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

Tech Talk - Video IM Tips and Tricks

As usual with my "Tech Talk", this will be a somewhat more technically detailed description of some things to do, to avoid, or to simply keep in mind to avoid problems or to find them when they arise. This one is going to concentrate on hardware, and the next will be about software.

December 13, 2007 by J.A. Watson


New Skype Release Available

A new Skype release has been made available for download. It appears to have fixed the massive Page Fault problem, and to have restored the ability to increase video resolution by editing the config.

December 12, 2007 by J.A. Watson


Addendum to the Comparison

I have received a very friendly reminder from ooVoo that their System Requirements say "Broadband connection (Cable, DSL etc..)", and I think it is only fair to repeat that again - I don't want it to sound like I am faulting them for marginal performance in an environment that they don't even claim to work in!

December 11, 2007 by J.A. Watson


Video IM - Tips, Tricks and Preparation

I am frequently asked for advice about hardware, software and connections for Video IM. I suppose this is a bit like putting the cart before the horse, since I have already written quite a lot about the major Video IM programs, but better late than never...

December 10, 2007 by J.A. Watson

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Vista to XP - Two weeks later

It has been two weeks since I finally gave up and went back to XP Professional on my laptop, so here is a short update. I could not possibly be more pleased!

December 8, 2007 by J.A. Watson


Tech Talk - Skype

I think it's pretty obvious that the most talked-about and interesting technical topic with Skype is their much-vaunted new "High Quality Video". That gives a good lead-in to Skype video in general, so that's where we will start.

December 5, 2007 by J.A. Watson