Alf Orion Watt
Design and develop superlative user-facing products with a focus on wireless connectivity.
Technical Skills [years]
Wi-Fi , Bluetooth  & RF System Design ;
Bonjour Service Discovery ;
OS X, BSD, Linux & Solaris [10+];
User Interface & Usability Design [10+];
Object Oriented Analysis & Design [10+];
Threading, Concurrency and Performance & Tuning [10+];
XML, CSS, HTML & HTTP [10+];
Objective-C & Cocoa ;
Web Service Architecture ;
Tech Writing, Specifications & Design Patterns ;
AirPort Sofware Engineer
April 2007 - July 2012
Responsable for Wi-Fi User Experience on OS X from Snow Leopard
(10.6) through Mountain Lion (10.8). Implemented improvements in feedback during network
selection and connection processes, designed and implemented Wi-Fi Diagnostics to
provide detailed diagnostic information to assist in debugging complex connectivity issues.
Worked closely with multiple teams: Wireless Hardware
Engineering, Apple Care Support Teams, CoreOS Networking & Mac Applications. Developed
software deployed in factory to improve RF testing process, analyzed support issues to
identify areas in which the user experience needed improvements, coordinated development
of diagnostic tools & provided supporting frameworks for wireless device managment.
Managed multiple projects: Wi-Fi Diagnostics, Network Utility
& several internal frameworks. Learned and implemented the Apple Development Process
to manage priorities and release schedules; gathered requirements from customers, created
brief white-papers and demos for reviews, developed implementation plans & schedules
once approved, lead implementation and track schedule, progress, testing & bugs.
Mac Development Lead
, San Francisco
October 2006 - March 2007
Proposed, specified and developed a desktop media player which used
web services to populate its library of music, video and photos
for full screen, remote-driven, presentation. Leveraged open-source
technology to speed development while contributing new features back
to the community. Personally demoed the product to an excited audience
at Mac World 2007.
Lead a small team to maintain a hybrid Cocoa/C# messaging and social
networking client for a media sharing & community startup. Added
upload features with integration into iLife Suite for easy posting
of photos and movies to the imeem.com web site.
Open Source Developer & Consultant
January 2001 - October 2006
Implemented an existing custom binary network protocol, image loading
and cache management utilities in a Cocoa photo sharing client for a
startup in San Francisco.
Developed Desk Lamp for OS X, currently in stasis Desk Lamp is a
flexible desktop search tool which focuses the power of Apple's
Spotlight search engine on your documents, projects and work flows.
Designed, implemented and published iStumbler for Mac OS X.
iStumbler is the leading wireless discovery tool for Mac OS X,
providing free and open source tools for finding AirPort networks,
Bluetooth devices, Bonjour services, and GPS locations with your Mac.
Built and installed the first four radios for SFLAN, a project aimed at
creating a member owned and maintained city-wide wireless network using long
distance 802.11b links, and embedded linux systems.
Tested Cometa's wireless service platform against a pre-release Intel
Centrino system for their initial rollout to dozens of Mc Donalds
restaurants in Manhattan. Testing resulted in certification of the platform
for Centrino mobile systems and involved checking a matrix of VPN connections
with the captive portal system used to control access to public hotspots.
Provide IT & Consulting services to San Francisco VC firms, including
off site backup and multi-site data replication. Deploy and manage linux
file servers to provide central document storage, backup and small web
applications tailored to specific business requirements.
Produced technical documentation using Docbook XML and XSLT style sheets to
support my own development projects and a small wireless startup.
Provided consultation and training in Java, Web Development and Source
Control best practices for a Credit Card Issuer. Encouraged the use of
Open Source and Free Software to reduce costs and improve maintainability.
LightSurf, Santa Cruz
March 2000 - December 2000
Played principal architect and technical lead for the LightSurf Media
Application Hosting Platform, which manages photos, associated meta-data,
user accounts, sharing, e commerce and fulfillment. The platform has an open
API and is SOAP enabled for easy integration into existing systems.
Evaluated and implemented a server platform based on the most efficient and
cost effective java application server products available. Utilized Open
Source and Free Software to dramatically reduced licensing and hardware
costs in an ASP deployment of LightSurf's flagship product.
Coordinated local and offshore development groups implementing Media
Application Hosting Platform. Developed persistence API, supporting
documentation and implementation requirements. Performed code review of
contractor contributions and managed overall systems integration between
Consulting Web Developer
NextCard, San Francisco
December 1999 - March 2000
Developed Administrative Tool kit allowing business owners to manage
customer accounts, alter pricing strategies on the fly and provide real- time
customer service and graphical reporting.
Internet Applications Technical Lead
Microsoft bCentral, San Francisco
November 1998 - September 1999
Provided architecture and technical leadership in a small team working on an
application using mod_perl and Apache on FreeBSD systems.
Implemented a fast session cache in Perl, dramatically improving performance.
Software Engineer, Build Master, Quality Assurance Engineer
Perspecta, San Francisco
July 1997 - November 1998
Prototyped a user interface for editing a complex database modeling of
conceptual and ontological relationships between keywords.
Developed an integrated cross platform build and install system for java
server applications similar to ANT using Perl and XML.
Red Tail Surveying Inc., Taos
June 1996 - March 1997
Drafting of survey plats, create and update document templates, create and update in-house database and in-house PC & Windows support and training.
Chair of Communications Committee
La Lama Neighborhood Association, Questa
May 1996 - December 1996
Coordination of available information after the Hondo Fire, maintaining of resident list and resource list, resource direction, newsletter, resource matching and answering the phone.
Lead Technical Support Representative
Howard and Friends Inc., Taos
September 1995 - March 1996
Technical Support for Howard & Friends and Howard & Friends for Networks, In-house PC network support, In-house Fax Server support, Technical Documentation, Priority Cases and Research.
Digital Imaging Technician
Electric Images Inc., Minneapolis
January 1995 - September 1995
Output of Macintosh graphics files to various digital printers. Color correction and image enhancement using Photoshop. Macintosh LAN management, with additional Netware 3.x connectivity.