Michael Earls is a Microsoft technology solutions consultant working for Magenic Technologies, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner dedicated to using Microsoft tools and technology to solve business problems. He began his software development career in 1996 when Microsoft launched its Activate the Internet campaign. At that time he was a developer on one of the first online catalogs for an international publishing company. His industry experience includes financial services, supply chain management, consumer marketing services, e-commerce, Internet services, travel services, and telecommunications. He enjoys building puppets and composing electronic music in his spare time.