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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.


Dec
4
suggested approved edit on Is Skyfall preparing the ground to some major change in the franchise?
Dec
2
revised Did James Bond fail his mission in “Skyfall”?
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
Dec
2
suggested approved edit on Did James Bond fail his mission in “Skyfall”?
Nov
27
awarded  Popular Question
Nov
26
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.
Nov
12
accepted In Skyfall, what happened in the boat on the way to the island?
Nov
11
revised In Skyfall, what happened in the boat on the way to the island?
edited title
Nov
11
revised In Skyfall, what happened in the boat on the way to the island?
added 47 characters in body
Nov
11
asked In Skyfall, what happened in the boat on the way to the island?
Nov
10
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Nov
10
comment Minimum or Maximum Movie Running Time Limits?
During the time movies were sold on VHS tapes (before DVD's were invented), there was a de facto maximum length of two hours for almost all films since that was all that would fit onto a standard VHS tape. Anything longer would have to go onto two tapes, or uses a lower speed (and lower quality) both of which was done very rarely. With DVDs, this restriction went away.
Jul
6
accepted Why does America's Got Talent have so many executive producers?
Jul
6
comment Why does America's Got Talent have so many executive producers?
Using the Wayback Machine I was able to view the NBC AGT site from the second season. Of the eight EP's back then (more than I remembered there being), seven were the same as this season so it does seem likely many of them were financial backers.
Jul
4
asked Why does America's Got Talent have so many executive producers?
Jun
30
awarded  Enlightened
Jun
30
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
3
answered How do they film minors smoking?
May
13
comment History and reasoning behind average length of a feature film
During the 20 years or so that VHS tapes were the primary medium for retail movie sales and rentals, few movies were released longer than two hours, since that was the capacity of a VHS T120 tape, played at standard speed. With DVDs now the medium of distribution, that limit no longer applies.
May
9
answered Why do many movie titles differ between the U.S. and the UK?
Apr
29
answered How do they film “flying human” scenes?