This is me...

For those that remember it, that's a line from an old M*A*S*H episode where there was a high number of local (Korean) civilians came in for medical care; everyone's ID gave their name a Kim Luk. When Hawkeye asked one man if he had any other way of proving who he was, the fellow enthusiastically responded with the quote above (and got his medical treatment, btw)...

The 'me' part of that is Dave Merriman. I'm fifty-plus years old, and a professional computer geek.

I got interested in computers way back in 1975 when a magazine called Popular Electronics featured an article on the first hobbyist computer KIT: the MITS Altair 8800. It sold for the low, low price of $395 in kit form - and it was a kit: the buyer had to do the mechanical assembly of the case (filing off rough edges, screwing the parts together, and such), the electrical assembly of the circuitry (soldering parts onto the boards), the whole thing. As a lowly E-3 enlisted man making the princely sum of $288/month, it was well out of my price range - but it got me reading everything I could lay my hands on about this wonderful new hobby.

Since then, I've gone the route of the Commodore PET, Commodore VIC-20, Commodore 64, Commodore 128, IBM PC (the original), and on up to today's Pentium-IV systems. Along the way, I've also worked on/with Gould/SEL 32/77 mainframes, DEC PDP systems, HP 9000 minicomputers, DEC AlphaServers, and more. I've worked in Unix, CP/M, MS-DOS (from 3.0), Windows (starting at Windows 2.0!), and a few custom military operating systems. I've done assembly language programming for the 65xx/8080/Z80/8085/8086 microprocessors, 8051 series microcontrollers, 68HCxx Digital Signal Processors, and am currently learning the Atmel 90Sxxxx series of RISC microcontrollers. At one point in time, I was even a member of the Association of Shareware Professionals after writing a commercial application (TimeCard [TIMCRD10]) in Visual Basic for Windows 3.x; I'm currently teaching myself Java programming, and trying to learn UML (used to describe/define how things like computer programs should work) and XML (used to make it easier for programs to 'talk' to each other).

My computer interest and experience isn't just limited to computers; I'm fairly fluent in networking, as well, having wired LANs to Category 5e (CAT5e) specs, built & installed Windows servers (NT4, Windows Small Business Server, Server 2000), Unix and Linux systems (I run a couple of Linux servers here at home), and configured Internet services including Web, email, ftp, DNS, and others. Oh, and I design web pages and sites, too.

Anyway, that's me, for the most part. Feel free to have a look around and see if there's anything you like. Link to me if you want, and don't be afraid to copy any graphics or images you might like - any graphics on my site are unencumbered by copyright to the best of my knowledge. Do not link to images here - doing so is called "bandwidth leeching", and is considered pretty rude, since some folks have to pay for each and every bit of data that goes across their network connection. Be warned that if you DO link to a graphic here, it's a pretty safe bet that you're NOT going to like the results!

If you want to contact me, you can reach me via email

Thanks for stopping by!

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