This is my personal home page, available to the public. From time to time, I'll update it, but it is seldom updated. At the top and bottom of the page is a bar of quick-links. I'm more likely to keep those up to date than this thing.
A funny thing happened on the way in to work ...
Once again, I work for The University of Michigan, although rather more directly than in the past. I was hired as a Database Analyst by Information Technology Central Services (ITCS) unit, in particular the Web/DB group that's part of the U-M Computing Environment (UMCE).
That's when I learned that ITCS was merging with MAIS - Michigan Administrative Information Services (and ITSS — Information Technology Security Services) to form ITS — Information Technology Services. This is all rather weird to me - when I first joined the University of Michigan as an employee, it was with the Computing Center (cc), which shortly thereafter was merged with Data Systems Center (dsc) to create the Information Technology Division (itd), and at the same time the University decided to own and operate it's own telephone system (UMtel) instead of using Michigan Bell (later Ameritech, then SBC, now AT&T)'s Centrex service. Incidentally, that was during the recession years of the Ronald Reagan's first term.
Deja-vu all over again, eh?
In any case, it's good to be there, to see many old friends and to make new friends too, as well as (in my own way) helping make the world a better place by assisting researchers, teachers, and students in advancing the frontiers of knowledge.
I keep copies of my web pages at the following locations:
For less important information, there's this little directory:
I am a real person who has had the same e-mail address, firstname.lastname@example.org since 1987. (But, please don't use this link without changing the subject!). This means that the spammers and virus writers and other low-life slime have long since harvested it and send tons of e-mail purporting to be from me. (I know, I get and ignore the bounces.) It also means that I'm a stubborn fool for not retiring it.
I have had a LinkedIn profile at Richard Conto www.linkedin.com/pub/0/ab4/250 for a few years now. It says pretty much the same thing as my resume.
A few years ago, I opened a Gmail account at Richard.Conto@gmail.com . I'm sure Gmail can cope with all the spam this link will generate.
There appears to be another Richard Conto in the United States, although as best as I can tell, he lives in the western states. Unfortunately, he has provided my Gmail address as his to Dell Computer and they keep pestering me with customer service garbage for a machine I never bought.
I am Richard S. (for Samuel) Conto. I have never lived west of the Mississippi River. Accept no substitutes.
I used to have the following e-mail addresses, but they have lapsed for various reasons:
My e-mail preferences used to be strictly plain US-ASCII text, and I still favor it. However, using Apple's Mail application for OS/X, I've finally joined the 20th century. I try to write in (I hope) US English, with as few mispellings as I can manage. I know where the Shift key is, and even the Caps-Lock key is.
I am a graduate of the University of Michigan College of Engineering (BSE Computer Engineering, 1987).
If you don't know my name, but still wish to contact me involving something not involving body parts, drugs, insurance, morgatges, be polite about it.
If you send me e-mail, please obey the following rules:
For instance, if my name was "John Smith" and my e-mail address was email@example.com, then you should try to force the To: field to be something like:
To: "John Smith" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I expect you're smart enough to do this correctly with my real e-mail address and name. If you're not, be very polite.