A Wordnik welcome to Andy and Jeff

We’re happy to be welcoming two new Wordniks — Jeff Barbose, who joins Wordnik today, and Andy Loong, who has recently joined us full-time.

Welcome Jeff!

Jeff is a software architect and UX designer with more than twenty years of experience designing and creating user interfaces and applications; the last dozen have been specific to native iOS and Mac OS X app development. This included a stint as a Senior Application Architect at Apple Inc. He’d tell you what he was working on, but, well … you know.
He also participated in the first go-round of eBooks at NuvoMedia, helping to design and implement the RocketLibrarian for Mac which accompanied the Rocket eBook device.
The best software and user experience, in his opinion, delight the user and make interacting with devices so well-suited to the task that the user doesn’t recall the details of having used them.
Jeff also writes long-form fiction, keeps a blog, paints, sketches, and invents new creative outlets when required. His academic background in biological sciences has allowed him to anticipate advances in software engineering and best practices: our industry has yet to invent anything in software that life hasn’t already accomplished in nature.

Andy Loong joins Wordnik!

Before Wordnik, Andy worked at HP/Palm as Operations Manager overseeing the HP WebOS cloud services data centers, where he took on the challenge to architect and implement the first generation cloud services infrastructure for WebOS. Over three years, Andy built multiple data centers in the US, the EU, and China to support millions of Palm customers. All the data centers that Andy has built are “lights-out style,” meaning that everything is managed remotely and programmatically to engage servers into services, so six data centers (plus of development, QA and stress test environments) could be run with only a few system admin on staff.
Before Palm, Andy was at Mobitv where he built the network that is currently used by Sprint. Andy has also worked at Siemens Business Division, managing some of their high-security data centers.

We’re happy to have Jeff and Andy on the team!