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

Logitech Alto Cordless Laptop Stand

There was a review of the original Logitech Alto Laptop Stand here on ZDNet UK just over a year ago. Basically everything that was said in that review still applies to this newer model, so I will confine myself to mentioning the differences, and some personal opinion and speculation.

July 1, 2008 by J.A. Watson


First Significant Disappointments with Linux

I've run into the first significant problems with Linux on my laptops. I had pretty much decided to go with a dual-boot XP/Ubuntu setup on my main laptop (S6510), the same as what I am currently using on the test laptop (S2110).

June 25, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Skype NON-Support

Lest the real problems with the current version of Skype get lost in all the revulsion over the Skype 4.0 beta, here is a thread from the Skype Community which very nicely summarizes the current dismal state of Skype's so-called "Customer Support".

June 24, 2008 by J.A. Watson


openSuSE 11.0 - A Closer Look

Since posting the First impressions blog about the new openSuSE 11.0 release, I have spent quite a bit more time exploring it - in the process of which I have installed it three more times.

June 24, 2008 by J.A. Watson


SightSpeed Light Available on hi5 Social Network

I have just seen the announcement that SightSpeed Light is available on the hi5 social networking site. Now, there's probably too much gray in my beard for me to be very involved in sites like hi5, but I am very pleased indeed to see SightSpeed promoting their Light version.

June 23, 2008 by J.A. Watson