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About jmaechtlen

I worked at Amada for many years - mostly supporting their laser systems. I did cutting applications work, trained customers, wrote training materials and manuals, and more. Amada downsized in 2002, and I've mostly done technical writing since. A lot of that's been in IT, but I've gotten to do a real variety of projects, including: A user manual for a software system which controlled a modular machine system. The system takes drawings and blank material in, and outputs laser cut parts ready for assembly or further processing. User manuals for various custom heat sealing machines. Documentation for various custom hardware/software systems, software deployments, etc. User guides and manuals for consumer GPS devices. (Several automotive units, one fitness device.) And various others. I get to learn stuff, organize it, and write it down/teach it to others.


Epitaph for a perm position Continue reading

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What’s happening in early 2015

New beginnings – started a perm job in Feb. Continue reading

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What I did in 2014, part two

After Magellan, a brief pause. Then I landed a project (through an agency) for the City of Carlsbad. They needed a suite of IT security policies and procedures. Great – they wanted someone to gather best practices from other cities … Continue reading

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What I did this year, part one

Recently, I worked at Magelllan GPS for about six months. I got to brush up on my FrameMaker skills, and learned to use InDesign pretty well. Also learned something about crop and bleed. And learned something about Android, BTLE, and … Continue reading

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Drowning in resources

So many opportunities, so little time… There are videos, and blogs, and forums, and galleries. It takes real focus to pick relevant items, and stay away from all (most?) of the rabbit holes. Actually, one decent on-topic item is better … Continue reading

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Found – Optimo memorabilia

I found a number of software manuals for the Windows MMI systems we developed for Optimo. There are some odds and ends as well, including two CD-ROMS. It looks like the CDs include software and manuals for most of our … Continue reading

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Vintage Computing

Time to clean out some of the junk/old computer stuff. I looked around, and it looks like there’s a bit of activity in old computers and parts. So, maybe I can make a few dollars and save some of this … Continue reading

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Misc. Computing

World Community Grid runs one task per thread on common CPUs. That means two tasks per core. Continue reading

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Something old…

I dug through my stock of Optimo goodies and took photos. See the parts page.

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techno-social media?

do we need a new class of media? Continue reading

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