Meet Ric

Background

I am an American by birth but lived in Asia for over two decades. During that time I worked throughout the region — Korea, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines. I hold a Juris Doctor degree and an undergraduate with honors in Music.

Tech

I built my first website in 1995 and began building sites professionally for others in 1999. My first web design company, Dots & Loops, operated in Hong Kong during the dotcom boom. The company was an early mover in the CMS field in Asia and the first Cold Fusion Premium Partner in the region.

After the dotcom meltdown, I moved to Bangkok where I served as the Creative Director & Head of Product Development at Inetasia. At that firm I supervised the creation of a proprietary CMS built on the .NET platform.

In 2003, I left Inetasia to start my second web dev company, water&stone. The inspiration for water&stone came from the rise of open source CMS products, like Mambo and the ‘Nuke family. After watching the open source space evolve over the years, I decided the products had reached a level of maturity that made it practical to offer them to clients in a professional fashion. That firm operated for more than decade in Bali, Indonesia.

Over the years I have worked on a number of major projects and have built CMS-powered websites for BASF, Colgate-Palmolive, Tesco, FPDSavills, Sino Group, CBRichard Ellis, Amari Hotels, the University of North Carolina, Mercy Corps, and many others. I also served as the President of the Open Source Mambo Foundation in 2006.

Since 2016, I have been using my technology skills full time to deliver positive social impact via work with the humanitarian aid and development agency, Mercy Corps, where I serve as the Director of Emerging Technology. Together with my team, we’re exploring blockchain, cryptocurrencies, 3D printing, virtual reality, big data analytics, and more.

Publishing

I have been writing about technology since 1999. I worked as a columnist for That’s Shanghai from 1999 to 2001 and for the Bangkok Post from 2002 through 2006 and finally for ComputerWorld (Hong Kong), where I wrote the BackPage commentary column.

I began publishing tech books in 2006, with the publication of the Mambo Visual Blueprint for Wiley & Sons. In 2007, I released Drupal 5 Themes, the first of three books on Drupal theming for Packt Publishing. Over the years I have published nearly a dozen tech books for Wiley & Packt. It’s been a great relationship and we’ve made some wonderful books.

Photography

I enjoy photography and, though I am by no means a professional, I have been fortunate enough to have a few of my images published. The cover image used on the Drupal 6 Themes title for Packt Publishing, for example, was taken in my garden in Bali. I also have images in a UK travel guide, a Bali travel guide, a series of children’s books in Japan, Webster’s dictionary, and a travel and tourism campaign in the Philippines. All the images used on this site were taken by me. If you are interested in using any of the images you see here or elsewhere, please contact me.

Publishing

As the content of this site shows, the vast majority of my writing concerns technology. In addition, I have also been published on the subjects of travel in Asia, legal research and theory, business management, and even (believe it or not!) literature. Below is a list of publications in which my work has appeared over the course of the last decade:

Technology Articles in Print:

  • AsiaWeek
  • Bangkok Post
  • CIO (Asia)
  • ComputerWorld Hong Kong
  • Enterprise Open Source Journal
  • The Hong Kong Lawyer
  • Internet World
  • Linux Magazine (UK Edition)
  • The South China Morning Post
  • That’s Shanghai

Travel Articles in Print:

  • Morning Calm
  • Fine Restaurants & Villas

Miscellaneous Reportage in Print:

  • AsiaBooks
  • Media
  • People Today
  • various local and regional business press

Online:

  • eCommerce Times
  • Forbes.com
  • Hoovers
  • IT Toolbox
  • Linux.org
  • Linux Insider
  • Linux Today
  • O’Reilly.com
  • Tech News World
  • Bali Travel Portal
  • MercyCorps.org
  • NetHope Solutions Center

Contacts & Materials

Please use the Contact Form to request my details is you wish to add me to your mailing lists. If you have a book or a software product you wish to have reviewed, please contact me first.