Hi! My name is Robert Schaffrath
and I currently work for Meta5,
Inc. since 1998 doing development work in C#, Visual Basic .NET, Visual
Basic 6.0 and Visual C++ 6.0. In addition I installed the category 5 LAN
wiring and hubs, Windows 2000 and 2003 servers, Linux server as well as
client PC configuration and installation, Microsoft
Exchange 5.5 and 2003 installation and Avaya phone system installation
and configuration. I currently
program in C#, Visual Basic .NET, C, SQL and Perl and have been working on touch support in Windows
8.1. I also know the FORTRAN
and Pascal programming languages and other scripting languages such as DCL
and the BASH, Korn and Bourne Unix/Linux Shell’s. Previously I was involved in
developing reporting applications to interface with Google AdWords and Microsoft adCenter.
About fourteen years
ago, I also worked as a self-employed consultant with Netsurf Technologies
and RealHome.com (both now defunct) on various internet related projects
including Perl script development, Oracle database maintenance, Solaris
2.6-2.8 administration and Web programming.
Prior to this, I was a Senior Staff
Consultant with the Kraft Foods Information Technology department based in White Plains, New York until
January 1997. I was with the company for almost nine years (most of it in Maxwell House) and
I was involved with many areas of information technology including Unix,
OpenVMS, DOS/Windows, Windows-NT, TCP/IP networking and its related
applications including Intranet Projects, Wireless Messaging, Systems
Management, Oracle DBA, systems programming and computer hardware
construction and repair.
In my "spare" time, I dabble
in Amateur Radio (my FCC callsign is N2JTX), Electronics (I have an FCC General Radiotelephone Operator
License with RADAR endorsement #PG00046640),
Baking, Beer Brewing,
Bicycling, Botany, Geology, Numismatics, Philately, Reading and Computer
Programming. I also serve as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the
charitable group Adventures in Learning and I am a member of the Nassau County Community Emergency Response
On Saturday, April 28th, 2001 I became
the owner of a Silver 2000
Honda Insight. It replaced my 1988 Honda CRX with 168,300 miles (that still got 44mpg!).
After owning it all these years, it is still a lot of fun to drive. Before the government mandated that
Ethanol be added to gasoline, I could get a typical mileage of 75.2 MPG for a 19.6 mile trip on
the Insight's Fuel Consumption
Display. A photo of my all-time
best recorded mileage of 82.2 MPG is available here.
links to other web pages on this site:
Nassau County, Long Island the county has installed Red
Light Cameras at various intersections. As of February 16, 2013 there
are fifty five operating in various areas of the county. I have developed a
CSV formatted file of Nassau County Red Light Camera POI data for use with a
GPS. I will update it as new lights are added. It has been tested with the Garmin
POI Loader. If necessary,
it can be converted to different formats using GPSBabel. These red light camera locations can
also be viewed on a map that I maintain in Google Maps.
collection of custom Google Maps that I
created for use in developing GPS Point-Of-Interest (POI) files.
time ago I discovered that "Nixie
Tubes" (numerical indicators in use before seven segment LED
displays) have been making a comeback in the form of digital clocks. Having
built one myself back in 1979, I can say that
they are very interesting to work with. Some day I hope to build a few
other types of clocks using other types of Nixie tubes.
of the RadioShack®
Weatheradio® with NWR-SAME model
12-249, information on its EAS event code support is available here. For owners of the model 12-250,
information on its EAS event code support is available here.
of the Heath® (Heathkit) Most Accurate Clock II (model GCW-1001),
information on programming the
RS-232 port and undocumented commands is available here.
This is a
page containing links to various Weather
Radar sites for the New York City area as well as a few national
sites. I got tired of trying to
search out different sites while on a computer where I did not have my
of Ontario COMPASS
camera’s for the QEW and 403 highways. I travel to Mississauga from Long
Island two or three times a year and these pages are a convenient way to
see the traffic conditions.
about two AN/PDR-27 series Geiger
Counters I own. One is an AN/PDR-27G that I have had since 1978 and the
other is an AN/PDR-27R that I acquired in early 2008. I am still looking for a good deal
on an AN/PDR-27T!
Some pictures of various elemental gas Spectrum Tubes in operation. These
tubes, with the exception of the Chlorine and Mercury Vapor tubes which I
purchased, came from my late Father's collection of elements. He was a
Professor of Chemistry at C.W. Post College on Long Island and collected elements
as a hobby and for use in his classes.
article on two pairs of Amplivox
Audiocups headphones that I acquired on eBay and use for amateur radio
communications. While designed for hearing tests, the elements themselves
were originally designed for radio communications and have good frequency
response for radio work. Several pictures and product specification links
An RSS Feed of Solar Terrestrial
Conditions updated every three hours. The latest solar
data is downloaded automatically from the National Oceanic
and Atmospheric Administration Space Weather Prediction Center
every three hours and the feed updated. I also have an email alert service
available to notify registered email addresses when the geomagnetic
“K” index (something an Amateur Radio operator would be
interested in) rises above a specified level. I am also posting this information
Twitter account as @whobeu.
A text dump of all OBD-II
messages available in the version 2.80 firmware
of the Toptak TP280CAN OBD-II code scanner. The firmware date is June 14, 2008
and I have been unable to find any newer updates for this scanner. Even the Toptak corporate website is
This is a picture of
a flint spearhead that I found in Youngs Farm Peach Orchard, Old
Brookville, New York, on August 28, 1970 when I was eight years old. The scientists at Garvies
Point Museum in Glen Cove, New York dated it from 2500B.C. to 1000A.D.
and made from flint that is found up the Hudson River. My niece Olivia is holding it
in her hand. This a brief story about how I found the spearhead.
My C# and .NET Articles on CodeProject.com:
TreeView C# .Net Multiselect using TVS_EX_MULTISELECT
Transferring Virtual Files to Windows Explorer in C#
Winamp Plugins I have developed:
binary and source. Gen_Autoclose is a plug-in
that will shut down Winamp
at a specified time and, as an option, will shut down the computer or put
it into standby mode. This is useful in situations where Winamp is running on a
system that must remain running such as a server.
v2.5 binary and source. Gen_WhatsPlaying is a general purpose Winamp
plug-in that is designed to create a file containing information about
the currently playing Winamp
track based upon a template file. This is most useful in situations where Winamp is running on a
server and the player screen is inaccessible. This latest version includes
a user configurable speech interface to Microsoft Speech API v5.0 and
higher. This allows the plug-in to speak the track title and other
information as configured by the user.
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