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I am 43 and live in a small town in Northern Michigan. I am a big city
transplant and I love it! I have three children Jacquie aged 11, Mike 13, and Randy 25. I
am a computer technician and I am also currently going to school for an Associates degree
in CIS Application Specialist (I should finish in December and I can't wait). I have been
involved in computers since 1979 when I was writing programs on punch cards (wow, does
that make me feel old). I am so addicted to them now that it drives me crazy to I have
always loved shareware. I'm really only happy when I'm trying something new. Once I see
what it is I lose interest in it. I couldn't count the times I have had to re-install my
hard drive because some little program REALLY messed it up, but that's part of the fun
also (that's one of the great things about Shareware Junkies, they take the sting out of
trying something new). I really love a challenge. If someone's computer breaks down at
work it makes my day great! Karen
Name: Karthik Ramakrishnan
Date of Birth: 07/06/1977
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Computer Know-how: System Programmer
Hobbies: Reassembling my computer, System Programming, Music and GIRLS
There is nothing much to say about myself. I am just a simple freak out,
who loves Computers, music and girls. In spite of being a freak out, I believe in the
policy of one guy one girl. I started out with computers at the age of 12, so I don't
remember much about my past. I have my own line up of software which people use all around
the world. So I am too proud of what I am and what I have achieved at a young age. I feel
I have quite a lot of experience and knowledge in computers. So I do anything that's got
to do with computers. I believe in Freedom Of Speech, so I say what I feel and I do what I
like. The best part though is that I like to freak out with girls. I love this world and I
love myself for what I am.
31 years old, Married (happily), and looking forward to retire at the age
of 42 No children, but three cats
My professional and unprofessional life:
Born in Iran
1985 Graduated from high school 1986 University (Electrical Eng. / Ankara , Turkey ) 1987
Moved to Canada (Montreal) General worker in a factory (Montreal) Night
School (English) 1988 Moved to Toronto -Courier Night school ( Computer Electronics
Eng.) 1989 Still Courier Night school ( Computer Electronics Eng.) 1990 Backup Boy
@ EZENET INC - Night school ( Computer Electronics Eng.) http://www.ezenet.com
1991 Technical support @ EZENET INC (graduated) 1992 Manager Tech support @ EZENET
INC Night School ( C Programming UNIX ) 1993 Manager Systems @ EZENET INC
Night School ( Software Design C++) 1994 Director R&D @ EZENET INC
( Object Java Network - UNIX - C++) 1995 Director R&D @ EZENET
INC ( Internet ISP Network Object - Artificial Intelligence )
1996 VP R & D @ EZENET INC ( More AI Robotics -Neural Networks/Fuzzy
Logic - Project @ MIT ) 1997 VP R & D @ EZENET INC ( Software Design
Wrote INSTAbase) http://www.instabase.com 1998 VP R
& D @ EZENET INC Became a JUNKIE Working on INSTAbase 4.0)
Hobbies: Software reviews, Software design, reading
Interests: Life-after-death, Cloning, Extraterrestrial
I don't know really what to say. Here I go. I am 13 (Probably the youngest Junkie), I live in Arkansas. I Enjoy doing anything on the computer, especially chatting, playing games, and surfing. I love to write poetry and short stories. I have 1 brother and 3 sisters. I also have a 3 yr old niece. Since I have school I don't have much time to be on the computer. I have had a computer since 1994 and have been on the internet since 1996. I am very good with computers. I have been fiddling around with them for as long as I can remember. That is about all that anyone needs to know.
To contact me send an e-mail to: KelseyRenea2000@hotmail.com
Well where to begin my name is Kevin I'm 25 year old male living
in Fairfield Maine where I have a computer shop. I started K&K Technologies a
little over 2 years ago I'm skilled in the Areas of programming upgrading and
consulting so as you can see im just a geek lol if any one would like to drop me
some mail send it too
Hi I'm Lain O'Siodhachain and I'm a sharewareaholic. There
I said it. Now that I'm no longer in denial I feel MUCH better. *grin*
I live on a farm near Yellow Springs, Ohio (the Funny Farm). I married the girl
next door in 1978 and we have four kids that test our sanity on a daily basis.
Formerly a guitarist with the rock band Jack Schidt (and many others), I gave it
up after coming to the conclusion after 20+ years that I was probably not going
to get rich at it. Oh well, it was fun and it kept my hands out of my pockets.
If you so desire you can hear my music at: http://srm-music.com/jack-schidt
For the past year I've owned and operated a small but growing webhosting &
design service http://srm-enterprises.net. I also run an amazing 3D world
"BandLand" and it's portal site http://BandLand.us and several other music
related sites. Please feel welcome to visit my world or sites. I'm also
technical consultant for ACI Technical Services Inc. a government contractor,
and I handle the webmaster chores for their website http://acitechserv.com as
I got started writing while in the military rewriting parts nomenclatures that
didn't make sense (before I rewrote them hehe). While working as an instructor
for an assembly company I wrote all of their training manuals and received
several awards for my writing skills. Since then I have written a number of
tutorials for custom wiring of musical equipment as well as a few software
tutorials and help files for my webhosting clients. Currently I am working on a
Windows tips tricks and tweaks ebook which I hope to have finished soon. I
really enjoy writing, helping people and trying out software so becoming a
"Junkie" feels natural. Should you need journalistic services, a website design
or hosting all at reasonable prices, please contact me at:
Lain@srm-enterprises.net. Now, point me to the shareware!
I'm LinaLu, Lina for short. Age irrelevant as I am a mere
cartoon. Grew up with computers, courtesy of my dad, and the pickiest little
thing you'll find polluting your site. No technical experience, I am an end user
so those are the reports you'll be getting from me.
Brit living halfway up a mountain somewhere in Andalucia, full time mother,
sometime lawyer, occasional cartoonist. Internet junkiness in my genes. Not bad
for a cartoon. Love Rock and Swing music, quad bikes, spontaneity and beating
computers into submission.
Can be found: attached to a computer somewhere Can't be found: anywhere the pack
If you want the truth, warts and all, I'm yer gal. Feel free to email me and
have an argument, I love 'em. Submit your incomplete programs at your peril.
Unpopularity's part of the territory.
That said, I'm quite approachable really.
email@example.com - I
am a bit obsessed with fish too
I am a 30 year old happly married stay at home mother of three aged nine ,
six and one. I have been downloading childrens programs for a long time and with an
average of seven children in the house every day clamering to use the computer I know what
they like. I am presently building my first web page and love to write.
Lisa Phifer, Vice President of Core Competence, Inc., designs and develops
network management and operations systems solutions for multi-services networks. Lisa has
been involved in architecture, implementation, and deployment of network management
software, protocols, models, and data communication products for 15 years. Lisa works with
a wide variety of emerging network technologies, including ATM, Frame Relay, ISDN, SONET,
and wireless networks, and recently co-authored ISDN Clearly Explained, published by
Academic Press. Her company, Core Competence, just released its first shareware, a network
diagnostic utility for 32-bit Windows platforms.
I am a college student studying computers at DeVry Institute in Columbus. My first
computer was an Apple II, on which I programmed endlessly with BASIC. I currently use a PC
running only OS/2 4.0 (Merlin), but recent changes by IBM make it clear I will eventually
have to run some version of Windows, at least in addition to if not in place of OS/2. In
my free time, besides downloading and playing with shareware, I enjoy computer
programming, web development, reading, cross-stitch, and collecting teddy bears.
I can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Here it is, my secrets are out,
You all know what a "GURU" is, Knows all, can do all,etc`, I`m a
"FLURU", I FLUKE most things I accomplish with or on computers. I`ve owned 6
different systems in the last 5 years. As far as the "net" and some or most of
these new fangle utilities go, I`m a definet "Newbie".
This is of course not all bad, as anything I appraise is done thru` the hands & eye`s
of a 53
year old "newbie", therefore, other "newbies" can get some idea of
what to expect at our level
of expertise. Also, at times, I`m going to make mistakes or use the wrong terminology, so
as long as you get the gist of what I mean and it`s some help to you thats all that
If you folks that put these programs together feel I`ve been unfair in my judgement, TELL
ME, let me know where I`m wrong and I`ll be only too happy to reappraise the program under
your guidance so others out there get the correct facts and not my near guesses.
John can be contacted at: email@example.com
I go to school in Gettysburg, PA. I am 5'' 11" with brown hair and
blue eyes. I spend most of my time on the internet and computers. I plan to be a Systems
Administrator or a Web Site Developer after College. I have fun reviewing software and
hope to continue.
I'm a 15 year old student in Springfield, Missouri. I enjoy biking, and
anything that involves the computer or my wonderful girlfriend. I love downloading
shareware, and trying it out, so that's what led me here. I also enjoy programming on a
few MUDS. You can contact me at JRobert189@aol.com
I am a 15 year old boy. I go to West High School in West Bend, Wisconsin.
I love to sit down
and goof around with my computer for hours and surf the Internet. I enjoy playing Football
(American, the ONLY Football), Baseball, and shooting hoops at the Park. I also enjoy
out at the local Coffee House drinking coffee with my friends. I design Web Pages, my own
other peoples, and I also help out people with HTML when they need it on chat rooms and in
life. Fav Food: Pizza Fave Sports Team: Gotta be the Packers! They are my home team, not
to mention the best football team EVER. Hey Robert! Jump Over Here! Fave Movie: Star Wars
I am a 55 year old mother of 2 grown and independent children. I live in
Houston, Texas USA and am married to a wonderful Christian man I met 5 years ago
in an AOL Chat Room. We have been married a little over 3 years. I work full
time in Retail but spend most of my free time doing Webpage and Graphic Design.
I particularily enjoy trying out new Graphics programs with Webpage/HTML design
a close second.
My main ambition is to take some classes in Graphic Design when time allows. Til
then, I will continue to experiment with new programs and techniques.
29 year old Irishman. Working in network support. MCP in Nt Workstation. Compulsive surfer who has to try out
pretty much every new program I come across on the web.
I am a 64 year old retired Briton, living in Thailand. I retired in 1990
after 20 years with Reuters News Agency, the latter years as Country Manager in Thailand,
Denmark, Portugal, Bahrain and Dubai.
My association with computers began in 1969 when I joined Reuters and they had just
installed an ADX (Automatic Data Exchange) system by Digital for their news stories. I
believe this was one of the first. Over the years they developed what is now one of the
biggest financial data networks in the world.
My personal interest in computers began in early 1980 when I acquired the great little
computer called Amiga. It is a great pity that poor marketing caused them to collapse.
Like many people with similar interests at that time I began copying programmes written in
Basic from magazines on to the computer and thus became interested in programming. I
wonder why nobody produces such programmes for people to study and copy any more. It is a
great way to learn how to program and I am sure there is a market out there for it.
I am now using VB5 and recently completed a board game called TravelTrade and have started
on a new much more ambitious game.
I spend a lot of time downloading, trying out and buying shareware because I believe it is
a great concept which should be encouraged. It may also help to bring down some of the
outrageous prices charged by the big professional companies."
Why not try my game at : http://mysp.com/p/bain
I taught in the Dallas County Community College District for 15 years; primarily writing, and retired in 1996. Started with a TRS80 in 1980 (no software) and have been a software junkie since the field opened up in about 1985. Started looking for shareware, probably like many others, when namebrandprograms got so big they began to interfere rather than help with workloads, without offering any of the small facilities like notes, to-dos, reminders that busy people need. Almost every week or so a program appears with a new and often better idea for handling information and this is what keeps me interested.
I have a custom built 486 or 586 (the guy keeps doing things to it) and AT & T Cable hook-up. Windows 98, 2nd edition.
I have a life-time interest in horses and horsemanship and currently own a Peruvian Paso which I ride in the parks on the San Franciso Peninsula. Other hobbies include fishing, boating and gardening.
I'm self-employed as a management consultant and I also do resume and interview coaching. I do a LOT of tele-commuting and currently have three computers... two desktops, a PC running Windows95 and a Mac Quadra running System 7 plus a tiny notebook (Amity) running Windows 95. Why so many? I have to align my work with the platform(s) my clients use. I like to run a fast, streamlined machine and LOVE to find exactly the right program to make my work easier (it's usually shareware).
I'm Canadian by birth but have lived in the USA since junior high school... and DO NOT miss the cold winters. I LOVE coffee and believe popcorn is a food-group... and the red jelly beans are MINE! My children are grown, I'm single (again) and life is good!
I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Name: Marco Holst
Concieved & Delivered in: Rotterdam - The Netherlands
System Profile: Pentium 100 - Windows '95
Other addictions: Marlboro, and I like a beer every Now and (sometimes)
Kids: 1 - Boy - Sean
Married: Yes, to my computer (or so my girlfriend says!)
I joined Shareware Junkies, because it gives me a great excuse for
spending al those hours behind the computer, downloading shareware.
Phonebills are piling up, but hey, look at the bright side. My mother
inlaw can't get trough!
In addition, when my W95 registry has yet another "melt down", and I
spend several days (again) reinstalling, I'll know it has a purpose.
My Website, though not quite as large as SWJ, also offers downloads.
Take a Peek!
Mark Rudy is 33 years old. He is a Full Time Computer Systems Operator at
The Shipwreck BBS at Eighty-Four, Pa, USA. His hobbies include readingNet Surfing :), and
running a small BBS.
So, Who is Mark Rudy? He enjoys learning new things, toying with his computer and reading.
He runs a small computer bulletin board service out of his home. He fixes and builds home
computers in his spare time.
Hi, my name is Mark Saarinen. I am originally from Alabama, but
now I work as a PeopleSoft trainer in the state of Kentucky, traveling around
the state with my job, which makes for interesting work. It involves not only
training, but testing and learning new parts of the program.
My interests range from computers to cars, working on either and enjoying both.
My association with computers started at an early age, but I only really got
into them in the early 90s. Now I can't live without one it seems!
Dr. Marshall Carlisle St. John, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Divinity,
Doctor of Ministry, Certified in Aircraft Electronics, Electronics Technicians
Society, First Class Licensee of the Federal Communications Commission, Radar Endorsement
for Ships at Sea...
I was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, in 1947. I grew up there and in Mason
City, Iowa, just South of Minnesota.
(According to some, if you are good, when you die you get to go to Iowa,
as in the movie, Field of Dreams.)
As a teenager I wanted to be an atom bomb builder, then a cellist,
finally a missionary; so I set out for Moody Bible Institute,, following high school. I
later decided to be a pastor, instead of a missionary. I was reared a Baptist, but now
Im a Presbyterian (Presbyterian Church in America, also called the PCA).
I graduated from Moody Bible Institute in 1971, with a BA in English
Bible; then I earned a Master of Divinity degree from Faith Theological Seminary in 1975,
and a Dr. of Ministry degree from Covenant Theological Seminary in 1987. I have been a
pastor for 22 years, serving churches in North Carolina and Tennessee.
I have two hobbies. One is messing around with my computer, writing web
pages for a Christian magazine called "Focus On Jesus." The other is playing the
cello. I play in the Chattanooga Symphony, in church, and in weddings, etc., around
Chattanooga. I broke my left shoulder in an accident two years ago, and my upper left arm
is full of steel rods and wire. It hurts when I play, but that just makes me more grateful
to God for the privilege. (I believe that music is a gift from God.) My cello is
Czechoslovakian, and was probably made in a factory there in the 1920s. Its
not an expensive instrument, but it sounds nice, and Ive had it for thirty-five
Name: Martha Seward
Place of Origin: Virginia, USA
Age: Almost there...Forty +
Occupation: Home business, digital photo restoration...much prefer to work with old
photographs...torn, scratched, cracked, faded, you name it! I love to see people happy
with their restored photos.
Married: Yes, happily
Family: 2 daughters
Animals: 4 dogs, 4 cats
Likes: Addicted to Computers for about 15 years, finally admitting it, DND games
Dislikes: When my Internet connection goes down ... I find myself pacing the floor!
Operating System: WIN95, Pentium 100
I hope my reviews will help everyone in some way. Looking
forward to working with the SharewareJunkies!
I am a person who likes to make games on Klik and Play and distrubute for
my company Crescent Moon Productions. (http://www.wantree.com.au/~herby)
I play soccer and enjoy using my Apple Mac and personally I think APPLE RULES!
Hello! My name is Michele Feile. I'm a 24 year old mother of three who
lives in Clermont, Pennsylvania. My hobbies include movies, music, NASCAR, and my computer
of course. I have always been interested in computers and I'm really good at what I do on
them. I just finally got my first computer and I'm taking full advantage of it.
Love to hear from you email@example.com
With the wealth of information available on the Internet, why are you bothering to read this? Well, you're here, you're reading this - so it's up to me to make myself sound interesting. I would have included a picture of myself, but the net is full of frightening images as it is.
I was born in October 1974. In 1981 (so I would have been 6) I used my first computer, which was a Sinclair ZX81, from then on I was hooked. I progressed from the ZX81 to Sinclair Spectrum, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64 and Amiga, before getting a PC in 1993. Since then, I've gone from a 486SX/25 with 4MB RAM and a 210MB hard drive, to a K6-2/450 with 128MB RAM and a 8.5GB hard drive.
Up until I went to college, I wanted to be a programmer, then I discovered how difficult it is. So as the old saying nearly goes "Those that can do, those that can't write reviews of the results of those that can". As a tech support person (that's what I do for a living), I find it beneficial to use as much software and as many operating systems as possible. I have used DOS, all versions of Windows (since version 2), OS/2, Unix, Linux, CP/M, Gem, Mac OS and Beos. At work I also use VMS.
Some of my spare time is spent doing my web sites, one about atheism (www.godless.org.uk) and one about PC stuff
Unfortunately, I don't have as much spare time a I would like, so they don't get updated as often as they should.
If for any reason you would like to contact the address firstname.lastname@example.org
should do the trick.
I have used computers for over 10 years and am 13 years old. I am a scholar at Alleyn's and live in London, U.K. My interests are programming and tennis, and my favourite computer game is Final Fantasy VII.
Mischa / http://www.roxfortstudios.1fx.net/
Have Laptop (my fourth)... Will Travel
Windows XP Home
Categories of Particular Interest
Graphics (gifs and photos in particular), Desktop,
Utilities, Email, Bookmarks
Pensacola FL (USA)
Background I was thrust into computers in the
early years... 1984, I think (yes, DOS). My husband built computers, and I knew
absolutely nothing about them until my marriage. He put a computer in front me,
said I could learn it, and if I got bogged down he'd help. So I read everything
I could get my hands on. I might not always know the answer to a problem, but I
could usually remember that somewhere in that reading material was my answer. My
persistence paid off. As the computer industry gained in popularity, I found
myself answering questions from friends. Then came Windows. The
change from DOS was extremely difficult, and I kicked and screamed all the
way... but I figured it out. As the word spread that I could help, I found
myself in a training scenario. My customers always called back because I could
"explain things on their level," which, in their words, made their money
I am now retired, and I never worked so hard!! I'm not happy unless my hands are
on a keyboard. Yes, I suppose I'm addicted to computers, but not to the internet
except to find wonderful software programs. I check all features and give
an honest review of them, offering suggestions if necessary.
Contact me at
if you have a software program I can review for you.
Bring 'em on!!
Nicholas S. Malone
Management Resources Inc.
105 Suds Run Road
Mt. Clare, WV 26408
Programmer, tester, designer, consultant etc...
Former WhizKid gone legit. Beta tests and develops for some Major clients. Into BSA, SCA,
NRA, GOP, chess, martial arts and gourmet cooking. Usually on the road and when I'm not
the phone is tied up with work. Potential clients advised to make first contact by e-mail.
Started programming by networking a PDP 11/34 to a System 34 to a series of 8 Apple II's
with 4k mem all served off a 10mg Corvus the size of a desk. Will be on the net 20yrs in
Sept/96. Thinks he may be addicted.
Nicholas Malone can be contacted at: email@example.com
A born and bred Southern Rebel (who goes to Massachusetts every summer to
keep things even),
Nathan lives in Louisiana. He's 16, homeschooled, and would someday like to go the Naval
Academy. He spends most of his extra time on the computer, usually running maintainence on
his Garth Brooks web page. When he's not on the computer, he's usually listening to the
local country station (at which he soon hopes to be a DJ), or practicing his newest form
taekwondo. Hopefully, his reviews will help you find what software you're looking for.
Hi I am Neil Ryan. I live in Bass River, New Brunswick, Canada. I am 14
and am in grade 9 at Bonar Law Memorial High School.I am planning to go to some University
and be an Architect. Right now I am enjoying my free lifestyle. My hobbies include playing
Hockey, Soccer, Basketball, Badminton, and softball. I also enjoy reviewing games and take
pride in my work. I hate people who think they are always right and people who like to
argue my opinions(so if you have an opinion I wouldn't advise e-mailing me). I always
think I am right. I hate myself. My e-mail address is
Name: Justin Readingm, Nickname: Jester, Date of Birth: 30/8/78 Sex: Male,
Town: Armidale State: New South Wales, Country: Australia, On-line Name: NetPicker,
Life History: I entered the world on a freezing August morning at Armidale District
back in 1978. During my first weeks of life I was almost killed twice by various parties
including a painter, who inadvertantly knocked the electrical plug, of my humidy crib, out
the socket. But my Grandmother was there, once again, to save the day.
Meanwhile, 17 years later ............. I have now finished school and am looking for a
paying job to keep my computer/internet fetish going, which I am now glad to announce has
reduced from 100+ hours per week online to just 40 or 50 hours. I occasionally do some web
page design for a local Internet advertising company in Armidale called Tangled Web, one
projects being "The Country Way" <http://www.countryway.com.au/>
a virtual server dedicated to
advertising businesses and products for sale along 'The Country Way'.
Well that's about it from me, but I'd just like to thank a few people: My Mum and Dad for
bringing me into this pollution filled world we call Earth, my computer studies teacher
putting up with me for 6 years at high school and teaching me everything he knows about
Macintosh Computers (and he knows heaps and heaps), and all the Mac users out there
keeping the world safe from Bill Gates and his horrible little Microsoft drones.
I am a 57 year old woman who has only just discovered the internet and my computer. I have two grown daughters one with four kids (thank GOD for computers) I have been married approx. 36 years and still counting. My mother is still with us and I love animals, mostly dogs.
I am disabled and surfing is just the thing for me. I really like trying all kinds of software even if I'm not interested in it. I don't have degrees or anything just good old fashioned nosyitis, and I am still looking for that special site.
Please come visit me at my web page http://www.maxpages.com/yorkies2
G'Day. You must be bloody bored to be reading this, what with all the other _interesting_ sites to surf...SharewareJunkies.com for one! Ah, well. Not to worry, I've done the same a time or two. No pics. I've always found it detracts from the illusion we all garner while on the Net. Now, some useless information about someone you'll never meet. I've been told in 36 years old; I quit counting after 30 myself. I've a degree in English Literature from an obscure American University and am currently pursing yet another degree in Nursing. Hopefully, someday I will stop this masochistic behaivour, but I doubt it. I have a seventeen year old daughter in Washington (I live in Australia) and am a confirmed Shareware Junkie. Have been ever since I discovered the Internet way back when BBS's were still dominant! I am currently List Owner of a computer help mailing list (A-Helping-Hand) located at Onelist.com and have owned and operated may others in the past. I can also be found!
lurking about on many newsgroups on the Usenet; writers groups and religious groups I've always found to have the most interesting conversations/discussions/all-out-wars going. When avoiding responsibilities (such as actually attending classes) I can be found in front of "Stupid," my machine or paperweight; it decides upon it's function from minute to minute. Perhaps someday I will slow down on my time on the internet, scale back the hours spent on shareware sites and mailing lists and find out what is truly happening outside my window on a day to day basis. Hey...anything is possible.
Paul DeLeeuw M.D. age 53. Anesthesiologist in Miami Fla.. Computer
hobbyist since 1983 with an Epson QX-10. Now uses Toshiba Infinia. Favorite program: Corel
WordPerfect. Prejudices: Microsoft and Cybermedia. "Will Rogers said 'If it ain't
broke, don't fix it'. My philosophy with the computer sems to be 'keep fixing it till it
breaks', so my system resembles a house of cards. One errant program and the whole system
crashes into unrecoverable fragments."
There's not really much to say about me: I'm just an average youngster
that spends 1% of his
time sleeping, dreaming (usually separately), playing Chess, listening to Deep Purple,
care of my dog and studying for my 45th "Algorithms & Data Structures" exam
Unfortunately, I spend the other 99% of my time playing my Role-Playing Games and
them. I am also a Philosopher, although I have been refused a Nobel prize in the last few
If you'd like to make any constructive criticism to my reviews, or if you have great
experience/questions on RPGs in general, you can e-mail me for a chat.
Just one more thing you all should know: "East Timor is not Indo(Am)nesia."
As a director of two software companies, I find it an interesting
challenge to review other people's software. It is like having the shoe on the other foot!
For a change I get to say what I think and feel about software that other people have
written, and I try to do this with a clear and unbiased viewpoint.
I have myself been programming in some form or another for some 20 years, and I am not
ashamed to say (although others may disagree) that when I started with computers, I had to
save my programs on punch tape. What's that I hear the young element cry, well it was the
only way other than cards to save your work. I had to write programs using a Teletype
terminal, which had a roll of paper and an ink ribbon. Then I moved on to such marvels as
the Spectrum Z80, the Commodore 64 and the wonderful BBC B. Of course, it was shortly
after this that the IBM AT computer took over the world.
With such a background I feel that I can make a reasonable judgment on software, and
although I may not have qualifications oozing from my ears, I do have a wealth of
experience. So to all those of you out there, keep on writing software, and whatever
anyone else says, if it sells, its good, as the public are the ultimate critic.
I live in Duffel near Antwerp ( Belgium ). I was born in 1970 and have
studied for programmer
until I was 18. I'm not married and live all alone (me and my PC)
At this time I work as a cook at the Antwerp Zoo (I know, it has nothing to do with
I nearly don't sleep because all of my free time goes to programming all kinds of
and the Internet.
Music: I work 2 hours a week on a local radiostation.
Food: I love to go to a non Belgian restaurant and eat food from out of Belgium (Chinese,
I'm still going to grammar school here in cold Germany so, you guess, I'm
still under 20.
Beginning at the age of 6, I started my computer life writing BASIC stuff on a ZX Spectrum
I still like the feeling of the membrane...). Over our first PC (WHAT? 360 KBytes on ONE
Impossible!) we came to OS/2 testing all the beta versions. So, that's what I still do
beta-testing OS/2 and apps for it. My main hobby is my addiction to technology. If you ask
of my friends to describe me, you will here: "The ultimative technology junky! Always
know why. A bit mad... He loves to stay up until sunrise..." Things like that. A
(Shareware) Junkie! If you ever come upon a tech problem to be solved, let me try to help
If there's a solution using OS/2, I can help you!
is a former paralegal, now employed as tech support for a webhost server
based in the Dallas area...instructs classes in Windows, computer skills and computer
graphics, and is in the process of preparing a graphics CD for distribution on the
Net..and is an obedience trainer of dogs, competing regularly in AKC-sanctioned events, as
well as instructing classes in dog obedience.
A stubborn yet romantic 27 y.o. Taurus, working in I.T., fond of Linux (or
any Un'x) but working under Win95/NT (with 3-4 Telnet sessions on the taskbar), loving
C/C++ but hating Java, loving women but not being quite in love (or am I?!), loving cats
but having no one, using to love French language & civilization... before the Internet
made me Anglomaniac and, last but not least, having a 'gorgeous' Homepage at: http://www.geocities.com/Paris/3871/ --
don't miss it!
Native Californian, now living in the boonies with a high speed internet
connection (woohoo!). As a freelance web programmer and marketing
consultant, the small town of Nederland, Colorado, with
fishing, snow sports and nature trails
nearby, is an ideal location to finally achieve that delicate balance of work and play (and my dogs think so too!).
Roberta also writes for Life in There
News and JoeAnt, and has developed a
web based content management system (CMS) for use in client web publishing
and intranet sites. Please contact me if you would like to learn more about
the CMS or other internet related services.
web site: http://www.yalia.com
I was born February 26, 1945 then everything went blank. Well, actually it was not till I was almost 19 that things got dimmer and dimmer. I had begun manifesting major depression and it has been seriously trying. The good news is that I have a motto, "Never give up!" and I have not.
What does this have to do with reviews? Not a darn thing except that its part of my life. Other parts of my life are interests in: photography; bridge; great TV and this pesky web. I do a nightly Internet 101 Forum at 6 PM Central Time in the US on
http://www.firetalk.com/ in the Computers and Technology General forum and write a brief column for the free
http://www.firetalkpctech.com/ newsletter as well as writing children's stories for my site:
Most of my reading is online now but I do keep up with Robert Parker's mysteries, Marchinko's seal stories and the finest adventure writer ever, Kenneth Roberts. When I first saw the internet at the local community college, I knew what to do. I read Zen and the Art of the Internet, got a new computer and online and have spent 3 hours every day since searching, finding, laughing, getting annoyed, meeting someone to write to, downloading and trying some great software and in general having an excellent time with cyberspace/www/internet/matrixl. I am also searching for the queen of my heart and if she is around but shy, tell her to e-me.
I am particularly interested in search engines, internet phones and a great bookmark manager. If you have any fine web tools or tutorial/educational software for me to try, please let me know. If you enjoy my reviews, and more importantly, the software they are about, drop me a line:
firstname.lastname@example.org . I do Internet Research as well and can help with your searching needs.
Oh, I also have an MA in community college instruction and communication, a BA in speech, was born in Mattoon, IL, grew up some in Litchfield, IL and Lake Worth, FL and now live in Hot Springs, AR. That's all folks and hey, let's be careful out there.
Robert Heller's Resume
This is my resume. It is not a real formal sort of resume, but here it is anyway.
- Birth, Early years.
- UMass Projects.
- Other Projects.
First the trivial:
- Robert Paul Heller.
Although the Paul is on my birth certificate, I don't use it.
I also prefer NOT to be called "Bob".
- 51 Locke Hill Road
Wendell, MA 01379.
- Home & Deepwoods Software: 508-544-6933
UMass Office: 413-545-0528.
Birth, Early years:
Born May 8, 1953 in the town of Bethlehem, PA, but shortly thereafter moved to
Philadelphia, PA, where I lived until the age of 15 (there was a brief period when I lived
in Levitown, PA). I moved to the hippie commune, Bryn Athyn, in Stratford, VT
(in 1968) and lived there for about 2 years (1968-1969), then the commune (or most of it)
moved to Lime, NH (fall 1969), and I lived there for a year (winter '69/70). I then moved
back to Stratford, VT (spring 1970) for another year (or a little more), then to Thetford,
VT (late summer 1971) for a year (at this point I got my first access to a computer at the
Dartmouth Computer Center, learning BASIC and DTSS), then up to Prentiss, ME (late summer
1972) for a year (fall/winter '72/73), then two years in Bancroft, ME (spring '73 to late
fall '75) at another commune, Battlebrook Farm, (with some of the same people
as at the first commune) and helped build a large log house (hexagon, 20'per si! ! ! de),
then I moved to Wendell, MA in the fall of 1975, where I have lived ever since.
Well, this is a bit iffy. I went through the usual public school scene while in Phily,
but there were many version mis-match problems. Lots of random Permission denied, Invalid
arguments, Bus Errors, and the ever popular Segmentation Fault. Not a very good
experience. I finished through the 9th grade while living in Phily. In Stratford, VT, I
attended (more or less) 10th grade at South Royalston High School, in (you guessed it)
South Royalston, VT. This was even worse than things in Phily, and gave it up as a dead
loss, and dropped out of school. I was learning more at home anyway.
When I moved to Maine, I took the SAT test and did very well (I don't remember the
scores). And when I moved to Wendell, MA, I took some Continuing Ed courses at UMass, all
relating to computer science, and aced all of them. One of the courses was taught by
Edward Riseman and was (in part) a course teaching the LISP language. This one I did so
well in, that Ed hired me to do some LISP programming for him.
I am mostly self-taught. I have learned these programming languages:
- BASIC (who doesn't?)
- FORTRAN (yeah, I've even used it)
- APL (a small amount)
- COBOL (I've written one COBOL program)
- SNOBOL (one of my favorite languages)
- LISP (another favorite language)
- Pascal (I know it, but hate it)
- C (of course)
- C++ (the wave of the future)
- Asssembly language for:
- CDC Cyber (some)
- 8008 (useless at this point)
- 8048 & 8051 (not quite useless)
- Several shell languages:
- csh (barely)
- tcl (getting quite good at this one)
- DCL (used to be very good at this one, but am somewhat rustly now)
And have used these operating systems:
OS-9/68000 (another one of the
CP/M-68K -- a 68000 version of CP/M 2.2
TI Explorer System (runs on TI Explorer LISP Machines)
p-System (gag me with a spoon)
MS-DOS (gag me with a fork)
- XVM DOS (PDP-15)
- KRONOS/NOS (CDC Cyber)
- VAX/VMS (one of the best O/Ss)
- UNIX (several flavors: Ultrix, Iris, SunOS, & Linux)
When I moved to Maine, I got a SS card and got a job at a potato farm. This job lasted
for a couple of weeks (it was a very seasonal sort of thing). Later, when I was living in
Bancroft, I worked for about 12 weeks at a sawmill as a board stacking robot. Very boring.
It was further complicated by the fact that the proper critia for board stacking was such
that no matter how I stacked them, it was wrong, at least according to the idiot driving
the fork lift. Nobody else seemed to care much, however.
When I moved to Wendell, MA (and after I had blown most of the money I earned stacking
boards), I bought a small hand-operated printing press (a wopping 3"x5") and did
some small printing jobs. Not a way to get rich quick, but I did well enough to pay some
of the bills. Then around 1978 or so, Ed Riseman hired me to do some LISP programming part
time. This paid a lot better. I have been working for Ed and the VISIONS group ever since.
Two years ago I started my own evenings and weekend business: Deepwoods Software. This a shareware and consulting business. It
presently has two shareware products out now: Home Librarian and Role Playing Database.
Projects I have been involved with at UMass:
compiled and running under CLisp.
(1986-1989) Helped implement LLVS (Low Level Vision System) .
(1985-1992) Wrote a DECNET and later a TCP/IP network server for the Grinnell GMR-27
under VMS and the DECNET client (VMS) and TCP/IP client (UNIX). Wrote a DECNET network
server and client for the Comtal VISION/One system as well.
(1990) Did major design and implemention of ISR2 (Intermediate Symbolic Representation,
V2) on the TI Explorers (Lisp Machines).
(1994-present) Did major design and implementation of the ISR3.1 and ISR3.2 in C++.
- Image Feature Extractor originally on the PDP-15 and later on the VAX-11/780.
- Helped with implementing Old LISPF3 based Vision System on the
- Helped with implementing Less Old CLisp based Vision System on the
- Wrote the original Lisp Compiler for CLisp.
- (1990-1991) Rewrote the VMS device driver for the Grinnell GMR-27 from the old DR-11B
used by the old GMR-27 to the DR-11W/DQ-11W used on the new GMR-27.
- Helped get
Outside of UMass Projects:
Home Librarian, a C++ & Tcl/Tk card-catalog database for home libraries.
(1995-Present) Role Playing Database, a C++ & Tcl/Tk database for maintaining the information needed to play Role
Playing Games, like AD&D.
(1994-Present) A Model Railroad System, a C++ & Tcl/Tk package containing a CAD, CATDF, and related utilities for use by
model railroaders. This is an on-going project.
(Contact Laurie Downey about getting any
of the VISIONS UMass tech. reports listed below.)
- UMass Tech. Report 87-15 Show-Plane and Friends User's Manual, by R. Heller,
- UMass Tech. Report 87-41 Using LLVS Under VMS, by J. Burrill and R. Heller, May
- UMass Tech. Report 89-76 Universal LLVS Plane File Format, by R. Heller, July
- UMass Tech. Report 90-52 ISR2 User's Guide, by B. Draper, J.Ross Beveridge, J.
Brolio, A. Hanson, R. Heller, L.Williams, July 1990.
Librarian Reference Manual, by R. Heller, self-published, April 1996.
Playing Database Reference Manual, by R. Heller, self-published, June 1996.
I’m currently a university student, majoring in Computer Science. I’ve been using computers since I was 3 years old and haven’t stop using them since. Whether it was my first computer the Commodore 64 or a more modern computer of today age, I have always enjoyed using computers, especially when I’m programming or playing games. I enjoy creating web pages, programming, reading books, socializing with friends, playing computers games and of course reviewing software.
I can be contacted at email@example.com
I'm a 22 stay at home mom. I have 3 boys Seth age 4 Elijha age 2 and Devon age 9 months. I
have been married for 5 years Oct 29. My hubby is a marine so we are always going
somewhere and seeing new places. I have had my computer now for 2 years its a Packard bell
and I know everyone hates them but if you know how to use it, it really works good I love
mine.. I love to test shareware I use to just get shareware fun and now I get to review it
so I think its really fun and exciting and it gives me something new to do on the
internet. I'm usually always chatting on the chat lines but I get bored with that some I'm
always up for new and exciting things. And thats me you can always reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am here to introduce myself. My name is Ruby Josiasen and I am 56 years
of age, hence "Old
Chook" I was introduced to Computers by Mr, John Richards and vowed I would buy one
since I was always using his,Now I am saving up for a bigger Model as I have at the moment
386 SX 20, but it is taking a little time as I am on a Pension, but I will get there. My
Hobbies are Gardening with the nickname "Garden Gnome" always into something,
occasional game of Bingo and of course any Card games I have 2 dogs,a Budgie and a tank of
fish. John Richards,Cath and their son Chris are my Special Friends always. So I hope this
be okay for my introduction
You can contact Ruby Josiasen thru the Junkies
Ruby tuesday is a very private person. well more than private, let's say
paranoid to the hilt.
if you look very carefully you may often find her on the undernet #poetry, but under
here is her latest poem:
wet and cold
i hate them when
they're really old
covered in a fuzzy mold
old black coffee
dead and stale
makes me wanna
throw it up
i love expresso when it's hot
and even when it's not
cappacino makes me smile
do the caffeine shake with me a while......
i'll buy an IV
we'll know the real
so ruby has a latte fun. You can email her: email@example.com>