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

Netgear WNDR3300 RangeMax Dual Band Wireless-N Router

Having been inspired by the Dialog Box video about Dual Band Wireless-N, and encouraged by David Long's comments on both the Intel 4965 Wireless Adapter and Netgear Routers, I decided to give it a shot. This will not be anything like a comprehensive "review", as I don't use things like the Setup Wizard or "Push 'N' Connect", but I would like to at least report some initial results and comparison with my previous router, a Linksys WRT350N.

August 4, 2008 by J.A. Watson

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A Week Working With Linux

After a short vacation during which I made a traveling test with Linux, which was very successful, I decided to continue the test by using it as much as possible for my work this week. As I have mentioned previously, I have my primary laptop set up to multi-boot Windows XP Professional, Ubuntu or Mandriva, so it is just as easy for me to boot Linux as Windows at any time.

August 1, 2008 by J.A. Watson

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Skype Pursuing "Unarticulated Needs"

I just came across this blog post from Skype CEO Josh Silverman. Basically, it says what has been obvious from Skype's behavior for a long time - they know what is best for you, whether you know it or not, and if you would just think a little harder, you'd see how right they are.

July 31, 2008 by J.A. Watson

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Traveling Success with Linux

I have spent the past four days on a short vacation in the Piedmont area of northwest Italy (beautiful landscape, wonderful people and excellent food!).

July 27, 2008 by J.A. Watson

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Do You Like Conspiracy Theories?

If you like cloak-and-dagger stuff, you're going to love the direction that the "Skype Back Door" rumor is going. It seems that some people are now saying that the four day world-wide Skype outage last August was not caused by Windows Update, but was in fact Skype building in a back door for government monitoring of Skype calls (source, more speculation).

July 27, 2008 by J.A. Watson

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Skype - The Roach Motel

Here is an interesting article from The National Business Review, pointing out once again that you can never delete a Skype account. Never.

July 24, 2008 by J.A. Watson

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