Who Is Behind Home Domination?
I'm Harry Strand. Throughout most of this website, I've
referred to StrandControl, LLC as "we".
Technically it is "we" since my wife has a vested
interest in this project and she has done some proof reading of the
web site and handles the bookkeeping, but Home Domination is primary a "me" project at this
point. I'm not trying to mislead you by referring to the
company as "we", I'm just planning ahead for when
it becomes more of a "we" thing. There are
numerous email addresses listed on this site, and currently they all
go to me. As the company grows however, other people will take
over certain email addresses. Having separate email addresses
for different requests is currently very handy for me anyway since
messages go into different folders based on the email address, so
please use the appropriate email address for whatever you need to
email me about. By the way, the building pictured on the About
Us page is the actual building where I work, and is owned by my
brother, Mike Strand.
Don't worry about the stability of this company. Since it's just me, my costs are low, and I am also a
customer, so I won't stop developing the product. I'm employed
full time by Teklynx International,
so a lack of income from the product won't slow me down
either. However, you may have to be patient if you want to get
a hold of me, or if you want a new feature implemented. I also
have a wealth of business knowledge at my disposal from my brother,
who, with my help (on the software end of things), created and
operated a multi-million dollar software company before selling it
in November of 2001. Check out his new venture at www.online-kiosks.net.
I have other good friends who are successful business owners that I
can siphon knowledge from as well.
I currently do not list a phone
contact so I can maintain my privacy at home. However, if you do
wish to contact me by phone, please send an email
with the reason
for the conversation and I'll call you or provide you with a phone
number to call. No solicitations please.
How Did Home
Domination Get Started?
started Home Domination to replace the ActiveHome software that I
was using. It was much too unreliable and limited, and I
really wanted a nice programming project to take my mind off of my
dad's death in December of 2002. Since
then, I keep getting more and more ideas for features, many of which
have made their way into the product. As a result, over 2
years later, I've just now released the product. All of my programming has been done mostly
between 10:00 PM and 3:00 AM, roughly every other day. Some
work has been done during the day on an occasional weekend, but the
development is almost totally fueled by midnight oil.
Domination has been in continuous testing since around March of
I use it myself 24-7 and currently have 8 alpha testers (mostly
friends and acquaintances, some of them technical, some not) and
over 135 beta testers.
In 1979 I started programming on my brand new TRS-80, Model I,
Level II in my sophomore
year of high school, using both BASIC and Z-80 Assembler languages. I programmed for my own interests until I
began my programming career in 1985 where I programmed in COBOL for
4 years. In 1989 my brother Mike
needed help with a company he started which was later called
StrandWare, and I programmed in C and later C++ and was an R&D
manager for several years. StrandWare thrived for many years and
eventually was sold in 2001 to Teklynx
International where I am still employed full time.
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