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Welcome to one of the Christ Follower sites. The sites are relaunching with a broader focus. For technical notes and disclaimers, click here.

Are you ready to go down the rabbit hole? To visit a surreal world, where black is white and white is carrots?

These sites started out as part of an odd situation. A friend, Metacognician in Shanghai, describes the situation as follows: “Life is more absurd than movies. I've gone down the rabbit hole too, when it just becomes more and more strange and you wonder how that all is supposed to make sense.” I asked him if I should just embrace it. He answered, “Why should you ... change the universe?”

James Kiraly is my father. He's in poor health but is obsessive compulsive. So, since December 2011, he's poured time and effort into something he sees as important: stopping a book by his son that he's afraid will mention him.

James took the unusual step of using a legal procedure intended to protect battered women to go after the author: Robert Crowley, myself, also known as Robert Kiraly, OldCoder, and BoldCoder. Every significant claim that James made was a misrepresentation or a lie but this wasn't seen as important. As the former Vice President of Transamerica Corporation, he had the resources to do as he wished.

James Kiraly was joined by Thomas Kiraly, one of my brothers. Thomas is both Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sheridan Healthcare. Former Vice President of Humana Corporation.

Kenneth Kiraly, another brother and one of the architects of the Amazon Kindle, was also involved.

Copies of sites

The Kiralys have tried to take down the sites before and they may try it again. As a safety measure, the domains and mirror copies are being given away. The sites now belong to the world.

Here's a link to a ZIP file that contains a copy of the main Christ Follower site. It may be out of date but feel free to download the ZIP file and pass it around. The file is about 135MB in size.

Link for

People who are able to contact the new domain managers, including Metacognician, Kappelin, and Tactician, may request one of the domains as well.


141211 Thursday — John Perrott Saga Continues

Tags: cases kiraly

141211. This is a new letter to John Perrott, Family Law attorney, written after research related to threats that he has made and prosecutable crimes that he has committed.

As a note to other attorneys, I don't consider this letter or anything in it to be confidential.

For more information about John Perrott's law firm, Thomas Chase Stutzman, visit this link:

The Attorneys referred to in this letter include:

Thomas Chase Stutzman law firm steals from its clients John H. Perrott
STATE BAR #213080
1625 The Alameda, Suite 626
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 294-4600

Michael T. Bonetto
STATE BAR #252742
Sixty South Market Street, Suite 1400
San Jose, California 95113

John, I need to focus today on helping people who have been waiting. However, I must say, after further review, that you may have “stepped in it”.

Law Offices of Thomas Chase Stutzman 1. As you are not responding to legitimate and reasonable responses to your threats and to your involvement in one or more prosecutable crimes, attempts may be made to serve you, at one or more physical addresses available in the public record, for multiple legitimate and reasonable purposes, with copies of correspondence.

John Perrott, Family Law, is ignorant of the law 2. Your suggestion that people are not allowed to post publicly photos of others without permission is comical.

You're invited to review the usual outcome when attorneys and other people in power have attempted to go this route.

Thomas Chase Stutzman The primary remedy for the use of photos without the permission of the subjects of the photos seems to be, for subjects residing in the United States, an action known as DMCA. And the use of DMCA can be problematic.

For example, it appears that rights holders may need to be the ones to initiate DMCA actions. The subjects of photos are not, in many cases, the rights holders. There are also jurisdictional issues, for example, in cases where photos are hosted in countries that are not signatories to the applicable treaties.

And, of course, there is the issue of Fair Use, an issue that might fall outside your area of experience but is well worth understanding.

For more information on DMCA issues, click below:

Notes on DMCA

Thomas Chase Stutzman 3. Your suggestion that people are not entitled to put addresses of others online is false as well. For this issue, it's about context. I have the right, as an example, to post some documents such as Court filings online whether or not they happen to contain addresses.

As you will recall, I did exactly this during the Kiraly Gag Order Cases and, although Michael Bonetto of Hoge Fenton had not hesitated to commit Abuse of Process and violate the SCCBA Professional Standards that his own firm had written, even he didn't question my right to do so.

It's not an absolute right as, in the United States, I might be ordered to redact things by the NSA or other entities above the level of a lazy and incompetent Family Law attorney, John Perrott of Thomas Chase Stutzman, who's had a childish temper tantrum and arguably committed a felony.

But, in general, it comes down to context, including the question of legitimate and reasonable purposes. And, in the current situation, a situation that involves multiple inappropriate actions, prosecutable crimes, and, arguably, felonies committed by multiple parties, it is raining legitimate and reasonable purposes.

Everywhere that one looks, in the Kiraly Gag Order Cases, one finds influential people committing prosecutable crimes. It's quite an eye-opener.

This sort of thing is possible, and even common, because people don't talk about it. I'm going to talk about it, though, John Perrott. Now and for decades to come.

For the Legitimate and Reasonable Purposes list, click below:

Legitimate and Reasonable Purposes List

4. You believe that citizens of the United States, including but not limited to biographers, reporters, and writers otherwise engaged in projects that enjoy protection under the laws of the United States, do not have the unquestioned right to speak with, on a consensual basis and for legitimate and reasonable purposes, whoever they may wish to speak with.

Even if it is business associates or other associates of parties who are engaged in the concealment of prosecutable crimes and who'd prefer that the facts do not come out.

Your belief is mistaken.

5. You also seem to be unaware of a principle known as Free Speech. If your education in this area is lacking, you're advised to look into it.

6. And, although people involved in the Kiraly Gag Order Cases take the notion of telling the truth under oath lightly, it actually is the law.

You're advised to remember this.

Thomas Chase Stutzman John Perrott 7. Whether or not you, or other parties involved in the Kiraly Gag Order Cases, are arrested and prosecuted, I reserve the right to document the crimes that you've committed and to publish, post, blog, analyze, discuss, or otherwise distribute the facts involved, in public venues of any type or in direct discussions with any groups or individuals that I decide to speak with.

ANY groups or individuals, John Perrott, subject to basic parameters, such as consensual interactions in some cases and Free Speech in others.

Thomas Chase Stutzman Family Law Edit: Dropped redundant occurrence of the word “that”.

8. I trust that these points clarify the situation. And that you recall a metaphor of a fundamental nature I've used in the past.

I stand by the fundamental metaphor. And you, of course, sit on it.

Regards, Robert (the Old Coder)

P.S. Your continued failure to turn over or even discuss the paperwork and electronic materials that you're withholding is noted.


141208 Monday — Still More Perrott

Tags: cases kiraly

141208. John Perrott, Family Law attorney, has been threatening me again. It appears that he may now have committed a crime in the process. Here's my response.

For more information about John Perrott's law firm, Thomas Chase Stutzman, visit this link:

The Attorneys referred to in this letter include:

John H. Perrott
STATE BAR #213080
1625 The Alameda, Suite 626
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 294-4600

John, the repetition of points related to consent is puzzling. You've been notified, and don't seem to be contradicting, that I don't require your consent to exercise rights that I possess under the laws of the United States.

Your decisions are odd and cast doubt on your mental state. I feel that it may be appropriate, for legitimate and reasonable purposes, to speak with others who may be able to comment on the decisions and mental state in question.

As you yourself pointed out in the past, on one of the rare occasions that you invested time and energy in something, in America, it's unlikely that somebody can be barred from consensual communications with third parties.

I refer you to your own legal writings.

In short, I have the right, provided that legitimate and reasonable purposes are involved, to speak on a consensual basis with third parties regarding your actions. Essentially any third party at all subject to basic parameters.

As you seem to be suggesting that I don't possess this right, and taking into account the fact that you may now have committed a crime in an attempt to discourage me from the exercise of this right, it is appropriate for me to notify you that I'm certainly going to exercise it.

In short, I'll be initiating consensual discussions with any third parties who wish to discuss things with me on a consensual basis and who are able to comment based on knowledge that they possess of facts, events, or interactions.

Consensual discussions may include in-person interviews for the book, round-table exchanges in online forums, requests for comments from attorney groups or organizations, and interactions in all venues that I'm legally entitled to participate in.

I'll be exercising my Free Speech rights as well.

Regards, Robert (the Old Coder)

P.S. I want the documents and electronic materials that you're withholding.


141208 Monday — Another Letter to John Perrott

Tags: cases kiraly

141208. This is a follow-up letter to Family Law attorney John Perrott.

For more information about John Perrott's law firm, Thomas Chase Stutzman, visit this link:

The Attorneys referred to in this letter include:

John H. Perrott
STATE BAR #213080
1625 The Alameda, Suite 626
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 294-4600

Edited for length and clarity on December 9, 2014 and changes sent to John Perrott.

John Perrott, P.S.

You seem to be under the impression that I need your consent to exercise rights that are afforded to me under United States Law.

I do not require your consent.

In the interests of reducing the confusion that you're under, I'm willing to demonstrate the extent to which your consent is not required.

If a demonstration is required, I'll exercise my rights to free association and consensual discussion with such parties located in any city of the Union as it is convenient for me to speak with.

And I'll post such Free Speech based on consensual interviews as I deem it appropriate to post. Or distribute such Free Speech through other channels such as YouTube, snail-mail, email, Church newsletters, Letters to the Editor, and paper flyers tacked to fences.

Actually, wait... I'm going to do all of that anyway. Never mind.

Regards, Robert (the Old Coder)


141208 Monday — Letter to Attorney John Perrott

Tags: cases kiraly

141208. This is a copy of a letter to Family Law attorney John Perrott.

John Perrott's Family Law services can't, regrettably, be recommended without reservations. Actually, he'll mislead you, drive up your costs, and try to “manage” you.

If you get to know his staff, and they trust you, ask them about this.

As a note to other attorneys, I don't consider this letter or anything in it to be confidential.

The Attorneys referred to in this letter include:

Thomas Chase Stutzman
STATE BAR #69452
1625 The Alameda, Suite 626
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 294-4600

John H. Perrott
STATE BAR #213080
1625 The Alameda, Suite 626
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 294-4600

Dear John, Hi.

1. Regarding ongoing inappropriate and possibly unlawful threats that have originated with your firm and with you personally, if it proves to be necessary, I will, with sadness, look into the feasibility of criminal charges against you.

The most appropriate charges might be related to conspiracy, which, as you may be aware, can be treated as a felony. But this is only one possibility.

2. Please note, and I say this with all of the respect that is due to a charlatan, that Tom Stutzman and you have been threatening me for months.

3. This is connected to the documents and electronic materials that you're withholding from me. Your protestations that the documents, as opposed to the electronic materials, are readily available to me are, to use your own word, “bogus”.

You've ignored, repeatedly, multiple specific and relevant points that were raised on August 1, 2014. I'll be happy to demonstrate in the appropriate venues the simple fact that you've lied.

4. The fact that you yourself have committed or are involved, directly or indirectly, in multiple crimes or inappropriate actions is part of the situation. This fact, inconvenient as it is for you, is not going to go away.

5. The information processing that has been alluded to is connected to legitimate and reasonable purposes. The legitimate and reasonable purposes have been documented publicly.

Kindly review the legitimate and reasonable purposes list, the location of which I have reason to believe is known to you. If you'd like to point out, subsequent to your review, errors on my part, I'll be most attentive.

To read the list in question, please use the following link. Thank you:

Legitimate and Reasonable Purposes List

Put your comments in writing, John. Be advised, by the way, that my analysis of your comments may be posted publicly. My analysis may conveyed to the “police” as well.

6. Here are two additional points that are relevant to your threats:

* I have the right to post publicly (a) correspondence of any type from you to me or (b) legitimate and reasonable correspondence from me to you.

* I also have the right to interview, for legitimate and reasonable purposes, any adult person on the planet who speaks with me on a consensual basis.

Do you contest these two points? If so, contest them in writing.

7. Every step as things proceed will be documented publicly. And I think we're at the stage where your peers need to follow along, formally at Bar Association levels and informally in other venues.

8. Regarding the local “police”, I expect to visit Silicon Valley soon. I feel that it may be appropriate for me to stop by to speak with them myself.

Shall I do so?

9. As a related note, it seems possible that the facts of this situation, taking your threats into account, might be sufficient to bring the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the ACLU, and other groups into the picture. If this is not the case at this time, I feel that it may be true in the coming year.

I trust that your Holiday preparations are in progress and offer you early Seasons Greetings. If you don't celebrate Holidays, no offense is intended by the offer.

Regards, Robert (the Old Coder)


141207 Sunday — More Felonies Committed by Kiralys

Tags: cases kiraly

141207. This post is for the hacker kids and for District Attorneys interested in prosecutions of Kiraly Family members or associates for violations of CFAA (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act).

1. During the period of June 10, 2013 through December 7, 2014, inclusive, there were 107,922 connections made from the following seven IPV4 address ranges to the Kiraly Gag Order Cases websites:

Jim Kiraly and Tom Kiraly committed perjury related to abuse

These connections had multiple things in common. The odds are that most of them originated with a single party.

2. Technical note for hackers and forensics specialists:

Some of the IPV4 ranges listed here are broader than the IPV4 subnets that were used.

For example, connections from came from — as opposed to —

I'm writing the IPV4 ranges in /16 format to keep things simple. The simplified ranges should be accurate enough for the purposes of this discussion.

3. The majority of the connections that were made through the IPV4 ranges in question came from IPV4s assigned to a single firm, Leaseweb USA, Inc., which claimed to be located, as of December 7, 2014, at 9480 Innovation Drive, Manassas, Virginia.

4. 98,295 of the connections, or 91%, occurred in a space of less than 48 hours running from December 6, 2014 to December 7, 2014. This is what caught my attention.

5. It's possible that this is the Kiraly Family hacker who was still located, as of my Grandfather's birthday on August 25, 2014, at or near 1911 North Lamar St. in Dallas, Texas.

6. The Dallas, Texas story is funny.

There was a hacker who claimed to be an “Old Friend” of mine from Las Lomas High School. An old friend who happened to use throw-away email accounts to send threats and to demand takedowns of these websites.

He also set up a botnet to DDOS me. The fun part is that he put the core within walking distance of his own building.

For non-technical people, the translation is that he committed a felony and was clumsy about it. It was as though he'd hung out a sign to identify himself.

To read more about my “Old Friend”, click here.

7. It isn't certain that the Leaseweb USA hacker and my “Old Friend” are the same person. There might be multiple parties involved.

What does Ken Kiraly think about Russell Kerechanko's death? However, the connections from the IPV4 ranges listed above started on June 10, 2013, right after Russell Kerechanko's death from a drug overdose and right before the period during which the Kiralys initiated DDOS against these websites.

To read more about Russell's death, click here.

It's unlikely that the Kiralys would have asked two hackers, in the same month, to set up systems dedicated to monitoring or DDOSing the Kiraly Gag Order Cases websites.

Jim Kiraly is not that bright. Ditto for Tom Kiraly. 6. Additionally, the Kiraly Family associate near North Lamar St. did slipshod work. As mentioned elsewhere, he put a botnet core right next to his own building.

The Leaseweb USA person isn't the sharpest pencil in the drawer either.

If you use a particular set of systems to probe sites quietly for a year and a half, you're not supposed to jump to ten times the number of connections in just two days.

Good grief. As Bugs Bunny used to say, this guy is a mahroon.

The license for the Bugs Bunny illustration is Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0. For attribution purposes, the rights-holder is Andy Buckle. To get a full-size copy, click here.

The June 2013 date overlap, combined with the way that these two hackers operate, suggests that there might be a connection. But I don't know yet.

7. If this is the same person, I might have enough information this time to confirm his real-life identity. 107,922 connections is a fair number. And he's overlooked more than one safety rule for this sort of thing.

8. Additionally, 98,295 connections from multiple systems in less than 48 hours were not the result of a misconfigured scraper.

The Kiraly Family and/or associates are starting up DDOS, a highly prosecutable felony, again.

9. I don't see a connection yet between Solar VPS, which the Dallas, Texas Hacker used, and Leaseweb USA, which the current Kiraly Family associate is fond of.

Did this person, or these people, select the two firms randomly? A closer look is called for.

10. It's been a lively three years.

* Kiraly Family members and associates threatened me in attempts to stop work on a book and take down these websites.

* I received death threats from people associated with Amazon Corporation. This part had to do with my Brother Ken Kiraly, the inventor of the Amazon Kindle.

Jim Kiraly filed emergency actions against his victim who was in a wheelchair * My abuser Jim Kiraly and his Son Tom Kiraly, possibly the Chief Financial Officer of Hanger, Inc. now, filed emergency anti-violence actions against me.

This despite the fact that I lived 200 miles from Jim and 3,000 miles from Tom, was in a wheelchair at the time, had made no unlawful threats, and had not even been asked not to phone anybody.

* I wasn't lawfully served in the cases. I didn't learn about them until days before Court. There was no way to get an attorney in time. I ended up in the Emergency Room the day before Court. The next day, I couldn't quite stand up, but I had to go to Court alone.

* Jim Kiraly and Tom Kiraly demanded that I sign a gag order which would put me in jail if I ever “discussed” them with newspaper reporters.

* Michael Bonetto, the attorney who Jim and Tom hired, violated Bar Association standards that his own firm, Hoge Fenton, had written.

I don't think anybody at Hoge Fenton will deny that the Kiraly Gag Order Cases were Abuse of Process of a new order of magnitude.

A violent abuser tries to use a law designed to protect battered women to shut up his victim. Yeah, that's going to look good in future actions :P

* When I produced Twisted Time, a surprise witness from four decades ago, I destroyed one part of the Kiraly Gag Order Cases. My abuser, Jim Kiraly, became desperate and threw a huge amount of money into hurting me as much as possible.

Michael Bonetto and Jim Kiraly tried to kill the truth I nearly died twice. Not especially dramatic, but I did get to meet the Angel of Death. It was an odd experience for a literal, autistic, Coder. What I can say about this part is mostly what I've said before.

His wings are silent. The touch is gentle but they leave marks as they pass. The one to whom the wings belong does not speak. He has no expression.

Michael Bonetto tried to present autistic people as scary * In the end, Michael Bonetto had nothing to work with. He was reduced to trying to film me so that differences related to my autism could be portrayed as frightening.

* I fought the Kiralys for a year and won. I never signed the gag order. But I lost job opportunities, my life savings, my home of 25 years, and most of my books. Books I'd had since age 10 and before.

* After the cases, the Kiralys brought in a hacker to threaten me and to take down these websites. For the story, click here.

* My own attorney, John Perrott of Thomas Chase Stutzman, was incompetent.

Tom Stutzman, Family Law, sexual misconduct And, it turned out, John's law firm was headed by a creepy attorney, Tom Stutzman, who'd been disciplined for sexual misconduct.

The two of them have been making threats to discourage me from collecting a complete set of my legal documents.

John Perrott and Tom Stutzman are concerned about the fact that I'm going to make some of the material public. And about the fact that I'm going to use as much as possible in analyses for State Bar Investigators.

* It's been difficult finding the way back. Felonies on the part of the Kiralys and their associates aren't helpful.

10. Well, we'll do what's possible.

The one thing that I can say for sure is, the Kiraly Family's goal, to impose gag orders, to stop books, to prevent people from talking to reporters, to cover it up...

...isn't going to happen.

Jim Kiraly, Tom Kiraly, Michael Bonetto hope for a cover-up Cover-ups are possible. But it's difficult to do this in America. Even if people are rich and powerful. It's the one thing that the poor can do. They can stand up and talk.

In theory, the NSA is able to shut people up. In practice, if they push it, the Snowden situation and similar situations are going to break things wide open.

The President doesn't have this type of power. Congress doesn't, either. And a raging but impotent abuser, Jim Kiraly of St. Johns Lutheran Church, certainly doesn't have it.

In America, people can tell the truth.

11. I assert publicly, for the benefit of attorneys or others who may be interested, that the parties listed below, excluding one party, have committed or are involved in, directly or indirectly, one or more of the following crimes or inappropriate actions:

  1. child abuse
  2. spousal abuse
  3. abuse of process
  4. perjury
  5. conspiracy to commit perjury
  6. conspiracy to file false police reports
  7. unlawful or inappropriate threats
  8. violations of SCCBA professional standards
  9. malpractice
  10. fraud of different types
  11. civil and criminal harassment
  12. barratry
  13. defamation
  14. DDOS or other violations of CFAA (Computer Fraud and Abuse act)

The list is not necessarily complete. Revisions will be made over time.

Technical note: Conspiracy can be treated as a felony even if the underlying crime is not a felony.

One person on the list, George Kerechanko, is excluded from the assertion. I'm deferring my assessment until I have the opportunity to ask him about his “choices”.

To further multiple legitimate and reasonable purposes, the information presented below will be made as complete and correct as possible. However, this information is not warranted to be complete or correct at this time. Revisions will be made as I deem appropriate.

If you'd like to see a list of the legitimate and reasonable purposes involved, click on this link:

Legitimate and Reasonable Purposes List

I feel that these people ought to take responsibility for their “choices”. In some cases, they should face, and I believe that they may face, administrative actions, civil actions, and criminal prosecutions.

Assistance in connection with legitimate and reasonable purposes is requested from attorneys, Church groups, reporters, white-hats, and those interested in Free Speech, Gag Orders, Abuse of Process, preventing child abuse, preventing violence against women, understanding the mechanisms inherent in abuse and denial, and other positive social goals.

  1. Jim Kiraly, also known as James Francis Kiraly

    James Kiraly of St. Johns Lutheran, abuser Vice President of Transamerica Corporation. Possibly Treasurer of St. Johns Lutheran Church. Also connected to New Life Pismo Church. Involved with Service Core for Retired Executives (SCORE).


    The Kiraly Family hacker in Dallas, Texas wrote to me and pointed out that Jim Kiraly was “respected”. I noticed that he didn't deny that Jim Kiraly was an abuser. And I've never understood what “respected” has to do with it.

    Jim Kiraly is sliding into dementia as his Uncle John Varsa did. He's a danger to himself and others. He's had multiple strokes and needs to be in a care facility. Ideally, it should be a facility where his mental as well as physical state can be monitored and his behavior can be brought under control.

    DOB: Records lost temporarily due to Kiraly Gag Order Cases

    32 La Gaviota
    Pismo Beach, California

    217 Gerry Court
    Walnut Creek, California

  2. Grace Kiraly, Jim's wife and victim

    Grace Kiraly, Christ Follower and liar Christ Follower.

    DOB: Records lost temporarily due to Kiraly Gag Order Cases

    32 La Gaviota
    Pismo Beach, California

    217 Gerry Court
    Walnut Creek, California

  3. Tom Kiraly, also known as Thomas Evan Kiraly

    Tom Kiraly, Hanger Inc. CFO, lied under oath Son and victim of Jim Kiraly. Father of my Niece Riane, recently married to Eric Holub; my Nephew Michael; and my Nephew James.

    The Kiraly Gag Order Cases centered partly on allegations that there were going to be allegations of sexual abuse committed by Tom Kiraly upon the three children.

    Possibly Vice President of Humana Corporation
    Possibly Vice President of Sheridan Healthcare
    Possibly Vice President of Hanger Inc.
    Possibly Chief Financial Officer of Hanger, Inc.

    Tom changes jobs a lot for a Vice President type; what's up with that?

    DOB: January 24, 1960

    Address unknown as Tom and his wife Karen moved in 2014, possibly to Austin, Texas, though this is not yet confirmed.

  4. Ken Kiraly, also known as Kenneth Paul Kiraly

    Ken Kiraly, Kindle inventor, sociopath Son and victim of Jim Kiraly. Father of my Nephews Paul and James. Inventor of the Amazon Kindle. Husband of Virginia Chang Kiraly, a rising political star. Lead at Amazon Lab126.


    The Kiraly Family hacker in Dallas, Texas, emailed me and said that Ken was a “meek genius”. Um, laughter until piss flows.

    This person is close to me in IQ. I wish we'd hit it off better as opposed to him wrecking my life. But, um, “meek”...

    Ken has been, how shall I put it, practical since age 8. I'm not sure that Jim and Grace were protecting Ken from Scott when they sent Ken to stay with me. Was the real issue that Ken might have iced Scott?

    Poor silly, hyper-obese, OCD, and violent Scott Kiraly. Scott, are you still alive? I don't want to see you, but I hope that you're all right.

    DOB: October 18, 1963

    2181 Gordon Avenue
    Menlo Park, California

  5. John Perrott, Family Law Attorney

    John Perrott, Family Law, cheats clients

    Family Law clients may be disappointed in John Perrott's services. He has a polished system, which he refers to as “client management”, that he uses to drive up costs, to lie successfully to clients, and to engage in fraud and malpractice.

    John's own staff offers warnings to clients, in confidence, regarding his practices. The warnings should be heeded.

    John has been making aggressive threats towards me for months. This is connected to his desire not to provide me with documents and electronic materials to which I'm entitled.

    I'm experiencing stress due to John's escalating threats. I'm considering speaking with the Police in the appropriate jurisdictions.

    Update: I may be able to demonstrate now that John Perrott has committed two prosecutable crimes in connection with his threats, one of which may be a felony.

    DOB: February 14, 1968

    STATE BAR #213080
    1625 The Alameda, Suite 626
    San Jose, CA 95126

    The following additional address is not yet confirmed. John has declined to state whether this is, or is not, a valid address for purposes of legal service or in connection with other legitimate and reasonable purposes.

    If you're interested in the legitimate and reasonable purposes involved, visit the following link:

    Legitimate and Reasonable Purposes List

    4516 Bucknall Road
    San Jose, CA 95130

  6. Tom Stutzman, alleged sexual predator

    Tom Stutzman, Family Law, sex offender Tom Stutzman is a Family Law attorney who has been disciplined by the California State Bar Association for alleged sexual misconduct.

    A message for Mr. Stutzman: I'd still like to edit your life story, including the martial arts training. Let's talk about a book or at least an article.

    STATE BAR #69452
    1625 The Alameda, Suite 626
    San Jose, CA 95126

    DOB: Not confirmed yet

    Tom Stutzman may be living with an adult Son, possibly Tom Stutzman, Jr., but this is not yet confirmed.

  7. Michael Bonetto, Family Law Attorney

    Michael Bonetto, Family Law, criminal conduct Technical note: The photo of Michael Bonetto used here is descended from a copy of a copy published originally at a third-party site as opposed to This may be relevant in DMCA contexts.

    Michael Bonetto is a nice young man who has violated the professional standards that his own law firm, Hoge Fenton, has written.

    Michael has fought to present autism as a frightening condition. And he's fine with abusers as clients; even if the goal is to lie under oath and to stop victims from talking to newspaper reporters.

    I'm confident that the rest of Michael's career will be interesting.

    STATE BAR #252742
    Sixty South Market Street, Suite 1400
    San Jose, California 95113

    DOB: November 20, 1980

    Michael Bonetto seems to have moved recently, as Tom Kiraly has, but this is not yet confirmed.

  8. Gail Cheda, slightly deranged Realtor

    Gail Cheda, Jim Kiraly associate, is insane Quite a character is Cheda Gail
    Decency, she tut-tuts, sighing
    Appearance is pleasant without fail
    But one imagines spittle flying
    Sprays everywhere as she raves

    To Cheda Gail, facts don't matter
    Would she have killed the Blacks
    Sought Jewish temples to shatter?
    It's impolite to talk about facts
    Gail's type is sure hatred is right

    Public records show that Gail Cheda might be related to members of the Koscelnik family, including one person within interview distance of me.

    It's my hope that the Koscelniks can explain whether or not Gail is insane or what the deal is with her.

    DOB: Not confirmed yet

    36 La Gaviota
    Pismo Beach, California

  9. George Kerechanko, Carpet Layer

    Does George Kerechanko, Grace Kiraly's Cousin, care about the truth?

    Son of Ed Kerechanko, Olga Kerechanko's Brother. Father of Russell Kerechanko, who died in mid-2013, apparently of a drug overdose.

    DOB: Not confirmed yet

    1543 Fairway Drive
    Paso Robles, California

    Tom Kiraly and Ken Kiraly were not my Brothers The older Brothers I've had in Life have been unusual.

    There are the dead ones that I never knew. Grace Kiraly may have aborted one of those.

    Charles Artisan was just an acquaintance. But due to the way that his damaged mind worked, he talked to me in the way that older Brothers sometimes talk, as children, to younger ones. Silly stories and nonsense regarding things that the older Brother pretends to know about. I never had that before.

    There was a neighbor, Rick, over 30 years ago who didn't mind that I was different. One Sunday, or maybe two, he took me driving in a car that he'd purchased for only $60.00 USD. It didn't work very well. However, he stopped the car every few blocks to repair it and make it go again.

    Anatol, Grace's Brother, the Brother that Grace hated because he had arthritis like me; Anatol was probably the closest thing that I had to a genuine older Brother.

    George Kerechanko was sort of a fantasy older Brother. He was the one who had a motorcycle, who went ahead and did things, and who wasn't afraid to live.

People who are interested in DMCA issues or other intellectual property issues related to the use of photos in this post are invited to click here.


141207 Sunday — Leaseweb USA Friends Greetings Sends

Tags: cases kiraly

141207. This is a note for the parties who have been downloading this page every 10 seconds through multiple subnets at Leaseweb USA for the past day.

It doesn't rise to the level of DDOS so far, but don't you think that using HEAD instead of GET or, let's go out on a limb, polling every 10 minutes instead of every 10 seconds might be more sensible?

I'm blocking the active Leaseweb subnets for the moment. Before you jump to a new subnet, perhaps you could tweak your settings.

Alternatively, you could email me. I'd be open to setting up an RSS feed if that would help.

If you're one of the signatories to the Kiraly Gag Order Cases agreements, of course, contacting me would end the agreements. But we passed that point in mid-2013 when the Kiraly Family associate in Dallas, Texas threatened me.


141206 Saturday — Patient Dog Dozes Like a Log

Tags: pets woof

141206. The Cat Ninja, not to be confused with the Ninja Kitten, has sent me his doggie. The dog is aware that PC comes first and is resting until it is his turn to Master be testing. Woof.

The license for this piece is Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0. For attribution purposes, the rights-holder is Cat Ninja.

Abuser Jim Kiraly and idiot Tom Kiraly need to be discussed


141206 Saturday — Like Memes It Seems

Tags: meme

141206. I've been sent the meme indicated below. I'm not sure exactly what it means, but the subjects include cats, a Turkish snack food named Top Kek, and the CEO of the company that makes a video game named Half-Life.

The license for this picture is Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0. For attribution purposes, the rights-holder is Higgins.

Grace Kiraly and Ken Kiraly do not consume this snack food


141202 Tuesday — Kiralys on the Move

Tags: cases kiraly

141202. Tom and Karen Kiraly have packed their bags and hit the road. The couple sold their house at 3611 Glenview Avenue, Louisville, Kentucky earlier this year for about $1,700,000.

It's not clear yet where they moved. A review of public records doesn't address the issue conclusively. However, if it was to Austin, Texas, a city where the two of them spent time in the past, this is interesting.

As it happens, for business reasons related to a potential startup, I may move to Austin, Texas myself; or at least spend time there.

If my Brother and I end up in the same city, I'll need to write about the decisions that brought both of us there. On the plus side, this will make it easier to “gather information” for legitimate and reasonable purposes related to Tom.

Note: New attorneys, if any, hired by Tom or others should start with the following link:

Legitimate and Reasonable Purposes List


141202 Tuesday — Eihei Dogen: Butterfly

Tags: dogen, eihei, song

141202. Eihei Dogen, Zen Master, has said that I can post this musical piece he has created for those who wish to listen and to reflect. The title is Butterfly. There are two links:

Click here to stream Butterfly by Eihei Dogen

Click here for direct download of MP3 file

Mr. Dogen explains, “There's one electric guitar, one electric bass, and one real cello. I recorded each myself just a few hours ago. First the click track (104 bpm, silenced) then the guitar, then bass, then cello.”

The license for this piece is Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0. For attribution purposes, the rights-holder is Eihei Dogen.

Kiraly Cats and That is Thats
Grace Kiraly had the cat on the right, Baron, killed because he liked to eat birds. This creeped me out lots because there were similarities between Baron and my Brother Scotts.
Grace Kiraly cats Crystal and Baron


141202 Tuesday — Octodad is Fun to be Had

Tags: humor license music open

141202. Just for laughs, here's a Dr. Demento-style song with an open license.

The title of the song is: Octodad (Nobody Suspects a Thing). For attribution purposes, the artist is Ian McKinney. The license is: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0

The song is in MP3 format. Streaming isn't supported, so you'll need to download the song to listen to it. The link is:


Jim Kiraly was an abuser Dad Excerpt from lyrics:

Who's that man with the three piece-suit?
Makin' a doll with a log and fruit
Who's that man with the eight strong legs?
Tried to make me breakfast but he broke my eggs

Octodad — nobody suspects a thing

Who's that man with the hard, hard beak?
three feet tall with a soft physique
How's a man like that man feel
running for his life from a moray eel?

Octodad — nobody suspects a thing
Octodad — he's got a good thing going


141202 Tuesday — Moono Lab is Fab

Tags: minetest

1412002. Just a couple of Minetest pictures.

The first is a picture of Moono's Moontest Lab, full of tech that I remember fondly from decades past.

The second is Two Elk's Landrush castle, his “favorite cobble project at the moment”.

Moontest: Lab on the Moon is a Boon
Moontest is foreign to abuse victim Grace Kiraly

Landrush: Upkeep of Castle must be Hassle
Attorney John Perrott, employed by sex offender Tom Stutzman, steals from clients


141129 Saturday — Advice to Hacker Kids

Tags: hacking

141129. Advice to hacker kids:

<mrmeow> oldcoder what is wrong with me
<OldCoder> Context?
<mrmeow> where I freak out and spend lots of time trying to fix one little thing
<OldCoder> Oh, *that*
<OldCoder> It is normal for a Coder
<OldCoder> 100% normal

<mrmeow> what if it's something stupid like font size differences?
<OldCoder> “Pure Grade-A Coder” <- label to stamp on forehead
<OldCoder> Normal
<OldCoder> Everyday
<mrmeow> ic

<OldCoder> Off-the-shelf
<OldCoder> Coder
<OldCoder> ^ the word

<OldCoder> Typical
<OldCoder> Boring
<OldCoder> Average
<OldCoder> CODER
<mrmeow> lol

<mrmeow> one of my teachers called me a perfectionist
<OldCoder> A Real Coder is a perfectionist
<OldCoder> There are
<OldCoder> Faux Coders
<OldCoder> ^ plastic imitations
<OldCoder> Keep the difference in mind
<mrmeow> ok

<OldCoder> Real Coders love details
<mrmeow> yes
<OldCoder> “The font is one pixel off WTF”
<OldCoder> This leads to
<OldCoder> Eureka
<OldCoder> The Bacon Toolkit sucks
<OldCoder> etc.
<OldCoder> It is not OCD
<OldCoder> It is just O

<OldCoder> The need to understand
<OldCoder> To control
<OldCoder> To make it work or know why not
<OldCoder> Is par for the course
<OldCoder> for a Real Coder
<OldCoder> Because a Real Coder
<mrmeow> ic
<OldCoder> needs to grok it
<OldCoder> Google grok


141128 Friday — Kiraly Gag Order Cases Anniversary

Tags: cases kiraly

141128. To obtain a copy of this article in PDF format, use the following link:

141128 letter to john perrott.pdf

Today, depending on how you measure things, is the third anniversary of the start of the Kiraly Gag Order Cases.

Around this day in 2011, I asked my Parents to help me with a book. It was supposed to be a positive work about relationships. But my Father, wealthy abuser Jim Kiraly of 32 La Gaviota, Pismo Beach, CA, went to the police circa the next business day.

As I understand it, the police dismissed Jim as a crank. But subsequently he hired a high-powered law firm, Hoge Fenton, and spent, I'm told, possibly on the order of $100,000 USD in a failed attempt to stop the book and take down these websites.

It would be laughable if I hadn't lost everything, including my life savings, most of the books that I'd treasured for 40 years, and my home of 25 years as part of this.

What's left to me now is to do what's possible to seek changes in the system. And, as part of this, to see to it that Jim Kiraly and his Son Tom Kiraly, who joined him in what amounted to gag order actions, can't hurt others in the future.

Here's a letter that I'm sending today to John Perrott, my attorney in the Kiraly Gag Order Cases. It's simply a discussion of documents, but it's included here for the sake of transparency.

As a note to attorneys in general, I consider nothing in this letter to be confidential.

Additionally, I explicitly waive confidentiality for this letter. In fact, I'm thinking about waiving attorney client privilege in its entirety.

People have expressed surprise at my willingness to consider this step. However, I feel it's important that the right thing be done. The Kiralys took a procedure designed to protect battered women and used it to seek a gag order preventing discussion of an abuser's actions.

It seems sick to me. And by misusing the Law they've arguably helped to promote abuse.

If Michael Bonetto, Opposing Counsel in the cases, and John Perrott, my attorney, can be disciplined by the State Bar or at other levels, or if my abuser Jim Kiraly or his co-conspirator Tom Kiraly can be prosecuted, I'll do my part to ensure that this happens.

The Attorneys referred to in this letter include:

Michael T. Bonetto
STATE BAR #252742
Sixty South Market Street, Suite 1400
San Jose, California 95113

Thomas Chase Stutzman
STATE BAR #69452
1625 The Alameda, Suite 626
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 294-4600

John H. Perrott
STATE BAR #213080
1625 The Alameda, Suite 626
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 294-4600

Dear John,

1. Good morning. I trust that your Thanksgiving holiday went well and that you enjoyed the break.

I'm in receipt of a letter from you, dated November 20, 2014, which states the following:

(start of quote from attorney John Perrott)

“You left me a message stating that you wanted a copy of your file, by stating “I want my documents.” When will you stop by to pick up a copy of your file?”

(end of quote from attorney John Perrott)

This letter is a response to your letter of the 20th. If possible, read this one instead of ignoring it as you did my letter of August 1, 2014.

2. Assertions in this letter are believed to be true and correct, but they're not warranted or certified for accuracy.

3. It appears that you wrote to me, as a coincidence, on Michael Bonetto's 34th birthday.

Did you happen to send him birthday greetings? I'm not presently aware that the two of you are personal friends, but based on past letters from you, you've communicated with him intimately on prior occasions, so intimately that you're cognizant of his innermost thoughts.

4. I'd like to be transparent. Understand, therefore, that this letter and any responses may be posted publicly.

Additionally, such material may be distributed to third parties, including but not limited to past, present, or future professional associates, personal associates, organized groups, and government agencies, who may be able to provide information, to be used for legitimate and reasonable purposes, related to your firm, to you personally, and to others involved in the Jim Kiraly and Tom Kiraly spousal abuse and child abuse gag-order cases.

Such material may also become part of a documentation set used to build administrative cases or criminal cases related to parties involved in the Kiraly Gag Order Cases, including but not limited to:

* Jim Kiraly of 32 La Gaviota, Pismo Beach, CA and 217 Gerry Court, Walnut Creek, CA; Vice President of Transamerica Corporation; representative of Service Core for Retired Executives; possibly around young people at Saint John's Lutheran Church, Arroyo Grande, CA and New Life Community Church, Pismo Beach, CA

* Tom Kiraly of 3611 Glenview Ave, Glenview, KY; Vice President of Humana Corporation, Sheridan Healthcare, and possibly Hanger, Inc.

* Michael T. Bonetto of Hoge Fenton

* And, of course, you personally, John Perrott of Thomas Chase Stutzman

To proceed:

5. Actually, John, I've requested copies of my documents, including copies of documents that I believe you've withheld from the “file”, for more than a year.

The wording of your November 20, 2014 letter suggests that the request is new. The request is not new.

Your attempt to position the request as new might be considered part of a pattern of misrepresentation that you've referred to previously as “client management”. But we'll come back to that subject in the future.

6. You sent me a terse letter previously, on August 22, 2014, that said essentially the same thing as your November 20, 2014 letter. Both messages disregarded, entirely, my response on August 1, 2014 to your original so-called “offer”, received on August 1, 2014, to provide me with copies of my documents.

7. I refer you, as I've done before, to my response of August 1, 2014, which was posted publicly as well as sent directly to you. It's about time, by the way, that you acknowledged receipt of a copy.

If you'd like to claim that you have not received a copy of my August 1, 2014 response, you're invited to read the online copy. When today's letter, the one that you're reading, goes online, there will be a link below this paragraph that can be used to access the document in question.

To see the August 1, 2014 letter, click here.

8. In the August 1, 2014 letter, I noted that you were making false statements regarding the documents issue.

There were also remarks related to “a pattern of shifting stories, misrepresentations, falsehoods, and/or violations of Professional Standards on the part of you and/or your firm that [dates] stretches back two years.”

The most relevant parts of the August 1, 2014 response, though, are the parts related to possibly illegal explicit or implied threats made separately by Tom Stutzman and yourself.

Tom Stutzman directed me, through you in a letter received by me on July 29, 2014, not to contact “this law office”. I responded the same day with a polite letter which suggested, though it did not state explicitly, that legal actions threatened by Tom Stutzman would most likely end up, as a simple and casual metaphor, stuffed up his sex-offender ass.

Mr. Stutzman seems to have backed off subsequently on his threat to commit abuse of process. However, he has never explicitly retracted the threat in question.

9. You, for your part, offered me a misrepresentation on July 17, 2014, that was significant.

You had expressed concerns related to Tom Stutzman's views regarding communications between you and I. I responded, on July 17, 2014, reasonably enough as follows:

(start of quote from OldCoder)

“It's my expectation that Mr. Stutzman is not an issue. Is Tom an issue, John? If so, speak directly and let us proceed sensibly to discuss the consequences of that fact. But as part of the picture note that we could use your residence address for the purpose in question as opposed to your business address.”

(end of quote from OldCoder)

You responded, on the same day, as follows:

(start of quote from attorney John Perrott)

“Your reference to my residence address as the possible address for service of process was a clear threat.”

(end of quote from attorney John Perrott)

This was a startling assertion on your part. So startling that, I feel, reasonable people might agree that this was an implied threat to build false and fraudulent charges against me.

It was the final piece that I needed to complete my assessment of your character. You're a criminal, John. Do not expect trust.

10. As my August 1, 2014 letter indicates, the positions taken by Tom Stutzman and you yourself warrant caution. I stated:

(start of quote from OldCoder)

“Your proposal might necessitate a physical meeting with you, with associates of yours, or with representatives of yours. I feel that, for a physical meeting to be appropriate, the aggressive threat that Mr. Stutzman has made, together with the false and fraudulent accusation that you've made, should be retracted.”

“Additionally, it might be better to settle on neutral territory instead of the location that you've suggested. Upon retraction of the aggressive threat and the false and fraudulent accusation, perhaps a meeting at an agreed-upon location such as the Pho restaurant that was used previously could be arranged.”

“In the scenario where there is no retraction, I could hire somebody to pick up the so-called “box of documents” for me. Perhaps this is a sensible way to proceed, whether or not there is a retraction. If a third party is hired, taking the history of the situation into account, I feel that you and/or your firm should be responsible for the costs involved.”

“I'm prepared to offer you a concession to simplify things. I won't demand that the electronic materials discussed previously be included in the current delivery. However, at the same time, I do expect you to state whether you yourself feel that I am, or contend that I am not, entitled to such materials.”

“You do not need to state your position prior to the current delivery. But understand that the statement is expected promptly and that the issue is going to be discussed. It's been months since I first asked you about this part of the picture. I've been more patient than I should have been.”

“If you wish me to sign a receipt as part of the proposed delivery, the wording of the receipt will need to be discussed in advance. I will not, of course, sign anything that acknowledges the delivery of anything but that which is actually delivered.”

“Additionally, if the delivery is accomplished with the assistance of a third party, I'm not going to sign anything until I see for myself what's in the box.”

(end of quote from OldCoder)

11. I've never received a response to the preceding legitimate and reasonable points. You should address them, John.

12. Tom Stutzman seems, as mentioned previously, to have dropped his demand for an end to communication with “this law office”.

However, as a sensible step, based on his actions and on your own, it is my intention to shift some, though not all, communications from “this law office” to other venues.

Do you acknowledge that my suggestion related to your residence address was no such thing as a “threat” and, accordingly, do you retract your false and fraudulent allegation?

If so, is the following address correct for the purposes of legitimate and reasonable communications?

If not, is the following address, regardless, one of the addresses that may be used for the purposes of legal service?

John Henry Perrott
4516 Bucknall Road
San Jose, CA 95130

Would one of the Santa Clara, CA or Loleta, CA addresses be more appropriate for legitimate and reasonable communications or legal service, or are those addresses obsolete?

13. I remain interested in the apparent attempt in July 2014 by Tom Stutzman to take down my websites through a back-door approach as opposed to employing direct threats and possible felony DDOS as seems to have been done by Michael Bonetto's clients, Jim Kiraly and Tom Kiraly.

What's the true story? Was Tom Stutzman enough of a fool, as Metacognician speculated, that he thought a magic link he found in Google would delete articles which mentioned his alleged sexual offense?

I suppose that it's possible. Sheridan Healthcare has apparently tried the same thing. I'm not sure why.

As far as I'm aware, Sheridan Healthcare didn't know that their former Vice President, Tom Kiraly, now possibly Vice President or Treasurer of Hanger, Inc., was involved in perjury, felony conspiracy, felony DDOS, and a case related to child abuse and spousal abuse. I've made no allegations as of yet to this effect regarding the firm.

14. Don't be tiresome. I'd prefer that you cease sending me terse remarks that ignore the points raised in my August 1, 2014 letter.

I want my documents, John. And this includes, independently of the paper documents that we're presently discussing, copies of electronic files related to the Kiraly Cases.

Not just the folder that you showed me on your LAN. I want the rest of it or your assertion, in writing, that I'm not entitled to it.

15. As noted in my August 1, 2014 letter:

(start of quote from OldCoder)

“The proposed delivery would settle one issue. Other issues, including but not limited to the question of the electronic materials, would remain open.”

(end of quote from OldCoder)

To be clear, other issues that would remain open include, but are not limited to:

* malpractice commited by you

* the nature of the “client management” system that you practice

* one particular discussion that you had with Michael Bonetto during the Kiraly Cases that may have contradicted professional standards or possibly involved prosecutable crimes on your part

* promises you've made that you haven't kept

* your views on God and your responsibilities to Him and to people in the temporal world

Regards, Robert (the Old Coder)


141107 Friday — Message for Michael Bonetto and John Perrott

Tags: cases kiraly

141107. This is a transcript of a message that has been provided to Michael Bonetto of Hoge Fenton and John Perrott of Thomas Chase Stutzman. The message has been and/or will be copied to additional parties.

The Attorneys referred to in the message include:

Michael T. Bonetto
STATE BAR #252742
Sixty South Market Street, Suite 1400
San Jose, California 95113

Thomas Chase Stutzman
STATE BAR #69452
1625 The Alameda, Suite 626
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 294-4600

John H. Perrott
STATE BAR #213080
1625 The Alameda, Suite 626
San Jose, CA 95126
(408) 294-4600

This is for Michael Bonetto of Hoge Fenton and John Perrott of Thomas Chase Stutzman. A transcript will be posted at michael bonetto dot com.

I'm occupied with practical matters, but I've found my bearings. The most important part is to understand what things are.

When the Kiraly cases hit, I was more than taken aback; I was nearly killed. But I've had time, 2.5 years now, to gain perspective and to evolve.

To some extent, things are what they are presented as and therefore perceived as. Individuals usually are not concerned about facts. Positioning is key. This is a lesson that every attorney is taught.

But the reality of things is there and, in the end, it is the bedrock. To put it another way, the two of you are what you are and have done what you have done.

Michael, you took a violent abuser as a client and sought, not legitimate protection for your client, but a gag order designed to prevent discussion of his actions. You violated professional standards that your own firm had written. And you committed or became involved with multiple prosecutable crimes.

Note: The abuser was Jim Kiraly, also known as James Kiraly, Vice President of Transmerica Corporation, past resident of 217 Gerry Court, Walnut Creek, California, and 32 La Gaviota, Pismo Beach California, husband of Grace Kiraly, past resident of the same addresses.

Tom Stutzman John Perrott's Family Law Firm Misconduct John, you work for Tom Stutzman, a man who is apparently a sexual predator. Your own competence and ethics are past being in question. You not only steal from clients, you have a polished system for doing so.

These points are clear. But, the question is, how should Society view the matter?

Jim Kiraly and Tom Kiraly fought for a gag order My sense is that it's possible to find out. Here's the thing... in America, faded though civil liberties may be, there is little that the two of you, or your firms, can do to erase your footsteps.

This is the part that had me scratching my head in 2012. I didn't understand at the time what the Kiralys were hoping for. Did the abuser Jim Kiraly and his Son Tom Kiraly, now apparently VP of Hanger Inc., expect actual crimes to simply evaporate and disappear?

I wanted you to know that I'm past that confusion. As a related note, I've been quite busy, but I'll have some related questions for you before the end of the year.


140313 Thursday — What Happens to Older Developers?

Tags: general
A full Kiraly Cases tags system will be added in 2014.

This post is old but will remain on the front page for the time being.

140313. Jeff Jenkins posted these questions and others recently at Ask Hacker News:

What happens to older developers? Is there a plateau in pay? Is there a drop in pay switching jobs after a certain number of years? Is becoming a specialist rather than a generalist the answer?

To read the original post, click here. Note: The link was valid as of March 2014. However, it may have broken since then.

This is my response:

Developers who go on long enough are expected to obtain high-level titles by their 50s or to retire at about that time.

I'd like to discuss an issue that you might not have thought about: What's going to happen if you lose your job?

Employment in the 50s can be problematic. If somebody is skilled and employed, and has a high-level title or is a specialist or has useful connections, they should be able to obtain a new position.

Otherwise, they might go from well-off to homeless. It happens. I'm 55, my resume is pretty good, and I was worth $1M a decade ago. I'm a transient now. I've got some medical issues, no medical care, and no dentists. Potential jobs are largely unskilled physical labor, which I'm not able to do.

I'm taking a shot at tutoring. However, I don't expect that to provide more than gas money. The head of an admin assistant firm said that I can't be a secretary unless I already am one.

Two people considered sending me to care for elderly relatives, but we didn't proceed. My title at one of those positions was going to be “poop scooper”.

Don't let this happen to you. For what it's worth, here's my advice:

1. Don't fall off of the employment ladder.

2. Become a specialist. Try to remain broad enough, though, that you don't become obsolete.

3. Build a network of people. Make it a large one.

4. Diversify your investments.

5. While you're employed, don't let medical issues, even minor ones, go untreated for long. If you lose your job and your assets, you'll lose medical care too and the issues may become serious.

6. Be kind to people. But don't be a fool. Most people that you help are not going to return the favor.

Regarding specialists, I did recruiting for a while in 2011 and I can confirm that the filters are weighted against generalists.

I've spent about 35 years myself as a generalist. My jobs called for it. The place where I spent most of my career took any project that came along, code of any type. At a dot-com that followed, after the money ran out, I handled all of the technical roles; IT, websites, development, support, documentation, etc. I was able to do a bit of everything.

Later on, none of this made a difference. There are few job listings that say “a bit of everything”.

After the dot-com shut down, 2003, I made $1M in the stock market. Lost most of it afterwards and reentered the job market. Learned that middle-age generalists were not in high demand.

In my case, there were other factors that won't apply to you. It's a story for another time. But if you're a generalist who falls off of the ladder in middle age, you can expect things like this:

“With a resume like that, why isn't he a CTO? Why doesn't he even have a job?”

You'll be asked questions about algorithms that you haven't thought about for 30 years. Or you'll go through coding tests under adverse conditions that don't allow you to show what you can do.

Plan ahead. Understand that the best-laid schemes of mice and men often go awry.

My own resume is located at:

These are my links. Yes, the technical site needs Twitter Bootstrap :P

  1. Technical site (
  2. My GitHub
  3. My LinkedIn
  4. My Twitter
  5. OldCoder Nerdcore Song

Regards, Robert (the Old Coder)

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