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.

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openSUSE 12.2: My first take

openSUSE 12.2: My first take

After several delays, openSUSE 12.2 has finally arrived and it's mostly good news. But along with all the positive experiences, you should watch out for a problem with Grub 2.

published September 19, 2012 by

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Traveling with digiKam

Traveling with digiKam

After a week in Iceland (about 2,500 pictures) and a long weekend in the Swiss Alps (about 500 pictures), I can not say enough about how good digiKam is when you are on the road, taking lots of pictures, and you want to both process them locally and share them with friends and family.

published June 25, 2012 by

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Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS and digiKam - Part 2

Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS and digiKam - Part 2

I apologize for not including the digiKam information in the first part of this blog post. I have to admit that I underestimated how much I would want to say about digiKam, and overestimated the amount of time that I had to write it.

published June 18, 2012 by

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Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS and digiKam

Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS and digiKam

I'm just back from a wonderful week in Iceland. There is no place in the world which I find more interesting and enjoyable, and even after having lived there for a year, and going back for a number of vacations there, I still find beautiful new places to explore every time.

published June 17, 2012 by

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