RT Cunningham


My Name is RT Cunningham

RT Cunningham This is my home on the web. You can find all of my articles on my article list page, starting with the most recent. The first three characters of the domain name are my initials. I’m a nobody. Well, actually…

I’m a retired veteran, a retired American veteran. I served for 20 years and I’ve been retired from the service for more than 20 years. I’m a permanent resident of Olongapo City, Philippines but I still sometimes live in the United States. My retirement story explains it.

My full name is “Richard Timothy Cunningham”, but I shorten it to “RT Cunningham” when and where I can. Some people even call me “RT”. I started shortening it when I was at my first Marine Corps duty station and I used it as an official alias until I retired from the military.

I’ve had many nicknames over the years, many I don’t care to repeat (and many I can’t). Very few people call me “Richard”, and most Filipinos mispronounce it anyway (including my close relatives).

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 writing way back in the 1990s, I was writing something somewhere every day of the week. Now, I can skip days and weeks at a time.

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.

Although this is a personal website, I try not to write about personal issues. Since Olongapo is my retirement home, I sometimes write about either the city or the country.


Way back in the 1980s, I cut my programming teeth (BASIC and Assembly Language) on a Commodore computer. I hacked some software and ran a bulletin board service on another Commodore computer from 1992 to 1998.

My programming hobby began sometime in the middle of my military career and continues to this day. One of the jobs I had after the military dealt with UNIX servers for telemarketing and collections. While my hobby helped me reach a management position, I didn’t enjoy the work I was doing.

I now 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 like the information will benefit someone.