John C. McCallum
I was born in the house above. Since then, I have had a good life and a good career. Now I am retired as a permanent resident of Singapore. But, I spend a portion of the year living in Bangkok, Thailand with my partner Vincent. I try to get to Canada to visit my family and friends every few years - and sometimes I get to see the old house.
I notice that over the years everything seems to get renamed or relocated. London South Collegiate became London South Secondary School for a few decades, then was renamed back again. The University of Western Ontario became Western University. The UWO Physics Department became the Department of Physics and Astronomy. York's Experimental Space Science became Earth and Space Science. The College (later University) of Petroleum and Minerals became the King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. Websites move around even faster! Keeping up to date with the world takes a little work.
I have loved computers since I tried designing a simple mecahnical relay computer as a young boy. I wrote my first computer program at the University of Waterloo in 1965 during one of their introductory days for high school students. When I decided that I would have my own computer one day, it seemed unreasonable. But, in 1975, I bought and soldered together an Altair 8800 with 256 bytes of memory. The Altair (Intel 8080 CPU) was programmed by entering bits from the front panel switches.
The tremendous changes in hardware technology have held my attention for many years. Prices have determined if I could buy, what I could buy, and what I should prepare to buy. I have collected data on prices over the years. The million dollar supercomputers of the 1980's are now outperformed by low cost smartphones which run more reliable operating systems, with much superior graphical capabilities.
And, now we get giant flatscreen TVs to hook our computers to. I remember when my parents bought our first 21" black and white TV in 1955, with access to one TV channel, CFPL TV. Now, besides broadcast and cable TV with uncountable channels, we have streaming services like YouTube, and Netflix, letting us watch what we choose.
In the old farm house where I was born, we only had a radio for electronics
- no record
player, no TV, and a hand crank telephone, where our number was
two longs and a short. Technolgy has advanced quickly through the decades.
|Retired, living in Singapore and Bangkok|
|1998-2001||Associate Professor, National University of Singapore, School of Computing - Computer Science|
|1981-1998||Senior Lecturer, National University of Singapore - Department of Information Systems and Computer Science|
|1977-1981||Assistant Professor, York University, Toronto, Canada - Computer Science|
|1974-1977||Assistant Professor, University of Petroleum & Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia - Systems Engineering|
|1972-1974||NRC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada - Computer Science|
|1969-1972||Experimental Space Science, York University (Canada)||PhD - Oct 1972|
|1965-1969||Physics (Honours), University of Western Ontario||BSc - May 1969|
|1960-1965||London South Secondary School, London Ontario|
|1952-1960||Tecumseh Public School, London Ontario|
424 Hougang Avenue 6
Thailand (vacation home):
21/15 Saladaeng Road
Saladaeng Colonnade, Unit 214
|Last updated: 2023 November 16