Thanks for visiting my site. My name is Robert Hilliard. For some, I go by the nickname of "Trip". I'm a native Texan, born and raised in Dallas, Texas. In my early teens my family moved East to Tyler, Texas where I attended high school and college receiving my bachelor's and master's degree in Industrial Technology from The University of Texas at Tyler.
My wife, Kathy and I have been married for over 36 years. We have three children and eight wonderful grandchildren.
I've worked in the Information Technology field for over 32 years. I currently work for The University of Texas at Tyler as an Access Control Analyst/Information Security Administrator. My job involves facilitating and administering access rights and security in PeopleSoft.
In the past, I have worked as a Web Technologist / Webmaster and Senior Programmer Analyst for Christus Trinity Mother Frances (Formerly Trinity Mother Frances Hospitals & Clinics) and as a Programmer Analyst with The University of Texas Health Northeast (Formerly UT Health and Science Center) in Tyler. Also, for more than 20 years, I've personally designed and maintained numerous websites for a number of clients on the web.
Before getting into Information Technology, I worked in the television broadcasting industry. I have a number of hobbies which include woodworking, photography and kiteflying.
I feel that one of my biggest accomplishments in Information Technology was when I was highly involved in the Year 2000 Remediation of PC's and IBM Mainframes from 1996 through 2001. I had a well-known Year 2000 website full of information on how to test your PC and fix it if it wasn't Year 2000 compliant. Feel free to view the page here from my archives. I authored a short article "The Year 2000: are you a time traveler?".
My writings were also published online at www.year2000.com and www.developer.com. I made Y2K presentations to many organizations. I was successful in remediating all of the PC's at the organization I worked for as well as numerous PC's across the USA and abroad. In March of 1996, I started this website with the hope of bringing some different perspectives to a drab internet.
I hope you enjoy my corner of the World... Wide Web!
Kris Kristofferson has said that he would like the first three lines of Leonard Cohen's "Bird on the Wire" on his tombstone:
Like a bird on the wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free
My sentiments exactly.