Hello, my name is Dennis Hamilton. I have completed six modules in the M.Sc program: MSC-CS, MSC-SE, MSC-JV, MSC-WA, MSC-DB, and MSC-CC. In the Spring and Summer of 2004 I will complete MSC-AT and MSC-SN, beginning my dissertation project at the end of August.
I am in this program for a serious tune up of my skills and to
equip myself to teach at this level. My
desire is to pursue computer science as a scholar and as a teacher.
My intention is to excel in my participation here, and in the future
This is the photo on my
Student ID card.
I am 65 (since January). I live in Seattle, Washington (on Pacific Daylight Time, gmt-0700, until October), with my wife Victoria and our 3 cats.
Vicki is a master potter and teacher (<http://millennia-antica.com>).
We have 3 sons, all grown and unmarried.
The youngest, Yogi Japendranatha, is at the Hindu
monastery on Kauai, Hawaii, where he supports the monastery's network, among other duties.
The oldest son lives in Portland, Oregon where he is a rock musician and in a
recovery program. The middle son is
a professional stage manager for local theatrical productions in Seattle. Vicki and I have 3 sisters between us.
middle one, my youngest sister, Carol, works in special education in St. Cloud,
I wrote my first computer program (in Fortran) in May of 1958
while I was working as an engineering aide at Boeing in Renton,
Washington. I had dropped out of college the year before.
I had been interested in computers before that, and I have worked in
practically all aspects of software since.
Some of my experiences as a young, and then not-so-young developer are
described in an on-line article, at <http://www.onlamp.com/pub/a/python/2001/04/04/se4e.html>.
By 1995 I had completed my undergraduate education with a Bachelor
of Arts degree in an external
degree program. (I earned
credits in computer science by taking the Graduate Record Examination in CS and
challenging the major. I then
focused on philosophy, economics, and anthropology in a variety of classroom
courses over the years.)
My last corporate employment was at Xerox Corporation, where I
worked as a software scientist and system architect of document-management
systems. I retired at the end of
1998 and I have occasional consulting projects in my semi-retirement.
The most rewarding of these include travel to Japan, where I have several
The E. in my signature is for Eugene, the "orcmid" in my e-mail signature is an on-line "handle" that I have used since 1979. Compagno is the name of my lap-top computer, where I am set up for the course while I tear down my desktop system ("Centro") for upgrade to Windows XP Pro sometime during this module. I said that in the last four modules. Compagno crashed in the last week of April. It has been cured for now. It is clear that I must have more of my home-office computers updated to the same OS so I can rely on them as mutual backups.
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