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

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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Plea From Another Skype User

This open letter to Skype CEO Josh SIlverman has been posted to the recently mangled "Skye Community". It shows very clearly the confusion and irritation of Skype users.

July 22, 2008 by J.A. Watson

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Linux, Laptops and Dual Displays

I need to update some information related to a post that I made last week about multiple displays with Linux. In a nutshell, I have a laptop and a port replicator with a display connected to it.

July 22, 2008 by J.A. Watson

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Why Can't Skype Get "Presence" Right?

I've had Skype running on some of the Linux test installations for the past couple of weeks. One thing that has become clear is that the erratic "presence" indication is not unique to the Windows client, it is also in the Linux client.

July 22, 2008 by J.A. Watson

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Can Linux Replace Windows - Maybe!

I loaded Ubuntu Linux on my test laptop a couple of weeks ago more or less on a lark, thinking I would just see for myself what the current state of the Linux world is today. When I saw how easily it loaded (and how quickly!

July 18, 2008 by J.A. Watson

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SP3 Under Suspicion Again

I find myself suspecting that there is something very strange wrong with Windows XP SP3, or at least with the installation procedure for it. I had been running this Fujitsu Lifebook S6510 with Windows XP Professional for several months when SP3 came out.

July 18, 2008 by J.A. Watson

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