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March 24, 2004

Updated Information about Dave Aiello

Dave Aiello wrote, "I had a look at the information contained in my bio here on CTDATA.com, and it was a little dated. I had last updated it about a year ago and since then I have accomplished a lot, including the launch of Operation Gadget."

"I just finished updating it. So, if you are interested, look it over, and let me know if you have any comments or suggestions."

Biographical Sketch of Dave Aiello

David E. Aiello
President, Chatham Township Data Corporation
Editor, Operation Gadget

David E. Aiello is the founder and president of Chatham Township Data Corporation, an Internet and Intranet application development company. CTDATA develops large, complex Web Sites that contain relational databases. Dave founded CTDATA in 1989.

See also [ Dave Aiello's Resume ]

Dave has performed dozens of consulting projects at large and small corporations and non-profit organizations. Clients that he has served on behalf of CTDATA include Bear Stearns & Co., J.P. Morgan Chase, Lipton Foods, Automatic Data Processing, Schering-Plough Research Institute, Sybase, and L.L. Bean. His non-profit experience includes work with USA Hockey, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Teach for America.

Dave founded Operation Gadget, an electronic gadget news and reviews website, in November 2003. He is currently serving as the site's editor. Operation Gadget is a Movable Type-based weblog that uses Amazon Web Services to provide purchase information about products discussed in published articles.

Dave has been an active participant in the Slash Content Management System Project, one of the largest community projects in the Open Source software movement. He is considered an expert at modifying the software system for the needs of large corporations. He has presented his work on a special Microsoft Windows implementation of the system at LinuxWorld Expo. Currently, CTDATA.com, the Rensselaer Club of New Jersey Website, and the Atlantic District Officiating Program Website are all based on Dave's cross-platform implementation of Slashcode.

Dave is a member of the Rensselaer Club of New Jersey leadership committee, a regional chapter of the Rensselaer Alumni Association. He served as President of the RCNJ from September 1996 to June 2002. He received the Rensselaer Alumni Key Award in 1998.

Dave is also a USA Hockey Level 4 Official, the highest level of certification available. He has officiated at prestigious amateur ice hockey tournaments including the 2003 USA Hockey Women's Nationals, the 2003 New Jersey Interscholastic Championships, and the 1990 USA Hockey Boys' 16 & Under Tier I Nationals.

Dave is a member of USENIX, the System Administrators' Guild, the National Ice Hockey Officials Association, and the National Association of Sports Officials.

Dave received his B.S. in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is married to Kathleen Kuykendall Aiello, MD, a pediatric resident at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ.


Dave's work has been published on Slashdot.org, one of the most popular technology web sites in the world. These articles include:
  • The Handspring Treo in Real Life, April 8, 2002. A 1,700 word review of a new personal electronic device which combines the functionality of a Personal Digital Assistant, a mobile phone, and a mobile internet device.
  • Running Weblogs with Slash, February 25, 2002. A 1,000 word review of a new technical book from O'Reilly & Associates called "Running Weblogs with Slash".
Dave Aiello Photo
Dave Aiello in a June 2000 photo at the Cape May Biathlon in Cape May, NJ. Dave competes in road races and biathlons/duathlons in the Northeastern USA.

March 3, 2004

Charles Galgac's Movable Type Tip Compendium

Dave Aiello wrote, "I'm planning to make some template changes to Operation Gadget soon. In doing the initial research leading up to these changes, I found a useful page of Movable Type tips on Charles Galgac's site."

"There's lots of good stuff in that list, including articles about moving existing Movable Type blogs with customizations from one web host to another. I thought there was some information about running and restoring backups, but it's just links to cPanel documentation. Bummer."