Mike McCallister

West Allis, WI 53219 USA
Website: http://www.michaelmccallister.com
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Professional Experience

Mike McCallister is devoted to the idea that technology need not be feared, and can be mastered by anyone. After all, I grew up in the days when computers filled entire rooms, and spent 13 years as a civil service clerk doing nothing more technical than recording WordPerfect macros. Ordinary people too often are mystified by the software that they use everyday. Computing should empower folks, and I am devoted to making computing easier for the full spectrum of user levels and experience. I've been writing books on Linux and WordPress for the last decade or so, and am looking for the challenge of writing shorter pieces. Besides Linux and open source software, interests include tools for communicating via the Web (blogs, social networks, wikis, and the like) and bridging the digital divide.

Expertise

Book Author
12 Years
Technical Writer
12 Years
Web Developer
2 Years

Specialty

Technology
17 Years

Industries


Magazine - Trade magazines/publications (B2B)
2 Years
Newspaper - Community
5 Years

Total Media Industry Experience

17 Years

Media Client List (# assignments last 2 yrs)

Tech Writer Today (3-5), Pearson Education (Sams & QUE) (1-2)

Other Work History

Sr Document Architect, PKWARE

Technical Skills

WordPress

Unions

National Writers Union, Freelancers Union

Computer Skills

openSUSE Linux, Windows 7, Word, LibreOffice, HTML, WordPress, XML, PHP

Equipment

HP laptop, Adobe FrameMaker, Acrobat X Pro, Illustrator

References

Carole Jelen, Agent, Waterside Agency

Awards

Rated #57 Most Influential in TechComm and Content Strategy by MindTouch, 2012

Associations

Society for Technical Communication (President, Wisconsin community)

Work Samples

General

(Tech Writer Today 12/19/2011)
Book review of Joe Welinske's "Developing User Assistance for Mobile Apps."
(Tech Writer Today 8/8/2012)
Review of Adobe online help authoring software, RoboHelp 10 (part of a team review of the Adobe Technical Communication Suite 4).