• Writing FidoNet messages, Was: 38 bo

    From Henri Derksen@2:280/1208 to Nancy Backus on Sun Dec 24 15:56:00 2017
    Hello Nancy,

    First, for your information, I do not drink beer.
    Second, English is not my native language.

    May be you missed it, but at rare times I wrote and writes also here.
    Good luck in what you are doing.

    Thank you... :) Don't be such a stranger.... write here more often... :) We could benefit from more people posting in here... :)

    Yes I would like to do that if I can, but my weak health do not let that happen. I am reading FidoNet messages every day at my UniCorn BBS, but answering it, or write new ones myself costs me much energy.
    Even my friends in Dutch FidoNet have to miss my answers regularly ;-(.
    I am multiple handicapted and do not work anymore since 1997.
    For following interesting meetings I need a "speech to text reporter"
    with a VeloType keyboard and laptop as I am almost totally deaf.
    Organising that costs me also much energy I can not use for other lovely hobby's.
    And sometimes things go wrong and I have to correct that.
    My last result was repairing my own Miele W733 washing machine from 1988.
    It took a lot of energy to organise that, but I was very happy to succeed, because the new alternatives are not so good as my old one.
    Afther that repair I had three machines full of shirts to wash and ironizing.

    ... "8-BIT MACHINE - a computer selling for four quarters"

    I started my computer career with an 8 bit Acorn BBC B computer in 1984,
    after working with computers at my former professional job in 1981.
    That BBC was very expensive at that time, i.e. DFL 2000,
    but one of the best things I ever paid money for.
    After the BBC I switched over to 32 bit Acorn Risc Machines,
    such as the Archimedes (1988) and RiscPC (1994), still in use even for e-mail. And nowadays I have at least 5 Raspberry Pi computers, 2 x the 1B, 1B+, 2B and 3B. On the last one, I am running Raspbian Linux and OpenCPN for plotting watercharts and ships for sailing on the Europe inland waters as ECDIS.
    As a second hobby I help skippers with historical ships with this home build AIS+ECDIS system for them. So I am busy enough here.

    No, I do not own an inland ship, only have an old surfboard (1981).
    My brother has two inland ships, and I help him if I can, especially with the electricity on board. We were already sailing before we were born ;-)
    Not many people can say that, but our parents were professioal inland cargo sailers in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany in Europe.
    On the first Christmasday I am going to my sister and her family,
    and on the second I am going to my brother and his family.
    We also have to sail the electrical ferry boat my brother works with to the shipyard for underwater inspection.
    That ferry has sunpanels to charge the 2 x 48 Vdc= 625 Ah batteries.
    It has a 96 Vdc= 7 kW electro engine. At night it is charged at shore power. Will this writing do for your message hunger?
    Greetings from the river Rhine in Arnhem.NL.

    Henri.

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  • From Nancy Backus@1:229/452 to Henri Derksen on Thu Dec 28 18:59:16 2017
    Quoting Henri Derksen to Nancy Backus on 24-Dec-2017 15:56 <=-

    First, for your information, I do not drink beer.

    Neither do I. :) Maurice is using the phrase (x bottles of beer) as a countdown to a date... :)

    Second, English is not my native language.

    I had noticed that. It's ok, I understand you well enough... :)

    Thank you... :) Don't be such a stranger.... write here more
    often... :) We could benefit from more people posting in here... :)

    Yes I would like to do that if I can, but my weak health do not let
    that happen. I am reading FidoNet messages every day at my UniCorn
    BBS, but answering it, or write new ones myself costs me much energy.
    Even my friends in Dutch FidoNet have to miss my answers regularly
    ;-(. I am multiple handicapted and do not work anymore since 1997.

    Oh... I'm sorry to hear that...

    For following interesting meetings I need a "speech to text reporter"
    with a VeloType keyboard and laptop as I am almost totally deaf. Organising that costs me also much energy I can not use for other
    lovely hobby's.

    One does have to pick and choose sometimes.... :)

    And sometimes things go wrong and I have to correct
    that. My last result was repairing my own Miele W733 washing machine
    from 1988. It took a lot of energy to organise that, but I was very
    happy to succeed, because the new alternatives are not so good as my
    old one. Afther that repair I had three machines full of shirts to wash and ironizing.

    Now that was quite the project... :) I'm glad it succeeded... :)

    ... "8-BIT MACHINE - a computer selling for four quarters"

    I started my computer career with an 8 bit Acorn BBC B computer in
    1984, after working with computers at my former professional job in
    1981. That BBC was very expensive at that time, i.e. DFL 2000,
    but one of the best things I ever paid money for.
    After the BBC I switched over to 32 bit Acorn Risc Machines,
    such as the Archimedes (1988) and RiscPC (1994), still in use even for e-mail. And nowadays I have at least 5 Raspberry Pi computers, 2 x the
    1B, 1B+, 2B and 3B.

    You have quite the collection, I see... :) I'm still using the
    pentium II we got back in 1995, that replaced the Heathkit 286 my
    husband built as our first family computer....

    On the last one, I am running Raspbian Linux and
    OpenCPN for plotting watercharts and ships for sailing on the Europe inland waters as ECDIS. As a second hobby I help skippers with
    historical ships with this home build AIS+ECDIS system for them. So I
    am busy enough here.

    That sounds fascinating. :)

    No, I do not own an inland ship, only have an old surfboard (1981).
    My brother has two inland ships, and I help him if I can, especially
    with the electricity on board. We were already sailing before we were
    born ;-) Not many people can say that, but our parents were professioal inland cargo sailers in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany in Europe.

    You have sailing in your blood, for sure... :) My son has it, too, but
    I'm not sure where he got it from, except that my grandfather was career Navy... Granddad died when I was only a young teenager, so my son never
    knew him. But my son has his Chief Engineer certification for medium
    sized ships, and plans to progress to the larger ones... He works boat
    jobs when he can find them.... currently on the Mediterranean...

    On the first Christmasday I am going to my sister and her
    family, and on the second I am going to my brother and his family.

    I hope you enjoyed both visits... :)

    We also have to sail the electrical ferry boat my brother works with
    to the shipyard for underwater inspection.
    That ferry has sunpanels to charge the 2 x 48 Vdc= 625 Ah batteries.
    It has a 96 Vdc= 7 kW electro engine. At night it is charged at shore power.

    How interesting... :)

    Will this writing do for your message hunger?

    Thank you very much... I feel honored that you wrote so much,
    especially since I know now that it is so difficult for you...

    Greetings from the river Rhine in Arnhem.NL.

    And a Happy New Year... from off the shore of Lake Ontario in upstate
    NY... (I post from Tiny's BBS in Oshawa ON, CA, but I live in Rochester
    NY, USA)

    ttyl neb

    ... Some people make the world more special just by being in it.

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