John junod

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John A. Junod - Many fear him, all men envy him.

John A. Junod is a pimp in every sense of the word, bitch

Better trust and believe 'em

In a cut where I keep 'em

'Til he need a nut

'Til he need to be (in) the guts

then its beep-beep and hes pickin' em up

The real man. Read up on a living legend. Quoted from

I have written the following is provided so that you have an idea of who I am and why I wrote programs like WS_FTP, WS_PING and WS_WATCH.

Since March of 2003, I am no longer involved with Ipswitch, Inc. and currently we are roaming the country in our motorhome or in my 2001 Trans-Am and possibly at a NASCAR track near you if there's a cup race this weekend.

I was born and raised in Greenville Illinois, which is a small town in southern Illinois about 50 miles east of St. Louis on Interstate 70. Its a farming community and my grandfather owned one of the feed mill's in town (long before I was born). My dad's a podiatrist, and was raised in the same house I was raised in. My mom's from Chicago.

I worked as an auto mechanic after graduating from high school in Greenville wandering across the country a bit. I raced a 1966 Belevedere (low 11s) near Assumption. (This is where I developed my fasination with fast cars like my 1969 El Camino (before) which I rebuilt (during) and now am very proud of (now ).) I moved on to work at Montgomery Wards in Leadville Colorado as a front end mechanic and then again as a front end mechanic in a Goodyear Store in Oakland California. I came back to Greenville and married my wife Denise and we lived in the area for a while. I worked for four years as an industrial electrician before joining the Army. Our first two daughters were born during these years.

I was in the Army from April 1978 until March 1996 and have served as a Forward Observer, a Brigade Fire Support NCO, Instructor (computer), the NCOIC of the GoldCoats at West Point, the Chief of Academic Network Engineering Branch at West Point and the NCOIC of Technology Integration Division at the Computer Science School at Fort Gordon.

My Army education includes 13F AIT, 74F AIT, Primary Leadership Course, Basic Non-Commissioned Officers Academy (13F) and Advanced Non-Commission Officers Academy (74F) (I was a distinguished graduate from most of these.).

I started with computer programming by learning Basic and then Machine Language programming on a TRS-80 Model I starting in 1979. Some of my accomplishments in that arena were a complete operating system of my own, a tactical forward observer training program, a menu system (later known as Gmenu or Vmenu), a OS Shell (later known as Auto or Valet) and a few games.

In 1981, I picked up Cobol programming through the Army. From 1982 through 1986, I taught IBM DOS-E (mainframe) internals and debugging, Cobol Programming, Basic Programming, Systems Analysis and Design, GCOS (honeywell) and picked up IBM (mainframe) and GCOS (honeywell) Assembler Language programming. I also taught some of the above courses for University of Maryland and City Colleges of Chicago (overseas).

In 1986, I started learning about IBM PC’s and MS-Dos. I developed a few assembler language programs based on older TRS-80 programs such as Auto (PC Valet) and Gmenu (PC V-Menu ). I also learned C, Pascal and FORTRAN around this time and released a few shareware games written in C and Pascal.

I was introduced to UNIX in 1987 and developed a whole series of programs for UNIX in C, including a version of Gmenu (menu shell), Gmail (mail interface for sendmail, mmdf and more), Rbbs (USENet interface), FSE (full screen editor), Ginput (forms input system) and a simple hypertext information system. Much of this was later adopted by the Army and distributed with standard systems. It is all still in use at West Point and full source code is available. Some parts of it were also adopted by colleges and universities across the country. Over 90% of the development of all the UNIX programs was performed at night at home in addition to my regular military duties.

Also in 1986, I was introduced to the world of TCP/IP networking and went on to help develop the extensive TCP/IP network in place at West Point. My involvement included design, installation, testing, operation and maintenance of much of the network including both the physical network and the software that ran on the PC’s, on network devices and on the host systems. I was involved in every aspect of the network including implementation of network management tools which is where WS_Watch has its roots. The network at West Point when I left in 1993 had 12 FDDI routers, 40+ subnets and over 6000 nodes. There were over 40 UNIX host systems, 15 Lan Manager servers, 3 Novell servers, a couple IBM mainframes, a Unisys 1100 mainframe, a Teradata mainframe, a few DEC VMS systems and other miscellaneous systems on the network, all of which I had something to do with (from a network configuration point of view). (Myself and two people working for me, did all the system support on 23 of the UNIX systems and provided all the system support on the Lan Manager servers for a couple of years while we did everything else!) Also at the beginning of this time period I took over the support of the Domain Name Server for and assisted in setting up the first name server.

After 1993, I took on more freelance programming work outside the Army and have produced network related products such as WS_Ping, WS_FTP, WS_GMail, WS_News and WS_Watch. This was outside of my normal job where I was assisting in the design of a new network at Fort Gordon and in moving Fort Gordon into the future of automation. Our network initiatives included the implementation of ATM in conjunction with the Army SBIS program (an addition to). One of our accomplishments there was in the setup of the Signal Center Web Home Page

Well, the Army selected me for promotion to Sergeant Major in December 1995 and scheduled me for the Sergeants Major Academy in August 1996. This allowed me to sign and submit an early retirement request. The Army approved this request and I retired from the Army on May 31, 1996!

I retired from the Unitied States Army in May 1996, as a Master Sergeant. My awards in the Army include the Silver Order of Mercury, two Legion of Merit, five Army Commendation Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medals, Overseas Service Ribbon, and NCO Professional Development Ribbon.

From May of 1996 to March of 2003, I was the Director of Research and Development and later the Chief Technical Officer of Ipswitch, Inc.. Ipswitch, Inc. has the commercial marketing rights for all the Windows networking programs that I've developed.

Since March of 2003, I am no longer involved with Ipswitch, Inc. and currently we are roaming the country in our motorhome or in my 2001 Trans-Am and possibly at a NASCAR track near you if there's a cup race this weekend.

My hobbies are (you guessed it!) computer programming, NASCAR (Bobby Labonte!), working on cars, chess and spending time with my wonderful wife Denise, my three daughters, my grand-daughter Madison and my grandson, Johnathon. Another picture of my family at Disneyland.