User:Terry Bollinger

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2016-10-05.11:09 EST Wed - Status and content updates by Terry Bollinger

The best email at which to reach me is terry bollinger at gmail dot com, with spaces removed. Please avoid using my older terry at terry bollinger dot com email, as I almost never check it.

Wikipedia has an entry for me here, but I scrupulously avoid looking at it or asking friends what it says. A badly out-of-date (as of Oct 2016) personal web page is located at terrybollinger.com. I'm also active on Stack Exchange (especially Physics and Chemistry), and participate in LinkedIn, G+, and Facebook.

On July 22, 2016 I retired from my day job at the non-profit MITRE Corporation. MITRE investigates a wide range of technical issues for government customers and looks for better (and often private sector) solutions. I was deeply involved for years and especially at the time I retired in artificial intelligence and robotics, particularly helping to obtain university and small company funding for new and promising lines investigation, which MITRE folks can do since they are forbidden to complete for federal contracts.

Topics which others tell me I'm plausibly knowledgeable include human information processing aspects of programming, software design, software development process, software reuse, and certain aspects of open source software. My view on software development processes is that good programming are the fundamental basis for all mature and well-structured approaches to team and corporate processes. This differs sharply from definitions of process maturity that treat programmers as if they were the source of all problems. On another topic, I'm appalled at the depth of the malware problem, which was terrible as far back as 2004, and has gotten worse, not better.

I also deeply enjoy and am conversant in the hard sciences, especially physics and chemistry. I consider Richard Feynman one of the best, if not the best, physics writers of the 1900s. You have not read a truly good book on how odd quantum mechanics can get if you have not read his book QED: The Strange Theory of Light and Matter. If you are one of those who thinks the peculiarities of quantum mechanics are overstated or over-dramatized, please, read Feynman's QED book carefully.

I've been an editor for IEEE Software, and I stay involved there. I have other hats I try not to use much, including writing the founding charter for IEEE Security & Privacy.

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