by Anthony.V.Booth; WEB: https://anthonyvictorbooth.com/
For my whole life, I have kept electronics and then computers as a hobby. When I was 17, I was going through tough times financially and as a result my computer at that time was a Z-80 handbook, a block of A-4 and PLENTY of IMAGINATION! The machine that I DREAMED of having One day was going to have a ‘big’ 16 MEGABYTES of RAM!!! – Slowly slowly, I passed my time and gained a greater and greater understanding of digital electronics and became sufficiently adept at freelance design to build a testbed computer from scratch; – It was a Z-80 based rig which I talked to using a more modern 486 based machine which had a specialist interface card inside which I also had designed, one way and another I became a Master Craftsman with Tripad/ Veroboard and thousands of tiny little wires. As the years progressed further, I became VERY adept at surface mount soldering of PCB’s in various panel shops where I worked, I also grew slowly slowly more and more aware of the fact that MANY of my ideas and concepts were going OBSOLETE!!! – These ideas included the concept of constructing a Master Tone Generator (for an electric organ that I was to make from MARBLE!) various pieces of hardware that I planned to use for audio effects such as digitally controlled filters, attenuators etc etc, ALL of which would be rendered OBSOLETE by the arrival of REASON by http://www.propellerheads.se/, a state-of-the-art DAW application that runs on today’s state-of-the-art in COMPUTERS. So, as the years passed by further, I kept up to speed with the state of the technology and as a result have a VERY Rich background – Not only in Computers and Electronics but all the ‘Wood/ Metal/ Paint/ Construct’ types of ‘Odd Jobs’ that can be found in the rest of the worlds industry; Hence my claim to be able to build offices, trader floors, server rooms Literally from the Ground UP!!!
Another recently acquired strength is my now proven ability to upgrade the IOS (running system) on a CISCO Catalyst 3560 Multi-Layer network switch/router, the whole procedure was carried out very methodically with a detailed study of everything that had to be done, for years it has been my policy to work this way with any kind of digital/electronic equipment and (in my opinion) is the only way to work! It may well be that when working with people that a certain element of ‘try it and see’ can be utilized – but, with electronic equipment from a CDI ignition on a small motorcycle to a component from a component of a computer mainframe, I have (in my past) made mistakes and as a result FAILURE(S), all because I (as a youth) thought that I knew it all! Basically, many of my strengths of today are directly thanks to all the mistakes that I made in my past; – Had I attempted to carry out the IOS upgrade on my equipment, while being as ‘bull headed’ as in my youth then I would now have nothing more than several pounds of scrap to add to the considerable amount that I have already generated in my life!!!
Only a Truly SCIENTIFIC APPROACH will yield SUCCESS with today’s ELECTRONICS and COMPUTER World!!!
A COMPANY VIEW; by Anthony.Victor.Booth 2013
Being an all-round Technocrat and FAN of Active Directory, I am MORE than HAPPY to USE it!!!
HOWEVER; it is, as a result of providing so many features, bells and whistles – VERY C.P.U and Resource hungry!!!
From my own personal experiences, AND by chatting with people in various government facilities (including the local library, hospital etc) – we have ALL observed that logging on to a system that has been put under the control of Active Directory using a Domain Controller makes logging on a LOT SLOWER!!!
My personal recommendation for anybody who uses Active Directory COMMERCIALLY should Seriously consider UPGRADING their Network Infrastructure (that their Domain Controllers operate across) to at LEAST a 1.0Gbps Ethernet or Fiber connection.
It was when I acquired one of these and RE BUILT my Personal LAN into something NEW!;
It was by Hand in Hand attending The Manchester College at OPENSHAW campus and learning all about Sub-Netting that I have not only now got my City & Guilds Level 3 ITC but some MTA tickets from Microsoft and a Discovery ticket from CISCO;
My personal network is now a Semi-Virtualized Mac-Win-Lin Hybrid Micro (Mini) Net…
I am a devout CONNOISSEUR of ALL operating systems and devising effective methods for them to Communicate and INTERACT;
…Imagine how it will be when the WHOLE WORLD is FINALLY CONNECTED
– not only to each other, but Maybe the Answer to LIFE??? (Google ROCKS!!!)
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DETAILING A JOURNEY; FROM YESTERDAY to TOMORROW…
This article is a story about our world and us, about the huge distance that human kind has travelled in just 100 years, the way(s) that we have progressed both forward and backward in that time.
When I was young, my hobby was electronics and I used to even use my school dinner money as collateral for my various wheelings and dealings with these things, I used to hold single transistors in my fingers and could somehow ‘feel’ that this was a Big Thing! (little did any of us know just how big).
As the years went by, I discovered integrated circuit chips and became equally addicted to antics with these. Among the projects that I completed were a wind speed analyser, computer controlled alarm system and a custom job to adapt an old VCR into a security cam recorder – the security cam system was still working after fifteen years (after my last conversation with Nigel House, 6 Dalby sq, Cliftonville) we know now that the system is now obsolete.
For all of my life, I have been a fan of electronic music, synths, drum machines and sequencers; as a schoolboy, I remember starting to build a synthesiser using an old school desklid. It was as recently as the turn of the millenium that I still had the ‘ambition’ to build a master tone generator (H & D, 1974) and install it inside a marble keyboard!!! …also, the idea to create audio filters using real components; and then, I discovered the ReWire group of software suites.
Going back to my youth, I used to make things for the garden (using old wood from around) my friends and I used to take market stalls from Glossop to Prestatyn and sell our products, I found that I was good at and enjoyed market trading (back there in the ‘old world’). Slowly slowly, as time has passed, much of the ‘first world’ has changed beyond all recognition – more people than ever are buying and selling online, but I (as an ‘old skool’ head) can still appreciate the values of real shops that sell real CD’s, Vinyls even tapes!!!
I am, at the time of writing, convinced that I will always understand the concept of a real shop with real customers coming and going – but will never see an online store as a replacement for all this, however – an online store could always serve as an extension to any real outfit but not neccesarily the other way around. I think that any kind of web based entity is ‘dead in the water’ without some kind of ‘drive’ from the real world and some good Old Fashioned business admin.
This kind of business admin would be in the shape of promotional flyers, leaflets, letters – even posters and/or banners.
Personally, I have had now some five years of experience with social media and found it (to-date) nigh on impossible to communicate with old friends with whom I had seemingly re-connected with; – as a result, it is my rock solid oppinion that I should have actually gone and made contact in person! The only trouble with that approach is that I would still be travelling NOW between all the various places! Is it perhaps fair to say that all this virtual ways of connecting everything together will likely yield quantity rather than the quality that any Real Life equivalents have to offer!
During the past years, I created some amateur renditions (“PENNINESHIRE_CENTRAL’s stream on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds,” n.d.) using some of today’s state-of the-art in Digital Audio Workstation applications including Ableton (“Music production with Live 9 and Push | Ableton,” n.d.) . Reason, Cakewalk, Steinberg were among my other favourites.
For quite some time, my cyber acoustic tantrums have simply been sat there (webside) as well as on my hdds and backup DVD’s. – I am thinking that when I finally become a good enough network manager to sufficiently organise myself that I might eventually come up with a product. Adjusting to the new school technologies is the primary key to becoming a piece of the action in any aspect of the I.T world.
The idea that the ordinary CD is now semi-obsolete is a stunning fact that all of humankind is slowly realising. More and more people are using phones and tablets to listen to music; portable devices these days can hold anything from a shoe box full to a suit case full of media CD’s AND DVD’s!!! slowly slowly, people are waking up to what they are holding in their hand!!!
H, C., & D, U. (1974, June 11). Single master tone generator.
Music production with Live 9 and Push | Ableton. (n.d.). Retrieved November 4, 2013, from https://www.ableton.com/en/
PENNINESHIRE_CENTRAL’s stream on SoundCloud – Hear the world’s sounds. (n.d.). SoundCloud. Retrieved October 26, 2013, from https://soundcloud.com/penineshire_central