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

Triple Boot Ubuntu/Vista/XP - No Go So Far

After several days of struggle, I am still unable to get a triple-boot disk set up on my Fujitsu Lifebook S6510. The first problem that I ran into was that the Windows installation disks I have are actually "recovery" media from Fujitsu, and as such they will only recreate the factory-delivered configuration, with Windows (Vista or XP) in the C: partition, which they assume is the first readable partition on the drive.

June 17, 2008 by J.A. Watson


A Good Summary of Skype Service and Support

The Skype-Watch blog has a new posting that details what I consider to be a couple of the major problems with Skype, both as a program and as a company:- With significant fanfare and marketing hype, Skype recently announced a new "feature", which apparently interferes with the proper functioning of some other parts of the program. It would appear that the Skype "Quality Control" department is staffed by the same people as the "Customer Support" department.

June 14, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Dual-Boot Ubuntu and Windows XP Professional

I have taken the next step in setting up my Ubuntu working environment, and maintaining access to XP on my laptops for the few things that I still can only do on Windows. As always, I have started this on the older "test" laptop, a Fujitsu-Siemens Lifebook S2110, which has an AMD Turion 64 CPU.

June 13, 2008 by J.A. Watson


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