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About the Author
About "The Doc"
"The Doc", or "Doctor Strange", is an alias I picked up years
ago, and have been using ever since. And no, it has nothing to
do with the movie Doctor Strangelove, and no, I've never read a
single comic with Doctor Strange. It's just a name I picked out
of thin air... More than one person has started calling me simply
"The Doc", because they turn to me whenever Micro$oft unleashes
yet another plague on their computers. My real name, as you've probably noticed, is Paul
Chattaway. I turn the big 30 this year... *shudder*
My hobbies include computers (but of course ;-);
rebuilding, refurbishing, and upgrading older and new computers; programming in
C, C++, Java, Python, and BASIC; model rocketry (when I can find an open field
on a sunny day); electronics; aquariums, gardening, and reading. I'm also
dabbling in a little digital photo touch-up and editing work. I have
this strange obsession with "Legacy" computers, my prized piece being an
Osborne 1 (a Z80 CP/M machine) with a 300 baud modem and 384KB RAM drive.
However, I do most of my serious work on a
I'm currently self-employed as a free-lance computer consultant - anything from
repairs to new builds and occasionally bigger projects. My computing experience is
quite broad, chances are I've done it, if I haven't I pick it up fast. Prior to this
I was a network admin monkey at a 200-employee engineering firm (essentially head of IT for about 4 years), and it
was in that job I gained my Windows Server and Netware experience. My top
certifications include a CNA certificate and the Novell equivalent of the Microsoft
Hardware A+ certifcation.