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(Last Updated on January 4, 2014 )


Burt Johnson
MindStorm, Inc.
Cuenca, Ecuador
(510)666-4550 - voice

 

Summary of Experience:

Twenty years in the development and management of state-of-the-art computer systems for business, scientific and educational applications. Experience spans a large range of software and hardware. Specialty is business. scientific and system software applications under Mac and Windows, using Java and C/C++. Highly skilled at meeting commitments and creatively solving complex programming and management assignments.

Specialties:

Hardware Specialty:

  • Macintosh
  • PC

Language Specialty:

  • Java
  • C, C++
  • SQL
  • HTML, JSP

OS Specialty:

  • Macintosh
  • Windows 98, NT, 2000, XP
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Business Applications:

Retired

Retired

2013

Enjoying retired life in Ecuador! I still do occasional contract software projects, but am no longer actively pursuing new leads.

Education
Toys

LeapFrog

2005-2013

Senior member of software development team responsible for all Leapfrog educational toys that had computer interfaces for users.

Education
Distance Training

University of Phoenix Online

2003

Teach software development courses in Masters IT program.

HTML
Photoshop

Rosa Pharmaceuticals

2002

Designed and implemented new web site for start up company.

HTML
Flash

MindStorm

2002-2003

Designed and implemented new MindStorm web site (this site), highlighting and selling the instructional videos we produced in the 90's.

Java Swing
Object Oriented
Windows NT
Network Analysis

NetPredict

2001-2003

Implemented Network Analysis program to measure and predict performance on distributed networks. Software was written in Java/Swing on a Windows NT platform. UI is fully platform independent, though packet capture libraries (written in C++) are PC specific.

Java Swing
Windows NT
Scientific
XML
Java Swing

Applied Biosystems

2000-2001

Developed Java Swing applications for driving DNA sequencing hardware, as part of a team. Development and delivery was done on NT platform.

Java Swing
Windows NT
Client/Server
XML
Java Swing

Zatso

2000

Developed Java Swing automated test application for existing video distribution system. Created new OO design for improved video distribution with better reliability and improved user feedback. (Company went out of business in dot-bomb era.)

Java
Client/Server
C++/PowerPlant
Audio Processing
Java Swing

Sonic Solutions

1998-2000

Designed and implemented two commercial Java Swing applications that implement a high-end client/server audio processing system (retails for over $10,000 as a pair). Also designed, implemented and managed team developing high end CD/DVD Audio processing application in C++/PowerPlant.

Education
C++/PowerPlant
User Testing

Presenting Solutions

1997-1998

Designed and implemented Pre-valuate Macintosh, a program used by temp agencies and HR departments to test applicants on their proficiency with over 100 Macintosh applications, plus typing.

Marketing Analysis
Mac/MS Windows
CD-ROM
SQL
XVT

GartnerGroup

1992-1997

Designed and developed an application to put proprietary data on a CD-ROM, one to take it off the CD and insert it into Oracle, and one to allow the user to do structured queries on the Oracle database. The results of the Oracle queries were statistically analyzed and graphed. Product was written on a Macintosh, and ported to Windows using 'C' and XVT. GartnerGroup received two patents on the software I created. Created original design, and implemented versions 1.0 through 4.0 on both Mac and Windows.

Internet
CD-ROM
Pippin
RealAudio

Bandai Entertainment

1996

Ported Mosaic browser to Pippin computer (TV-top Macintosh), making numerous modifications needed by client and platform. Ported RealAudio to Pippin, with major interface and storage changes as required by platform.

Internet
Database

The Princeton Review

1996

Completed Mango - a database publishing / search engine for internet, sold primarily in Japan.

Educational
CD-ROM
Animation

The Learning Company

1996

Completed volume 3 of the Reader Rabbit Reader Development Library series, aimed at teaching reading to young children. (The Learning Company is now a subsidiary of Broderbund.)

Video Editing
Fire Wire
Digital Camera

Sony Electronics

1995-1996

Designed and developed a prototype digital camera controller and video editor for the NFL.

Macromind Director
XOBJ

Tenth Planet

1995

Developed an Xobj for Macromind Director that replaced most functions of displaying stages. This allowed exceeding the 48 stage limit of Director.

MATLAB

Radix Technologies

1995

Developed a MATLab program for Backtalk to analyze and display information from an array of communications antennae.

Newton
Travel Agent

Hoffman Travel

1994

Developed a Newton program for use by travel production managers in the field, allowing them to request new travel tickets or modify existing ones via automated, assisted communication with travel agency.

Telephone Control
Speech Recognition
Speech Synthesis
AppleScript

Apple Computer

1993-1994

Designed and developed two applications simulating a phone answering machine. They were shown at the Advanced Technology session at the Apple Developer Conference. User could call Phone Agent over the telephone and hold an intelligent conversation, leaving custom messages for specific individuals, schedule appointments, etc. PhoneMan provided a GUI to same functions.

Medical
Graphics
Mac/MS Windows

CardioRhythm Systems

1992

Developed a complete system for analyzing heart instrument readouts and localizing muscle tissue areas causing arrhythmia. User inputs instrument results, and program displays image of heart with overlays of likely damaged areas. Wrote for both Macintosh and Microsoft Windows using C++.

Database Mgmnt
MacTCP

Tandem Computers/TRW Information Systems

1991

Designed and developed a Mac front-end to a Tandem computer to support rapid data query and update for all TRW consumer information, using MacTCP. (Tandem was bought by Compaq and then merged with Hewlett Packard. TRW Information Systems became Experian.)

Requisition Control
Purchase Orders
Mac/MS Windows

Pacific Bell

1990

Developed a MacWorkStation training application for a complete Requisitions / Purchase Order / Receiving / Invoice control system. Host code written in 'C' under Unix and DOS, with Mac and Windows client systems.

Human Resources
Database Analysis

Farallon Computing

1990

Analyzed the requirements of the Human Resources department, recommended the best software for installation, and wrote customized modules where appropriate. Software was written in 4th Dimension and 'C'. (Farallon was acquired by Agere, who in turn was acquired by Proxim Corporation.)

Order Entry
Inventory Control
Mac/MS Windows

US Instrument Rental

1988

Developed the workstation and database software for Stellar, an artificial intelligence order entry and inventory management network for internal use. All software was written in PROLOG and 'C' on a Windows/DOS platform.

Office Automation
SQL
Management

Motorola Computer Systems

1982-1986

Developed the architecture and managed a team of 65 engineers building an integrated office automation system based on Oracle RDMS. System included word processor, spreadsheet, electronic mail and database modules.

Real Estate

Apple Computer

1985

Developed a Macintosh database application, using Omnis 3+, designed to allow tracking and control of all real estate owned or leased by Apple Computer throughout North America.

Game Design

Olivetti Computer

1983

Designed and developed a game for the Olivetti M31 computer sold in Europe. Game was a state-of-the-art dungeon game with significant animation.

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System Projects:


INITs
PowerPC

Adobe Systems

1995

Implemented PowerPC native version of Adobe Type Reunion.

Compiler
Mac/MS Windows
Porting

Guild Products

1992-1994

Ported a multi-platform corporate programmer's compiler from Windows to the Macintosh. User develops application through point-and-click interface, and result runs on any of five platforms without any changes required. (Company is out of business.)

File System
Testing

Quorum Software

1992

Wrote a series of exhaustive tests for every file system call on the Macintosh, to validate the operation of a Mac emulator. (Company is out of business.)

Factory Testing
NuBUS Testing

Apple Computer

1992

Developed a factory quality test suite for a Quadra 950 cache / SCSI accelerator board developed by Apple for file servers. Test run on all boards as final QC.

Network Testing
Virtual User

Sitka / a Division of Sun Microsystems

1991

Used Virtual User on a network of Macintosh systems to develop a set of network database tests for OMNIS 5, 4th Dimension, Foxbase and FileMaker Pro.

Systems Porting
Graphics

ETAK

1990

Ported navigation library from Unix to Mac and DOS environments. Developed a complete graphics demo package on the Mac that allowed sales people to show power of the library. Code developed was supplied to OEM customers as a sample of how to interface to ETAK libraries.

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Video Projects:

3D Animation Video

Symantec Corp.

1997

Created 60 second animated video for opening presentation of Visual Cafe product launch.

Instructional Videos

MindStorm

1995-2000

Created 52 instructional videos from 60 to 120 minutes for sale to general public. Sales currently running at 10,000 per year rate. They can be seen elsewhere on this site.

Documentary

Spanish Speaking Unity Council

1997-2001

Produced a documentary each year of the Dia de los Muertos street festival sponsored by the SSUC. Multiple versions were created, suitable for multiple audiences (one for marketing to new sponsors, one for TV commercials, a third for historical documentation and for those that participated).

Documentary

Greenlining Institute

2001-2002

Developed two documentaries, one each on the life of two community activists. Videos were used at ceremonies presenting Lifetime Achievement awards to the two women.

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Certifications:

  • Member of Independent Computer Consultant's Association (ICCA) since 1990
  • Member of Microsoft Developer Network since 1991

Education:

  • M.B.A. Business Management from Pepperdine University in the Presidential/Key Executive program
  • B.S. Electrical Engineering/Computer Science (EECS), U.C. Berkeley


Burt Johnson
MindStorm, Inc.
Cuenca, Ecuador
(510)666-4550 - voice

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