BIO for Richard L. Roth

Mr. Richard Roth has spent the last twenty-odd years, using and designing computer systems and software. He started in 1968 with Dartmouth Basic time-sharing, and used computers heavily while getting his Master's in systems engineering in 1972 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. His experience spans the range of mainframes, minis and micro computers with concentration in microcomputers over the last five years. As an experienced computer user, he found his needs in software systems to be unmet and evolved from a tool-user into a tool-maker.

Ever since his residence in Silicon Valley in 1976, he's worked with microcomputers as they evolved from an technical toy into the full personal computer of today. He was instrumental in bringing the CP/M operating system from 24K floppy disk systems to the hard disk mini- mainframes that personal computers have become. Ever since he worked with Cromemco in 1977 to produce the first enhanced CP/M compatible operating system (CDOS), his efforts have stretched the capability of microcomputers one step further. A current example of his impact can be seen in MS-DOS/PC-DOS, which was based most directly on CDOS by the author Tim Patterson (before MicroSoft acquired it). During this period, he was designer and technical advisor for the likes of Cromemco, Dynabyte, Byte Inc., and many other names in microcomputers.

In 1978 he returned to the East coast and continued to work with the fledgling microcomputer retail market working with the emerging Computerland of Connecticut chain and the likes of Datel, Prodigy Computer Systems, and Computerworks.

At this time, he produced one of the first micro-computer word processors, WpDaisy; and founded TSA Software to market Daisy and other software products. In 1979, TSA was merged into Infosoft, to become a leader in CPM compatible operating systems and customized systems software for Z80 systems.

At Infosoft, he was Vice-President of Development and chief architect for Infosoft products, including packages for Sony, the Army Recruitment Joins System, and designer for the Coleco Adam.

As the marketplace changed and the IBM computer and more sophisticated 68000 machines became predominant, Mr. Roth co-founded Dataviz with the One-Shot product that he authored. Dataviz specializes in data-bridge technology between computers. Dataviz has produced the highly successful MacLink, which ties the MacIntosh to the IBM PC, of which Mr. Roth was primary architect and author.

In 1986, Mr. Roth founded Desktop Ai, to produce software for desktop computers using AI technology for practical purposes. The result, thus far, is the well selling dBx Translator system. dBx uses AI techniques to provide an upgrade path for dBASE programs using the C language. Then taking the concept further, Mr. Roth Developered X2c "the portable Xbase to C compiler", which provides a full Xbase langauge compiler for any computer platform with C compiler.

In 1993, Mr Roth closed Desktop AI due to changes in the database industry and placed X2c with Rytech for marketing. He then released an Xbase database Synchronizer: Moving My Data and a UNIX CIS navigator C4u based on a in-house version he developed for his own use. He became heavily involved in use of on-line services and the Internet because of his UNIX work and has worked extensively with the public domain UNIX version: Linux.

In 1994, Mr Roth started 'On the Net', a company focused on providing Internet connectivity and marketing for corporations. OtN is focused on productizing information normally provided as consulting. The first such product targets configuring local Internet providers.

In 1996, On-the-Net created a new form of server side applications, i-Depth. i-Depth allow non-programmer webmasters to develop complex web sites with no special server technical knowledge by providing a server side Guru.

Over this extended time span, Mr. Roth has spoken at conferences and published articles in Computerworld, Creative Computing, Dr. Dobbs Journal, Computer Language and a chapter of a book on AI in Business.. He has constantly explored new areas of technology as computer advances allow new capabilities in software and has been active in advising hardware designers on maximumizing benefits from software capabilities. As a founding member of the microcomputer community and an outstanding innovator, Mr. Roth is well known throughout the technical and business circles in the small computer community.