Stephen was introduced to computer power in the early seventies when main frames had ferrite bead memory, occupied an air-conditioned operating theatre and had less power and memory than a Sinclair Spectrum. He has been an avid Amstrad PCW user since the autumn of 1985. Having spent a lot of effort to have programs running on it the way that he wants them to, he will not be completely abandoning it for a Mac for some time. Using a Gem Hard Disk has the PCW booting up faster than a Mac. This is a benefit of the system's simplicity.
He used the PCW for his farm accounts (mostly home-made BASIC using Jetsam) and running his bank accounts with Bank of Scotland HOBS. He contributed to some of Dave's disk salvage programs and added some refinements to Ward Christensen's CP/M Disk Utility (DU) program.
Last revised: 3rd January 2005