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

Quad Boot - Friday Update - It's Good!

After nearly a full week of working with this quad-boot setup in various stages of completion, I can say that I am very pleased. It is working well and it is allowing me to easily compare the three different versions of Linux, which is just what I wanted.

July 4, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Skype Hires New COO - from Motorola

Skype announced today that they have created a new position, Chief Operating Officer, and hired someone from Motorola for that position. Considering the performance of Motorola in the cell phone market recently, it seems to me like it should be a good fit.

July 1, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Mandriva Linux - Wonderful and Maddening

Well, since I've gone through both Ubuntu and openSuSE Linux, and my curiosity about Unix systems in general has really started to kick in, I've decided to go through a few more variants to see what they are like, how they load on my laptops, and whether I might prefer one of them over my current favorite (Ubuntu). I might end up regretting this decision, but I assume there will be plenty of adventure and frustration along the way, and perhaps some learning and enlightenment.

July 1, 2008 by J.A. Watson


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