I've been fascinated by computers since I was in 6th grade.
These days, that's routine; back then, it was unheard of.
In high school, I was one of maybe a couple dozen kids who
played with a teletype hookup to a local computer, and we
were the strange ones maybe 2% of the students. I also
had access to the University of Minnesota's research mainframe,
which ran batches of programs from punch-cards. In college
(1973), I worked as an operator of the school's biggest computer
‹ an IBM 1130, which had a 16-bit processor and 16K of core
(that's doughnut) storage. Unbelievably, that 16K of storage
occupied a 3-foot cube; in contrast, we could put 800K in
our shirt pockets a decade ago!
all that proves is that I'm an antique in the world of modern
technology. What have I done lately? I've been involved with
the Macintosh since late 1986, and have worked full-time in
Mac support since late 1988. In 1990, I started Crossword
Solutions with Andrea as a silent partner, and got it off
the ground on my own. I was thrilled when she could join me
two years later as a working partner.
Specifically, I support graphic design, marketing and communications
Providing desktop support in both
small shops and large businesses
Managing hardware and software to keep their Macs running
in optimal condition
Setting up laptops for remote access when traveling
Giving tips and tricks on Microsoft
Office & Microsoft Outlook
Answering questions they may have as to how to get their Macs
to do a specific function
Solving problems that involve peripheral equipment, including
the network and equipment on the network
also support small-business accounting with:
And I provide extensive assistance to MIS directors and small-business
Relational database development with
I am and always have been an avid game-player,
particularly strategy games, including chess and bridge. I've
beta tested several computer strategy games for MacSoft, and
have received credit as the lead beta tester for Civ II Gold.
Some of my other interests include reading and music. I'm
an avid reader of science fiction and fantasy, particularly
the works of CJ Cherryh, John Varley, Orson Scott Card and
Ursula LeGuin. I also enjoy books by John Le Carre, Wilbur
Smith, Scott Turow and Tom Clancy (although Clancy's later
work has become quite disappointing). I'm a fan of a wide
variety of music, including classical, folk, bluegrass, Celtic,
jazz, blues and classic rock & roll (AKA old hippie
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