I might best be considered as an ultimate or advanced end user rather than as a potential contributing developer. You guys put up the features and my sites will 'beta... test' them - all of them to the max. Overtime my sites will prove to be a useful incubator or test bed for various bleeding edge concepts that may roll off your cerebral web cells. Our not-for-profit organizational modus operandi will allow for a few stumbles and falls now and then - but not too many - please.
1970 Aston, Birmingham, England
Radiation Gas Fires (near Aston Villa Football Club)
Sr. Computer Operator. Ran Univac 2nd generation computer.
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1971 Birmingham, England
Myriad computer industry training seminars sponsored by IBM Honeywell NCR and Burroughs, then the leading edge mainframe manufacturers. They didn't see the PC and Bill Gates coming. Much less the internet. Now like Clarke Gabel and Maureen O'Hara most of them have ...Gone With The Wind.
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1972 Oldbury, Worcestershire, England:
Donoghue Information Systems Tom Donoghue, Lewis Gwynne, Sr. Computer Operator Ran Honeywell 1200 2nd generation computer.
As a Computer Programmer I started programming using ICL Plan and US Navy's COBOL. Donoghue's really honed and focused my ICT skills. Irish man Tom Donoghue and Welshman Lewis Gwynne are probably the two best white men I have ever met - to date.
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1974 - 1989 Kingston, Jamaica.
Lost in the hot tropical economic wilderness:
Forget those years. I don't really want to remember them. I made the mistake of emigrating to Jamaica W. I. instead of to Jamaica, Queens NY USA.
No. Okay I worked in 'bricks and mortar' media development and management. Including Television Producer, Financial Magazine Sub-Editor, Advertising Sales Manager, Newspaper Circulation Manager, I also sold life insurance and securities. At some stage I established a stylish small-biz real estate company which thrived for a while.
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1990 - 1992 Queens NY USA
Moved away from the tropic roller coaster and actually found my way to Jamaica, Queens NY USA! But alas, the grass is hardly as green as the scarce dollars. So, I sang a hymn lit a candle and found my way back home.
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1993 - 1999 Portmore, Jamaica.
Lost (again) in the hot tropical economic wilderness:
Forget those years. I don't really want to remember them.
Actually started a taxi company and wrote a little DBASE application called PC-TAXI to manage the damn thieving drivers and customers! Also worked in 'bricks and mortar' media development and management as well as the insurance and real estate industry. Have you read or saw the celebrated 'Death Of A Salesman'? Well, I was that salesman!
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1999-2005 Kingston, Jamaica. Carimedia Network - the Caribbean Super Portal is in slow track no funds development by God, Jesus, and myself. The fist two guys are the ones who really know what they are doing. I just have faith in them.
As a Web Content Developer I began in earnest to flesh out and develop what will soon be launched as http://www.carimedia.org coupled with a redirect from http://www.carimedia.com not yet online
Site first conceived during tropical hurricane Gilbert in September 1988 and was simply only envisaged as a 'Singer Features" like Caribbean oriented snippet content agency. But project soon evolved into a full blown online multimedia Caribbean portal that is now very seriously and intensely under-construction by the best webmaster in the Caribbean. Yes, I respect myself. Mohammed Ali influenced me to do that.So, here with the 'grace of God and TikiWiki' go I.
Okay, nuff respect and thanks to Luis, Marc, Mose, Damian, Redflo, Colorado, Chealer and so many others in the Tikiwiki Community for what appears to be a feature laden and very useful product.
Carimedia Network will be an advanced web portal covering all aspects of life (and death) in the regional Caribbean and it's worldwide Diaspora.
This high end site is to be expertly hosted on managed servers running the robust and feature laden Apache web server on a platform of highly stable Linux operating systems.
The site will incorporate full multimedia capability utilizing
Carimedia Wireless. Carimedia Network will be utilizing the WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) to enable easy, fast delivery of relevant information and services to mobile users. WAP is an optimized application protocol developed by a consortium (Nokia, Ericsson, Phone.Com and others) to allow access to the Internet applications from smart phones, PDAs, Windows CE compatible and similar handheld devices. It utilizes HDML (Handheld Data Markup Language - subset of HTML) and a small foot-print browser. HDML essentially avoids graphics and sends only required data stream to the device that these devices can display.
The Carimedia Caribbean Directory CCD will near absolutely replicate the structure of Big Momma DMOZ-ODP directory. This Caribbean information specific directory will thus be in sync, not only with Big Momma DMOZ-ODP, but also with Google and Yahoo which also incorporate same or similar underlying structure.
But our custom directory will not fully limit itself to absolute replication of DMOZ-ODP as there will be instances where extension and incorporation of additional enumerations from NEWSML, SPORTSML other XML languages and local idioms will be necessary.
Caribbean Community Internet CCI is being developed in parallel to Carimedia Network in order to provide internet access and services to Caribbean and Caribbean Diaspora communities and persons who are for the most part computer illiterate and web challenged. Cyber cafes will be installed in community centres.
As an adjunct, Knowledge Bases KB are being developed to in anticipation of a rapid movement away from relational databases. So XML RDF OWL FoaF and tools such as Protege - a Semantic Web Ontology Editor (out of University of Stanford) http://protege.stanford.edu and it's extension language - OWL http://www.sourceforge.net/projects/protege-owl are well known to my browsers (I.E. and Firefox).
I predict that sites I am developing will strongly benchmark the robustness and extensively showcase the features of TikiWiki. Carimedia Network will feature 39 Caribbean territories most of whom will have 51 editorial sections. Even at 1 page each that is 1989 pages just to begin with. The 4 languages of the Caribbean - Dutch, English, French and Spanish will have to be catered for. The Caribbean Diaspora (to whom the site is primarily oriented) is far flung over 5 continents.
Most are in America, Canada and Europe. Some have gone to India and China. A few are living upside down in Australia and a daring few looking for their negro roots are in Africa. Some are even U.S. G.I.s and limey British soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Then to cap it all, there's even 1 or 2 down on the South Pole! Finally, surfers here in the regional Caribbean are really the hindmost that the web devil may take ... or leave, especially if they are using Macs! Hey, can't you take a joke?
Now tell me guys, will Tikiwiki stand up to ,what will in all likely hood, be high volume unique visitor ship?
I have MADE MY COMMITTMENT TO TIKIWIKI. I am no novice. But I am no guru either.
I am hoping you are not going to sit by and let me drown, like the only black guy on the Titanic did!
Hey, Damian, bring on Tikiwiki 2.0 - right now!
No, seriously, I believe in using not only leading edge, but bleeding edge technology. Time is too precious to sit around and wait for the www (whole wide world) to catch up.
Wants, Needs and Constraints
Money Money Money. So what's new? Still, I fully expect to have ample project funding very soon after I upload the site for testing and evaluation.
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Affordable broadband in the Caribbean is hard to get. Cable and Wireless, the local telephone company are a set of rapacious bastards. What we are asked to pay for broadband other people can deposit on a house! We call them Cable and Worthless... But even as I speak fibre optic cables are being laid by non-phone company investors. Cables will run from Florida right across the Caribbean to Barbados, which is the island furthest from Miami and closest to Africa!
But, that notwithstanding, I have begun to look for a satellite once and for all solution.
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Time Time Time (and fewer family disturbances). 24 hours per day is not enough for me. Mose should add on 4 more hours. As for family, I might just leave home and go live in a hut someplace where I can't hear "Daddy, Mommy says turn off the computer because we have to leave now".
Tikiwiki Deployment Strategy
I need 2 TikiWikis up and running. TikiWiki-1 is being setup as the heavy lifting media content development site. TikiWiki-2 will be the public access site. All media content will be developed on TikiWiki-1 by Registered users
organized into primary groups - Extern, Intern, Associate and Esprit-De-Corps which are further subdivided into 286 distinct media house permission groups. The latter officer group (Esprit-De-Corps) will form the militant Core team.
No direct placement of editorial content will be allowed on TikiWiki-2 - the public access site. All editorial content will be submitted, edited and or approved on TikiWiki-1 then shuttled across to TikiWiki-2 for public viewing.
i.e. data flow is: TikiWiki-2 <-- external site — TikiWiki-1
This provides an editorial check and balance layer and separation of editorial powers that CBS and Dan Rather didn't have in their 'Bush The Military Dodger' fiasco.
Now, I am not into this Multi-Tiki thing. Sorry. I have grave reservations and nightmares about the databases getting mixed up and screwed somewhere along the way. So, I have decided to run 2 separate TikiWikis. Lets face it folks, big gigs storage is cheap enough on the web these days. I hear that they now have data warehouses in Texas that are nearly bigger than the island I live on!
So, apart from user login persistence and other cross tiki fertilization issues, what the heck? Just login again on the OTHER site. What the hell!
Anyway, I must say it was somewhat disconcerting to read that XML has been placed on the back burner. It appears that the days of relational databases such as MySQL are as numbered as the days of Babylon's Nebuchadnezzar. All the data of life on Earth can no longer fit neatly into spreadsheet like rows and numbers. National Geographic has a documentary where a Big White shark swallowed everything it could get into it's mouth, including fish, people, old TV's, old refrigerators and other sharks!
XML, especially XML native, is web shark that can swallow almost any old file you throw at it. be it:
documents: doc, .xt, pdf
web page: .htm; html shtml
web archive .mht; mhtml
images: (jpg .jpeg, gif, tiff, png, bmp, pcx, wmf, emf),
videos (avi, mpeg, mov),
sounds (wav, au, snd, aiff, mp2), midi
music (mid, rmi) icons (ico).
XML is also a gateway and multidirectional interface to RDF and OWL ontology.
So I believe Tikiwiki system admin may only be delaying the inevitable.
Some comments have been made about Tiki being bloated, slow and strains to cope with high visitor volume. I am not yet in a position to determine if this so. But I am considering whether or not to simply utilize TikiWiki's myriad enhanced wiki and housekeeping features as a powerful front end locomotive to haul back end XML wagons that look towards Apache's Exist and Cocoon for XML database and server support. More anon on my forays into this open source Quixotic windmill charging..
But in the meantime, you guys just need to get on with whatever and avoid sitting around debating how many angels can dance on the head of a pin.
My Skills Threshold
I have none that anyone would actually pay me for!
HTML-CSS - Intermediate to below-Advanced
DHTML - Intermediate to below-Advanced
XML - Not quite a guru, but below-Advanced database designer
GRAPHICS - Good enough to design gfx for my own sites. Slowly moving up from
StarOffice/Stardraw to The Gimp
WIKI - Novice late comer, I must admit. But now on fast track.
VIDEO-AUDIO - Getting up to speed on RealPlayer and SMIL language
PHP - Total dunce. Will learn it when I retire!
SQL - I apparently know more than I think - but less than I should.
JAVA - I apparently know less than I think - and even less than I should.
I told you so...
Out here in the Third World, equipment (even dated stuff) cost an arm and a leg, so I am likelt to be way behind you guys. I notice that some people have a prejudice against Windows, but I just don't see how I could do without either Windows or Linux.
Is there a Dreamweaver port to Linux? No. Is there an XMLSPY port to Linux? Not yet? Browser War II. What browser war? Listen, speaking as web page designer, until Firefox can dress up a web page like Internet Explorer it will remain as a secondary browser for state of the art web designers.
This is my profile on Windows. I also run Linux Mandrake 9.2 (soon 2B updated to Mandrake 10.1) on the same machine using XOSL as boot controller. I once tried to install Gentoo Linux but gave up after it made me pregnant! I keep on saying IstallShield should be ported to Linux, but who will listen? We who are less than geeks and thus actually have to produce something, have neither the time nor inclination to be searching the the whole damn WWW for lib this and glib that. Will the Linux geeks ever get it. Until every household Nanny can install Linux OS and software as easily as she can Windows OS and software, Linux will remain what Scott McNealy CEO of Sun Microsystems once called a "sort of commune thing" i.e. not for the average end user.
If you see anything you need, try Google search first. If no find on google, let me know and I'll mail you a few legal or warez links! Donations of hardware and software is always welcome by jahmaica1.
Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 4 (build 2195)
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
1000 megahertz AMD Athlon XP
128 kilobyte primary memory cache
256 kilobyte secondary memory cache
Bus Clock: 100 megahertz
BIOS: Award Software International, Inc. 6.00 PG 04/12/2002
Drives Memory Modules c,d
Hard Drive - 42.80 Gigabytes
3.5" format removeable media Floppy drive
512 Megabytes Installed Memory
Slot 'A0' has 512 MB
Slot 'A1' is Empty
Slot 'A2' is Empty
Slot 'A3' is Empty
Local Drive Volumes
c: (on drive 0) 22.60 GB 14.21 GB free
d: (on drive 1) 2.81 GB 2.81 GB free
e: (on drive 0) 6.22 GB 748 MB free
f: (on drive 0) 11.16 GB 1.40 GB free
Installed Microsoft Hotfixes
.NETFramework 1.1 S867460
FlashPaper Driver on FlashPaperPrinterPort
hp deskjet 656c series on USB001
Panasonic KX-P1150 on FILE
Panasonic KX-P1150 on LPT1:
Windows NT Fax Driver on MSFAX:
Standard floppy disk controller
Primary IDE Channel Controller
Secondary IDE Channel Controller
VIA Bus Master IDE Controller AG315E-32 Display adapter
Bus Adapters Multimedia
VIA USB Universal Host Controller
VIA USB Universal Host Controller
VIA USB Universal Host Controller
Avance AC'97 Audio for VIA (R) Audio Controller
MPU-401 Compatible MIDI Device
Standard Game Port
External 56K Call Waiting Modem
RAS Async Adapter
Network IP Address: 22.214.171.124 Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
PS/2 Compatible Mouse
USB Mass Storage Device
USB Root Hub
7-Zip V 3, 13, 0, 0 *
Actions Monitor *
Adobe Acrobat V 126.96.36.199 *
Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition V 188.8.131.52 *
Adobe Reader V 184.108.40.206 *
AdobeDownloadManager V 2.0 *
Advanced Directory Printer *
Aeria - Leech V 220.127.116.11 *
Agent Ransack — Professional file searching V 1, 0, 0, 1 *
AOL Instant Messenger V 5.9.3702 *
AOL On Desktop V 1, 0, 0, 73 *
Apache HTTP Server V 2.0.48 *
Apache2Triad Xmail Service *
APPLAYER V 1.0.001 *
ASAP Utilities Excel add on *
ATnotes V 9.41 *
AVG Anti-Virus System V 18.104.22.1689 *
Belarc Advisor Client V 5.1p *
Bookmark Wizard V 2.0 *
Cinematronics - 3D Pinball V 5.00.2134.1 *
DB Commander 2000 Pro V 22.214.171.124 *
DBG php debugger, V 2, 16, 2, 0 *
EditPlus V 2, 1, 0, 3007 *
Error_Report V 1.00.0002 *
Express WebPictures V 126.96.36.199 *
FileTargets V 1.4 *
FileZilla V 2, 2, 4, 600 *
Flash Renamer V 4.62 *
FTP Commander *
GetRight V 5.0.0 *
GIMP 2 *
Google desktop search *
GVUI V 1.00 *
HP DeskJet A.03.01.03 *
HP Printer Assistant V 2.1.67 *
ICQ ICQRun V 1, 0, 0, 1 *
ICQLite V 1, 0, 0 *
ICQLiteUninstall Application V 1, 0, 0, 1 *
Imaging for Windows® V 5.00.2138.1 *
Inno Setup *
Iomega Corporation SmartSoft ActivityDisk V 1, 7, 2, 0 *
Iomega Corporation imgstart V 7, 0, 0, 3 *
Iomega imgicon V 6, 3, 0, 30 *
IRCplus 2000 V 1.00.0005 *
IRCplus 2000 V 2.05.1270 *
Java Web Start *
JMF Customizer *
JMF Registry *
LaunchAnywhere V 6, 0, 0, 0 *
Macromedia Contribute V 2.0.2054 *
Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 V 7.0.2052 *
Macromedia Extension Manager V 1.6.062 *
Macromedia FlashPaper Printer V 1.0.50 *
Macromedia Licensing Service *
Magellan Explorer 2.6 V 2.6 *
MailWasher V 188.8.131.52 *
Masking Password Generator V 2.0 *
Microsoft .NET Framework V 2.0.40607.42 *
Microsoft Access V 9.0.2719 *
Microsoft AntiSpyware (Beta 1) V 1.00.0501 *
Microsoft Business Planner V 1, 0, 0, 1 *
Microsoft Clip Gallery V 5.1.00.1221 *
Microsoft Envelope Manager - Direct Mail Manager V 2.01.0025 *
Microsoft Internet Explorer
Microsoft Internet Explorer V 6.00.2800.1106 *
Microsoft MSN Messenger V 7.0.0425 *
Microsoft Office 2000
Microsoft Office 2000 Professional
Microsoft Office 2000 Small Business Edition V 9.0.1423 *
Microsoft Office 2000 V 9.0.2719 *
Microsoft Outlook V 9.0.2416 *
Microsoft Photo Editor V 3.01 *
Microsoft PowerPoint for Windows V 9.0.2716 *
Microsoft Publisher 2000 V 6.0 V 6.0 *
Microsoft Snapshot Viewer Application V 184.108.40.2062 *
Microsoft Visual Studio .NET V 7.10.3077 *
Microsoft Visual Studio® 2005 V 8.0.40607.16 *
Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional
Microsoft Windows Media Player V 6.4.09.1125 *
Microsoft Windows NetMeeting® V 3.01 *
Midisoft Sound Bar, V 2.0 V 2, 0, 0, 0 *
mIRC V 6.16 *
Mouse Lock *
Mozilla - Firefox V 1.7.3:*
mp3recorder ???? V 1, 0, 0, 1 *
Multimedia Xplorer V 2.0 *
MySQL AB - WinMySQLadmin V 220.127.116.11 *
MySqlManager Application V 1, 0, 0, 2 *
On_XML V 1.00.0023 *
OnForm xPress V 1.00.0384 *
Password Agent V 2.3 *
Picasa,Hello! V 1, 0, 0, 651 *
Protege 3.0 Stanford Medical Informatics
Python extension V 18.104.22.168 *
QuickLink III V 3.0.0 *
QuickTime QuickTime 6.5.2 *
Random Number Generator *
RealOne Player (32-bit) V 22.214.171.1247 *
RealProducer Basic V 126.96.36.1991 *
Recover My Files V 2.29 *
RoboForm V 6-0-4 *
SF Business Card 1.0 *
SiS Super VGA 3D Wizard V 0.0.0.3060 *
Spam Buster V 188.8.131.52 *
SSL GUI V 1.3 *
Stats 99 *
Sure Delete Drive V 1.00.0006 *
Sure Delete File V 5.00.0005 *
TARGET 3001! for PCB-POOL® V 11.1 *
TextPad V 4.7.3 *
TinyCad for Windows V 2, 10, 0, 0 *
Trillian V 184.108.40.2067 *
VIA Hardware Monitor Application Program V 1, 1, 0, 0 *
WeatherBug V 6, 4, 0, 9 *
WebExtractor System - Web Data Extractor V 4.3 *
Where Spider V 220.127.116.11 *
WinRAR - Process RAR, ZIP and other archive formats *
WinZip V 8.1 (4331) *
Xenu Link Sleuth V 1, 0, 0, 1 *
XOSL Boot Manager *
XMLSPY, STYLEVISION and AUTHENTIC *
YahooPOPs! V 0, 6, 0, 0 *
Zone Alarm Personal Firewall
My current WWW Points Of Presence
My AOL ID brummiejm
My Jabber ID jahmaica1
My MSN ID jahmaica1
My MSN Mail jahmaica1 at hotmail.com
My Yahoo! ID: jahmaica1
My Yahoo! Mail jahmaica1 at yahoo.com
Come as you may - it's all a Gaim-1.1.4 to me!
My pending WWW Points Of Presence
webmaster at carimedia.org
Food For Thought?
A remembrance dedicated to a couple of guys I really, really admire:
His Holiness Pope Julius II reproachfully tried to tell me how and what to paint. I respectfully asked him if I ever once tried to tell him how and when to pray... Well, after that he left painting to me ...and I left praying to him.
- Michel Angelo Bounarroti (1475-1564)
They said that when I left, I didn't know where I was going. When I got to where I was going they said I didn't know where I was. When I returned to from where I had left, they said I didn't know where I had been.
Now, excuse me please. Are a 1001 places and things are named after them or after ME..?
- Christopher Columbus (1451-1506)
I appreciate all visitors to my Jahmaica1 UserPage.
Please enjoy your stay. Monitor Jahmaica1 UserPage so that you can be notified of updates.
If there is anything that displeases you, please do not hesitate to tell me in the STRONGEST possible terms.
If however, you are pleased with what you see, then please do tell others.
Thanking you in anticipation of a mutually rewarding online relationship.
- Image Note:
As a tribute to his Legend, Bob may be my icon.
But, I am NOT Bob Marley, the Jamaican reggae master.
- Mouse Note
If your'e still roller balling (i.e. not infra-red ..ing)
Clean your mouse, things may just click better for you!
Peace and One Love from Jahmaica1
- heterosexual male - married with 2 daughters and a half Welsh grandson!
- soon 2B your favorite Caribbean webmaster