My day job: currently I work as a consultant doing technical writing, quality assurance, user support, system adminstration, and some modest design work for custom FileMaker database solutions. As you can tell from that list, I work in all aspects of software development; I've also done project management, user interface design, and even programming. Most of my experience is on Macs and iOS devices, although I also do some Windows work. I'm extremely detail oriented and capable of keeping track of all aspects of a project. Having both a liberal arts and a technical background, I'm good at designing and explaining software so it makes sense to non-technical endusers, while also understanding the technical issues that inform the design and programming.
In my other life: I'm a big fan of Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic strip. I maintain the Peanuts Animation & Video List, a page with comprehensive information about all of those great animated specials, and the FiveCentsPlease Blog, a site with news and interesting stuff about the world of Peanuts. I've been interviewed as a "Peanuts historian" for the Warner Home Video DVD releases of several Peanuts holiday specials, and also contributed a couple of chapters about the Peanuts TV shows to 50 Years of Happiness: A Tribute to Charles M. Schulz, which is now in its third printing and is available from the Charles M. Schulz Museum.
I enjoy traveling and taking photographs of the places I visit, although my photography webpage is seriously out of date.
From 2004-mid 2011, I worked for Fetch Softworks, makers of the Macintosh file transfer program Fetch. I was a project manager, user interface designer, technical writer, and website, QA and support manager. (It was a small company, so I got to wear lots of hats!)
From 1997-early 2004, I worked as a Macintosh software designer at MIT. I spent most of that time on the team developing Kerberos for Macintosh for Mac OS X. We worked closely with Apple to bring the Kerberos authentication system to Mac OS X, and our work has been included with Mac OS X since Mac OS X 10.1. My contributions to Kerberos for Macintosh were the Kerberos GUI management application, installers, and documentation. I also maintained MacZephyr (it no longer works with modern versions of Mac OS X).
Before coming to work for MIT MacDev, I worked as a product manager for UpToDate, who make medical reference/education software.
Moving further back in time, I received a Master's of Education with a concentration in Technology In Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1995.
I was also a Macintosh guru for faculty and the student labs at the Sloan School of Management, and developed courseware to teach computer graphics and 3-D modeling to non-computer science students at Williams College.
Not coincidentally I was an undergraduate at Williams, where I graduated with a mathematics degree (as well as concentrations in fiction writing and computer science).
I've lived in Massachusetts and northern Virginia.
My mother is a retired piano teacher and active photographer, and my brother builds decks and home additions.
In addition to Peanuts stuff as mentioned above, movie soundtracks, the Muppets, and L. Frank Baum's Oz series all hold special places in my heart (and large chunks of my shelf space).
Comments, questions, feedback, blah blah blah: e-mail me at smcguire at scottmcguire dot com.