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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SightSpeed Light on MySpace

SightSpeed Light on MySpace

The people at SightSpeed continue to impress me with their originality and creativity. I received an announcement this morning in my email of a new (beta) version of SightSpeed Light for MySpace.

April 18, 2008 by in Linux

Skype User Forums Down the Drain

Skype User Forums Down the Drain

Skype has always treated their customers with utter contempt, by refusing to provide any Customer Support (other than a mindless auto-responder which appears to mail out random replies to support requests), by blocking user's paid accounts at random, and often repeatedly, and refusing to answer any queries about such blocked accounts for a minimum of four days, and by producing continually worse and more buggy software with each new release.

April 18, 2008 by in Linux

Vista Memory Leak?

Vista Memory Leak?

I'm wondering if anyone else has seen anything that looks like a memory leak in Vista? I've been running Vista Business on my Lifebook S6510 for several weeks now, and overall I'm pleased - at least pleased enough to keep it this time, rather than retreating to XP Pro again.

April 17, 2008 by in Linux

Video IM - Pulling It All Together

Video IM - Pulling It All Together

I got a very nice example this evening of how all of the things I have been writing about here can come together and work really nicely. I was on the train, on the way home, and was text chatting with a friend via ooVoo.

April 14, 2008 by in Linux

Opera Browser "Speed Dial"

Opera Browser "Speed Dial"

I have recently started using "Speed Dial" in the Opera web browser a lot more. If you aren't familiar with it, what they do is give you nine mini-browser windows within the main Opera window, each of which can be preset to a specific web page.

April 8, 2008 by in Linux

Gizmo5 - Powerful, Portable Messaging

Gizmo5 - Powerful, Portable Messaging

I mentioned recently that I use Gizmo5 for most of my text messaging. This is in part because I like the interface, which is clean and easy to read, and in part because it lets me pull most of my different text message services together in a single interface.

April 2, 2008 by in Linux

Vista SP1 - One Week Update

Vista SP1 - One Week Update

It has been a week since I installed Vista with Service Pack 1 (SP1) on this Fujitsu Lifebook S6510 laptop computer. I have said before that I like Vista, and I want it to be at least as good as XP on my laptop.

March 31, 2008 by in Linux

Vista SP1 - Now Installed and Running

Vista SP1 - Now Installed and Running

Ok, in large part due to some good advice from David Long, I now have Vista SP1 installed on my Fujitsu Lifebook S6510, and after two days it is still running with no problems. I have learned several things along the way:- Based on what Ed Bott said in his ZDNet blog, I expected Windows Update to show SP1 as an optional update, although not offer it to me automatically quite yet.

March 24, 2008 by in Linux

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