Welcome! You've Found Tom Almy's Home Page

You can download my Freeware and Shareware programs, including SimHC12, XLISP-PLUS, Lazyman Sudoku, Lazyman Minefield, and ForthCMP, from here.

68HCS12 Textbook and simulator are now on their own site.

E-Books are coming -- Builting a PDP-8, Embedded C Programming, and Inside Arduino. I've got time to write now I've retired.

Information about classes I taught is here. I've retired from teaching June 2015. Read my mercifully short autobiography page, and see the plans for a simple but surprisingly difficult puzzle you can build in a wood workshop.
Photograph gallery -- Portland Japanese Garden at 200 (millimeters, that is).
At least for now I've moved my photos from this site to Picasa Web Albums (actually Google+). It has pictures of all the lighthouses in Oregon as well as lots of Oregon waterfalls. Also see my High Dynamic Range and panoramic shots.
I've got many Apple Mac opinions, having switched 9 years ago but still using Windows and Linux on a daily basis until January 2016. See my critique here. Also see my commentary on why my first MacBook was the best notebook computer I've ever owned, and the ones since follow closely behind. And I have a new page about the software I use on the Macs. Also adding a Mac mini Server. I've just added a page about why you shouldn't buy AppleCare.
Are you an Almy? Check in here! My father's book on Almy genealogy and the complete collection of newsletters from 1975 to 2006 are available on-line now! You just need to go here, news.almy.us

Old page on Mac OS X Lion, and how it moves content creation activities to the 21st century.

I need to write about the Mountain Lion, Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan progression -- how Apple backed off a bit from the radical changes in Lion, but also refined some changes, added new system efficiencies, and support for "the cloud" or at least Apples version of it. El Capitan is working great for me.

New page about discontinued and abandoned software, not just for Mac, and how it has affected me.

I've moved this site on occasion. See why here. I've also switched from DSL to FiOS®.

Do you use PGP or GPG, both excellent and free public key encryption systems? If so, you might want my pgp key. If you need it, I also have a PGP 5.0 style key.


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