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Mike Boldin

I am a Professor in the School of Technology Studies at Niagara College Canada in Welland, Ontario, Canada.  I'm also the Webmaster (for lack of a better term) for this server, so feel free to send me comments/critiques/complaints about our site.

What I Went To School For:

B. Eng (Computer), McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Class of '92

What I've Done In The Real WorldTM:

Prior to joining Niagara College, I worked in the telecommunications and banking sectors, developing software in C and C++ under various flavours of UNIX.  I have also operated my own business servicing computer networks.  These days, though, I fix computers pro bono for family and friends, and when asked, endorse only Apple computers.  I own a MacBook Pro 17 — the two reasons I bought it are: 

  1. it's a UNIX box — I run Terminal as a Login Item; and
  2. it can run Windoze, too. (What those commercials didn't tell you — every Mac is a PC!)

The college also bought me a MacBook Pro 15 — I carry that one around.  It has El Capitan; I use VirtualBox to run Windows 7, Windows 8.1, Ubuntu 14, CentOS 6, and Android.  My 17 is used as a host for my ever-expanding 300+ GB iTunes library.

In 2012, I acquired an old PowerPC G5 Mac Pro — my home server and workshop/home gym jukebox, an iPad 3, and an Apple TV — for Netflix.

Things That Make Me Geek Out:

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Geek-Friendly Sites:

Slashdot - News For Nerds, Stuff That Matters
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XKCD: A Webcomic

What I Do When I'm Not Geeking Out:

I spend time with my lovely and talented wife, Claudia, and our kids Anthony and Juliana.  Often in the summer, and occasionally in the spring, winter, and fall, spend a lot of time at our cottage in Pike Bay, the "Sunset Capital " of Ontario.  Hiking, swimming, fishing, sitting around the campfire enjoying the specialty of the house. :-)

I like to play guitar in my spare time, which I seem to have less and less of.  I used to play at weddings, parties, etc. on weekends with my band.  But, sadly, "the band broke up ... and it looks like ... we will never play again." (Thank you, FZ for that lyric; we actually had a reunion at a charity event in June 2013 :-).

I have been a long-time fan of professional wrestling.  OK, the match outcomes are predetermined and (some of) the punches are pulled.  But, you have to admit, it requires a certain degree of skill for a 200+ lb. guy to fly off the top rope and not injure himself and the 200+ lb. guy that he lands on.  It's soap opera for guys, where the actors do their own stunts!  Once in a while, the writing is very good, and the performances are perfect, and I remember why I became a fan in the first place.

How To Reach Me:

My office is located at the Welland Campus, Lundy Wing, Room L-17A.  My telephone extension (with voice mail, which I rarely check promptly — my telephone is older than I am!) is 7400You will definitely get a faster response via email.  You can use the same user name at Gmail, which I check more often (and which, on average, is more reliable.)

If you need extra help, please make an appointment by email, so that I am guaranteed to be there.

Courses That I Am Teaching In The 2017 Spring Term:

Bullet View my Timetable for the 2017 Spring term