About Mark S. Burgess


2003 Geodomains Expo

In a Mammoth whiteout on Chair 22

Mammoth whiteout Chair 22

2001 Road King

Mark and Julie

Mark and Julie

Resume (pdf)

Present Work



  • Publisher/CTO/Founder (2008-2009) – SD.com Acquisitions LLC
  • CEO/Founder (1993-2008) sandiego.com, Inc.
  • Partner with David Brin, HoloceneChat (1999 – 2009)
  • Director (2006-2009) – Associated Cities
  • Director (2006-2009) – Old Town San Diego Chamber of Commerce
  • Advisory Council (2004-2009) Mainly Mozart
  • Contributing Editor – e-business Advisor magazineand Databased Advisor magazine
  • Contributing Editor – Windows Tech Journal magazine
  • Technical Editor – Security Advisor magazine
  • Director of Professional Development, Computer and Electronics Marketing Association (now HTMA)
  • Project Management Software Reviewer – PC World Magazine
  • Founder – Knowledge Works, Inc.

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    Knowledge Works, Inc.Software development and consulting Company established August ’87
    • BugWeb – integrated SQL Server and WorldWideWeb for software fault recording
    • National Schools Report on the Web – database server on WWW for 25 page report
    • US Air Force Ballistic Missile Defense Office Executive Information System prototype
    • Counter_Measures – casino security system
    • BIOLA Graphics – water flow graphing and analysis system
    • Training Center – Company training requirements and scheduling
    • Ergonomic Director – ergonomics inventory system
    • OSHA Forms Management System – government reporting system
    • QuoteNet – telecommunications for centralized purchasing management
    • Profit Maker – business operations analysis
    • Camacho Mechanical Estimating System – construction estimating
    • Chapter Manager – association membership list and meeting management
    • The PAT System – mutual funds transaction analysis
    • Who’s On Disk – menu system for the PC
    • Software Release Manager – project-oriented software version/release manager
    • The Polling System – telecommunications system for invoice collection
    • News Budget System – broadcast news expenditures tracking for NBC affiliate
    • QuikEyes – trains new users on the mouse in Windows environment
    • Nutripoints: The Software – nutritional intake tracking and analysis
    • CrossLink – church membership organization tool
    • The Chart – multi-project GANTT charting system for R&D groups
    • Change Tracker – construction subcontract tracking and analysis
  • Certified Project Management Professional, PMI
  • Marketing Department[sic], Professional Applications Corporation
  • Project Manager, Publications Administrator, General Dynamics Electronics Division, San Diego
  • Master of Business Administration, University of San Diego
  • Bachelor of Arts – Creative Writing, University of Arizona
  • Business Manager, Blue Moon Press (link to award), University of Arizona
  • Summer/Part-time jobs: warehouse manager, short order cook, well crew, swimming pool diver/heater mechanic, librarian, hotel maintenance, gas station attendant, dishwasher, plumber
  • Attended high school at Hellgate High
  • Attended church at First Presbyterian Church (same as “River Runs Through It”)
  • Eagle Scout and Post President Mullan District(was Scout Troop and Explorer Post #4 in the Western Montana Council)
  • Grew up in Missoula, Montana The Missoulian



TV and Radio Appearances

  • TechTalk Show on KPRI
  • Video (Over 60 appearances, but not everything taped got saved.)


(Last updated 12/99)

  1. “Looking for Trouble: Network Security Scanners”, Business Security Advisor Magazine, Nov ’99
  2. “e-Business Advisor Tips”, E-Business Advisor Magazine, Dec ’98
  3. “e-Business Advisor Tips”, E-Business Advisor Magazine, Nov ’98
  4. “e-Business Advisor Tips”, E-Business Advisor Magazine, Oct ’98
  5. “e-Business Advisor Tips”, E-Business Advisor Magazine, Sept ’98
  6. “Security by Router”, E-Business Advisor Magazine, Aug ’98
  7. “e-Business Advisor Tips”, E-Business Advisor Magazine, July ’98
  8. “The Server Side of Electronic Commerce”, E-Business Advisor Magazine, June ’97
  9. “Create Java Applets in a Snap”, E-Business Advisor Magazine, May ’97
  10. “Hands in Your Cookie Jar”, E-Business Advisor Magazine, March ’97
  11. “Debugging Your Internet Connection”, E-Business Advisor Magazine, Feb ’97
  12. “Keeping Track of Internet Access”, Internet Advisor, December ’96
  13. “A Step-By-Step Guide to Using Windows NT and RAS”, Internet Advisor, April ’96
  14. “Connect Win NT and UNIX”, Internet Advisor, Premier Issue, March ’96
  15. “Building Applications on the World Wide Web”, Internet Advisor, Premier Issue, January ’96
  16. “Developer’s View: Windows ‘95”, Data Based Advisor, Oct., ’95
  17. “Build Your Internet Site with Windows NT Server”, Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine, Sept/Oct., ’95
  18. “The Web is More Than Cool – It Even Makes Sense”, ComputorEdge, Mar, ’95
  19. “The Impact of the Internet”, ComputorEdge, Nov., ’94
  20. “Ask Mr. Webster”, Windows Tech Journal, Nov., ’94
  21. “Working in the Database Mines”, Windows Tech Journal, Oct., ’94
  22. “1-800-DATABASE API’s”, Windows Tech Journal, Sept., ’94
  23. “What’s My Datatype”, Windows Tech Journal, July, ’94
  24. “The Village Datasmith”, Windows Tech Journal, June, ’94
  25. “Database Woebegone Days”, Windows Tech Journal, May, ’94
  26. “Front-End Tools for Windows NT” Data Based Advisor, June, ’94
  27. “Basic In New Places” Data Based Advisor, May, ’94
  28. “Database Forecast” Data Based Advisor, April, ’94
  29. “The Book of Internet”, Windows Tech Journal, April, ’94
  30. “Yabba DBA Doo” Windows Tech Journal, March, ’94
  31. “A Day at the Database Circus” Windows Tech Journal, February, ’94
  32. “Snappy MAPI: The Messaging Application Programming Interface” Data Based Advisor, February, ’94
  33. “Clarion Database Developer 3.0 Rings In Loud and Clear” Data Based Advisor, February, ’94
  34. “Windows Development: Strike a Balance” Data Based Advisor, January, ’94
  35. “Two Part Invention” Windows Tech Journal, January, ’94
  36. “Tool Builder or Tool User?” Data Based Advisor, January, ’94
  37. Author, Advanced Visual Basic, Addison-Wesley, ’94 (Book)
  38. “The Client-Server Playground” Windows Tech Journal, November, ’93
  39. “Flesh and Bones” Windows Tech Journal, October, ’93
  40. “The CAGY Interface” Windows Tech Journal, September, ’93
  41. “Database Report: Serving up Windows NT cover story”, Data Based Advisor, September, ’93
  42. “The Evolution of Visual Basic” Windows Tech Journal, August, ’93
  43. “Objects of Desire” Windows Tech Journal, June, ’93
  44. “Valley of the Validators” Windows Tech Journal, May, ’93
  45. “A Tale of Two Windows Books; Book Review” Windows Tech Journal, May, ’93
  46. “ODBC, Perchance?” Windows Tech Journal, April, ’93
  47. “KnowTools Review” Clarion Tech Journal, March/April, ’93
  48. “The Data at Pooh Corner” Windows Tech Journal, March, ’93
  49. “Start your Database Engines” Windows Tech Journal, February, ’93
  50. “Debugging in Visual Basic 2.0” Data Based Advisor, April, ’93
  51. “Database Spoken Here” Windows Tech Journal, January, ’93
  52. “Microsoft Access: A Language Primer” Data Based Advisor, January, ’93
  53. “The ’92 Clarion Developer’s Conference” Data Based Advisor, December, ’92
  54. “OLE and DDE for Windows” Data Based Advisor, December, ’92
  55. “Windows Database Buyer’s Guide” Windows Tech Journal, December, ’92
  56. “I’m Dreaming of WinChristmas” Windows Tech Journal, December, ’92
  57. “Gnarly File Handles” Windows Tech Journal, November, ’92
  58. “Data for Lunch” Windows Tech Journal, October, ’92
  59. “The Night of the Living Database” Windows Tech Journal, September, ’92
  60. “Dynamic Planning for Software Development”, ProjExpo ’92 Proceedings, Van Nostrand Reinhold
  61. “Visual Basic vs. GFA Basic”, Data Based Advisor, October ’92
  62. “Raima’s Data Manager”, Data Based Advisor, May ’92
  63. “Scope Management”, The GTW Graphics User Manual, ’92
  64. “The TopSpeed Languages – Two Part Series”, Clarion Tech Journal, Apr/May ’92
  65. “Code Manager Review”, Clarion Tech Journal, Apr/May ’92
  66. “Three Programs to Help You Complete Projects on Time – Super Project For Windows, Microsoft Project for Windows 3.0, TimeLine 5.0”, PC World, March ’92
  67. “Speed Up Your Clarion Applications”, Data Based Advisor, March ’92
  68. “Integrated Development with Actor”, DBMS, February ’92
  69. “dbVista: Fast and Fancy C File Manager”, DBMS, December ’91
  70. “Clarion 3.0 – What’s the Big Deal?”, Data Based Advisor, December ’91
  71. “Graphical Click-and-Drag Scheduling – Kidasa’s Milestones”, PC World, October ’91
  72. “Grey Tools Review”, Clarion Tech Journal, Jul/Aug ’91
  73. “Project Management in Plain English: Symantec’s On Target”, PC World, July ’91
  74. “Another Look: The Clarion Environment”, DBMS, July ’91
  75. “Project Management in Plain English: On Target”, PC World, July ’91
  76. “The Logix Project Manager”, Clarion Tech Journal, May/Jun ’91
  77. “Powertip No. 177: Self-Stick Wallpaper for Windows 3.0”, PC World, May ’91
  78. “New Work-Group, Viewing Capabilities: Project Scheduler 5”, PC World, April ’91
  79. “Adding Custom Reports On-The-Fly”, Clarion Tech Journal, Mar/Apr ’91
  80. Author, Using Clarion Professional Developer, Addison-Wesley, ’91 (Book)
  81. “A Review of the Graphics LEM Version 2.0”, Clarion Technical Journal, Nov/Dec ’90
  82. “Critical Path, Part II”, ComputorEdge, September 28, ’90
  83. “Critical Path, Part I”, ComputorEdge, September 21, ’90
  84. Chief project management software reviewer, PC World. Largest review (15 pages): “Project Management Reaches the Real World” (6 product review w/feature articles), September ’90
  85. “Project for Windows: A Manager’s Tool”, PC World, August ’90
  86. The Knowledge Base column “Windows Envy”, San Diego Computer Journal, August ’90
  87. The KnowledgeBase column “Saving Your Life: Data Backup “, San Diego Computer Journal, July ’90
  88. “The Friendliest Project Manager?: TimeLine 4.0”, PC World, June ’90
  89. “The Operating Systems Wars”, San Diego Computer Journal, June ’90
  90. Co-author, Communications in Construction, R.S. Means Press, ’89 (Book)
  91. “Project Workbench Advanced 3.0”, PC World magazine, June ’89
  92. “Training for the Art of Project Management”, Computerworld, December 8, ’86
  93. “Portables Marketing Heats Up”, Hi-Tech Marketing, Premier Issue, March ’84


(Last updated 12/95)

  • “Applying the WorldWideWeb” California Computer Expo, San Diego, CA August ‘95
  • “Introduction to Internet; Advanced Internet, WorldWideWeb for Business” Learning Annex, ‘94-’95
  • “Internet Courses” Learnng Annex, 1994-95
  • “The CAGY Interface” Database Developers Competition, Raleigh, NC, Sept. ’94
  • “Windows Messages” Database Developers Competition, Raleigh, NC, Sept. ’94
  • “Choosing a Windows Development Tool” Database Developers Competition, Raleigh, NC, Sept. ’94
  • “Intro to Internet” San Diego Computer Faire, Sept. ’94
  • “Choosing Windows Developement Tools” San Diego Computer Faire, Sept. ’94
  • Lecture , 1993 Clarion Developer’s Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Sept. ’94
  • Keynote Address , 1993 Clarion Developer’s Conference, Ft. Lauderdale, FL Sept. ’93
  • “Data Acccess Tools/SQL Access Tools” Seybold, Windows Solutions Conference, San Jose, CA Sept. ’93
  • “Choosing Windows Developement Tools” San Diego Computer Faire, Sept. ’93
  • “Development using Visual Basic” 3 day Course, San Diego Gas & Electric, Jul. ’93
  • “Project Managing Development”, Devcon West ‘93, Los Angeles, CA April. ’93
  • “Windows Development” 3 day Course, Software Engineering Forum, San Diego State University, Nov. ’92
  • “Dynamic Planning for Software Development” presentation, ProjExpo ’92, San Jose, CA, Sept.’92
  • “Managing Development with Clarion 3.0” presentation, Clarion Developer’s Conference, Sept. ’92
  • “Windows Development Environments” presentation, San Diego Computer Faire, Sept ’92
  • “Project Managing Using Clarion”, Clarion Professional Developer’s Conference, ’91
  • “Differences in Small and Large Firms Managing Software Development”, Project Management Institute, ’92 Seminar/Symposium


Favorite Quotes

 And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.

– Mark 11:25

 Nothing in the world can take the place ofpersistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination are omnipotent. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.

– Calvin Coolidge, 1932, after being 30th President,
Our first “Radio President”

Men that hazard all
Do it in hope of fair advantages:
A golden mind stoops not to shows of dross.

Bill Shakespeare
The Merchant of Venice, Act 2, Sc. 7

 I shall never ceased to be amazed by the infinite capacity of the human mind to resist the penetration of useful knowledge.

– S.J.Burgess, grandfather

 It’s what you do that counts.

– Milton N. Burgess, father

 Life’s about logisitics. With the right support systems, you can do anything.

– Mark S. Burgess