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bio website softwest.com
location Gilbert, AZ
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Freelance contract programmer/computer consultant since 1978, dba SOFTWEST, LLC. (www.softwest.com). BSEE/MSCS.

I work mostly with embedded microcontroller systems (8-16-32 bit) where I design both the hardware and firmware (usually C or C++).

Learning Objective-C, Ruby and Python in my spare time.


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comment Why does America's Got Talent have so many executive producers?
@Tom77 Nice link, thanks.
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comment How do they film “flying human” scenes?
Chroma keying (green screen) was not yet available back in the 70's. Instead a purely optical technique called traveling mattes was used that incorporated blue backgrounds. The actor(s) and the background were filmed separately and combined using an optical printer. Why blue and then green screens>? Blue was originally used because it is furthest away from the color of human skin. Green is now used because digital cameras are more sensitive to green light.
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revised Is Skyfall preparing the ground to some major change in the franchise?
concealed details since they could be consdered spoilers
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hide spoiler (the fact that M dies at the end of the movie); changed "and" to "despite this" only because of the 6-character rule
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comment In Skyfall, what happened in the boat on the way to the island?
@ShaneFinneran Thanks for pointing out Bond and Sévérine were not tied up when they are first shown on the deck of the boat. I missed that.