Richard Haley's Resume and Links

Cliff's notes verision of resume

Programmer: Assembler, C(++,#), Perl, PHP, Python, Java(Script),batch/script files
Administrator: Windows(DOS), *nix, SQL(s), software builds, version control
Maintainer: Wires, boxes (IT and Telecom), paperwork
Vaporizer: Moving to the cloud is a specialty
Debugger: all of the above, two decades

Me in a nutshell

So far, all of my IT related diagnoses have been accurate and all code has worked up to specifications. Of course, that is no guarantee of the future, but it's an honest statement. Generally, it's been within schedule and below budget.

This is not universal. In many instances where my specifications have been fuzzy, I've overprogrammed things which could have been cheaper if they'd just been specific.

I've trained many people to mimic my behavior. I have yet to have inspired anyone to think like I do. I'm not sure I can, but I always hope.

Philosophy of Work Tidbits

My problem in understanding the situation is always the same. I can put the things together. I can tell you if they are working right. But I can't tell you if YOU like them. It's kind of like being a mechanic. I can tell you that your car will do fine on a trip to Yosemite. I can't tell you if you'll have a good time on the trip, and the fact that I might know how to get there is only incidental to my mechanical skills.

From an old work friend who made circuit boards:

"Experience is recognizing a mistake when you make it again. Knowledge is recognizing it before you make it."


"If I'm not catching myself making at least one BIG mistake every day, it's because I'm either not doing anything important, or not paying attention to what I am doing."

"I try to be cynical, but I just can't keep up." (Lily Tomlin)

I used to be a supervisor of a Transportation Department of four full-time and twenty or so part-time employees. I had possibly the worst subodinate anyone could ever ask for (and no one could get rid of, as it was a state job). He told me one day, "Rich, I thought about quitting yesterday, and putting you in a bind, but I decided to stay, and KEEP YOU IN ONE" (his emphasis).

Robert Heinlein: "Specialization is for insects."

Yogi Berra: "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they're not."

In 'AntiPatterns', I've often been tasked as the maintainer of a 'Rube Goldberg Machine' (see link). I helped turn a few off, too.

Here's perhaps one of the most impressive Rube Goldberg Machines ever built:

If it were up to me, I'd go on this route: It's the method described in "No Bugs".