1985-1986: Keller Stokes and Associates (KSA),
Following the retirement of Bernie Silverman and the addition
of Ed Stokes, KSA continued the work of SKA (see below).
1979-1984: Extended Programs in Medical Education,
University of California, San Francisco (Gail Katagiri, Bob Maggio,
and Sara Burke, Department Managers)
I was the project
leader for the specification, design, documentation, coding
(in C on a variety of DEC machines running BSD Unix and Ingres),
testing, deployment and support of a suite of programs to run
the entire activity of this multi-million dollar business.
This included registration of attendees, transaction processing
and bookkeeping, revenue reporting, generation of rosters,
mailing labels, attendance certificates, etc. We implemented
general-purpose, reusable software modules for data entry screen
management, user interface menus, and database middleware.
The system remained in continuous production use for
twenty years. It was finally replaced in 2000.
1983: Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Ontario
(Allan Katz, MD, Chief Pathologist)
This was a one-month project in which I
analyzed the data processing requirements of the hospital's
Department of Pathology and proposed various solutions to
bottlenecks identified there.
1983-1984: Silverman Keller Associates (SKA),
Berkeley, California (partnership)
SKA continued the activities of Silverman Associates.
I developed technical training as a new line of business with
a substantially expanded customer base.
1982: Silverman Associates, Berkeley, California
(Bernie Silverman, sole proprietor -- our phone number was
Nationally and in Europe we marketed products
developed by independent Silicon Valley software houses.
Our primary market was Motorola 68000-based Unix vendors.
My activities included establishing
and servicing client accounts, making presentations to OEMs and
distributors, conducting advertising campaigns,
and technical sales.
I was also system administrator for our Dual 83/40 running Unix
System V. We were among the first UUCP and USENET nodes.
1980-1981: Information Equities,
San Rafael, California (Dan Haagens, sole proprietor)
I wrote Cobol under TSO (punched cards)
and SuperWylbur (on-line)
for Fireman's Fund and others in the insurance industry.
1979-1980: Patterson Dental, San Francisco,
California (Ron Henley and others)
I wrote Pascal on the Alpha Micro for dental billing systems.
1977-1978: Comptek Research
(military contractor, Mare Island Navy Base,
As a student intern, I wrote Fortran and CMS-2
for the AN-UYK-7 and AN-UYK-20 shipboard computers
for 3-D radar signal processing. This required a
1976: Gentle Electric (GE), Santa Cruz, California
(Carl Fravel, sole proprietor)
For my college summer job at GE, I documented, tested, packaged,
and created marketing materials for Carl's invention,
an electronic music pitch-to-voltage converter.