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bio website softwest.com
location Gilbert, AZ
age 67
visits member for 2 years, 8 months
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Freelance contract programmer/computer consultant since 1978, dba SOFTWEST, LLC. (www.softwest.com). BSEE/MSCS.

I work mostly with embedded microcontroller systems (8-16-32 bit) where I design both the hardware and firmware (usually C or C++).


Mar
12
comment What happens if I have checked-in bags and decide not to board my connecting flight on return?
Can you just carry on all your baggage? If not, can you arrange to ship what you can't?
Feb
20
comment San Francisco to Los Angeles: bus or plane?
+1 for mentioning the Coast Starlight. One of the best of all Amtrak's trains.
Nov
14
awarded  Enlightened
Nov
14
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
15
awarded  Yearling
Jun
6
comment Why is the baggage allowance on flights to/from Brazil more generous?
US Airways has the same policy also -- I noticed it on a sign at the airport when checking in for a flight last week. First two bags free if going to Brazil, and much less charged for additional bags. Same policy for transpacific flights (except high charger for 3rd and 4th bags). For transatlantic and rest of North/South America/Caribbean they charge for 1st bag on up.
May
18
comment Is it possible to buy a ticket where the luggage cannot be checked to the final destination?
@user27478, You are correct, I missed the single-ticket part. BY definition, if one airline doesn't interline with another, you can't buy connecting tickets.
May
17
answered Is it possible to buy a ticket where the luggage cannot be checked to the final destination?
Feb
27
comment When is it that you can't reserve a specific seat on a plane beforehand?
In the US, Southwest Airlines does not provide seating assignments (except for an additional fee), even after you get to the airport; all aircraft are boarded by zones (A, B, C). Once on-board, one has to scramble to find the seat you want.
Feb
20
comment People in the next room in my hotel are having noisy sex; I can't sleep! What to do?
Bang on the wall (maybe in syncopation to their bed sounds).
Jan
1
awarded  Critic
Dec
2
revised Warm weather options in continental USA in December-January
edited body
Dec
2
revised Warm weather options in continental USA in December-January
edited body
Dec
2
answered Warm weather options in continental USA in December-January
Nov
18
awarded  Enlightened
Nov
18
awarded  Nice Answer
Oct
31
comment Problems with certain times occuring twice (or not at all) in night of daylight saving time to standard time
The scheduler GUI used to create the on-screen program guide had a bar-chart format (you could drag shows around, stretch or shrink them to adjust the duration etc.). So I ended up listing 2 am twice for the spring DST change, matching the day's 25 hours, and not showing it at all for the fall change, so the day had 23 hours. All the schedules were displayed in Eastern Time for the operator. However internally, they were kept in UTC time. I can't remember how the on-screen program handles the double 2 am case -- I'd check it out on Nov 4 but I live in Arizona where the time doesn't change.
Oct
30
comment Problems with certain times occuring twice (or not at all) in night of daylight saving time to standard time
I wrote a lot of the scheduling software for one of the major satellite providers in the mid 90's, and this was one of our worst headaches. A show would be scheduled for 2 am. Which 2 am?
Oct
10
comment Visiting the sunniest place on earth - country and city
Yuma however is not very big (93,000 as of the 2010 census). Phoenix and Las Vegas have almost as much sunshine as Yuma (average of 10.6 and 10.5 hours/day vs Yuma's 11.0), and would be more interesting destinations.
Oct
5
comment Is it normal to have something added to the bill in a restaurant in Italy?
Also it has been the custom in the US for many years now to get free refills for any soft drinks (Coke etc.). As a result, the charge for a soft drink is pretty high, anywhere from $1.75 to $2.50 or more.