Expertise: Operating systems; programming languages; software development tools and methods; user interfaces; software packaging, installation and configuration; publishing; typography; business models and free software economics; sociology; baseball history; jazz and popular music; cooking (Chinese, Indian, Turkish, Ozark). I'm a generalist, mostly self-taught, and as likely to be interested in something new as in anything above. I'm a pretty decent writer.
Tools: C++, C, Unix, [ksh, awk, yacc, emacs], Linux, Ftwalk, TCL/TK, SQL, SGML, HTML, English; dabbled in many others.
Free Software: Wrote and support Ftwalk, a high level script programming language based on the idea that the awk language paradigm could be applied to other problems -- e.g., file tree searches.
Job Experience: 20 years experience programming in C/C++ and Unix/Linux, mostly working on commercial software products and development infrastructure for software product and service companies. In addition to engineering, did time in management (up to Director level), consulting, customer and sales support, product management, marketing. Since leaving SCO, I've worked on several speculative business development projects (e.g., open source-based home networking and automation), web development (cf. www.robertchristgau.com), and other writing.
|1998-2000||The Santa Cruz Operation, Inc.
Unix operating system vendor, which obtained rights to Novell's AT&T-derived UnixWare operating system. I worked as Engineer in UnixWare development (mostly in VM and Performance Group, mostly on VM). Projects include:
Software for large-scale publishing applications, typically SGML-based for aerospace companies. This software often requires customization. I worked in the Consulting Services Group, mostly writing custom programs, including:
|1985-1994||Contex Graphic Systems, Inc.
A start-up which developed CEPS (Color Electronic Prepress System) software, especially for consumer goods packaging. I was employee #10, and worked as: engineer, group manager, director. Also worked five months in the Contex UK office, working on customer support and business development. Technical projects included:
Typesetting equipment manufacturer. Worked as Engineer on low-cost Japanese typesetter project:
Typesetting equipment manufacturer. Worked in Engineering and Product Management. As an engineer, I:
|1973 - 1981||
Worked in type shops in Wichita, St. Louis, and New York City.
General work: books, magazines, newsletters, aircraft manuals,
catalogs, lots of advertising work. Did some layout, design,
copywriting, editing, management, but mostly typeset.
While working at one type shop (Wizard Graphics, NYC), I wrote up a design for a networked multiuser typesetting system, and did some prototype work on it. This is where I started programming.
Published an overly intellectual rock/roll fanzine, Terminal Zone. Wrote record reviews for Village Voice.
Education: Wichita State University, Washington University (St. Louis). Major: Sociology.
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