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Oliver Baty
Works at Vedder Price
Attended Miami University
Lives in Chicago, IL
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Howdy. My name is Oliver Baty, and I am a Desktop Engineer and Microsoft SCCM Administrator.

I started designing web sites in 2000, with my first commercial site going live in 2001. I mostly work in HTML and CSS, but I'm pretty good with PHP, MySQL and JavaScript. I most enjoy developing little web applications. I've written quite a few WordPress plugins and themes, too. My Portfolio page has more details about the work I've done.

I have a modest little site at that was started in early 2005 as a sandbox for experimenting with different programming languages. Since then, it has been a portfolio, a business card, a SEO testing ground, and most recently, a blog about technology (my 9-5 job is in IT) and web development (moonlighting/freelance).

When I was doing the most freelancing, I created Aleph Studios, a tiny web development studio specializing in high-quality, handmade web sites, to handle the business side of things while leaving Ardamis as an outlet for thoughts of a less focused nature.

In case you were wondering… the name Ardamis comes from a misheard song lyric on the 1984 Planet P Project album “Pink World.” It’s a double-album, 26-song, progressive rock opera about a boy with psychic powers who eventually saves (some of) the planet from nuclear annihilation. Today, it’s mostly unlistenable, even for someone who appreciates concept albums, but I was 10 in 1984, and it sounded pretty good.

  • Miami University
    Philosophy, Education, English Lit., 1992 - 1998
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  • Vedder Price
    Manager of Desktop Operations, 2005 - present
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