General Bio of: Neil S. Rieck

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Brief Summary

  • I am, or at least strive to be, an open minded skeptic
  • I'm a secularist, but not an atheist. I use the label Deist (we have no formal gathering place other than here: )
  • I'm a centrist and have voted for, or against, any political party based upon the issues of the day
    • I call myself apolitical but I never miss the opportunity to cast my vote
    • If I vote for someone (or some party) which turns out to be a mistake then I will not make excuses for my decision. But I will vote against my mistake at the very next opportunity (so watch out you political scoundrels)
    • Most political ideologs are idiots whenever they think that their party is the only solution for every situation (How can you have left without right? How can you have up without down? How can you have fast without slow? How can you have liberal without conservative? How can you have Republican without Democrat?)
    • I never vote for any party advocating war which is always always a huge waste of time, money, and human life
    • I am against the death penalty (this is something only performed by primitive societies; if you act like a primitive society then you will become a primitive society)
  • I received a  Black Belt  (Shodan) in GoJu-ryu Karate and Kobudo in 2012-01-28 (year of the Water Dragon). So although I raised as a Lutheran Christian, you can count on me to NOT turn the other cheek.

Contact Info

tel 519-568-5711
cel 519-501-1635
tel 519-578-3494


Click "my computing bio" for the painful technical details.

  • Currently employed by Bell Canada to do...
    • Software design and implementation on large minicomputers (OpenVMS on Itanium and Alpha, VMS on VAX)
    • computer hardware and software maintenance on minicomputers (CentOS-7 Linux on HP ProLiant)
    • Bell-VDSL (formerly: Bell Beacon / Bell Total Vision) Implementation + Support (based upon technology from Next Level Communications which is now a division of Motorola)
    • computer hardware and software maintenance on workstations (DEC Alpha, Sun, HP)
    • computer hardware and software maintenance on micros (mostly Windows-based PCs)
  • Free Lance Work:
    • Software + Hardware design of a 68HC11 based controllers for a ground source heat pump manufacturer in Canada (software was originally written in 6811 cross-assembler then rewritten in "Whitesmiths C")

Apollo Launches

Mission Launch Notes
Apollo 14 January 31, 1971  
Apollo 15 July 26, 1971  
Apollo 16 April 04, 1972  
Apollo 17 December 7, 1972 This was a night launch. We stood in the water (camera on a tripod) of Indian River in Titusville Florida (near the corner of highways US-50 and US-1) while horseshoe crabs tickled our toes.

Likes (no particular order)


A spinner lifts off

Life in the 21st century will probably be much closer to what we saw in the movie "Blade Runner" (a synthesis of bio-technology and electronics). I doubt we'll ever see flying cars although the idea is seductive. The damage already caused by industrial pollution and global warming means that our lives will be closer to what we saw in the movie "Soylent Green"


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Neil Rieck
Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.