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 "Community" Achieves its Goal - Driving Away Users

I've just had a look at the Skype "Community" (revised User Forums), for the first time quite a while. I haven't been there because I can't stomach the new format; I find it to be difficult to read, difficult to follow, and generally unpleasant.

May 18, 2008 by J.A. Watson

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Gizmo Adds Business Enhancements and More IM Networks

Gizmo5 (formerly The Gizmo Project) has been my preferred program for IM text chat and audio calls (including PSTN calls worldwide) for quite some time now. The chat interface is clean and easy to read, and it has an excellent history facility, so I can easily look back at something we were talking about several days or weeks ago.

May 16, 2008 by J.A. Watson


New IM Application "Nimbuzz"

As my interest is primarily in video chat / IM programs, I generally don't pay much attention to announcements of products without video. However, the announcement for "Nimbuzz" caught my eye, and sounded rather interesting, so I've downloaded it to my PC and my Nokia 6234, and given it a try.

May 14, 2008 by J.A. Watson

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Windows Driver Updates

Because of my recent adventures with Windows Vista on my Lifebook, I've had to learn about and deal with the differences between Vista and XP in third-party device driver distribution and updates. Windows XP is very "laissez-faire" about such updates; I have occasionally seen one show up in Windows Update for XP under "Optional Updates", but I don't recall ever having seen one as a mandatory or automatic update.

May 13, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Video Chat on the Move!

I've just had a fascinating and pleasing experience. I had a 15-minute video chat on ooVoo while riding on a bus through the Swiss countryside!

May 7, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Windows XP SP3 Installed

I have downloaded and installed Service Pack 3 for Windows XP Professional on my Fujitsu Lifebook S6510. Everything went smoothly, and it seems to work just fine.

April 30, 2008 by J.A. Watson