Michael Sattler's Résumé

1227 Waller Street, No. 3 / San Francisco, California 94117-298 USA
telephone: +1.415.621.2903, email: michael@jungle.com
 

Summary: since 1980 I've worked on all phases of commercial computer engineering: the project start-up phase (including site preparation, hardware and software evaluation, acquisition, and installation), on-going system and network administration (including critical, sensitive, and emergency situations), technical management, software design, implementation, quality assurance, porting, documentation and training, and the design, implementation, and maintenance of World Wide Web pages.


American Association of Neurosurgeons
Consultant, lead programmer
Chicago, Illinois
December 1996 to present
I designed and implemented an interface between an industrial-strength relational database and web browsers in the form of CGI scripts - written in Perl - which generate HTML. Functionality includes a searchable index to the neurological components of the National Library of Medicine (including graphical elements) and an interactive walk-through of the neurosurgical protocols encapsulated in the CPT codes. This may be found at http://www.aans.org/contents.html.

I beta-tested Connectix's RAM Doubler 2 for MacOS.


Internet TV with CU-SeeMe
Author
Eivissa and Gran Canaria, Spain
Autumn 1996
While overseas I wrote Internet TV with CU-SeeMe  (Sams.net (Macmillian), 300 pages, 1995, ISBN 1-57521-006-1) about CU-SeeMe, videoconferencing software created at Cornell University. The book provides an introduction to videoconferencing, a history of the Internet, technical issues (installing networking software under MacOS and Windows, obtaining and installing CU-SeeMe), many examples of CU-SeeMe usage over the years, a CU-SeeMe User's Guide, a CU-SeeMe Reflector Operator's Guide, and several appendices.

I beta-tested Apple's Open Transport and QuickTime Videoconferencing.


FTP Software
Manager of Quality Assurance, West Coast Operations
San Francisco, California
January 1994 to May 1995
FTP's products are Intel-based TCP/IP servers, clients, stacks, and applications. I managed the West Coast Quality Assurance department. My team designed, authored, and implemented test plans, kept upper management aware of the state of the product, worked closely with development and documentation to bring to market: I beta-tested MacPGP, the Connectix QuickCam, the MacTech CD, Qualcomm Eudora (for both MacOS and Windows), NCSA Mosaic, and Cornell University's CU-SeeMe desktop videoconferencing software.


The Internet is a Digital Jungle
Teacher
San Francisco, California
January 1993 to present
I teach a course entitled The Internet is a Digital Jungle  at a community learning center in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco. The class includes hands-on instruction to basics of the Internet, email, USENET, the World Wide Web, FTP, netiquette, etc.


Digital Jungle Consulting Services
Webmaster
San Francisco, California
January 1993 to present
I have written several hundred web pages for my own site and for the sites of several clients. These pages include a great number of images, CGIs for forms, interaction with databases, and control of daemons. Most are written to the HTML 1.0 standard, some require Netscape enhancements - primarily tables and frames.


ICON Medical Systems
Consultant
Cambell, California
Autumn 1993
ICON makes a tele-radiology system. I designed, implemented, and documented a C++ API to an Oracle database, wrote a Macintosh application to extract information and images from a data store, and installed an Ethernet network (and hubs) throughout the engineering center.

I beta-tested Synchronize!, JPEGView, and MacHTTP.


GO Corp.
Computer Scientist/Quality Assurance Firefighter
Foster City, California
April 1991 to September 1993
GO developed the pen-based PenPoint operating system. I sanity-checked the design and implementation of the file system, virtual memory, sleep/wake instant swap booting, communications, and internal tools by working with the sub-system architect. I wrote high-level user interface tests in a proprietary scripting language and low-level code in C/C++ using PenPoint's object-oriented class hierarchy. I did both system- and application-level programming, spent two and one-half years writing batch files for, networking between, and using Intel x86-based hardware as part of a networked development and build environment.

I designed and coded (in Symantec C/C++ ) several Macintosh freeware applications: an e-mail formatter, a PowerBook system status reporter, and an I Ching tool. I beta-tested several commercial Macintosh applications and wrote Macintosh system administration documentation.


Hewlett-Packard
Consultant
Sunnyvale, California
I implemented a multi-platform X11R4-based support pricing tool. I networked SunOS 4.1, HP-UX, and HP-MPE platforms, installed Ingres' RDBMS and 4GL X11R4 front-end, and wrote shell scripts to allow HP's software to access the database (and perform automated, scheduled back-ups). When done, I was sent to the HP Network Technology Center in Atlanta, Georgia to install the computers and re-established connection between the database and the west coast over HP's T1. For developers of interacting products I wrote a suite of C-shell scripts that got the latest tested version from HP's networked development environment, assembled an installation tape (that included my script to configure and install the product). I extensively tested this product, trained others in its use, and provided documentation. These scripts provided error-checking from high-level operating system and graphics environmental conditions to low-level device/driver existence/operation.

I presented a C++ program that tested UNIX password security, did UNIX systems/network administration for the SunOS and HP-UX platforms, and was responsible for maintianing data security in this networked environment.


Sun Microsystems Federal Products Division
Consultant
Milpitas, California
I planned and attempted a port of HelpViewer (a DocViewer predecessor), a hypertext viewer, from SunView to the X Window System XView toolkit.


Litton Automated Integration
Consultant
Oakland, California
LAI sells an engineering blueprint retrieval and imaging system to defense contractors. I designed and implemented graphic user interface additions to retrieve and display a parts list for specified documents (PartsList) and a graphical document hierarchy display viewer (Novice/EasyView) using the XView toolkit. This work included verifying device- and driver-characteristics and the proper operation of a variety of input and output devices, including a CD-ROM "jukebox," blueprint scanner and storage subsystem.


Technology Modeling Associates
Operations Manager
Palo Alto, California
I managed the Operations group: Release Engineering (porting the products to new platforms, quality assurance), Shipping (customer tape generation, domestic and international shipment, customs requirements), Information Systems (working to provide a X-based sales, release, and shipping database), and Computer & Network Operations (evaluation and acquisition, installation, support, and emergency resolution). My duties included conducting employee interviews and hiring staff, making quarterly objectives for my department and employees, chairing employee reviews, evaluating and making recommendations for technical and MIS support needs, coordinating with Sales, Marketing, and Engineering, and guiding my employees on each of their projects. In addition, I provided extensive UNIX system and network administration, installed hardware, applications- and systems-software, established a UUNET mail link, resolved emergencies, and trained a UNIX system administrator.


DuPont
Consultant System/Network Manager
Santa Clara, California
I maintained thirty-plus Macintosh IIs and peripherals running A/UX on an Ethernet local area network. I set up e-mail and a UUNET connection, configured network file systems, shared background print spoolers, remote copy, GNU Emacs, Yellow Pages, wrote scripts and utilities to support the engineering staff, upgraded memory, installed and formatted shared disk drives, diagnosed hardware and software problems, and researched for ordering archival devices, optical disk CD-WORMs, printers, computer systems, and network connections.


Sun Microsystems
Consultant
Mountain View, California
I did national telephone support for Sun's window systems and graphics, including SunView, SunTools, X11, NeWS, PostScript, and UNIX administration, organization, maintenance, and programming. I reproduced customer problems, researched solutions, and sent bug reports to engineering. I wrote applications in C++ to recreate customer problems with SunView and the X Window System.


Sun Microsystems Federal Products Division
Consultant
Milpitas, California
I coordinated the porting to the Sun 386i, and subsequent testing, of the X11/NeWS server, OpenLook Window Manager, and XView toolkit for the World-Wide Military Command and Control System's Information System Workstation project (the first Sun product release of X11/NeWS). I ported a National Security Standard-conformant secure disk "scrubbing" disk-formatting utility, wrote installation and operational, and collaborated on a kernel modification to implement real-time disk scrubbing. I performed Intel x86 PC hardware-, software-, and network-administration.


Sun Microsystems
Consultant
Mountain View, California
I wrote a memory-leak tracer. I linted the entire XView toolkit, made changes to assure portability, made recommendations for future changes, and wrote installation documentation. XView is now part of the X Window System and is available to users on many different platforms and environments.


Becton Dickinson
Consultant
Mountain View, California
As part of the Immunocytometry Systems Group, I helped to port a medical flow cytometry application from HP-Pascal (HP-UX ) to C (VAX/Ultrix), simplifying and speeding up the code by using the X Window System and the Xlib toolkit for graphics and event management. Additionally, I wrote X11 demo programs, including a bitmap editor and Life, in C and C++, to demonstrate and teach X Window System programming. I was the lone UNIX system administrator and hardware installer.


Cullinet
Consultant
San Jose, California
I did both high-level applications engineering and low-level kernel coding to port a distributed relational database management system to UNIX platforms (Sun, VAX/Ultrix, and Masscomp). I documented our porting procedures, and scripts. These ports were done on schedule and under-budget. I designed and implemented a librarian program, a hybrid of UNIX sccs (source code control system) and Cullinet's RDDBMS, for database developers to use between homogenous operating systems.


Exploration Systems, Inc.
Consultant
Sausalito, California
I designed and implemented a librarian program, a hybrid of UNIX rcs (resource control system) and a small database of my own creation, for use between heterogeneous operating systems (VAX/VMS, VAX/Ultrix, and Eunice).


Oracle
Consultant
Belmont, California
I provided national telephone support to Oracle RDDBMS customers; reproduced problems on in-house machines; reviewed and provided feedback on both UNIX and Oracle documentation; ensured that Support Centers had adequate UNIX training, materials, and access to machines; and wrote a white-paper detailing defects and work-arounds found in my extensive testing of the Oracle/C language interface.


Get Info-The Macintosh Review
Author/Principal
Boston, Massachusetts
I managed and wrote reviews for an electronic "magazine," distributed over local bulletin boards and in printed form at the Boston MacWorld Expositions. The magazine was ended when I moved to the West Coast.


Regis McKenna, Inc.
Consultant
Cambridge, Massachusetts
Installed a "Macintosh Office." I trained personnel to plan and route AppleTalk cable, keep up-to-date with software changes, standardize software between workstations, and use software (and built-in shortcuts therein) such as MacWrite, MacPaint, MacDraw, Microsoft Word, the font librarian, pattern editors, backup programs, etc. Taught software classes, conducted demonstrations, documented same, and authored a proposal for an intra-office electronic mail system and an inter-office telecommunications system for Regis McKenna offices coast-to-coast.


The Saddlebrook Corporation
Programmer
Cambridge, Massachusetts
For Saddlebrook's "electronic bank," a real-time transaction processor, I wrote many original modules, enhanced others, and added data-validity checking to all. I beta-tested the RSTS/E 9.0 operating system, did microcomputer hardware and OS setup, and wrote a user-friendly interactive front end to Digital's system generation program (sysgen) to allow the non-technical Product Support Staff to provide specifically tailored systems to Saddlebrook customers.


Bedford Computer Corp.
Programmer
Bedford, New Hampshire
BCC produced one of the first real-time WYSIWYG publication composition systems. I designed and implemented two products: a macro-oriented string translator for conversion between text markup languages and a mouse-driven graphical font editor, providing PostScript-like descriptions of letters via curve fittings and point characteristics (such as endpoint, midpoint, curve-touches-point, Bezier-fit-curve-near-point, and so on.)


Boston University Independent User Group
Programmer
Boston, Massachusetts
I supervised and worked with fellow students to fill deficiencies and gaps in the services, documentation, and instruction provided by the paid university staff. We wrote a re-usable toolkbox of much-needed interfaces to systems services and printers, a lexical scanner and parser, and dozens of useful macros. A submission procedure for adding to the toolbox, an indexing tool to examine contributions to the toolbox, and documentation was provided. We wrote a UNIX-like command interpreter including a pseudo-file-system (including previously-unknown "group" access to files), two small database with identical interfaces for the IBM System/370 and the Apple IIe (the former utilized the built-in ability of the IBM 3380 disk drive hardware key search, the latter emulated this in software), an "artificially intelligent" Lisp tape handler that matched a user's request for data transfer against its knowledge of the system and output guaranteed-correct IBM Job Control Language (JCL), a tree-structured help facility, and printing services which allowed completely naive users to conveniently and attractively print the contents of files and capture screen images.