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October 2013 Meeting, Pete Mackie will make a presentation on stories about Forest Service radios he has used and other communication systems at the Thursday Oct. 10th meeting:
Pete talked about the other Forest Service communication system, which was the bare single wire phone system and it’s maintenance woes. He will also talked about other Forest Service duties besides being a fire lookout and share some work stories.
Pete Mackie is a 53-year veteran of the software and electronics industry, with a broad range of technical development, operations, finance and management experience, in organizations ranging from start-ups to divisions of Tektronix Corporation. A key player in the formation of the software industry in Oregon, Pete founded and served as past President of the Software Association of Oregon, and is recognized locally as an authority on Internet technologies, electronic publishing, and dynamic Web site content publishing among numerous other software arenas. Seaquest Software, Inc., which he founded in 1982, to develop software for personal computers, with a client base including names like Apple Computer, Microsoft, WordStar, Aldus and BioScan.
Pete was formerly an active volunteer with the Eclipse Foundation ( http://www.eclipse.org/org/foundation ) as a code committer for the ECF (Eclipse Communication Framework) project. He taught PHP and MySQL courses at PCC (PortlandCommunity College) fro many years, developed PHP based Web sites for clients, plus mastered the marriage of Adobe Flex Builder on the client messaging with PHP scripts on the Web server.
Prior, Pete was founder (1977) and President of Interactive Technology, Inc., a software firm that obtained significant venture capital financing, and is still active today. In his 16-year career with Tektronix, last serving as Business Unit General Manager, Benchtop Semiconductor Test Systems, Pete climbed the ladder of responsibility all the way from Test Engineer in 1961, holding positions such as Division Manager of Manufacturing, Department Manager of Electronic Industrial Engineering, and Electronics Instructor. Along the way, Pete also worked for Wavetek, San Diego, as a Project Engineer and for BioScan as part-time Vice President of R&D. A published author (three books by Dilithium Press, and numerous articles), Pete has previously been an Adjunct Faculty Member of Portland State University (Computer Science), and a member of the State of Oregon, Governor’s Software Industry Development Council.