Russell Hess
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Current status: Actively freelancing and seeking employment

TECHNICAL TRAINING, PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS, AWARDS: certified Windows 98 Power User (3.77), April 20, 2000. certified Master HTML Programmer (4.61), March 31, 2000. certified Master JavaScript Programmer (4.44), March 4, 2000. certified Windows NT Workstation Administrator (3.0), March 3, 2000. certified Computer Technician (3.08), February 1, 2000. certified Windows 95 Administrator (2.87), January 28, 2000. certified Programmer/Analyst Aptitude (3.97), January 21, 2000. certified Master Written English (4.56), January 12, 2000. certified Windows 95 Power User (3.34), January 12, 2000.
            - Certification transcript: (TekMetrics) certified UNIX System Administrator (3.42),
            November 5, 1999. (- Different transcript from the previous four.)
Sun(TM) Maintenance training, January, 1990.
Novell NetWare(TM) R.A.C., September, 1989.
Certificate of Achievement for Meritorious Service, for database work quality, May, 1988.
Certified Electronics Technician, Reg.# AC-12668.
Who's Who in Nationally Accredited Private Career Schools, 1988.
Field Service Electronics Courses, April, 1988.

CAREER HISTORY TO DATE (in reverse chronological order) :

Freelance computer and electronics professional
Currently ( for other details, see subsection after next... )

Windows 98 installs upgrades and troubleshooting, Windows 95 troubleshooting and restoration and system maintenance, Windows 3.1 admin; software support services and installation, disk restoration and filesystem repair. Website modification, page design, graphics. Network analysis, rewiring. Pentium PCs and laptops. Modem cards, PCMCIA. Apple Powerbook 1700 hardware servicing. Tech support by email and telephone. Email account configuration. Procurement consultation. Virus education and handling consultation. Employment postings development consultations. Electronic watch repair. (-Recent areas of practice, since July 1999.)

UNIX System Administrator/Analyst
March 1999 to May 1999

Company name: CREN (Corporation for Research & Educational Networking), Washington D.C.
Windows NT 4.0 system admin & software installation/configuring, Solaris 2.7 & 2.5 ( = SunOS 5.5 & 5.7) UNIX environment admin, mailing list software support, website critic (-didn`t actually alter any pages, but found mistakes & passed on the details to those who had time to correct them - so I wasn`t Webmaster here, but did useful work. - Used MS FrontPage some.) Also a bit of hardware installation, documentation editing, list server management. Developed Tech Support procedures (the planning/procedure drafting part wasn`t well done, but I worked away at it as required), debugged the new bug & call logging system.
Much done, & worked long hours willingly too.
(Despite the formal title(s), I effectively worked in the status of a consultant rather than a regular employee... i.e., never had benefits, just salary.)

Self employed freelance professional, Website builder, writer
February 1998 to present

Serving any customer who'd pay my rates, providing electronic equipment services.
   Computers ( PC hw/sw/installation & moving), copiers, fax machines, radio receivers, car security systems, telephone wiring and rewiring.
HTML, JavaScript (e.g.: & others at, WWW design/site admin/commerce, Email management.
- The two Web sites I've designed & built (Award won - see
&    ('UpSky').
               - Most successful/busiest page of my creating:
( '....began February 1998?' - I didn't have any customers before then.)

In preparation for self-employed status
most of 1995; later 1996 to June 1997.

Preparing customer relations policies, accounting & receipt forms.
Programming in Intel machine code (built up a suite of diagnostic utilities, a set of modules for structured programming, a thumbnail graphics package, a suite of thumbnail graphics files, a file statistics utility, and a virus-proof scan function in compressed & optimized code.... & more.)
Building structured reference documents with WordPerfect 5.1, and building database files with a custom-programmed entry data regularizer. (I have marketed some of these databases/files on the World Wide Web; see `UpSky` URL cited above.)

late 1994 to March 1995.

(If it doesn`t seem right to you, agreed - It wasn`t of my choosing.)

(Pending employment offer as Senior PC Tech.)
March 1994 to ~December 1994

Company name: Unisource Systems, Chicago, Illinois ( - with Washington D.C. local office.)
Was offered position March 1994;    interviewed successfully;    personally turned in signed acceptance to job offer;    position never went on from there.

(Unemployed, seeking work)
December 1992 to February 1994.

(I wasn`t seeking work in early January 1993 and May-July 1993... so what. I was short of funds for it in the summer of 1993; as soon as means were available again, I went at it once more.)

Computer Tech/Service Representative
December 1989 to December 1992.

Company name: Halifax Engineering;   Alexandria, Virginia.
Equipment services, many contracts;    1 1/2 year for U.S. Department of the Air Force, Pentagon & nearby. 5 months for a variety of D.C. & Maryland commercial and government contracts. 1 year for U.S.A.I.D. (the Agency for International Development). (Also N.I.H, others.)
All aspects of servicing for a wide variety of equipment (including sole responsibility for Sun(TM) equipment services for this company for about a year.)

Field Service/Assembly/Repair Technician
July 1989 to October 1989.

Company name: American Microframe Technology of Maryland, Gaithersburg.
Assembly, repair, omni-responsible field service technician (esp, consultant for B.I.A. contract matter), all PC types. Long hours, hard work, good pay.

Computer & Network Technical Specialist
May 1988 to July 1989.

Company name: Advanced Integrated Technology, Columbia, Tennessee.
1 1/2 years; contract in Pentagon for U.S. Department of the Army. PC services (hw/sw: user support/install/configure/etc.), LAN service (hw/layout/install/revisions, mostly). Beginner-level system operations on DEC MicroVAX WAN.

Student Aide
April 1987 to May 1988.

Employer: U.S. Department of the Army, Pentagon. General clerical aide; used/assisted computer database/configuration/building/alteration/macros.

- Version of May 16, 2000.