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

I'm back writing! My first book The PDP8 Class Project -or- Resoling An Old Machine is now available. The second, Far Inside The Arduino is described here and both are available on Amazon as Kindle or printed (6"x9" softbound). More are coming, next will be a short book on embedded programing in C.

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

You can download my Freeware and Shareware programs, including SimHC12, XLISP-PLUS, Lazyman Sudoku, Lazyman Minefield, Jelbum, Decode, and ForthCMP, here.
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 13 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. No OS version since has been as fundamentally different, and Apple has backed off somewhat and most third parties did not buy into it.

Newly revised 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®.

blue ribbon ICRA