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Experienced Writer about Technology. Fave Topics: Decentralized & IndieWeb, WordPress, Linux

About Me

Michael McCallister is devoted to the idea that technology need not be feared, and can be mastered by anyone. After all, he 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. He is devoted to making computing easier for the full spectrum of user levels and experience. As a technical communicator, freelance computer magazine writer, and book author, he understands that ordinary people can and should make the most of their tools. He writes for, and on behalf of, users from the freshest newbie to the experienced professional. McCallister wrote two editions of "WordPress in Depth" (QUE) with Bud Smith, and two editions of "openSUSE Linux Unleashed" (Sams). His latest, "Creating Your Author Platform: The New Rules" (BenBella) with Carole Jelen came out in May 2014. When not writing books, McCallister has helped a variety of firms as a technical writer, especially in software documentation projects, and online help systems. He has spent the last five years as the Senior Document Architect at PKWARE. He is also a freelance technology writer with many credits (and looking for more). Specialties include: Software documentation, technical book authoring, online help authoring, freelance technology writing, Linux, WordPress, social media, and author platforms

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Senior Document Architect

Sole technical writer for software developer producing compression and encryption tools for multiple hardware platforms from mainframe to mobile. Work with agile development teams in Milwaukee, WI and Dayton, OH to produce PDF manuals and online help (CHM and HTML) for PKZIP and SecureZIP for z/OS, IBM i, UNIX, Linux, and Windows. Used Microsoft Word, Adobe RoboHelp, Adobe Acrobat Professional.

Company: PKWARE

I worked there from 5/2009 until 4/2020

Freelance Technology Writer and Book Author

Author of technical books. See Publications section. Represented by Carole Jelen at Waterside Productions. Freelance contributor to many technology magazines and websites, including WPMUDev, TechWhirl, SearchEnterpriseLinux.com, TUX, Linux Journal, Linux Business Week, Java Developers Journal, Linux Orbit

Company: ProTek Writing Services

I worked there from /1999 until now

Special Writers Unit

Contribute articles on technical communication, book authoring, freelancing and other relevant topics.

Company: Techwhirl

I worked there from /2011 until now

Technical Writer Senior

Prepare product announcements and other bulletins.

Company: FIS

I worked there from 3/2021 until now

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