Michael ‘Mickey’ Sattler’s Résumé (HTML)

    Michael ‘Mickey’ Sattler’s Résumé (HTML)

    Michael ‘Mickey’ Sattler



    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 web-based intranets in production environments.

    CryptoRights FoundationSenior Technical Engineer

    San Francisco, CaliforniaSummer 2004 – present

    Pro-bono; Responsible for direction and architecture of hardware, software, and documentation bundle allowing human-rights workers physical and communications security.

    (private start-up client)Networking & UI Senior Engineer

    San Francisco, CaliforniaSpring 2004 – present

    Responsible for implementing object-oriented TCP/IP-based networking for MIDI and VoIP communications; user interface review, scalability architecture. C++, UNIX.

    (private start-up client)Manager of Catastrophe Avoidance

    Alameda, California January 2002 – present

    Deployed systems and networks with remote backup, wireless via routers, firewalls, and shared resources. Catastrophic contingency planning. Used both open-source solutions and wrote custom tools in Java, C++, Perl, and shell scripting on UNIX.

    (private start-up client)Senior Java Engineer

    San Francisco, CaliforniaWinter 2000

    Winter 2002

    Designed and implemented a matching engine

    a dynamic characteristic-matching transaction processor

    using Java servlets, JDBC, the JBoss application server, and MySQL, with the user interface in Java Server Pages (Apache Jakarta Tomcat), HTML, CSS, and XML; Apache web server. Other client projects done with Java Beans, J2SE, JDNI, Oracle and MS SQL Server databases.

    Godisa FoundationWeb Designer and Implementor

    Otse, Botswana, AfricaSummer 2001 – present

    Pro-bono; Helping makers of self-sustaining, low-cost handicap assistive devices reach a world-wide audience.

    Sunset Cooperative Nursery SchoolsChief Web Designer

    San Francisco, CaliforniaJanuary 2001 – present

    Web site development for a variety of clients, focusing on graceful degradation of content on older and handheld PDA web browsers. Integrated witth open source discussion forums, contact databases, and image storage and retrieval.

    (private start-up client)Senior Java Engineer

    San Francisco, CaliforniaWinter 2000

    Winter 2002

    Designed and implemented a matching engine

    a dynamic characteristic-matching transaction processor

    using Java servlets, JDBC, the JBoss application server, and MySQL, with the user interface in Java Server Pages (Apache Jakarta Tomcat), HTML, CSS, and XML; Apache web server. Other client projects done with Java Beans, J2SE, JDNI, Oracle and MS SQL Server databases.

    Pacific Stock ExchangeConsultant, Java Architect/Engineer

    San Francisco, CaliforniaAugust 2000 – December 2000

    Architected, designed, and implemented objects, framework, and user interface to allow the exchange board membership to peruse and download Price Improvement and Execution Statistic reports. Added URL encryption and user interface modifications to second release. Consulted on a variety of issues including site security, the single-sign-on problem, and persistent state.

    PrivacyRightConsultant, Java Architect/Engineer

    San Francisco, CaliforniaJune 2000 – August 2000

    Participated in the industry process of standardizing the Customer Profile Exchange (CPExchange) 1.0 privacy and data models. Suggested combining MD5 hash and digital signature to prevent tampering of data via downstream propagators. Reference standard application uses P3P XML data.

    Morgan Stanley Dean Witter OnlineConsultant, Java Architect/Engineer

    San Francisco, CaliforniaDecember 1999 – May 2000

    Responsible for combining several concurrent development trees of the Java-based stock trading software into one Clearcase volume. Reviewed Java order-placement modules.

    SendmailConsultant, GUI & CGI Engineer

    Emeryville, CaliforniaAugust 1999 to November 1999

    For Sendmail Pro’s Queue Management module I worked with Marketing to obtain product requirements, designed a user interface for the module which fits in with the existing product, authored proof-of-concept HTML storyboard prototypes, and wrote software to cause the company’s home-grown page layout engine to implement the storyboard.

    Busy BoxConsultant, Senior Java Engineer

    San Francisco, CaliforniaMay 1999 to August 1999

    Architected, designed, and implemented Java servlets to provide mailing list subscription and catalog ordering for clients of one of the largest and oldest stock photography agencies in the world. Also authored an administrative site browser to allow the photography content managers to walk the disk hierarchy, verify currently available assets, and manually extract and route assets to clients.

    Charles Schwab & CompanyConsultant, Electronic Brokerage

    San Francisco, CaliforniaJanuary 1999 to April 1999

    Part of the team that brought the Schwab Signature Services Trading Desktop (Velocity) to market, a rollout and a follow-up release. A cross-platform Java application targeted at the active trader community, Velocity uses Swing for the interface, Marimba’s tuner technology for version maintenance, and passes serialized objects through a secure (https) connection to provide both trading security and immunity from firewalls. Specialized in user interface and overall operational reliability issues.

    ThuridionConsultant, Senior Database Engineer

    Santa Cruz, CaliforniaDecember 1998

    A very short contract that consisted of installing two databases – Oracle and Informix – and configuring a third – Sybase – under Windows NT for use in a quality assurance environment.

    Vivid StudiosConsultant, Senior Java Engineer

    San Francisco, CaliforniaSeptember 1998 to November 1998

    Two unrelated assignments: first, maintenance on a project that used the Locomotive Java application server speaking with an Oracle database via JDBC and ODBC; second, programmer-level design of and development with a JavaBeans dynamic page layout system.

    Organic OnlineConsultant, Senior Java Engineer

    San Francisco, CaliforniaMarch 1998 to September 1998

    Provided expertise in software design and engineering (using Java, SQL, ASP, and Borscht Java Server Pages) and database schema design and implementation (Microsoft Access on both Windows NT Server and Workstation) to create public web pages, related private web-based content administration, and security solutions for a variety of corporate clients, including Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, Levi Strauss & Company, The Lillith Fair, and Nike. Also added functionality to existing web pages, interfaced with existing CGIs and search engines, assisted with quality assurance, and did a fair amount of system and network administration of private development machines (Macintosh, Windows, UNIX) and public web servers.

    MetisConsultant, Database Implementor

    San Francisco, CaliforniaJanuary 1998 to March 1998

    Provided the in-house programming staff with database design, implementation, and programming (providing database sanity-checking and periodic refresh capability) using Microsoft SQL Server and Windows NT for several medicine-related web-based applications, including serving provider and facility information, conference registration and lectures selection.

    Charles Schwab & CompanyConsultant, Senior Technical Lead

    San Francisco, CaliforniaAugust 1996 to April 1997

    Responsible for all aspects of maintaining a production-level intranet, including installing and maintaining the Netscape Commerce Server and herding the search engines; designing, writing, testing, documenting, and deploying custom Perl CGIs; working closely with the web designers, writers, and department heads to ensure that we delivered an up-to-date worthwhile flow of content, including a graphics-heavy daily Schwab employee newspaper (previous issues were archived and accessible via a custom CGI), a Personal Home Page capability with built-in security, and a navigable hyperlinked Employee Handbook.

    Delivered a no-downtime, high-performance heavy-load web-serving environment for an offsite show by directing hardware vendors, PacBell, and an ISP.

    Trained others in new technologies, maintained Macintosh and Windows production machines, and evaluated requests for implementations with a light to feasability.

    American Association of NeurosurgeonsConsultant, lead programmer

    Chicago, IllinoisDecember 1995 to August 1996

    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 the “AANS” site.

    Beta-tested Connectix’s RAM Doubler 2 for MacOS.

    Internet TV with CU-SeeMeAuthor

    , SpainAutumn 1995

    While overseas 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.

    Beta-tested Apple’s Open Transport and QuickTime Videoconferencing.

    FTP SoftwareManager of Quality Assurance, West Coast Operations

    San Francisco, CaliforniaJanuary 1994 to May 1995

    FTP’s products are Intel-based TCP/IP servers, clients, stacks, and applications. 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:

    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 JungleTeacher

    San Francisco, CaliforniaJanuary 1993 to present

    Taught a course entitled The Internet is a Digital Jungle at a community learning center in the

    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 ServicesWebmaster, Software Engineer

    San Francisco, CaliforniaJanuary 1993 to present

    Wrote and maintained 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.

    ICON Medical SystemsConsultant

    Cambell, CaliforniaAutumn 1993

    ICON makes a tele-radiology system. 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.

    Beta-tested Synchronize!, JPEGView, and MacHTTP.

    GOComputer Scientist/Quality Assurance Firefighter

    Foster City, CaliforniaApril 1991 to September 1993

    GO developed the pen-based PenPoint operating system. 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. 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. 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.

    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. Beta-tested several commercial Macintosh applications and wrote Macintosh system administration documentation.


    Sunnyvale, California

    Implemented a multi-platform X11R4-based support pricing tool. 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, 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 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). 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.

    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 DivisionConsultant

    Milpitas, California

    Planned and attempted a port of HelpViewer (a DocViewer predecessor), a hypertext viewer, from SunView to the X Window System XView toolkit.

    Litton Automated IntegrationConsultant

    Oakland, California

    LAI sells an engineering blueprint retrieval and imaging system to defense contractors. 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 AssociatesOperations Manager

    Palo Alto, California

    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.

    DuPontConsultant 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 MicrosystemsConsultant

    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 DivisionConsultant

    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 MicrosystemsConsultant

    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 DickinsonConsultant

    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.


    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 SystemsConsultant

    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).


    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 ReviewAuthor/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 McKennaConsultant

    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 CorporationProgrammer

    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 GroupProgrammer

    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.

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