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I started with computers when I was 14 and became a computer professional at age 17 when I wrote a real-time multi-tasking operating system for ship, pipeline and refinery control while attending Tulane University in New Orleans.

From there, at 19 I passed on jobs at Apple and Microsoft (in '83) to join Digital Equipment Corporation where I helped found two support businesses for them.

I then joined Relational Technology Inc. (later Ingres Corp), and, as a direct report to the Sr. VP of Sales, performed just about every technical role in the company, curriculum development, consulting, technical support, development, benchmarking, created Demos, represented the company at trade shows, etc, and I even helped sell the product.

After a while as an independent consultant, Professor Michael Stonebraker invited me to lead a research team at UC Berkeley's Electronics Research Laboratory wherein I developed the world's first "Grid" computing system - which was also the first truly heterogeneous distributed computing system, today known as "cloud computing."

In '97 I commercialized the work and founded several companies where today I have a split life as "executive" and technical wizard - in short, I serve as chief cook _and_ bottle washer. I'm a jack of trades, and specialize in computing performance and heterogeneity with an eye toward production work, stability, maintainability and up-time performance.


Dec
12
answered Windows 8 automatic repair
Sep
24
awarded  Autobiographer
Apr
11
answered Do I need to remount directory on Ubuntu machine if I move the dir?
Jul
23
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
28
comment OS X Sever Snow - how to abort installation process?
@lokers - ...Just realized I was misspelling your name (handle)! My appologies! And, good luck - somehow I think you need it! -smile-
Feb
28
comment OS X Sever Snow - how to abort installation process?
@lookers ...You ARE aware that SuperUser.com and ServerFault.com are affiliated with (offshoots from) StackOverflow.com, aren't you? If not, go log in and find out about them! ...Somewhere in your profile section, they make creating accounts on these sites easy... Check out my profile for an example, if needed... Good luck, RT
Feb
28
comment OS X Sever Snow - how to abort installation process?
@lookers ...The advice I've given here is correct. If you are brave, continue forward and it MAY give you a chance to abort. Frankly, while I know a lot about Linux / Unix, having first used Unix (upon which Linux is based) in about 1985, I don't know much about OSX itself. That's why I suggest you need to engage someone who is truly experienced with OS installations on the Macintosh. HOWEVER, all of the Unix-based operating systems I've dealt with in the last 15 years or so have provided intelligence on this point - that is, they ALL ask you: this will wipe out your disk, are you SURE?!
Feb
28
answered OS X Sever Snow - how to abort installation process?
Jan
22
awarded  Yearling
Jul
25
comment Saving webpage in single file
Thanks for the pointer - I was unaware, but have developed something similar based upon wget... But that was some time ago: I wonder if wget has been improved to do something like this?!
Apr
7
revised WINDOWS: Your computer hangs. You can windows + R (run dialog) but performance is so halted taskMGR and/or ProcEXP will not run. Automated recovery programs we can place in path?
programming ideas
Apr
7
awarded  Commentator
Apr
7
comment Given power info on a CRT monitor, how can I calculate power consumption (kWh)?
One more point, while Sathya DID cite "standby mode", don't think that the answer is any more correct; In most cases when in actual service (and NOT in stand-by mode), power consumption will be considerably lower than the device is rated. This is true for just about everything that consumes electricity.
Apr
7
comment Given power info on a CRT monitor, how can I calculate power consumption (kWh)?
Oops! NOTE THAT Sathya's answer is WRONG. (posted again, here, for visibility.) Yes, the formula is correct, etc, however you CANNOT get power consumption from specifications. What you get from specifications is the rated worst-case, NOT actual. The goal of the specifications is to tell you what the system is rated for. Take an automobile, for example; just because it's rated capacity is 2500 lbs does not mean that that's what it carries every day. The tires, while rated at 750 lbs each does NOT mean they (collectively) carry 3000 lbs all they time. Do not confuse rating from actual load...
Apr
7
comment Given power info on a CRT monitor, how can I calculate power consumption (kWh)?
Oops! NOTE THAT Sathya's answer is WRONG. Yes, the formula is correct, etc, however you CANNOT get power consumption from specifications. What you get from specifications is the rated worst-case, NOT actual. The goal of the specifications is to tell you what the system is rated for. Take an automobile, for example; just because it's rated capacity is 2500 lbs does not mean that that's what it carries every day. The tires, while rated at 750 lbs each does NOT mean they (collectively) carry 3000 lbs all they time. Do not confuse rating from actual load...
Apr
7
answered What type are the screw needed to fix PCI boards?
Apr
7
answered WINDOWS: Your computer hangs. You can windows + R (run dialog) but performance is so halted taskMGR and/or ProcEXP will not run. Automated recovery programs we can place in path?
Apr
5
awarded  Student
Mar
31
revised Need data on disk drive management by OS: getting base I/O unit size, “sync” option, Direct Memory Access
clarification
Mar
31
asked Need data on disk drive management by OS: getting base I/O unit size, “sync” option, Direct Memory Access