Mike Patton

I am not a singer. I thought this would be obvious from the rest of my pages, but enough people keep asking after getting a hit on this page that I thought I'd put it here at the top so maybe they'll see it. If you were looking for information about the singer who has the same name as me, perhaps you should try looking at a Faith No More (I don't know anything about this band, just that someone pointed out to me that they have a singer with my name) page. You almost certainly got here via a search engine, let me give you a hint: try things that are likely to be only in the pages you want, a common name like mine (see below) is a bad choice, the group name (restricted to being together) would be a much better choice.

Don't Worry ... Be Happy

Warning: All of these pages sort of grew up over time. The organization is quite strained and it all needs to be globally reworked. If I ever get a round tuit of my very own, I might fix that...
This is a page of info about me, written by me (that's me, pictured up there at the very top. Others have pictures of me, too. Peter Löthberg and Ulla Sandberg have a page for me. Craig Haney has one of me in his collection of NANOG 10 photos.

Mike is far too popular a name. If you are a Mike, you should change your name, or you too may be Wrong Mike'd. Patton, too, is pretty common. I'm starting to collect some references.

Even "Mike Patton" (or "Michael Patton" although I prefer Mike) is too common, here's an AltaVista search that will find references to that name, attempting not to find me (WARNING: the list is long). Most of them are to the singer in Faith No More, but I've identified around a dozen clearly distinct individuals with the same name from this list.

Who me? and What do I do?

I am an independant Internet Engineering Consultant. I work for Internet Service Providers and Corporate networks to provide advanced engineering services during periods of expansion. In this capacity I work with a lot of network operational engineering groups. I've also worked for BBN and MIT, you can check out my resume for more details on any of this.

I have a very eclectic set of interests, many of which I've found references on the net.

Where am I? and Where do I come from?

I own a house in Cambridge, Mass, USA. I have a lot of computers at home. I'm working on some nice network connectivity to my house (more later) because I like working in my home office.

I grew up in Rhode Island, the first state with it's own global newsgroup. I was born in East Providence, but most of my memories are of Bristol where I lived from 1958-1973.

In 1973 I moved to Massachussetts to attend MIT and (except for one nine month stint) have lived here ever since, in many locations in and around Boston. In fact, the distance from Bristol to Boston is only about 50 miles, and I've always lived in this corridor (but I travel a lot...)

I graduated (and am thus an Alumnus) in 1982 (with time off for "good" behaviour? :-).

What are my interests?

I have a lot of personal interests, some are listed on a page where I catalogue WWW Resources for them.

How to reach me

The best way to reach me is by E-Mail.


What else should I put here?

I'm too modest to say more...
Well, actually just too busy with all the rest for now...

I guess a pointer to the home page I actually don't use much. But that was just for me to get quickly to the pages I click the most, I now have a window manager menu for that, even faster. My collection of pointers is more complete (and more informative on what the pointers are and why they're there). I should mention Snow Paws page.

Other personal pages