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

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


Tech Talk - XP to Vista, the Problem Details

Well, I don't get away with "glossing over" much of anything in this blog, do I? After my post about finally giving up on Vista and going back to XP Professional, I have had several requests for a more complete list of the problems that I had with Vista.

November 30, 2007 by J.A. Watson

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Tech Talk - ooVoo

Time for some of the technical details about ooVoo that I didn't want to include in the first impressions blog entry, or I wanted a bit more time to research and test before discussing.First, the best things about ooVoo:- It is really easy to download and install.

November 28, 2007 by J.A. Watson

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ooVoo - The Next Candidate

With my laptop now running Windows XP Professional very nicely, and Windows Vista Home Premium relegated to its box on the shelf, I am now ready to continue on my original path - installing and testing the next video calling candidate, ooVoo. I am attempting to evaluate each of these programs on its own merits, without too much cross-comparison in the initial reviews because I don't want this to turn into "XXX is better than YYY", or "gee I wish YYY had such-and-such like XXX does", quite yet.

November 27, 2007 by J.A. Watson


Weekend Detour, Vista to XP

I had planned on getting ooVoo installed, and making a first report about it this morning. Those plans got put on hold when my frustration level with Vista on this laptop finally reached the point that I gave up and made a tactical retreat to Windows XP Professional.

November 26, 2007 by J.A. Watson