Bob Baldwin


Bob Baldwin has a checkered past and a long resume, due to the fact that he can't settle down. He's quit a bunch of jobs, got fired from a few, and although the past haunts him, he still hopes for the future.

Mr. Baldwin entered the software business way back in the dark ages of the early eighties, when programmers "desk checked" their code and typed JCL on a card-punch machine. Since then it's been a wild ride. He's developed all kinds of software, from slovenly rendered ERP systems (still in production around the world), to automatic stock trading systems that never saw the light of day (thank GOD!). He's done several tours of duty as a ferocious road warrior, endured the mind-numbing boredom of an insurance company's MIS department, created completely fraudulent demos of software that didn't exist for trade shows, created secret nicknames for every person he's ever worked for, experienced the joy of seeing his software running on someone else's computer for the first time, felt like the smartest guy in the room, discovered that he is dumbest guy in the room, conducted a layoff or two, been laid off, managed a depressed, embittered development team into a high performance software juggernaut ready to take on the whole world, managed a software juggernaut ready to take on the world into a depressed, embittered collection of sad sacks.

Baldwin suspects that he is bi-polar. His employers and colleagues are certain of it.

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Smashwords book reviews by Bob Baldwin

  • After the Fire: A Personal Essay on Sep. 17, 2010

    Affectionate and poignant tribute to a teacher. This memoir is well-written and wistfully captures the youthfulness and uncertain of the author as a young man. Also provides a unique insight into the nature of writing and literature.
  • Julie Hartman, Julie Hartman on Sep. 19, 2010

    Excellent tale of revenge!
  • A Couple on Sep. 24, 2010

    Bittersweet story about a couple facing the end of their college days and the critical choices about what their lives will be. Much like other stories in this genre, like "Goodbye, Columbus," but well done with believable characters and sensuous writing.
  • Only Love Can Break Your Heart on March 06, 2011

    These stories are very evocative of the period in which they are set. The spirit of the times, late 60's to early 70's is captured and recognizable to anyone who remembers it. At the same time, however, it is timeless in its themes about the passage from child to adult. The family relationships depicted in these stories change over time, as they always do. In the end this is story about growing up that can find resonance in any generation. Highly recommended.
  • Indian Summer on Nov. 07, 2015

    Short, lovely, poetic piece, capturing a couple finding a moment of tranquility and peace in a troubling and turbulent world. Graceful and tender prose.