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

Gizmo5 - Powerful, Portable Messaging

I mentioned recently that I use Gizmo5 for most of my text messaging. This is in part because I like the interface, which is clean and easy to read, and in part because it lets me pull most of my different text message services together in a single interface.

April 2, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Vista SP1 - One Week Update

It has been a week since I installed Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1) on this Fujitsu Lifebook S6510 laptop computer. I have said before that I like Vista, and I want it to be at least as good as XP on my laptop.

March 31, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Video IM / VoIP - Where are we now?

I started this blog to talk about Video IM and related issues. While I have wandered here and there, I've always come back to that, because it is what I care about.

March 27, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Vista SP1 - Now Installed and Running

Ok, in large part due to some good advice from David Long, I now have Vista SP1 installed on my Fujitsu Lifebook S6510, and after two days it is still running with no problems. I have learned several things along the way:- Based on what Ed Bott said in his ZDNet blog, I expected Windows Update to show SP1 as an optional update, although not offer it to me automatically quite yet.

March 24, 2008 by J.A. Watson

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Vista SP1 - No Go for Me at the Moment

I have been waiting anxiously for the public release of Vista SP1. I had reloaded the Vista disk for my Lifebook S6510 a week or so ago, so that I would have a fresh load ready for update.

March 19, 2008 by J.A. Watson


A Few Minor Windows XP Glitches

As I expect Vista SP1 to be available soon, and XP SP3 not long after that, I suppose I will be playing "disc jokey" with my laptop again before long. I've been meaning to mention a couple of odd things I have come across on my Lifebook S6510, so I'd best get it out of the way now.

March 14, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Philips SPC1300NC Webcam

I recently purchased a Philips SPC1300NC webcam, and I don't think that I could be any more pleased with it. It is the current top of the line in Philips webcams, and has some impressive specifications: a 1.

March 12, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Vista - Is It Some Sort of Drug?

The strangest thing has happened. I have known since the Vista disk in my Lifebook S6510 got corrupted and wouldn't boot that I would have to reload it before SP1 comes out.

March 7, 2008 by J.A. Watson


More on Skype Pornography - Genius?

The Skype Cheerleading Squad (also known as the Skype Journal) has a lead article today on the "Evil Genius" behind the "Sexy SPIM for Skype" (SPIM = Spam over Instant Messaging), replete with numerous pictures of exactly the type that you wouldn't want popping up on the screen in front of your children, your boss, you colleagues at a business presentation - in fact, I find them personally offensive, and don't even want them popping up in front of me alone!

March 5, 2008 by J.A. Watson