While I list music and reading amongst my hobbies, much
of my spare time is spent on the computer.
Sadly I don't get as much time as I used to, to work on
my own programs, so I tend to do beta testing of other
In 1986 when I moved to the U.S., the Macintosh had been
released two years earlier, and the online scene was
starting to take off, yet there was little communications
software available (Red Ryder by Scott Watson of FreeSoft,
Inc. was the major package of the day; Red Ryder BBS later
became Second Sight). I ported the popular WWIV BBS software
for the PC (by Wayne Bell, who has now sold the rights to
WWIV Software Services),
to the Macintosh. I maintained and supported WWIV Mac BBS
for a number of years, but it suffered from a poor port, and
eventually another WWIV BBS clone, Hermes (by Frank Price of
AOC Software, who sold the rights to Lloyd Woodall of
Computer Classifieds, who marketed it as Hermes II), took
over the Macintosh market, so I stopped supporting WWIV Mac
I have written a few freeware/ShareWare pieces of
software, and most recently my time has been spent on
co-developing and supporting a number of open source
projects (before it was cool to call them "open source" :),
Software I have developed or help develop in my spare
- AppleLink Package Translator (contract with Aladdin
Systems, Inc.) for StuffIt Deluxe.
- StuffIt 1.x to Deluxe Converter (freeware)
- various pieces for Userland Frontier.
- FilterTop, a GUI batch orientated file manipulation
application for the Macintosh. FilterTop is a freeware
product with open source, available from TopSoft,
Inc., a non-profit Internet based Macintosh
- AutoCopyROM, an
application for Mac OS that auto captures ROMs for
Software I have ported or help to port from other
- WWIV Mac BBS (ShareWare)
- Tidy for Mac OS
- OpenOffice.org for Mac
OS X (freeware)
- DDD for Mac OS X
Products I have beta tested
The following is a list of products I have beta tested
over the years. It does not include "public betas", testing
related to my work, nor unreleased products. In most cases,
multiple different release versions of the software were
tested. Unless otherwise specified, Mac versions were
- Aladdin Systems,
StuffIt Classic, StuffIt Lite, StuffIt Deluxe, StuffIt
Expander (Mac and Windows), SpaceSaver, DropStuff
(Windows), DropStuff with Expander Enhancer, StuffIt
Browser, UnSIT (Windows), InstallerMaker, SITComm,
CyberFinder, Aladdin Desktop Tools, ShortCut, ShrinkWrap,
Private File (Mac and Windows), Flashback
- Andrew Barry
- Apple Computer,
MPW, MacApp, MultiFinder (Juggler), System software,
- ARDI, Inc.
After Dark, After Dark Online.
CompuServe Information Manager (CIM), MacCIM,
CompuServe 3.x., Compuserve 2000.
Recall, The Block.
Application VISE, Updater VISE.
Netscape Personal Edition (dial-up), Netscape
Communicator (dial-up, Mac and Windows).
- Onyx Technology,
- Outland, Inc.(Total
Entertainment Network, Inc.)
Outland Gateway + approx. 12 online games.
- Pacific Bell,
Netscape Navigator (dial-up).
- PowerOn Software,
ACTION Files, ACTION GoMac, ACTION WYSIWYG, ACTION
- Smith Micro
MacComCenter, MacComCenter Plus.
StarDrive, Relax, Morphile.
Ventures Corp. (PSINet, Inc.)
MicroPhone, MicroPhone II.
- Symantec Corp.
Frontier, Frontier Runtime, various.
- U.S. Robotics Inc.
USR Sportser 33.6 modem, USR Sportser Voice 33.6
modem, MegaPhone (Cypress Research Corp.).