (2005-present) working as a computer and network manager where I have built an extensive collection of CMD and VBScript scripts copyrighted for Michigan State University.  Software installation is a big part of what I do, and if I can get a program to install from the command line, that is the way I do it to maintain consistency and allow installations to be done sequentially.  We have Active Directory servers (2003 and 2008), Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows 2000 (2), and Apple Mac computers.