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

Lifebook S6510 - The Saga Continues

I have started the actual work of converting my day-to-day activities from the Lifebook S2110 to the S6510. I've run into a few surprises already, and I'm starting to think I might have to reconsider my plans.

January 2, 2008 by J.A. Watson


Traveling - Last Comments and Wrap-Up

I have completed the trip in Florida now. Here are a few more interesting "discoveries" and comments from the last couple of days, and a wrap-up of the whole thing.

December 29, 2007 by J.A. Watson


Laptop Review - Fujitsu Lifebook S6510

I have been using this new laptop for about a week now, and I am very pleased with it. There have been a couple of minor irritants, as is always the case with a new computer, but overall I don't think it could have been much better.

December 27, 2007 by J.A. Watson


VoIP Dial-Out to POTS (PSTN) - SightSpeed, Gizmo and Skype

As I have been traveling, it has become obvious that paying the roaming fees charged by my Swiss cellular provider to make calls was a silly, and expensive, waste of money. The obvious solution was to put some money on a dial-out service of one of my audio IM accounts.

December 26, 2007 by J.A. Watson


Audio and Video IM on the Road

I've been traveling in Florida for a couple of days now (my home is in Switzerland), and I have been experimenting with audio and video IM in various places and circumstances while traveling. The results are almost all good.

December 19, 2007 by J.A. Watson


Loose Ends - Gizmo, SightSpeed

Here are just a couple of comments and wrap-ups about previous topics.The Gizmo Project - I sent a report to Customer Support about the audio device selection problem.

December 18, 2007 by J.A. Watson


The Gizmo Project

Next on my list for evaluation is The Gizmo Project. Gizmo actually comes in two (well, three) varieties - a text and audio only client (no video) for Windows, Mac and Linux; a text/audio/video client that is still in beta test, only for Windows, and a version for mobile devices that runs on various internet-enabled smart phones.

December 16, 2007 by J.A. Watson


Tech Talk - A Peek Behind the Curtain

I've spent a lot of time discussing video quality, resolution, frame rate, bandwidth and the like. But after using this information to set the video resolution, or optimize your setup to get the best possible performance, how are you going to know if it actually worked?

December 14, 2007 by J.A. Watson