My previous company was
primarily Windows based, which is quite sad indeed. Luckily many here at the
university are finally moving away from Windows to the Linux and Mac worlds.
I definitely prefer the Linux and Mac sides of things myself.
For system programming I love Perl.
There is no substitute. For web programming I use
and prefer the Apache
web server. I have written Active Server Pages too, but I try not to admit it.
Home computer History:
- 1987: 10 MHZ 8088 Clone, 640KB, DOS 3.30, 30 MB Hard Drive,
1200 baud modem (upgraded to a 14.4K that fried, and then a 2400 that didn't)
- 1991: 12 MHZ 80286 Zenith Laptop, Win 3.0, 2MB RAM, 40 MB drive,
2400 baud modem
- 1996: 60 MHZ PowerPC 601 driven Macintosh Performa 6116CD,
40 MB RAM, 700 MB HD, 33.6k modem, 14" Color monitor, Iomega Zip drive and
MacOS 8.5. Now simply in storage in the university as it is supplanted by the G3.
- 1998: 233 MHZ PowerMac G3, 64MB RAM, 2GB HD, Yamaha 4x4x8 SCSI CD-RW
(boy is it noisy!), MacOS 8.6 (upgraded!) Now retired to the university.
- 1999: Dell Inspiron 7500, 450 MHZ Pentium III, WinXP SP2,
256 MB RAM, 25 GB hard
drive, 56K modem, DVD-ROM (my old company paid for it, sold them cheap
after their collapse)
- 2001: 1 GHZ Duron on ASUS A7VL-VM, 256MB PC133 SDRAM, WinXP Pro,
40GB & 12GB hard drives, GeForce4 MX440 graphics card, 56K modem,
from Simplified Computers in Urbana-Champaign, IL. Great
company! (Thanks, Dan!) I got my 20x10x40 CD-RW from Jim Humphrey at
Dimension Computer, a
great low-cost place to buy a PC system or components in St. Louis.
- 2006: Our
business school was unloading a Dell Optiplex GX1p for $10,
so I bought it. I added some more memory, and gave it to one of the
people in the department who needed it for their laboratory.
- 2008: Another Olin purchase, this time for $20 was a small Optiplex
GX150 (1 GHz P-III, 384MB RAM, XP SP2) which had replaced the old
Duron which was making some weird noises after 7 faithful years!
Now living in a lab at the university.
- 2013: I won an
Acer C7 Chromebook from a raffle! I love this little thing. I only have to use the ancient Dell laptop the university bought me in 2008 when I need to burn stuff on an optical drive or use a more powerful Office suite than Google Docs (and then I use
LibreOffice, but of course!) The university did just purchase a Latitude E7440 for me which is pretty nice, but I still love my little Chromebook.
List of the computers in my departmental space at the university
Yes, I am running Windows 10 on my Ultrabook, but I use my Chromebook just as
much if not more.
My old Dell Latitude D630 is running
Here is my collection of Windoze freeware, as well as a
list of my favorites.
Where I buy stuff online
completely worthless blog
I really don't live in St. Louis City, but actually in
St. Louis County in
Richmond Heights in the
Ladue School District.
I am not very interesting really, but my
brothers sure are!
Plays - Site containing church service play scripts written by my wife, Penny.
New Book Study Guides - Sunday School Book Study Guides written by my wife, Penny. First one: "A Gift of Hope" by Danielle Steel
Room Parties Web Site- Site for
craft and game ideas for elementary school room parties compiled by my wife, Penny. She also has a new
Gluten Free Recipe Cravings site and a
smaller serving recipe site.
Reviews of Science/Children's Museums
we have visited
Schools I have attended:
Suncrest Elementary School, Morgantown, West Virginia
Suncrest Junior High School, Morgantown, West Virginia (now Suncrest Middle School)
Morgantown High School, Morgantown, West Virginia - One year
Phillips Academy, Andover, Massachusetts - Two years
Cornell University, Ithaca, New York - Bachelor of Sciences in EE,
while there I was a co-op student at
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio - Two classes one summer while at home with the folks
Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri
I was a graduate research assistant in the CCRC,
and graduated with a Master of Sciences in EE (although now I would probably be in
CSE). I planned on staying to finish my doctorate, but
left to work at a large local corporation who later shut
down my department. I then
came back to work at Wash U where I was able to work for two different
departments in three different colleges within the university:
Arts & Sciences, and the defunct Institute for Biomedical Computing (IBC)
in both the
School of Engineering and the
School of Medicine
But again I left to work for a biotech
who later shut down their entire St. Louis division.
I finally came back to work here at Wash U in
Earth & Planetary Sciences.
Corporations beware --
I am bad luck!!
(Is there a pattern, or what?)