An E-mail From Pete

Pete and I never e-mailed back and forth very much, more of a text/call situation. On the rare occasion he did e-mail, it was usually good. Enjoy…

I was asked to write a list of bullet points which details all of the stuff I bring to the table in a professional environment. Here’s what I sent to them. Keep reading until the end.


* I’m a subject matter expert in the C# language and compiled CIL. In a developer support role, I assist developers in matters of performance, security, and reliability, as well as providing style and readability guidelines.

* I have a solid understanding of object-oriented framework design. I have developed shared libraries which wrap complex tasks (like authentication/authorization and e-mail encryption) into easy-to-use object models.

* I have extensive experience with various Microsoft technologies and their corresponding APIs, including Windows, Active Directory, IIS, and Exchange. On an infrastructure team, I can automate various administrative tasks which would otherwise have to be performed manually, thus freeing up system administrators to work on other things. I also write automated monitoring tools, which can detect or prevent system problems early on.

* I strive for a detailed understanding of the frameworks and protocols I work with. In the course of analyzing problems and developing compliant implementations, I have read the complete specifications for C# and the CLI, as well as the RFCs for protocols including SMTP, HTTP, SSL, and S/MIME.

* I’m security-minded, to the point of being a bit paranoid. As a code reviewer, I detect security problems with applications before they’re released, including common problems such as SQL injection and cross-site scripting, as well as application-specific problems, such as privilege-escalation vulnerabilities and poor cryptographic implementations.

* I have a logical, structured, and level-headed (some ex-girlfriends would say ”emotionally unavailable”) approach to problem solving. I don’t panic easily. In a crisis situation, I can analyze root causes of problems, and implement solutions quickly and efficiently.

* I know several hilarious jokes, and have amusing personal anecdotes which cover a wide range of topics, including circus acrobatics and rabid groundhogs.

Submitted by Jonathan Everett

5 Responses

  1. Steve Mayhugh


    I’m so sorry for your loss. I worked with Pete for quite a while at DSCP, till he left for Comcast. He was so much fun to work with and a friend. We had great talks and tons of laughs. I think he wrote this bullet point list Right before he left DSCP for Comcast….


    Steve Mayhugh


    June 30, 2012 at 4:59 am

  2. Greg Tomaka


    I just found out the shocking news this past weekend and I am very sorry for your loss. Pete and I became close friends working for the DoD, though most correspondence was via text messaging, so not hearing from him for a while was not that unusual. I was out with him for dinner and drinks in late February to catch up and we had a great time with discussions about him maybe coming back to DoD. If there is anything more you need from Pete’s friends at the DoD, please do not hesitate to ask.

    Greg Tomaka

    July 2, 2012 at 12:31 pm

  3. Jason Camp

    Pete wrote that email to us on 7/20/2010.

    July 2, 2012 at 6:23 pm

  4. Linda Stipa


    I was deeply saddened to hear about Pete and I am sorry for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family. Pete was part of the family at DLA and we are going to miss him.

    Linda Stipa

    July 3, 2012 at 11:23 am

  5. Lamento mucho conocer que Pete Everett ya no está en este mundo. Estoy trabajando actualmente basandome en un artículo que publicó hace algún tiempo, sorprende ver que gente tan inteligente y valiosa deje este mundo tan joven. Mis sinceras condolencias a su familia y amigos, aunque ya haya pasado tiempo seguramente lo extrañarán siempre.

    May 24, 2013 at 1:19 am

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