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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
11
comment External SATA drive does not work without the optional USB cable *also* connected
NOTE: I have also submitted this message to the Vantec support email address.
Jan
11
asked External SATA drive does not work without the optional USB cable *also* connected
Jan
6
revised Can a power failure or forceful shutdown damage hardware?
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Dec
26
accepted How do I stop my HDDs from showing in the safely remove hardware list?
Dec
24
comment Why do we still have to use drive letters to identify file systems?
Actually drive strings are already there, and have been for a long time, in the form of UNC names; what I really wish they would change is allowing either \ or / as the component separator. I really don't see why the file system can't support C:\xxx and '/xxx' (and even //C/xxx) simultaneously.
Dec
24
comment Windows XP won't boot after drive transplant
The key thing here is the HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer); boot with the wrong HAL and chances are you're going nowhere.
Dec
24
comment Transfer of ownership of Windows 7
Be very careful you are sold a retail version, and not an OEM version - the latter are specifically restricted to the hardware on which they came pre-installed (even upgrading components in that hardware is severely limited, e.g. you can't replace the motherboard).
Dec
24
comment How do I adjust the actual font sizes in Internet Explorer?
I have never found a way to set the base font size used by IE; you might want to think about switching to Chrome or FireFox, both of which allow you to specify the base font size.
Dec
23
revised How do I set up two existing disks with identical contents as a single mirrored volume in Windows 7 without losing data?
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Dec
23
accepted How do I set up two existing disks with identical contents as a single mirrored volume in Windows 7 without losing data?
Dec
23
revised How do I stop my HDDs from showing in the safely remove hardware list?
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Dec
23
revised How do I stop my HDDs from showing in the safely remove hardware list?
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Dec
23
answered How do I stop my HDDs from showing in the safely remove hardware list?
Dec
23
revised Why is my new Phenom II 965 BE not significantly faster than my old Athlon 64 X2 4600+?
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Dec
23
revised How do I set up two existing disks with identical contents as a single mirrored volume in Windows 7 without losing data?
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Dec
23
comment How do I set up two existing disks with identical contents as a single mirrored volume in Windows 7 without losing data?
If you would like to edit your answer to indicate using "Add Mirror" on the allocated disk, instead of "New Mirrored Volume" on the unallocated disk, I would be happy to accept it.
Dec
23
comment How do I set up two existing disks with identical contents as a single mirrored volume in Windows 7 without losing data?
The problem seems to be that, although the two disks were identical, the disk to be mirrored needs to be smaller than the disk on which you are mirroring. So I just decreased the partition size by 50 MB and then Add Mirror was available.
Dec
23
comment How do I set up two existing disks with identical contents as a single mirrored volume in Windows 7 without losing data?
See my edit - I can't add the unallocated volume. On the disk with data the Add Mirror is grey, and on the other New Mirrored Volume only presents the unallocated volume for the mirror.
Dec
23
revised How do I set up two existing disks with identical contents as a single mirrored volume in Windows 7 without losing data?
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Dec
23
revised How do I set up two existing disks with identical contents as a single mirrored volume in Windows 7 without losing data?
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