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Introducing Dennis Hamilton


0.20 2008-08-28 -17:28 -0700

This is the introduction version used in Summer 2004.  It was replaced by version 0.30 for Autumn 2004.  The latest version is always found at the main page for this Erudizione note.

My Student Identification PhotographHello, my name is Dennis Hamilton.  I have completed six modules in the M.Sc program: 

MSC-CS: Computer Structures, the course we all take,
MSC-SE: Software Engineering,
MSC-JV: Java with OOP,
MSC-WA: Web Applications,
MSC-DB: Databases, and 
MSC-CC: Computer Communications  

I am now in MSC-SN, Security Engineering.  I will begin my dissertation project next.  I am looking at MSC-PM, IT Project Management, to take in the middle of my dissertation work.  I'll have a better picture of that in August, 2004.  

My commitment is to graduate at the July, 2005,  commencement.

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 beyond.

The photograph is the one on my University of Liverpool Student ID card.

I live in Seattle, Washington, with my wife Victoria (Vicki) and our 3 cats.  We are on Pacific Daylight Time, gmt-0700, until October.  I reached my 65th birthday in January.  We celebrated with a trip to Rome and Florence, Italy, the country that Vicki has always dreamed to live in.  Vicki is a master potter and teacher.  

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.  The middle one, my youngest sister, Carol, works in special education in St. Cloud, Minnesota.  Vicki's sister Elizabeth and my sister, Judy, live nearby to Seattle.

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 on the O'Reilly Network.

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 continued as a semi-retired consultant.  The most rewarding consulting assignments have included travel to Japan, where I have several colleagues.

I have also committed myself to produce some software this year as part of my fledgling nfoWare development.  My first love is always computing at the personal level, and that now includes collaboration and coordination of work by computers.  I want to provide information-processing components that can be used to blend collaborative computing applications together.  I have also succumbed to blogging.  My first blog, Orcmid's Lair, started as I was beginning my M.Sc in IT.  To organize my writings a little better, I have recently started another blog, Professor von Clueless in the Blunder Dome.  One of my first postings is about an adventure with security software.    

0.20 2004-06-24: Update for Summer 2004 start of MSC-SN (orcmid)
Create version that reflects my status at the beginning of MSC-SN today.
0.01 2004-02-28: Updated Spring 2004 Introduction (orcmid)
Update for use as my introduction for both the Staff-Student Discussion project and my seventh course.  Frozen with switch to strict versioning model on 2004-06-24.  The content is as it was at the end of April and the start of MSC-AT.
0.00 2004-02-05: Initial Erudizione Version (orcmid)
Adapt the introduction used for MSC-DB for current use with MSC-CC and use as the initial Web-based introduction..

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