I've found my way to this web site many times before, usually stumbling upon it directly via a Google search, or via a link at another web sites, such as BroadBand Reports
(also known as DSL Reports
). This time, however, I found it via a link from a page at the The Tech Guide
which referred to a particularly valuable pair of downloads, WinPFind.zip
Recognizing that I had been here before many times and that I always found valulable information, I took the time to look around, examining areas not directly related to what led me here. I found a community that appears to be unusually active and enjoys participation by a number of unusually well-informed people. Consequently, I have made the next step and signed up, adding it to my list of web sites that I will visit at least daily.
I have 40 years experience with computers, including 23 on "IBM" PCs and the Intel platform. I am a professional systems software program product developer, and was the founder of a software company that developed and marketed the first successful "micro to mainframe" communications software product (we called PCs "microcomputers" back then, because they literally were; of course, since then, they have surpassed in processing capacity even the largest mainframes then available). Thus, I have considerable programming and hardware technical expertise. But when it comes to PCs these days, I'm mostly just an expert user, and do only occasional programming in C, WSH, Perl, and a tiny bit of assembler. Since I build and/or install, and deploy, dozens of Windows (2000 and XP) systems a year, and administer a Novell NetWare and Windows 2000 Server network, I have considerable hands-on expertise in debugging the types of problems that are typically encountered by both naive end users and so-called self-professed experts. Mostly, my expertise consists of knowing how Windows works internally from system software development experience coupled with the ordinary ability to craft Google searches and take advantage of information on web sites such as this one.
I am humbled certainly by the breadth and sometimes by the depth of experience of many of the contributors in evidence here, but I hope to possibly return the favor by my own participation, helping out when something arises that I happen to recognize or is related to my own professional expertise (computer security, codes and encryption, systems performance measurement and management).