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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++).


Jun
17
answered How to work effectively during air travel
Feb
28
comment How do you handle a workday after a bad night sleep?
I often find myself working well past midnight, and end up getting 4 hours or less sleep. I usually make it through the morning but start dozing off in the afternoon. So I use 5-Hour Energy (which actually works, at least for me).
Feb
27
comment How to assess the worth of my free time?
It's easy to compute this if one is a freelancer and charges by the hour -- the value of your free time is the same as your rate. So if you go to a site e.g. How to Calculate Your Hourly Rate which helps you calculate what you would be charging as a freelancer, then you have the number.
Dec
31
awarded  Necromancer
Jul
31
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Jul
31
comment How do I improve typing speed on a touchscreen device?
@Muz A lot of states are making typing while driving illegal; even if your state hasn't, it's very dangerous no matter what method you are using. (If you are a passenger typing, obviously ignore my comment.)
Feb
5
comment Is there such a thing as a package receiving service?
In the US, Mail Boxes Etc was purchased by UPS and is now know as the UPS store. As long as you rent a mailbox from them, they accept packages from anyone (USPS, Fedex, UPS etc.).
Nov
4
answered How to make morning physical exercises more fun?
Oct
26
comment Send it to my Ereader
@laika Still not as simple as the Kindle, which delivers the files in the background ("push" model). With the Sony, you have to log into Dropbox from its browser and fetch the files ("pull") model that you have dropped into your dropbox on your PC or wherever.
Oct
24
awarded  Commentator
Oct
24
comment Send it to my Ereader
I have added information on the "Send to Kindle" application for PC and Mac which is a one-click solution to sending files, web pages, and printed material to a Kindle.
Oct
24
revised Send it to my Ereader
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Oct
22
answered Send it to my Ereader
Sep
13
awarded  Critic
Jul
4
comment How to stop misplacing things?
Just as a follow-up, they seem to work as advertised. Haven't had them long enough to tell how long the batteries are going to last though.
Jun
29
answered How to stop misplacing things?
Jun
29
awarded  Yearling
Jun
24
comment How can I use the travel time (car driving) efficiently?
@0x6d64 Good point. I don't mind the DRM, since I intend to continue to be an Audible subscriber (and since they are owned by Amazon, they should be around for a while). There are other services that don't use DRM, e.g. Simply Audiobooks which have a number of books in MP3 format so you could burn them to your own CD. However they have much fewer books (9000 total, not sure how many are available in MP3).
Jun
24
awarded  Editor
Jun
24
revised How can I use the travel time (car driving) efficiently?
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