Wearcheck & Lubrigard
Burlington, Ontario, Web Applications Programmer
A trailblazer and a leader. Michael started the first Internet Website Design business in Hamilton way back in 1996. He rented his first office next to NetAccess Systems in Hamilton and got a high speed connection hard wired to his office back when everyone else was on dial-up. Through strategic partnerships the business grew to nicer offices downtown. Michael developed one of the first web content management systems which earned him recognition in the Hamilton Spectator. The business continued to grow and in 2003 Michael sold his shares to pursue his own online retail dot com dreams.
Flash back to the mid 90's. Michael was known as "Fever" from the prolific days of demo groups and hacking groups. One of the most famous was Future Crew with their amazing demo Second Reality. Michael was part of that scene in Hamilton. Groups of hackers (guys who program, not guys who break into other peoples system's for bad purposes) would get together either virtually or in person and push the limits of the technolgy. The goal was always to produce stunning graphics and sound with a very small filesize.
Jump ahead to 2003. Those online retail dreams landed him in the Dominican Republic where he and his real estate developer partner ran a very successful online retail electronics empire. That business ran its course and they slowly transitioned to the real estate sales and development. In 2009 they purchased DRListings.com, a successful real estate board for Dominican Real Estate. In 2014 they launched the new updated DRListings.com which uses modern day technologies to deliver the best real estate experience. DRListings is now the number one site for Dominican Real Estate Listings.
The design bug has caught Michael again and he is currently doing consulting, project management, website design, search engine optimization and programming. He is currently being represented by Darkweb.Design.
Burlington, Ontario, Web Applications Programmer
Dominican Republic, Director of Technology
Hamilton, Ontario, Founding Partner
Folded Tristo Web Design into 2Gen.net
Hamilton, Ontario, Software Specialist
Hamilton, Ontario, Ownert
Computer Systems Technology
Mohawk College of Applied Arts and Technology
I started off programming in QuickBasic when I was in College. I had programmed in High School but nothing serious.
While I was in college I ran a 3 line Bulletin Board System (BBS) on my computer. A BBS is like a website, only in those days
you connected through your telephone. My start in programming has always come out of necessity. For my BBS I needed a way for
users to request files. So I built a system where each user could log in and enter a file request system. Other users were given
points for fulfilling requests. To me when I have a need to program something I have no choice but to do it. I am driven to solve
solve the problem.
When I started my Internet business back in 1996 I quickly learned the language of the Internet. Back on the early days there was no PHP or ASP. We had to program using PERL. Once I learned how to store, display and manipulate data I was quickly getting jobs. One of the first was for a Recruiter/Headhunter. They needed a system to post job postings on their website. A need arose and I developed a system to solve that need.
Here is a look at some recent work.
Playa Laguna Real Estate was our first site Dominican Republic Real Estate. After the purchase of DRListings.com we took the old site down. We have relaunched it in August 2014 providing similar functionality of Dominican Real Estate Listings to DRListings in a different format. This site should boost t DRListings.com as the listings link directly to DRL.
I need to learn iOS programming. I'd like to get my sports app working with iOS. My next thing is to start programming in native code for Android. More to follow soon. Right now I am focusing on my network of websites and moving towards a retail environment. I'm looking to partner with someone to get back into retail. I am continuing to work on my Sports app for Android as well.
proSports.tips is my Android app which is available on google play. You can find it by searching proSports.tips Google Play. I won't say much about it other than its provides head to head sports matchup statistics for upcoming games for the top North American sports. The site is 95% automated and only requires administrator interaction about 8 times a year.
Vaporizing is much more efficient than smoking. You need fewer of your herb for an equally powerful effect. And because vapor doesn't irritate the lungs, you can keep it inside for longer, thus facilitating the absorption of more of its active components. The Vaporizer Store sells all name brand vaporizers as well as Portable Vaporizers. Many vaporizers will only heat the herb as you inhale, so nothing goes "up in smoke" between puffs.
Lubrigard is a b2b business that sells Lubrication Management Systems to business and industry. I worked there from 2012 until 2014. The Lubrigard website was created to index a large number of technical parts and products. They want to focus on Des-Case Breathers for their Search Engine Marketing. I think we did a good job. Take a look. Google search Des-Case Breathers.
nFusion Canada was our largest seller in the online electronics business. Now this site is a landing page for SEO. This demonstrates how old domains with good page rank and incoming links can be re-purposed to capture that link juice and feed it to the sites you are currently promoting.
Playa Laguna Real Estate was our first site for the Dominican Real Estate. It has since been re-purposed to show the current listings on DRListings.com. Another re-purposing but this time using actual dynamic data drawn from the DRListings.com database. I'm not sure if anyone else is doing this for SEO right now.
I take inspiration from Max Headroom, the man inside the box fighting to get out. This gallery sums it up.
I am currently available for design and programming jobs as well as general internet consulting for small to mid-sized businesses. Even if you don't use my services to design or program your application, I am also available for project management. I have overseen the deployment of many sites and applications for businesses in Canada and the United States. Send me an email to see if I am a fit for your needs.
Email me if you want to hire me. I am currently available for freelance work. firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a text at 1-905-537-3194.
In 2005 DRListings was created to facilitate the need of a major listing service for Dominican Real Estate similar to the Canadian Real Estate Association MLS®, Multiple Listing Service® This gives both buyers and sellers better information and more comparisons when trying to sell or buy real estate in Dominican Republic.
Over the last 9 years the site has grown internationally and referred by most investors or sellers. The site has grown to become the number one site for Dominican Republic Real Estate. Just recently revamped for a custom responsive search solution you will find the site easy to navigate and find specific real estate. All the information you need regarding Dominican real estate transactions can be found here on pages such as Guide to Paradise and Tourism Investment Real Estate.