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Don Metzler

Louisville, Colorado USA

Founder & President, Barefoot Productions, Inc.

Software Journeyman (Developer / Engineer / Architect / Visionary)

Author / Pilot / Photographer / Chef / Entrepreneur

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Ten-second resume:

Professional desktop and mobile application software developer since 1988.  Experience writing software for network engineering tools, games, data visualization, scientific applications, image processing, user interfaces, client/server, custom controls, XML/RSS feeds, database access, network communications, screen savers, system utilities/services, device drivers, system hooks, shell extensions and geographic information systems in C, C++, Objective-C, C#/.NET and Java technologies. I have experience in Windows and OS X application development and porting applications from Windows to/from Macintosh OS X.

Responsible for the architecture, design, development, testing and assisting with the release of more than 60 software applications.

Facts and trivia:

  • I was born during the first Super Bowl Game (the Green Bay Packers beat the Kansas City Chiefs 35-10).  Shortly thereafter, the worst snowstorm on record hit the Chicago area.  I think this is why I like the cold and snow of Winter.

  • I started my first business at age 10, based on encouragement from my Mom.  I was fixing household electric appliances and electronic devices in the neighborhood where I grew up.

  • I have been on stage and performed with Blue Man Group at the Luxor in Las Vegas.

  • I am an avid collector of all things related to Wacky Packages, which Topps recently re-introduced.

  • My nickname is that of a famous Russian satellite.

  • I have been a private pilot since September 1991.  Some day I hope to get my helicopter rating.

  • Favorite foods: I like most foods but really enjoy Thai, Greek, Japanese (sushi), Spanish (tapas) and White Castle.  Yep - White Castle.


University of Wisconsin, Whitewater (1987-1988)

B.S. Computer Science - December 1988


Western Illinois University (1985-1986)

College of DuPage (1984-1985)

(John Belushi also attended College of DuPage and UW-Whitewater.)

Interests: Digital photography, mountain biking, skiing, astronomy, image processing, 3D graphics, video games, spicy foods, collecting hot sauces, creating software, building user interfaces, Hawaii, flying airplanes and helicopters, music and my iPod (16,000+ songs), snowmobiling, sushi, cooking, new technologies, and reading.


Colorado Pilots Association

Organization of Independent Software Vendors

Association of Independent Software Industry Professionals

Cloud Appreciation Society

Electronic Music Foundation

Favorite quotes:

"We are what we imagine ourselves to be."

-Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.


"Whatever you are, be a good one."

-Abraham Lincoln


"When I believe in something, I fight like hell for it."

-Steve McQueen

"I think making love is the best form of exercise."

-Cary Grant

"Courage is being scared to death - and saddling up anyway."

-John Wayne

"I don't believe in a government that protects us from ourselves."

-Ronald Reagan

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt."

-Abraham Lincoln

"I live for myself and I answer to nobody."

-Steve McQueen


"Remember that the airplane takes off against the wind and not with it."

-Henry Ford

Favorite movies:
  • Once Upon a Time in America

  • Once Upon a Time in the West

  • Heat

  • Bladerunner

  • Thief

  • The Usual Suspects

  • Without Limits

  • Miracle

  • The Hunt for Red October

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