About me

My name is Jimmy and I am a software engineer by trade. I have been working in IT since the nineties (that makes me sound really old, doesn’t it)?

I have an amazing wife and two awesome daughters and a doggo named Moose. I am so thankful for them and the life I get to lead every day.

me and my much better half

Graphic Design Years

I started out as a Graphic Designer. Working in Graphic Design in the mid-nineties was all about the Mac. I feel in love instantly with Macs (and ultimately most Apple products and services) there and started down the technology path.

Working on a Mac in applications like Quark Xpress, Adobe Illustrator, and Photoshop really opened my eyes to the power of premium applications.

Software Engineering

While I enjoyed my time as a Graphic Designer, I wanted to do something different, while still heavily technology-based.

I was lucky to be able to find a job as a network engineer at Avaya, a truly amazing company. I have been with the company in several engineering roles since 1997 (it’s been a while) and am currently a software engineer.

Blogging and YouTube

As an engineer, I spend a lot of time in front of a screen working on stuff. I started using lots of different applications to get things done. This led to the creation of my blog, The Productive Engineer, and a YouTube channel of the same name where I share tips, tricks, and tutorials on how to get things done in various productivity apps like Evernote, Notion, and Todoist.

As I ran my blog and YouTube channel, I had to learn or re-learn a bunch of new skills:

  • Video Editing
  • Audio Editing
  • Image Editing

I also had to learn to use a bunch of different applications and services like Final Cut Pro, ScreenFlow, Photoshop, and others. This, in turn, led me to create this site:

the Editing Dojo

The goal of this site is to be a one-stop place you can go when you need to know how to edit something. I hope this site serves you well.