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technical writer

San Mateo, California, United States
March 14, 2011

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David Mark Strom

Technical Writer, Video Shorts Creator, Mobile Enthusiast

San Mateo, CA,


*** Objective ***

Position involving writing and software, video, and/or mobile. Skilled as a technical writer with a programming background, creative as a video creator and writer, strong interest in mobile and web programming.

*** Technical Writing Summary ***

Design and write development guides, user guides, and application programming interface guides. Work well with engineers. Write code samples. Design manual specifications, research technical information, test applications, and prepare manuals for production.

* Experience: Over 13 years as a technical writer, 7 years as a software programmer.

* Wrote tutorials for related to digital video and photos.

* Designed, wrote, and prepared for production a 250 page programming, API, and user manual set; updated the manuals as the product morphed into PeopleSoft's start of no-code-on-the-client architecture.

* Updated a system administrator guide for Red Pepper Software; kept it current under very tight deadlines while maintaining my other technical writing projects.

* Programming languages: JavaScript, HTML, AJAX, XML, C++, Java

* Android and iOS SDKs installed on my MacBook Pro, own an iPad and an Android phone

* Operating Systems: Macintosh OS X, Windows, Android, iOS

* Documentation Tools: Word, Arbortext, FrameMaker

*** Video, Mobile, and Creative Summary ***

* Own Adobe Master Suite CS4, Final Cut Express, iMovie, iDVD. Created videos (shoot, write, edit) about a family wedding, my dear departed mom, loud movie trailers, and a film noir version of The DaVinci Code.

* Converted video to Flash with text commentary added via ActionScript.

* Member of the Silicon Valley Android Developers Meetup. Have Eclipse/Android SDK and Xcode/iOS SDK installed on my MacBook Pro. Joined Android App Inventor. Own an iPad and an Android phone. Will beta test Storyist for the iPad.

* Completed a class for television production at KMVT, Mountain View.

* Member of SFCutters, a user group for creators of digital videos.

* Skilled in iPhoto: as a delta-tester for Hewlett-Packard; improved the Macintosh iPhoto borderless printing instructions for the Photosmart 7950 printer.

* In Cinemasports, created 3-minute videos in one day on a team. That's a deadline.

* Posted some of my videos on my website:

* Maintain my YouTube website:

*** Experience ***

2008: Technical Writer, Equilibrium, Sausalito, CA

Updated programmer, administration, and user guides for online video & media processing software.

2007: Technical Writer & Web Developer, Stottler Henke, San Mateo, CA

Tested simulation software, edited web pages (HTML and Flash), did minor video editing, converted video to different formats. Edited a Flash project to add more timelines, photos, & ActionScript links.

2005: Technical Writer, (Prudential California Realty)

Wrote a web-based software user guide for salespeople building business plans and tracking in real time.

2003: Delta Tester, Hewlett-Packard

Tested a 7960 Photosmart printer with Apple iPhoto, and from this testing, helped improve Hewlett-Packard's borderless printing instructions from iPhoto.

1996-2003: Senior Technical Writer, PeopleSoft, Pleasanton, CA

* Wrote application development, programmer, and application programming interface (API) reference guides for PeopleSoft products.

* Main projects: PeopleSoft Optimization Framework, for building applications that use an optimization-based, decision-making capability in the PeopleTools environment; Business Interlink (a 250 page manual set) to connect third party applications to PeopleSoft applications in real time. Designed these manual sets from scratch.

1995-1996: Technical Writer, Red Pepper Software, San Mateo, CA

Updated a system administrator manual (very tight deadlines) and developer manuals for an object-oriented programming language, for a database programming language, for a database, and for installation of the product.

1989-1995: Technical Writer, Comtech Services, Inc., San Jose, CA.

Contracting projects for Novell, Pacific Gas & Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Johnson & Johnson, McGraw-Hill, Octel, Measurex, US WEST Communications, EG&G, Versatec.

1989-1990: Abstract Writer, Med/Lay Publications, Sunnyvale, CA

Wrote abstract of newspaper and magazine articles, and wrote a style guide for writing these abstracts.

1982-1988: Scientific Programmer, Lockheed Missiles and Space, Sunnyvale, CA

Wrote software that converted structured FORTRAN to FORTRAN IV, updated a data display in real time, displayed records in user-specified formats, and simulated a mechanical device and its environment.

*** Education ***

UC Extension Santa Cruz. AJAX class.

KMVT, Mountain View. Certificate of completion for television production class.

DeAnza College, Cupertino, CA. Tech Writing Certif., C++, UNIX, object-oriented design.

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, CA. Computer Science.

North Park College at Chicago, IL. BA in Mathematics. GPA 3.5

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