John D. Buell
johndbuell (at) hotmail (dot) com
am familiar with a variety of computer platforms – hardware and
operating systems. I have done some programming, and am also familiar
with many individual applications, including different
word-processing, spreadsheet, and database applications. I have some
knowledge of networking using wired and wireless Ethernet
technologies and client-server environments serving different
- June 2003 – Present
- TEKSystems, Rolling Meadows, IL and Downers Grove, IL
- Project Location: Carmax, Glencoe, IL. (Nov. 2003)
Responsibilities included workstation and printer setup and testing at new store location.
- Project Location: Caremark, Northbrook, IL. (Sept. 2003)
Responsibilities included software upgrades on Power Macintosh G4 computers to OS X, and installation of compatible versions of Quark XPress, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and Acrobat, and other utilities.
- Project Location: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. (Sept. 2003)
Responsibilities included performing maintenance, troubleshooting and
assisting with a software inventory on Macintosh workstations within the School of Communications.
- Project Location: Carson Pirie Scott #591 (Saks Inc.), Naperville, IL (Aug. 2003)
Responsibilities included PC software upgrades to use remote desktop client for
Windows 2003 Server and uninstallation of MS Office on some client machines, and convert other
machines to using WYSE thin client terminals, and uninstall Windows 95/98 PCs.
- Project Location: Conagra Foods, Downers Grove, IL (Aug. 2003)
Responsibilities included physical disconnection, relocation and reconnection
of technology assets during an internal move within corporate offices.
- Project Location: Motorola, Schaumburg, IL (Aug. 2003)
Responsibilities included assistance in computer inventory program, partnered with CSC.
- Project Location: William Rainey Harper College,
Palatine, IL (June-July, 2003)
Responsibilities include full OS X client/server testing, including user logons,
application compatibility, OS and application testing using Mac OS X Server 10.2.6 and Mac OS X 10.2.6
on client stations, connecting via LDAP and NetInfo.
- May 2001 – April 2003
- Cook County School District 87, Berkeley, Illinois
included maintenance, installation and basic repairs for approx. 700
Macintosh Computers, ranging in age from 7 years old to brand new,
within 6 buildings in 3 towns. Each and every classroom had a minimum
of three computers, and each lab (one per building) has just over 30.
Kept curriculum-mandated software up to date and working, along with
related hardware, including optical mark scanners and printers, and
client-server systems (using Mac OS X Server or AppleShare IP and
Macintosh Manager) in the computer labs. Did Basic network
troubleshooting. Maintained an inventory database of computers and
related equipment. Also had influence for technology use and
2002 I supervised the refurbishing of over 70 older Power Macintosh
computers, including adding network cards and memory, reinstalling
operating systems and applications. I also had a hand in digitizing
videos for electronic delivery, including use of an Apple Xserve for
storing and serving these videos. Fall 2002 these were put back into
use in classrooms for curriculum work. Fall 2002 also saw the
district mandate e-mail by teachers and staff, which initially was
“outsourced” through free web-based e-mail providers.
2001-2002, over 400 new iMacs were put into place in all 6 buildings,
as well as many new network printers. I was solely responsible for
set up and installation of all of these, on a then brand new LAN/WAN.
Also in late 2001 I started work on an Intranet Web server, running
on Mac OS X using Apache, to house various tech support documentation
and memos, in a move to cut back on amounts of paper sent out and
used by the district’s Technology Office.
- January 2000 – April
- Community Consolidated District 181, Hinsdale, Illinois
Title: Technology Assistant
Hills Middle School August 2000 – April 2001
primarily responsible for over 50 iMacs in two computer labs, and 26
iBooks on wireless carts. The labs operated on the Macintosh Manager
client-server system, using OS 9 and ASIP. Also worked on individual
classroom computers networked through the building. Maintained
software used by classes (including Photoshop, STAR Reading, and
Accelerated Reader), kept printers operating, and did troubleshooting
tasks, including disaster recovery.
Middle School January 2000 – August 2000
Summer 2000 I worked on upgrading and software installations of all
Macs at Hinsdale Middle School to prepare for the opening of
Clarendon Hills Middle School in August. Assisted teachers and
students in networked and stand-alone Mac labs. Troubleshooted
various hardware and software issues related to school labs. Worked
in an all-Mac environment (System 7.1 through 9.0, with AppleShare IP
5.0, Network Assistant 3.0 and AtEase 3).
EDUCATION and CERTIFICATIONS:
From 1993 to the present day I have taken various courses in various
subjects at the College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, IL and Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
At College of DuPage, I earned the following Certificates of Completion:
- Visual Basic Language Proficiency (March 1999)
- C Language Proficiency (July 1999)
- Database Proficiency (September 1999)
- UNIX Proficiency (December 2000)
I also earned CompTIA's Network+ Certification in October, 2000,
and completed a sequence of Cisco training classes at College of DuPage in 2000.
In the fall of 2003 I plan on continuing a sequence of Java and Windows 2000
administration classes at the College of DuPage.