About Me

Full Name

Michael J. Chappell

Date of Birth

May 23, 1969


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I'm currently an Automated Examinations Systems Specialist for the I.R.S.

Previous Occupations


I attended Temple University for a few years.


I've owned two Commodore-64s, a Commodore 128, a Tandy 1000 HX, a Packard Bell 80486SX, an HP Pavillion 4450, an eMachine T3256, a Compaq Presario PC SR5612F, an Acer Aspire AM3100-U3401A, several Mac Minis and a Mac Book Pro.

I've worked with Sun and VAX machines at previous employers.

I actually cut my teeth programming a TRS-80 Model I and used TRS-80 Models III & IV in highschool.

I've also acquired a number of PC compatibles and laptops over the years.

Operating Systems

I've used:

Programming Languages

I've written software using Bash, BASIC, C/C++, Pascal, some Fortran and Perl. Some of it even does what is expected.

Software Suites/Editors

In college I learned some basics on Word Perfect, Lotus 1-2-3, and DBase.

Working, I generally use MS Office's Word and Excel. If I can get away with using Notepad or Edit, I will. Actually, COPY CON works in a pinch.

At home, if I need an Office Application, I will usually use Libre Office since it is cross platform.

My programming is usually done in Vim or Emacs.

My website is maintained with Emacs or Vim with a custom Makefile.


My interests include vintage computers, legacy operating systems, networking, numismatics (U.S. coins primarily), and sci-fi/fantasy movies, especially touching on time travel, paleontology, astronomy and ancient Greco/Roman deities. Vampires are always fun. (Enjoyed Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel the Series, pretty much everything by Joss Whedon.)

Saturday, 17 July 2021   Michael J. Chappell   Contact me at: mcsuper5@freeshell.org Made with Emacs