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HTML is fun to play around with, and that's basically why my home page came into being (some time in the fall of 1994, that was). The material here interests me, and (with one exception) comes from sources not widely publicized; those are the criteria of inclusion. I hope, honoured guest, that you too may find something of interest here. New items will appear as I get them ready, so feel free to drop by every month or so and check the list!
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I was a scientist, then a programmer and then a manager. I was trained in biochemistry, but started playing with computers 'way back in 1965, as a second-year undergraduate at McGill. Got my first micro in '77; before long it was too much of a money sink for the comfort of my inflation-decimated academic salary :( so I started doing computer consulting on the side. By '85 this was more fun than science (the seventies were disastrous for Canadian research, and it hasn't gotten much better since) -- and lots more remunerative. I took the plunge and incorporated, creating a firm called Dynamicro Consulting Limited to house my consulting activities, and went into full-time freelancing. Then at the end of 1988, with recession looming, I joined Consultronics Limited, my best customer, as Manager of Software Development. After a long and productive time with Consultronics, I was transferred to EXFO, in January 2006, as the result of an acquisition. There my role was to be "Infrastructure Project Manager -- Security Specialist" in EXFO's IT division, a position that offered some new and fascinating possibilities; but fate stepped in, and I spent the six and a half years between then and retirement on disability leave.
The picture was taken in April 2012.
We at Consultronics, and I at home, get a lot of use out of Linux, which I recommend highly to anyone who's either fond of driving a standard shift or tired of waiting for Windoze... Back in 1995 when I wrote that, Linux wasn't very well known; "now," five years later (this sentence was written in 2000), everyone computer-literate is at least aware that there's life outside of Microsoft's Mordor ;-) I'm not really a Microsoft-hater (that may surprise some of my former colleagues) but I certainly do find the GNU/X/Linux working environment a lot less apt to "bind its users in the darkness" than Windows!
Readers interested in Baroque music (and maybe readers who didn't know Baroque music could be fun ;-) might enjoy some of the music available here in .ogg format (like .mp3 but usually better in either quality or size). I've sequenced some 70 of the 555 Scarlatti sonatas and a dozen or so works by Bach,, and enjoyed it hugely. "Live happy."
Pipe smoking can be very relaxing. I took it up in 1972 and have smoked between zero and 18 pipes a year ever since, so it could hardly be said to be an addiction! ;-) But when the urge is felt, the pleasure and the peace are sure to follow...
Does this pipe interest you?
I've been called a gourmet and a gourmand. This page wouldn't be complete without some recipes. (I enjoy hot peppers -- the ones in the picture are homegrown; warm thanks to Hinh Khuong, who gave me my first pepper plant -- but actually only a few of these recipes call for them, and even then it's at the discretion of the chef.)
<== The diet -- tomorrow! ; - )
Not long ago, the Internet was a friendly place, and neither crackers nor spammers were much in evidence. Not any more... so people have to spend time developing defences. One such defence that I've participated in building is bogofilter, a tool for diverting junk mail ("spam") from one's mailbox.
Here are some links about a modern-day source of pain and tribulation. An analogy is often drawn between this and the Salem witch trials. I see it as a natural consequence of this generation's mindless reaction to its disillusionment with science and technology; proof by repeated assertion is too often respected.
This site tells the story and what's being done about it. (Here's another site with valuable information.)
Criminal charges have been laid against a number of professionals.
That's all for now.last updated 2012-03-28; feedback to Greg