- Austin, Texas Area
- Computer Software
Steve Cronin's Overview
Steve Cronin's Summary
When I was in high school, back in the dark ages of computing, I programmed my physics class’s analog rotating switch and additive circuit boards to play the Maxwell Coffee “Percolator Jingle” I also wrote a black jack game in Fortran on the local college's mainframe using a teletype machine and paper tape. I still have that tape somewhere up in the attic..
My first computer job was wiring circuit boards for punched card sorters for a bank. I graduated from University of Colorado with a combined degree in Mathematics and Computer Science, although it could have just as easily been Chemistry or Physics. After college I worked for the Department of Energy, at the Solar Energy Research Institute in Golden CO, where I wrote wind-flow models and exported database content into early an markup languages for direct to typeset publication.
The first computer I personally owned was an original 128K Mac. Freshly back from Prudhoe Bay Alaska, where I had helped to deploy an oilfield construction materials control system for ARCO Oil & Gas, I bought a Macintosh just to see what all the buzz was about. I subsequently scoured the Bay Area where I found a startup company producing a Macintosh database product. I began as the front line tech support dude. When I left I was the product manager.
Eventually I began doing freelance consulting and I landed several contracts at Apple, for one of which I was lead developer for an Apple branded piece of software for service management. Years later I would also develop, under contract, another piece of Apple software, “Register with Apple”, which shipped on the first iMac. I was selected by Creative Strategies as their vendor of choice for implementing a project cost tracking system at Visa-USA.
Oh yeah there's more... a long journey into Windows and then back to Mac.