RT Cunningham

My name, as you can plainly see, is RT Cunningham and this is my home on the web. The first three characters of the domain name are my initials.

I’m a retired American military service member and a permanent resident of Olongapo City, Philippines. Even so, I return to the United States (my birthplace) as often as I can afford to do so.

These are my five most recent articles:

You can find more on my article list page.

Creative Writing

I spend as much time as I can writing about whatever it is I’m thinking about on any given day. That is, when I’m actually writing. When I started, in 1994 (but not here), I was writing something somewhere every day of the week. Now, I can skip days and weeks at a time.

I publish information and opinions on a variety of subjects. Regardless of what subject I write about, I try to write as clearly and concisely as I possibly can. Even though I have quite a few college courses under my belt, I don’t have a degree in anything.

I try not to write about personal issues. Since Olongapo City is my home, I write things about either the city or the country at times. I try to write things that help others most of the time. While my name exists at other websites, this is the only place I intentionally write this way.

Influences

Way back in the 1980s, I cut my programming teeth (BASIC and Assembly Language) on a Commodore 64C. I hacked some software and ran a bulletin board service on a Commodore 128D from 1992 to 1998. Those experiences had some profound effects on some of the things I write about, and some of the things I won’t write about, today.

I spent 20 years in the military. My programming hobby existed for half of it, from 1988 to 1998, and continues to this day. One of the jobs I had after the military dealt with UNIX servers, telemarketing and collections. While my experiences helped me reach a management position, I didn’t enjoy the work I was doing.

Even though I don’t program much anymore, I usually write short PHP scripts to carry out specific tasks. I have my own virtual server, where this website resides, and I configure everything on my own. I write about my programming adventures when I feel the articles will benefit others, even when no one else seems to enjoy reading about such things.