Welcome! I hope you’ll enjoy what you find here.
I live in Bellevue, WA (near Seattle) and spend my free time (not as much as you might think for a retired guy) in photography, playing golf, various volunteer projects, and travel. You can view my photography efforts at: http://johnrobertsphotography.me/ and http://robertsjohnj.smugmug.com/
Over the years I have designed and maintain several websites/blogs. My technology background began in 1960 when I was trained by the US Navy as an electronic technician and nuclear reactor operator. From 1969 until my retirement in 2001, I worked in the IT industry as Service Manager, Product Manager, Director of Marketing and Managing Director of Asia/Pacific operations.
I would consider myself an ‘early adopter’ of new technology. I used to be able to program in COBOL, Fortran, APL, Basic and was competent with C/PM and DOS. A DEC PDP8 was the first minicomputer I used at work. My first home PC was one of the first Apple IIe sold in Seattle.
By way of personal philosophy, I try to practice Buddhist principals and meditation but am not particularly interested in rituals. I’ve always been fascinated by how humankind arrived at our current situation. Consequently, I read (or rather search the internet) about World History, Human Development, Evolution of Human Intelligence, Philosophy, Spiritual Beliefs, etc.
My work experience includes roles as a Submariner, a Nuclear Engineer, a College Dropout, and an International Business Executive. I served from 1960 to 1968 as a Cold War warrior on submarines starting with WWII era diesels and ending with nuclear powered missile subs. My business career took me to nearly every country in Europe, Latin America and Asia/Pacific. I lived in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia for periods from 6 months to 3 years.
I am a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. Oh, and I turn 72 years old in 2014.