Stoneyowl Solutions, LLC started as a single chemist, Thomas Hill, trying to utilize a PDP-11 mini-computer to better analyze the output of an Inductively Coupled Argon Plasma Spectrophotometer. He learned PDP-11 assembly language and developed several tools to better analyze and understand the results from the spectrophotometer. From there, he moved on to doing the same thing with the output of a Hewlett-Packard gas chromatograph, using the PDP-11 to analyze natural gas compositions.
Later during a motorcycle trip from Anchorage, AK to Boise, ID, he and his friends saw a demonstration of an IMSAI-8080 micro-computer, and they bought one on the spot and had it shipped to Anchorage. Capitalizing on his knowledge of PDP-11 assembly, he learned 8080 assembly and started writing software for the 8080, and later the 8086 and Z80 micro-processors.
After 10 years as a chemist, Tom decided to take another career path, and started his own computer retail store, with custom software and hardware development offerings. He built custom interface boards and circuits for oilfield and wind energy equipment, developed real-time software for controlling the power distribution from battery banks charged from wind energy, and taught night courses at the local community college in basic AC/DC physics, assembly programming, logic circuit design, and other subjects.
Growing tired of retail sales, Tom sold his stake in the computer store to his partners and took a job at the Amoco Research Center in Tulsa, OK. After a multi-year contract at the AMOCO Research Center, he started a series of projects at Ft. Sill Oklahoma working on various classified projects. Un-classified projects included web based artillery range scheduling and management, Fish and Wildlife hunting and fishing license tracking and coordination with artillery range use; and mainframe development of various post wide CSP modules for warfighter tracking, orders management, and vehicle management.
From Fort Sill Tom moved to Ft. Leavenworth, KS. where he worked on classified projects in battlefield simulation, and un-classified projects for aiding soldiers in converting their military training and class work to civilian credit hour equivilents, for presentation to colleges and universities to reduce credit hour loads. The military association continued when Tom moved to Hurlburt Field in Florida to work at the Special Operations Forces Command on mission planning, resource allocation and tracking and after action reporting software. He also worked on secure communications and data transfers between the headquarters and battlefield arenas.
Following his contract career for the Department of Defense (DoD), Tom decided to try his hand in the private sector and has been working various contract jobs for the State of Florida, Pioneer-HiBred in Des Moines, IA and other Florida private industry positions.
For more than 38 years Tom has developed software in a variety of languages ranging from COBOL to FORTH to MUMPS to Delphi and Visual BASIC and, for the last 18 years, in C# and VB.Net using the Microsoft .Net framework.
Along this path he has also developed a good understanding of SDLC, SCRUM and user requirements analysis.