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 - 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


Tech Talk - SightSpeed

I have received several public and private requests for more technical information about my first experiences with SightSpeed. Some wanted the gory details about the problems I had, as well.

November 22, 2007 by J.A. Watson


First Results - SightSpeed

After several days of testing, I am ready to report some results and opinions on SightSpeed. It has been interesting, enlightening, occasionally frustrating and so far very useful.

November 21, 2007 by J.A. Watson


Moving on - SightSpeed

In response to my first blog post, and probably to my comment on the article about the Skype "High Quality Video", I received an invitation to try SightSpeed. They said "we want you to give your 'no holds barred' comments", so I will - I hope that neither of us end up regretting it!

November 19, 2007 by J.A. Watson


In the beginning...

I suppose the best place to start here is to get one thing out into the open. I have been a loyal Skype user for quite a long time, starting at a time when it was very useful to me in getting through a time of personal tragedy.

November 16, 2007 by J.A. Watson