J.A. Watson

I started working with what we called "analog computers" in aircraft maintenance with the United States Air Force in 1970. After finishing military service and returning to university, I was introduced to microprocessors and machine language programming on Intel 4040 processors. After that I also worked on, operated and programmed Digital Equipment Corporation PDP-8, PDP-11 (/45 and /70) and VAX minicomputers. I was involved with the first wave of Unix-based microcomputers, in the early '80s. I have been working in software development, operation, installation and support since then.

Latest Posts

Windows to Linux

How would you go about converting someone from Windows to Linux? Or, if you have already done so, how did you do it, and how were the results?

September 4, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Skype Account Hijacking

Ok, I'm breaking my own rule already. I had promised myself that I would not write about Skype more than once a week, because honestly I'm sick of writing it, and I'm sure a lot of people are sick of reading it.

September 3, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Skype Roundup - Skypecasts Get the Axe

The top of the news from last week was once again that Skype is taking something away from their users. Last week it was Taiwan and Asia calling plans; this week Skypecasts - one-to-many user broadcasts on Skype - are being discontinued, as of today.

September 1, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Foresight Linux

I've just made a somewhat brief test of Foresight Linux. I find it to be an interesting contradiction.

August 29, 2008 by J.A. Watson


SnapYap - New Flash-Based Video IM Program

I have just tried out another new Adobe Flash-based video IM program, SnapYap. Like other such flash-based programs, there is no separate program or client to download and install on your computer.

August 27, 2008 by J.A. Watson


In-Flight VoIP

With American Airlines having started offering Aircell's in-flight internet access, and several other airlines due to introducing soon, articles on using VoIP in flight now abound. Practically every one reads like this: "Making a VoIP call in flight is a BAD, BAD thing, and here's how to do it....

August 26, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Logitech Webcams

As a result of my QuickCam Software write-up, I've had a couple of exchanges with the Guru from the Logitech User Forum, and one of the Logitech software engineers. I would like to make a couple of things clear...

August 25, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Skype Roundup: Skype Dumps on Taiwan Customers

Lots of interesting news at the end of last week:- Jan Geirnaert reports in his Skype Watch blog that Skype has abruptly cut off fixed-price SkypeOut offers for Taiwan (originally reported by Digittimes). This reminds me a lot of the London SkypeIn number fiasco; Skype just does whatever they want, with no regard or consideration for their customers.

August 25, 2008 by J.A. Watson


New Debian GNU/Linux Update

A new Debian GNU/Linux Update was released a few weeks ago - well, actually one and a half new updates, to be precise. I just got around to giving it a try, and I'm pleased and impressed.

August 20, 2008 by J.A. Watson