Keith Hertzer


I am a graduate of UC Berkeley (Electrical Engineering and Computer Science option C, class of 1995, with honors [they even put a sticker on my diploma that says so]).


I am currently spending my days as a small cog in the machine keeping the lights on at Google in San Francisco. (Yes, the food really is that good, and no, I can't figure out how the new Google Maps UI is supposed to work either, so I'm afraid I can't help you with it.) Prior to that I did the startup thing with Compass Quality Insight, where we proved that nobody wants to pay for a change test coverage tool that ends up telling you that you might have to re-run all your tests because somebody changed something in your core libraries. For 8 years before that, I worked for AmberPoint, Inc. (acquired by Oracle in 2010). Before then (2001-2002) I was at a smaller startup, CrossWeave, but it was not meant to be. My first real job (July 1995-February 2001) was at Forte Software, the coolest enterprise software development tools company ever to be acquired and digested by Sun Microsystems.


I grew up over the east bay hills in Walnut Creek, to which I occasionally return to see my parents. The cat, alas, is no longer with us.


Vanessa and I are attempting to travel the world together.

Trips to date:

Sep 2021 Olympic Peninsula, WA May-June 2021 Rocky Mountain NP, CO
Sep-Oct 2020 Arches and Canyonlands NP, UT Feb 2020 Sedona, AZ
Dec 2019 New Zealand and Sydney, NSW, Australia Sep 2019 Alaska and Mt. Ranier NP
Dec 2018 Chile/Patagonia Oct 2018 Baxter SP and Acadia NP, Maine
Aug 2018 Oregon Coast, Columbia Gorge and Silver Falls Oct 2018 Maine (Baxter St Park and Acadia NP)
May-Jun 2018 Mediterranean Cruise from Barcelona (including Naples and Pompeii, Tarquinia and Civitavecchia, Pisa, Cannes, Mallorca, and Madrid) Dec 2017 Central Coast and San Diego, CA
Oct 2017 New England Cruise including
Sydney, NS
Halifax, NS
St. John, NB
Boston, MA
Acadia NP and Bar Harbor, ME
Jul 2017 Zermatt, Switzerland (home of the Matterhorn)
Jun-Jul 2017 Baltic Sea Cruise including
Tallinn, Estonia
St. Petersburg, Russia
Helskini, Finland
Stockholm, Sweden
Mar 2017 Western Caribbean Cruise including Costa Maya, Mexico
Dec 2016 Santa Barbara, Joshua Tree, and Palm Springs Nov 2016 Panama canal cruise from Miami:
Gatun locks (Panama canal)
Roatan, Honduras (animal sanctuary)
Belize Zoo
Costa Maya, Mexico (aviary)
Florida Everglades (alligators)
May-June 2016 Switzerland March 2016 Death Valley and the Eastern Sierras
Dec 2015-Jan 2016 Northern Arizona:
Montezuma Castle
Grand Canyon (south rim)
Hwy 163 and Monument Valley
Dec 2015 Utah National Parks:
Bryce Canyon
Capitol Reef
Dec 2015 Antelope Island (Great Salt Lake) Jan 2015 Mexican Riviera
September 2014 Cruise on the Norwegian fjords September 2014 Copenhagen, Denmark
August 2014 Hamburg, Germany July 2014 Crater Lake, OR
Feburary 2014 Costa Rica January 2014 Hong Kong and Tokyo
December 2013 Thailand October 2013 Ecuador highlands and Galapagos Islands
June 2013 Puerto Rico May 2013 Vancouver and Alaska cruise
Jan 2013 Petra and Wadi Rum (Jordan) Dec 2012 Israel
Aug-Sep 2012 Grand Teton and Yellowstone NP June 2012 Croatia
Dec 2011-Jan 2012 Vietnam, Cambodia, and Singapore Aug-Sept 2011 Banff, Jasper, and Yoho NP, Canada
July 2011 Portland and Silver Falls SP, Oregon May-June 2011 Boston and Southern Maine
Dec 2010 Channel Islands and Joshua Tree NP Sept 2010 Return to Cusco, Peru
Apr 2010 Prague, Czech Republic [2] Apr-May 2010 Paris, France [2] [3] [3] [3]
Loire Valley, France [2] [3] [4]
Dec 2009 Iguazu Falls, Patagonia, and Buenos Aires Sept 2009 Niagara Falls, the Thousand Islands, and Ottawa, Canada
Apr 2009 Washington, DC and Shenandoah NP in Virginia Dec 2008 Central Coast, Death Valley, and Las Vegas
Sept 2008 Montreal and Quebec Nov-Dec 2008 runis and nature of Oaxaca, Mexico
May 2008 Kauai including Napali coast trail Dec 2007 colonial towns of Mexico
Sept 2007 Seattle, Vancouver Island, and Vancouver, BC May 2007 ancient and modern cities of China
Nov 2006 Guatemala and Honduras Sep 2006 New Mexico and Mesa Verde
Mar 2006 Belize and Guatemala Dec 2005 Puerto Rico and Vieques
Sep 2005 Alaska Dec 2004 Yucatan peninsula, Mexico
May 2004 Zion and Grand Canyon NPs Sep 2003 Cusco and Machu Picchu, Peru
Apr 2002 London, Netherlands, and Nice Nov 2000 Nepal and Thailand


kSoft, Inc. is a Shareware programming company with one employee, namely me. My flagship product is Graphmatica, an easy-to-use equation-graphing program for Windows.

Please see the kSoft homepage for more information or to download a copy. If you decide you like it, now you can even register online!

The Heuristic Squelch

I am one of the Editors Emeriti of the Heuristic Squelch, U.C. Berkeley's only intentionally funny newspaper. See for excerpts from old and current issues.

Other Activities

I enjoy backpacking and climbing mountains when I get the chance. This marmot doesn't have to wait; he lives there (photo taken by my friend at the top of Mt. Massive, Colorado, elevation 14,000 ft.)

I was once a marginally active member of Eta Kappa Nu, the national EECS honor society, especially when food was involved.

Last updated: 25 Sep 2021
KRH [khertz at pacbell dot net]