User:JohnCD

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About me

I am retired from the computer industry, which I entered long enough ago to remember mercury delay lines. I have worked in Australia and New Zealand as well as the UK, and now live in north-west England. I started editing seriously in late 2007, mostly in a Wikisloth-like manner, doing New Page Patrol and all the other things that arise out of that. If I have a favourite activity it is doing the research work to demolish hoax articles, which I believe damage Wikipedia seriously; I have linked above a subpage listing over 150 hoax articles I have caused to be deleted, and 19 which I have rescued from CAT:HOAX and rehabilitated. I have now been an administrator for three and a half years and, while there is seldom a dull moment, I regret having little time left for front-line New Page Patrol.

Quote of the month

"In the past few years there has been considerable development of high-speed automatic general-purpose digital calculating machines. This development has given practical importance to the study of the process of organizing calculations for these machines, a process usually referred to as 'programming'. This study can be regarded as a branch of numerical analysis, and it is one which is likely to grow in importance as more of these machines become available. I have therefore included an introductory chapter on this subject."

D. R. Hartree, preface to Numerical Analysis, 1952.