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

Skype vs. 3G iPhone

The "Independent" Skype Journal (aka The Skype Cheerleading Squad) has published a list of "advantages" of Skype over the 3G iPhone. Unfortunately, the very first item on their list highlights one of the major flaws in Skype.

June 11, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Ubuntu on Fujitsu Lifebook S6510

Having had so much success with Ubuntu on the older "test" laptop (Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook S2110), and not expecting to want to try Vista on the newer Fujitsu Lifebook S6510 again anytime soon, I decided to try installing Ubuntu 8.04 (Hardy Heron) on the S6510.

June 5, 2008 by J.A. Watson


More Pleasant Surprises with Ubuntu

As I continue to test and work with Ubuntu, I have come across a few more very pleasant surprises:- I plugged in my Logitech V20 Notebook Speakers (USB). They worked.

June 3, 2008 by J.A. Watson


More Blundering in the Skype "Community"

Skype has supposedly installed an update to their "Community", the mangled version of their "User Forums". Although there is a long list of supposed "bug fixes" and "imiprovements", I personally don't see any difference in the web pages.

May 29, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Mobile/Cellular Step Up in Switzerland

I have to start this by saying I have no idea how any of this information compares to mobile data availability and speed anywhere else in the world. My intention here is just to relate what is happening in Switzerland, and hope that it might be indicative of other places.

May 27, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Twisted Logic in Skype "Community" Administration

When I have written previously about the Skype "Community" (formerly the Skype User Forums), I was only speculating that their objective in the reorganization was to drive Skype users away. Now there is more concrete proof of this, in the blog of their "Head of Forum Operations", who expresses satisfaction that since the reorganization there are "fewer posts and less new topics" than before.

May 25, 2008 by J.A. Watson