Who's that person, babbling on about nothing?
If you want to find out a more about the author of these pages
then carry on reading. Warning - Warning! There is a rather bad picture about
to render itself on your screen. I suggest that you try not to panic and cover
the top right hand corner of your screen :-)
(page last updated: 06/02/2000).
Before I start please be aware that this page is desperately out of date,
Anyway.... I am 25 (26, on 28th of December 2000) and currently working for
a computing company called MMT
Computing. I work in an new area for MMT called the e-centre, and
create websites for companies, especially concentrating on back-end
databases for dynamic website content.
I completed a four year undergraduate course at
City University, London, UK,
where I studied Computer Science.
Please feel free to have a look at my online CV
if you are a potential employer and add me to your database. Be aware
though that I am currenly employed FULL TIME and currently DO NOT wish to be
canvased by job agencies.
For more information about the Chasmer family feel free to have a
look at my
Family Pics page or some information gathered from a
name tracing organisation.
I also have a piccies page with some of me and some
of my mates on various holidays.
I have a number of hobbies, as well as computing, I also enjoy a number of
outdoor sports including Kayaking (canoeing) & Climbing. I used to help
run an outdoor pursuits club called 'Kayak And Outdoor Sports' KAOS, that
was founded by five friends and myself, and had well over 50 members before
we (the founders) went on to other things.
- KAYAKING: Sitting a plastic boat with a paddle in my hands, trying to
find new ways of killing, sorry enjoying myself.
- CLIMBING: Climbing to the top of a mountain, because it's there???
- TV & HOME CINEMA: I'm also an avid
Star Trek fan, with all of the latest
Deep Space Nine videos, and a fair
number of ST TNG titles.
Star Wars must get a mention for
being the film that started it all off.
I've recently been building my own home Cinema system and am now building up
a collection of DVD (Digital Versatile or Video Disk) films (Zone 1 for
those in the know). My next purchase has to be a sub-woofer, the "Rel
Q200E" being the likely choice.
- MY COMPUTER: I own an
Acorn Strong-Arm Risc-Pc
with 16gb &, 32mb DRam, 2mb VRAM,
Risc Os 4.02 (supporing long filenames
and big hard disks), an SVGA monitor (supporting 16million colours and
resolutions of up 1600x1200), 200mhz Strong ARM Risc Processor & 133mhz
586 (Pentium class) processor. These two processors give me the best of
both worlds, allowing both native RISC OS applications, and foreign Windows
95 & DOS applications to run in hardware. Giving an overall good for
anything machine, although in PC terms a 133 processor is a bit underpowered
these days. As I have what could be considered as two machines in one box,
I'm able to simply transfer files and data between the two environments with
no trouble at all. Having a RISC based PC I have a number of advantages. I
can for example I can run MS Windows in a RISC OS window, even PC games can
be run in a window, meaning I can take a screengrab or print at any time.
As well as looking very sexy, the RISC PC is very expandable. Also attached
an ageing Canon BJ200 bubble jet printer, and a new 3com 56k Sportster
I suppose you could say I'm an avid fan of Acorn Computers, and have been
since the Acorn Atom (that's before the BBC B). Then onto a BBC B with tape
drive, then a dual 80 track double sided 5.25" disk drive, then a
second BBC B for good measure. At the same time a friend had just bought a
brand new 186 PC with 640kb, I rushed out and bought a second hand A310 with
a full 1mb of memory, and no hard disk. But it was 32bit had lovely
graphics, lovely stereo sound, which pi**ed all over the nastey PC. After
much upgrading, 4mb memory, 80mb Hard disk, Arm 3, it was time for something
new. Acorn had just brought out the Risc PC, Archimedes and PC in one box,
all sharing the same peripherals. Oh and another added advantage is that I
can run MS-Windows (no insult intended!!!), within a RISC OS window.
...Joy...or is it...
Acorn were due to do it again with a new machine, the Risc PC II known
as Phoebe but bottled it at the last hurdle. The machine never got beyond
the prototype stage, and didn't go into production. I'm now left with the
task of upgrading my old machine, to keep it upto spec, with a new company
Risc Os Ltd having supplied part of the
dead Phoebe project, the operating system Risc Os 4. Two other new
companies "Risc Station
Ltd" and "MICO" have been formed and are already selling
new Risc Os based workstations.
We shall see no one quite knows what the future holds, though I'm sure
I'll end up buying a new cheap PC laptop with docking station. I've
recently bought a cheap Windows CE machine for £99, though I always
wanted a nice new Psion series 5, the £450 price tag mad it a bit of
an expensive toy.
- PROGRAMMING: My programming experiences started with a BBC and
carried on along the Acorn range of computers to the RISC PC. For the Acorn
I have written a number of utilities & applications using 'Advanced
Basic V' & 'ARM assembly language'. Many of these programs have been
released as FREEWARE (PD) and recently, uploaded to 'ftp.uni-stuttgart.de'
& 'micros.hensa.ac.uk'. Also look out for some of my apps on the 'Risc
Disc - volume 2'. If you want to grab the latest versions of any of my
apps, they are available here.
More recently I have been coding on the PC under M$ Windros. Now I'm
earning dosh PC's are unavoidable but then when I come home from work I can
turn on my Risc PC and enjoy myself. I'm doing a fair bit of ASP (Active
Server Pages) work, when building websites for clients. But fear not some
of the languages I use are platform non dependent:- Perl (love it), Java
(When I have time to learn more), C++ (Again better get coding), Basic (Well
M$'s interpretation along with others).
I can be mailed at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oh and if you ever see this sig floating around you can be sure
that it's me!
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/ / /_/ / /__/ / / /__/ / / /__ --- KAOS Productions ---
/ / __ / ___ / / ___ / \__ \ E-MAIL: email@example.com
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|______/ |_/ /_/ |_/ /_/ |______/ WWW: http://www.kaosuk.co.uk/
Robert Chasmer -
(C) KAOS 1995-2000.