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:
- it's a UNIX box — I run Terminal as a Login Item; and
- 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:
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."
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 7400. You 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:
- CTEC1239 Computer Concepts (Computer Engineering Technician — Term 2/Electronics Engineering Technology — Term 4)
View my Timetable for the 2017 Spring term