If Bill were to have a bizarre job title it would be a single word. Ninja. It would have to be on a blank card, on the back, in really fine print. It would take a few seconds to comprehend what it said, because by the time you figured it out your problem would already be solved.
He came to Corso through the first place everyone goes to look for candidates, Reddit. He had taken the initiative to complete a program focused on the automation industry, PLC and HMI programming, and instrumentation and was looking for some advice on how to get into the industry. After I took a look at his history and saw some of the questions he was asking on app development, Arduino programming, and some answers he was giving to other people’s questions it was a no brainer to bring him on board. I was extremely grateful to have him join the team, and he immediately began exceeding both of our wildest expectations.
Bill has a knack for taking really complex problems, and coming up with the simplest, most elegant solution possible. He can then break it down and explain how it works at any level of technical depth. He has helped everyone on the Corso team grow their technical abilities, and always has a smile on his face.
If only he could find a way to make a few copies of himself…
If You Were Working Outside Of Technology What Would You Be Doing?
I had big dreams growing up. The very first thing I remember wanting to be is an astronaut, although I don’t think that counts as “outside of technology”. From Tee-Ball through most of high school before I fell in love with computers, I wanted to be a professional baseball player. Once I started exploring the internet and building cheesy 1990s websites, it was a no-brainer to do something like that as a career.
What I love about programming is that it’s an act of creation requiring both halves of your brain to build something from nothing. I am motivated by progress so it is incredibly rewarding to see a system come to life piece by piece. If I never made it to the technical side, I would probably be on the construction side of the same industries, building things from the ground up with physical tools instead of software tools.
What Do You Do In Your Free Time?
I like to spend my free time with my Border Collie mix, Reggie. We play Frisbee (he’s REALLY good) and take walks in the park. He is super smart and has a ton of energy so it takes a lot to keep him occupied. When I go out, I like to watch live music and comedy and try new restaurants and local beers. I always try to make time to play games (card, board, video, you name it).
First Website You Go To When You Need To Take A Break?
Reddit. It’s a great source of news and discussion on quite a range of topics if you put in the effort to manage your subscriptions. I try to stay in the technical, programming and hobby centric subreddits but it’s easy to wander off. Alex and I actually met on /r/PLC, so I can certainly say that it’s been good to me!
What’s Your Favorite Outdoor Activity?
I would have to say camping. Whether it’s at a music festival in the middle of a field or some beautiful and secluded spot in nature, there’s nothing like gathering a group of friends and enjoying your surroundings together. I like to hike and take in nature but I’m also perfectly content to sit around a fire laughing and eating camp food. As a kid, my family would make hobo stew for dinner on a fire in the backyard because we loved it so much.
What Are You Tinkering On Currently?
I’ve always got a handful of projects going on and I rotate them on and off my workbench on a whim. Right now, I’m working on integrating an old analog joystick with my favorite SCADA platform to build a game. I’m also putting together a light organ kit I got for Christmas last year. Hopefully, I won’t get sidetracked by some random project idea and I’ll get it done before winter so I can put together a cool holiday light display this year. The most recent project I’ve seen to completion is an ambient light system that captures images from a TV and mirrors the colors to an LED strip mounted on the back of the TV.
I am a bit behind the times when it comes to Podcasts. I have a couple on my radar, mostly from Alex and Evan’s recommendations, but nothing on rotation. You’ll usually find me listening to music. Bluegrass in the morning, classic rock and funk by day, and electronic jam bands by night. If I’m head down at work, I’ll put on an ambient playlist that’s all instrumental. Unless I need energy, then it’s anything with wailing string instruments and nonsense lyrics I don’t have to pay attention to.
What do you think? Interested in knowing more about Bill’s bluegrass or seeing some of his projects come to life?. Feel free to reach out him at firstname.lastname@example.org, on a side note, if you never hear back from the editor, it’s because he’s given away Bill’s email address….
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