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bio website softwaremonkey.org
location Seattle, WA
age 45
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I have been writing code since I was 12 - I started with BASIC on a Commodore VIC-20. First computer I owned was a Sinclair ZX-81 on which I progressed to programming Z80 assembler by the time I was 13. I consider programming to be a lifetime learning experience.

Most of my professional experience has been programming in C and Java primarily in the networking and communications arena. More recently JavaScript for web and mobile applications enters into the mix. In the early professional years there was Pascal and COBOL and in the 90's a fair amount of iSeries CLP and some RPG. On the markup side of things I have had to learn a working knowledge of HTML, CSS and various dialects of XML, including SOAP (XML) web services.

My programming hobby activities are mostly in Java, but I enjoy dabbling with a variety of procedural, OOP and functional languages and the many hybrids thereof.

Of a personal nature, I am a committed Christian; I guess one would best describe me as "Evangelical", though it's tough to find a moniker that works well. I enjoy philosophical and scientific discussions and I am firmly convinced that real, practical Christianity engages the whole person, heart, mind and spirit. Christianity is a faith that involves reason and intellect, an aspect which has been neglected in the 20th century church: "Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:1-3).


Jan
29
answered How small is too small (of laptop for a programmer)
Jan
29
answered DISK BOOT FAILURE after upgrading power supply
Jan
29
comment Is it ok to flash a bios from within Windows 7
I had a failed flashing the other day; but I was able to put a BIOS image on a flash drive, boot into the BIOS and use the M-Flash option to reflash the image and restore the mobo to working order.
Jan
25
answered Build pc from scratch for first time
Jan
22
revised Why are my hard drives failing?
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Jan
22
comment Why are my hard drives failing?
Having moved, you may still have the same appliance on the same circuit as your computer; also your PSU may already be shot, so the damage may already have been done. I think I would start with obtaining an inexpensive power filtering UPS (about $100) and then immediately replacing the PSU (about $60) on the computer.
Jan
22
revised Why are my hard drives failing?
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Jan
21
accepted How can I upgrade my MSI 790GX-G65 BIOS
Jan
21
accepted How do I record sound from my CD/DVD player without other system sounds in the mix?
Jan
21
comment Why are my hard drives failing?
I actually picked up a power conditioning UPS from Costco for 100 bucks; the battery's not big, providing only enough to keep my internet modem and telephone box up and running, but I bought it primarily to condition the power supply to my computer.
Jan
20
answered Why are my hard drives failing?
Jan
20
comment How do I record sound from my CD/DVD player without other system sounds in the mix?
I did it with DVDDecrypter, but how to do it wasn't so obvious. Could you please add to your answer: "Using DVDDecrypter, set Mode IFO, and then select stream processing, and then ensure only LPCM option is checked to get the 2 channel stereo track. To output as wave, the corresponding Stream Processing option in Settings must be checked (on be default)". Then I will accept it.
Jan
20
revised How to disallow extensions outside Firefox profile directory
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Jan
20
comment Do newer Mobo's do RAID in a way that allows the disks to be viewed as a normal non-RAID HDD if transferred to another computer?
When I transferred my array to the new system last weekend, it showed both disks as type "unknown". I had to format and rebuild them - but that was coming from a 3-5 year old mobo. My new mobo was released Jan 2009.
Jan
20
revised How to disallow extensions outside Firefox profile directory
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Jan
20
accepted What is sideport memory?
Jan
20
comment How do I record sound from my CD/DVD player without other system sounds in the mix?
Free DVD MP3 Ripper just locks up when I try to rip. Have to kill it with Task Manager.
Jan
20
awarded  Teacher
Jan
20
comment How do I record sound from my CD/DVD player without other system sounds in the mix?
Is there anything that will rip the audio to WAV?
Jan
20
awarded  Commentator