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I am an engineer with a background in electronics, software and mathematics.

I develop technical software, both for embedded systems and for desktop equipment. This includes operating systems, communication software, local networks, image processing, machine control, automation, etc.

I have been using all kinds of microcontrollers and microprocessors (Intel 4004/8080/8051/80386/Pentium, Motorola 680x/680x0/ColdFire/PowerPC, Microchip PIC, Altera NIOS, and many more), lots of programming languages (all relevant assemblers, Fortran, Basic, C, Java, C#, and many more), and different operating systems (both proprietary and commercial).

For desktop applications and general development tools I have been using both UNIX systems and Mac/MacOS for many years, but I have switched to x86-based PCs with Windows, Visual Studio and the .NET Framework several years ago.

I specialize in:
- cross-platform development (making software that runs on diverse hardware/OS combinations)
- instruction set simulation
- improving software performance, i.e. making sure the software runs the job at hand in as short a time as possible on the given hardware. This entails algorithm selection, implementation design, accurate measurements, code optimisation, and sometimes implementing virtual machines, applying SIMD technology (such as MMX/SSE), and more.

  

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In Q&A and forums I don't want others to modify my texts as that may well end up misrepresenting what I intended to say; and it would make me wonder why they changed things. So if selectable, I would switch it off for sure. And if not selectable, I would not even bother to participate, unless, maybe, under an alias if I were badly needing an answer to some problem.

I don't even like your editors touching my articles, I'd much prefer they teach me the rules of the site, and/or the English grammar rules I violated, or whatever applies, so I can fix it myself, learn from it, and avoid repeating the mistake. As is, all I can do is search for the changes and guess why they got applied, which takes longer and doesn't tell me much.

And everywhere, I might not even agree with the changes; in the end things would go back and forth till someone gave up. (I probably would not waste the time at all, and would prefer to have it all removed).

Things would be different for orphaned material. If an author has disappeared for quite a while, or does not react at all, then I would not mind someone with sufficient authority taking charge, provided such were represented quite clearly, as in "article by DEF (who took over the original work by ABC on some date)".

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