www.EAKsr.com

Personal Web Site of Edward A Kimmel

Telephone: Currently Unlisted | eMail: Please Use My Contact Form | LinkedIn: Click Here


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Slide 2 jFlow Plus National Team Championship

The Matteotti Club APA 8 Ball Team was the Westmoreland County Regional
Champions in 2003 and traveled to the Riviera Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas,
Nevada to compete in the 8 Ball National Team Championships.

Grand Canyon
Photos
Red Rock
Photos
Las Vegas
Photos
Team
Photos

Slide 3 jFlow Plus The Family Homestead

My 13 acre chunk of mother nature is located in the Chestnut Ridge
foot hills of the Laurel Mountians in Fayette County. Just outside
of the city of Connellsville and about 20 miles from the 7 Springs
Ski Resort. A friend of mine gave it it's nickname "Ed's Internet
Coffee House on the Hill".

Early October
Snow in 2005
Late April
Snow in 2004

Slide 3 jFlow Plus Ed's (& Dot's) Motel

In the spring of 2014 Ed bought a mobile home outside of Ecomony Borough
in Beaver County from one of Ed's co-workers at Guardian where he was working
at that time. Located just a about 20 minutes from Guardian's Corporate Headquarters
in Warrendale, Ed would no longer have to travel 136 miles a day back and forth to work.
Dot moved in a few months later and has made it her home as well.

Motel Pictures
of 2014
Motel Pictures
of 2015
Motel Pictures
of 2016


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Who Am I?

   Welcome to my personal web site. I am an electronic enthusiast from my earliest grade school days who was fascinated with dry cell batteries, wires, switches, flashlight light bulbs and vacuum tubes from some old thrown away television sets. I totally amazed my 4th grade teacher when she inspected my desk for neatness when I rigged a flashlight bulb to light up when she lifted up my desk lid!
   It wasn't until my mother bought me my 1st vacuum tube experimenter's kit when I was in the 5th grade when I learned how they worked and back then I was just finding the pins that turned on the tube heater circuit. Then came the pocket sized transistor radio!

The Silicon Transistor

   When I was in Junior High School my uncle bought me a transistor experimenter's kit. It was amazing how tiny little silicon based devices were replacing the big bulky vacuum tubes. I could assemble most of the same parts in different configurations on the breadboard and add something different here and there to make an intercom, light flasher, photo light sensor and more.
   By the time I had graduated high school, manufacturing an integrated electronic chip started to become the new normal. Radio Shack become my number one stopping spot in the mall to see what was the next chip they had to teach me about the new digital and analog circuits.

A Microcomputer?

   In the early 80's my life long dream came true. Affordable microcomputers hit the market, Timex-Sinclair, Atari, Radio Shack TRS-80 and the Commodore Vic 20 were the most popular. I bought the Vic-20 because the reference manual you bought extra had a full working schematic of it's electronic design and add-on peripheral devices were also affordable. I soon learned how to build digital circuits on a breadboard and then write a 6502 machine language program to make it work. Apple was starting to take over the microcomputer market until IBM did the unthinkable and soon became the new industry standard!

 
 

Now The Internet Is My Final Frontier..

   I finally built my 1st basket case IBM compatible 286 computer in 1993 from cleaning out the basement of a database software creation company I installed a phone system for. I started with MS-DOS 3.3 operating system and soon placed my current Commodore 64 into permanent storage. Believe it or not my 1st PC did not have a hard disk, it booted from a floppy disk and I created a virtual RAM disk in which I'd then restore from backup disks the program I was running at the time. Becasue of this, I learned more than the average PC user who used DOS.
   By 1994 I finally aquired Microsoft® Windows 3.1 running on MS-DOS 5.0 and a 28.8k phone modem for a 386DX IBM compatible I built from parts and logged onto the internet for the 1st time. Unlike most people, I didn't choose AOL, I choose a local internet provider Brad's Net because they also provided 10mb of free web space to create a web site.
   I had many PC's built up, but I couldn't obtain Novel networking software to connect them. Then come Microsoft® Windows 95 and I discovered that it come bundled with network software. I soon learned how to set up a group of PC's to share files using a Microsoft® network protocol over a 10mb coaxial thin-net cable. I could also share the printer on a PC with the other PC's on the network, that was useful. I also started to learn Perl because it was used to create a dynamic web page although my Brad's Net web service didn't allow scripting. Then I discovered Microsoft Personal Web Server for Windows® 95 and I created my 1st development web server for my personal intranet server configured it to use Active State Perl for Windows so I could learn scripting.
   It was taking me too long to learn how to create a web site so I cheated, I bought Microsoft® Publisher 98. A new feature would let me save a publication as a web site and it even came loaded with many web site themes. I also bought Microsoft® Office 97 and learned how to create extensive Excel spreadsheets to calculate the stats for the pool league I was running, copy and paste the results into an indentical table I created in Publisher, save the publication as a web site and upload the files to my web site so league members could keep upto date.
   My networking skills got better with Microsoft® Windows 98 Second Edition because it allowed me to share my dial-up internet connection with all the PC's on my network. It also included the files to install the Personal Web Server from the installation disk using the "Add Features" menu. Soon every PC on my network become a web development server! I also bought Microsoft® Front Page 98 to help me design websites and easily view the code it was creating. I soon got the hang of coding HTML 4 using Notepad++ text editor and changed from Perl to PHP scripting. JavaScript was also starting to become popular as well to work scripting processes in the browser. (Now every web page requires JavaScript!)
   Windows 2000 gave me a more robust Microsoft® IIS web server for my developer servers and Windows® XP stabilized everything so I'll fast forward over and skipping the totally worthless Microsoft® Vista disaster which required Microsoft® Windows 7 to save the day. Windows 7 did give me a more modern but very complex development web server to configure. Unfortunately thankls to other manufactures of "Smart Phones", seems Apple has made a come back! Since desktop users started to decline in usage and Microsoft® cell phones can't seem to get into most folks belt clips, Microsoft decided to turn the destop into a big "Smart Phone" when they brought Windows® 8 into play. Well we know how that went, it's now called Microsoft® 8.1 and still no one is buying a Microsoft® Cell phone or a Desktop PC for that matter!
   So now that in today's world no one uses a PC anymore to surf the internet, Microsoft® Windows 10 is trying to change that! (good luck there!) Most people use Google's Droid based tablets like a Kindle Fire, Barnes and Noble Nook or a an Apple iPad. Could also be Apple iPhone, Droid based Smart Phone or maybe a Windows Phone (Not!). But that's not all... it could also be a Smart TV or your security system touch screen! So now this old dog is learning a new trick and this new version of my web site is using HTML5 and CSS3 which is supposed to work on ALL of these platforms.... my final Frontier!



  • My Online Resume

    Click here to view my online resume. This is a fully informative version that is very detailed about my life long career in the Security, Communication, and IT Industries. You can also download a Microsoft® Word resume version that does not contain personal references.

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    My Resume

  • APA Team Championships

    As members of the Matteotti Club APA 8 Ball Team we always said we were from "Stupidville". Click here to see the photo album from our trip to the Las Vegas team chanpionships at the Riviera Casino in Las Vegas which has been demolished and no longer exists today!

    8 Ball Team
    Photos
    Las Vegas
    Photos
    Red Rock
    Photos
    Grand Canyon
    Photos

  • The Family Homestead

    Located in the Chestnut Ridge foothills to the Laurel Mountians in Southwestern PA, our family homestead was built by my Step Father, my Older Brother and Myself starting in 1973. My parents purchased a Miles pre-cut home kit. We moved into our home in the Spring of 1977.

    Late April
    Snow in 2004
    Early October
    Snow in 2005


  • Ed's (& Dot's) Motel

    In the spring of 2014 Ed aquired a mobile home that was located on the out skirts of Ecomony Borough in Beaver County. Dot moved in a few months later and made it her home as well. We had some enjoyable hoildays, gardening, and are starting to get used to living out of the wilderness.

    Motel 2014
    Pictures
    Motel 2015
    Pictures
    Motel 2016
    Pictures


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