Raymond Dillon

MD at Proto Software | Windows Insider MVP | Xamarin Certified Developer

County Tyrone

Co. Tyrone

One-On-One with Raymond

Could you tell us a bit more about yourself, your job and how long you’ve lived in County Tyrone?

I studied Computer Science at Queen’s University Belfast forming Queens Computing Society (QCS) representing students across the computing degree pathways at university. After graduation, I moved back home and worked at a local startup in Omagh (around 10 miles from where I live), before starting my own company called Proto Software where we develop apps and websites, as well as architect cloud solutions and advise on software licensing. 

I am passionate about Microsoft technologies and have been recognised as a Windows Insider MVP the past 5 years due to my contribution to the Windows Insider community (Windows Insiders are a global community who help shape the future of Windows through providing feedback and feature suggestions).

What attracted you to living and working in Tyrone ?

I live in a small hamlet about 10 miles from Omagh in Co. Tyrone. Apart from my time at university, I have lived here all my life. It’s very peaceful – there’s no place like home!

Can you walk us through a day in the life of living in Tyrone?

I usually start the day with running through my emails and triaging anything that needs handled for that day. I plan my day out, taking or making any calls as needed and either spend my time writing proposals for new clients, writing code, or blogging / making content for my Windows Insider Community Work. I try and fit a walk in every day just to get away from the desk and take in the countryside.

How would you describe transport within Tyrone ? Is it easy to get around ?

If you live in any of the small towns it isn’t too bad – most things are within walking distance or accessible via bus. However if you live in a hamlet like I do, you really would need a car. The closest shop is around 3 miles away.

How fast/reliable is your home internet connection ?

I’m very lucky with my internet connection. Before 2018, we had a speed of 0.25MB on our line. We’re very fortunate to have had a lot of upgrades in the area and now enjoy a 300MB connection. The mobile network is very poor though – it’s difficult to receive a text message.

Can you tell us about some of your favourite locations or attractions within Tyrone ?

I love the rural aspect of where I live – it’s quiet at night and there are no distractions. Omagh is close enough for doing your shopping and meeting up with people. There is a forest walk close by too if you want to take in some of the scenery.

What advice do you have for individuals or families interested in relocating to Tyrone ?

If you can drive, you don’t necessarily have to live in the town, but otherwise you would have to in order to have easy access to shops etc. The people at home make Tyrone what it is – you’ll not meet nicer people!

Thank you very much Raymond for taking the time to talk with us and thank you for representing Co. Tyrone as a Rural Ireland Tech Advocate.

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