††††††††††† It was not until I had retired that I explored computing. However, it seemed to me that being one of the very few electronic disciplines in which I had not been involved at some time (which include under water, surface and space) there was a serious gap in my wide but superficial and scrappy knowledge.†
††††††††††† So I acquired a very old two-floppy, no hard drive Olivetti machine and commenced finding out how it worked and how to use it, making my own accounts package. † Eventually I reached a level where I am happy to repair, upgrade and use computers.† So now I can attempt to type stuff like this, use spread sheets, data bases, accounts packages, and many other programmes and utilities to a useful degree.† I also try to avoid wiping the hard drive (format C or F-disk) to solve a difficult problem.† I can usually diagnose and fix it without recourse to such simplistic, and sometimes drastic, measures.† Also, a few like-minded friends and I have got together from time to time to exchange information and solve problems, especially my good friend Neil.
††††††††††† The only reason that I do not use the Internet very much at all (about six times a year) is the cost; likewise for the telephone which I keep down to a minimum and for such essentials as hospital and doctor appointments etc.†
††††††††††† My most recent (and long ongoing) project has been the development of RodLog, a HAM radio logging system.† For this logging programme, I have acted as Systems Analyst whilst my knowledgeable friend Neil has been the Script Writer and has done all the actual programming code to my requirements.† Although he is not a radio HAM, he has contributed some extremely useful suggestions to make the system even better and friendlier.† I am very grateful indeed to him for his friendship and all his efforts over the past three years or so.† We met in rehab more than three years ago, both in wheelchairs, he being disabled with MS and only twenty-three years old.† His income, limited by his disability, is only a fraction of his true worth, which is a tragedy for someone so intelligent and talented; he had already achieved his B.Sc. with Hons.
††††††††††† There are, of course, other logging systems on the Internet but I wanted to have a programme tailor-made for my requirements and simple to operate.† My needs are to obtain almost any statistic from my logbook, quickly and easily whilst operating my radio equipment.† It seems to work well for me so I hope that it will for others too.†
††††††††††† All that is required is Windows 98 or later and Microsoft Access 2000 or later with a screen resolution of 800 X 600 or better.† The system is basically just a relational database.† Go on, have a go; itís free. If you wish to contribute a very little bit voluntarily, we will not be insulted, just very grateful indeed for the much-needed pennies.† Thank you in advance.