Administered CentOS, Fedora, and Red Hat web and database
servers for several projects. This includes installation, configuration,
maintenance, and security monitoring.
Maintained Fedora 3 & 4 servers for
web search translation project.
Monitored for SSH and web-based attacks on the entire system, especially the
Internet portion of the site.
[Jan 2006-Sep 2006]
Was the primary system administrator for a real estate portal
) and CRM tracking
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES3, Apache 2, MySQL 4.1, PHP 5, and related
technologies. Devised backup strategy, Bash shell scripts, and extensive
PHP/MySQL programming for sites.
Administered a Fedora Red Hat Linux web server,
featuring the above technologies, with more than 500 user accounts in an
academic environment. [June 2001-June 2006]
Completed an 875-hour, 9-month Web Server Maintenance and
Security certificate program which covered the Linux operating system, Apache
web server, Secure Socket Layers, BIND DNS server, Sendmail SMTP server, Bash
programming, Perl programming, PHP programming, and MySQL and Oracle databases.
[Sep 2000-June 2001]
Have also recently worked with Knoppix, Debian, and Unbuntu
distributions as well as Linux with OpenMosix for cluster applications.
Programming and Web Design:
Strong skills in web development with PHP, Perl,
Competent with Dreamweaver, Fireworks, Flash/Actionscript, Photoshop, FileMaker, most
Microsoft Office products, Linux, Macintosh, DOS, and Windows operating systems.
Have done some work with AJAX and web services.
Developed the internal web site (intranet) for
using the Drupal 4.7 CRM framework.
Built many custom modules for Drupal to meet requirements not covered by available modules.
Created a popular seating chart mapping system with employee and resource profiles.
Created an organization chart system.
Recorded, edited, and posted engineering lectures in FLV format. [Sep 2006-Dec 2008]
Developed system to collect translations of web search terms
from independent contractor translators around the world. Stored these values
in MySQL for export to ontology team for
semantic search engine project.
[Jan 2006-Sep 2006]
Developed several database-driven web sites using PHP and
MySQL for personal use and organizations such as the San Diego Booksellers
), among others.
Writing and Communications:
Author of numerous articles and presentations on the
history of children's literature, particularly juvenile series books like
Tom Swift, the Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew. See a list of these
publications and conferences
Editor of newsletters for groups such as the San Diego
Booksellers Association (BookEndz) and the North American Jules Verne
Society (Extraordinary Voyages).
- Web Server Installation and Maintenance (Apache)
- Web Programming with PHP & MySQL
- Introduction to Linux
- Linux Security
- Linux Script Programming (Bash)
- Linux Cluster Technology (Beowulf, OpenMosix)
- Linux for the Small Businsess (server and desktop)
- Linux for the Desktop
- Web Design for Wireless Devices
- Cascading Style Sheets
- Dynamic HTML
- Google Maps
Senior PHP/MySQL developer for intranet for
as described above.
Senior PHP developer and system administrator for
web search translation
project as described above.
Taught "Introduction to Linux" unit of the Linux Cluster
Technology program through the HTEC and Defense Conversion programs of the
Teaching at the Centers for Education & Technology
(formerly known as Continuing Education) for short-term web technology
courses and substituting for other instructors in their
Created a variety of web applications using client-side
DHTML, and CSS. Some projects were small-scale e-commerce applications
while others were primarily informative in nature. One larger site
The largest book store in the United States specializing
exclusively in out-of-print and collectible children's books remembered
by adults. Responsible for all computer (including their previous web
site) and research-oriented activities.
Appeared on three television programs, one 60-minute radio program,
and consulted for innumerable newspaper and magazine articles. Wrote
many articles in the field of series books (listed
in second section
) for journals in the field.
Intern at Teledyne Ryan Electronics.
Used CAD programs to design programmable logic devices
to replace large circuit boards with a single custom integrated circuit
for radar devices.
Assistant to Dr. Harold M. Bull, Associate Professor
at San Diego State University Physics Department.
Wrote computer programs in compiled BASIC on IBM-class
machines to analyze digital chromatography output and identify percentage
of gases present based on statistical correlation with known samples.
Project was discontinued when professor was not rehired due to budget
Head of computer lab for Department of Health and
Human Services, College of Communication Disorders at San Diego State
Responsible for maintaining computer lab with fifteen
IBM XT machines and training class-sized groups of students in basic
Manager for McDonald's Corporation.
Assistant manager at store in San Diego after being
hired as a regular employee and showing proficiency in all stations
at store in Chula Vista. While manager, edited employee newsletter.
Area chair for Popular Culture Association
section on Dime Novels, Pulp Magazines, and Juvenile Series Books.
Solicited papers for panels using web pages, Internet
listservs, and regular mailings; accepted paper proposals and organized
them into logical panels; moderated groups and facilitated discussion.
Read and corrected three drafts of this manuscript to
ensure factual accuracy on issues connected with Stratemeyer Syndicate
Chairman and facilitator for San Diego Book Collecting
Organized the first Book Collecting Seminar held in San
Diego. Arranged for speakers and panelists, secured seminar location, and
prepared conference program book.
Supplied unique historical and bibliographic information
to support the creation of this book.
Editor of BookEndz.
Used Adobe PageMaker to typeset monthly newsletter for the
San Diego Booksellers Association
Created web page for newsletter which includes Adobe Acrobat versions of
issues created during my term as editor.
Member of Board of Directors for San Diego Booksellers
Science Editor for three volumes in the Young Astronauts
Paperback juvenile books that used the "Rick North"
collective pseudonym and were published by
After I saw numerous factual errors in the initial volume of the series,
I was hired to edit scientific content of later stories (vols. 4-6).
Linux Cluster Technology
Two month, 32-hour certificate program offered by San Diego
State University's HTEC
Web Server Maintenance and Security Certificate
Work towards Bachelor's Degree in Physics
More than 25 years of computer experience with personal
computers including multiple platforms (Macintosh, IBM,
Commodore, Radio Shack, etc.), programming languages (BASIC, Pascal, Forth,
8-bit processors), Beowulf-class Linux clusters, and applications (PageMaker,
PhotoShop, Excel, several word processors and database programs
Proficient in web page design, desktop publishing, image
manipulation and enhancement, and database management.
Steam locomotive fireman and engineer
as a volunteer
for the Poway-Midland Railroad
) to operate all
running equipment, including a 1907 Baldwin 0-4-0 oil-fired steam locomotive,
1894 Los Angeles Railways trolley (converted to a gasoline engine by movie
studios for films like Hello! Dolly
), and a 1950 Fairmount speeder
with a gasoline engine. The volunteers are also restoring a 1906 San Francisco
cablecar which will be powered with electric motors and batteries.