Retired in '09 after 26 years as a SW Engineer. Now I'm a full time writer. You can read my stuff (novels and a short story) at thomasdocheri dot com. Lots and lots of consulting ('91 - '04) to companies such as Freightliner, Itron and NW Natural Gas. Happiest as a SW Engineer at Performics/DoubleClick in Chicago. Why? Full LAMP stack and righteous dedication to open source. Was a Noogler/Clicker (still have that stupid beanie) after acquisition and spent 18 months at GOOG. Hated it. I was a world-class Perl hacker and GOOG has no use for Perl.