About Me

My first computer was a DEC PDP-8. Well, it wasn't mine, really, but our high school computer club met weekly at Digital Equipment Corp's offices, and programmed one of their bigger-than-a-refrigerator computers using teletypes and punched paper tape.

Despite being in the right place at the right time, I managed to miss becoming a Silicon Valley pioneer and multibillionaire. Instead I headed into biochemistry. But I was better at tinkering with computers than tinkering with molecules. In grad school, I hooked up our lab's very first computer (a state-of-the-art Apple II+) to two pieces of lab equipment, building the interface circuitry and writing the software myself.

This is ancient history, but it established my attitude towards computer hardware and software: They're there to serve the user, not to satisfy the designer. If the hardware doesn't do everything you need, you modify it. If the software isn't doing what you want, you dig around through the code and the support forums and find out how to fix it.

I also have a borderline obsessive-compulsive attitude about doing things the correct way (and taking notes!).

Moving to more recent history, in 2010 I got volunteered to be an Administrator for The Survival Podcast Forum. This is where I was introduced to maintaining complex software on a web server. Volunteer work is rewarding in many ways, but in 2012 I went into business to offer website maintenance services for actual money. I am a one-person business, running out of my home near West Richland, Washington, USA.

My personal blog: Arganagh, a blog of questionable things

My personal homepage: Stories and Articles by William S. Statler