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bio website softwaremonkey.org
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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).


May
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awarded  Popular Question
Apr
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awarded  Popular Question
Apr
13
answered Firefox loads specific subpage whenever browsing to homepage
Apr
5
comment External SATA drive does not work without the optional USB cable *also* connected
I will try this sequence (though I think I have already done so). And to the second part, I have not tried to hook it up with only USB - from the performance of it (the thing is bloody FAST) it must surely be using eSATA to transfer data.
Mar
24
comment Does any software exist for Windows XP to change the order of items in the taskbar?
Actually, no, it will switch to the previously active window. Not at all the same thing as the last window opened.
Feb
23
accepted Desktop PC Speakers are Humming/Buzzing
Feb
12
comment Does AMD Cool n Quiet Slow Down Your System?
@musicfreak: I was able to prove it was CnQ from both dump evidence (consistently implicating the CPU driver) and anecdotally from multiple tests enabling and disabling it, with repeatable behavior in each case.
Feb
12
revised Does AMD Cool n Quiet Slow Down Your System?
update for Win 7 improvement.
Feb
12
revised Does AMD Cool n Quiet Slow Down Your System?
added 1 characters in body; edited tags
Feb
9
awarded  Popular Question
Feb
9
revised Is it bad(damaging) to run a file without upzipping its parent folder?
fix typo
Feb
5
answered Is it bad(damaging) to run a file without upzipping its parent folder?
Jan
18
comment Desktop PC Speakers are Humming/Buzzing
I just realized, also, that the sub was humming/buzzing too - it is also (not surprisingly) now silent. It's amazing to me to realize how subtly annoying the noise was, now that it's gone.
Jan
18
comment Desktop PC Speakers are Humming/Buzzing
@Moab: The system won't let me for 2 days. Then I will.
Jan
18
comment Desktop PC Speakers are Humming/Buzzing
O/S is Windows 7.
Jan
18
answered Desktop PC Speakers are Humming/Buzzing
Jan
18
asked Desktop PC Speakers are Humming/Buzzing
Jan
14
answered Hibernate doesn't work and hibernate.sys is not in C:
Jan
14
comment Hibernate doesn't work and hibernate.sys is not in C:
@Iszi: "if 4 GB or greater, hibernation will not enable" - that has not been true since about Windows XP SP2. And before that there was a hotfix for Windows XP to fix hibernate for systems over 2 GB (and to fix the problems with hibernate and fragmented RAM).
Jan
14
comment External SATA drive does not work without the optional USB cable *also* connected
@Moab: Worth checking; but if the polarity was wrong I would not expect the drive enclosure's power LED to light; and neither the enclosure nor drive appears to have damaged by the power supply since it continues operate just fine of the USB connection.