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


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


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


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


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


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