Who I am
My name is Andrue. I was born into a world desperately
trying to spin out of control when I was simply saying
who is stopping you. Bluffing.
I was wheeled to a local hospital in Canada at the age
of three months. My mother told the doctor that I had a
knot in my belly which was a lie and no doubt was
claiming that I was Hitler.
Nevertheless the good doctors had the perfect opportunity
to make life uncomfortable for me. Four years later I was
on my feet.
I stood on the top landing and noticed that my mothers
car keys were in the door. I walked down the stairs took
the keys went outside and got into the car. I started it
up and drove it into the wall. Just a little reminder to
her that I was in better health.
Not a few months later, my mother and father split up.
She brought me and my brother back to England. As far as
my father is concerned the only memories of him never
existed if you understand.
In other words I never knew him and now he has passed
away. So has my mother. As far as missing anyone that
never happens - if you believe in telepathy you will
Where I am
I am in Swansea Wales as well as the Solar system if you
are unaware of it's existence. And I mean unaware because
we feel the presence of the seven worlds all the time.
What I do
My main love is programming and now programming
integrated electronic devices thanks to the
I like developing software for astronomy, music, DMX
lights and all sorts of things.
I have 35 years of programming experience and what I have
come to learn is that it is the experience that matters
not just what I know. Computers unlike every other walk
of life maybe with
work in the same way.
The fact that they operate in binary illustrates a
natural form of trial by ellimination logic. Also, unlike
different spoken languages in the world, all computers
share common attributes.
The most basic components that are the blood of the core
are gates and they all work the same way. All computer
programming languages work in ways that make learning new
languages straight forward because like gates they follow
a simple decision making structure called boolean.
This is why computers are so much fun, they make writing
programs easy and you never write the same program again.
If you need to reorganise it you have the option of
modules or libraries that become your pool of functions
that can be invoked by your program. The main point being
you never need to reinvent the wheel.
Like me at the beginning in 1984 I searched in my mind
for something to start to at least give me something to
do. What I did resulted in a job but to get there I had
two jobs. My day job was in a factory and when I got home
I worked on my computer.
Stan kept asking me to work late, Saturdays and Sundays.
Yes I got more money but I wanted time. I still stuck
with it though. Nevertheless the point I am making is you
need to think of ideas for programs. Don't think of
making money, in fact do what a lot of people do, make it
OpenSource and give it away. It is the experience you are
after at the end of the day.
My DOS software
PcWord was primarily designed by me for my own use as a
programmers text editor. It doesn't have any kind of
elaborite scripting language but a simple macro system
so that text can be processed more convieniantly.
As far as writing source code, the hypertext function is
very useful. Rather than searching your code for variable
names etc., your code can be linked just like HTML.
PcWord is teeming with features and what is more, it was
probably the first word processor of it's pedigree that
was made freeware.
PcKey, a simple - but effective - typing tutor. The
tutorials are made up of scripts, much like DOS batch
files, that 'instruct' PcKey. Such as writing messages,
positioning the virtual keyboard, highlighting keys on
the virtual keyboard, and doing tests. This means you can
add to, or customise the standard lessons. A full
tutorial is supplied. There is also a simple editor that
allows you to do freehand typing, with the virtual
keyboard displayed highlited.
Chart, a multilevel flowchart authoring program. The idea
is you organise your flowcharts like a tree. You can have
a simple chart at the top level that describes the chart
at it's basic level - enough to describe the charts
function. Each box in the top level can then be broken
down with it's own sub-chart and so on. When a sub-chart
exits, it will naturally follow the path of it's parent
box. Even though this program - under 13KB - works with
less than 512KB of RAM it can cram in about 9000 boxes in
a single chart with ample space for each box text
The funny thing about these three programs were that they
had managed to make their way onto the internet before I
did. I was very proud of Chart to end up in a list of 100
best programs for research and development, PcKey in a
list of typing tutors and RSort in a list of sorting
programs. Well done guys.
Oh, it is worth mentioning something ahout the first
release of PcWord. The fact that it was released in the
same month as Windows 3.0 wasnt a concern for me, it was
a good few years before I started to use Windows - at
No version one of PcWord was more of a prank to all of
you. I by default disabled fast writing to the raster
memory and forced screen output to go via the BIOS. I
often joke about how I was woken and startled in my sleep
to the screams of laughter as the world watched how slow
Of course in the status menu someone might have pressed
'L', if so no doubt some others would have leading to a
major pandemic as the world witnessed the terribly slow
piece of machine code become the fastest, most efficient
word processor in the world and with live formatting.
Maybe it was because of this reason the computer press
ignored every single disk I posted to without even a
reply. Jealous and arrogant is what I have to say. Dont
worry though the best is yet to come.
Install the software
You can download my software by
The package comes in a zip file which most of you are
used to by now. Windows can unpack the file into a folder,
I recommend a folder on the
c: drive say
Before you can install any of my programs you have to
make sure that PkUnzip.EXE is in the command path. At the
moment it is in the directory you unpacked the archive.
You can add the folder c:\talisoft
to the path by bringing up the system properties by right
clicking on 'my computer' and click 'properties'. When
the dialog appears click on the 'advanced' tab and click
on the Environment button. In the system variables list
you will find a line that starts with
'path=', if you find it, click
on it, then click the edit button. At the end of the second
edit box append the text
;c:\talisoft . Click OK,
OK, and OK so that the system properties box is finished.
Once unpacked bring up a DOS command prompt from the start
menu in accessories and type
c: followed by the enter key
and cd c:\talisoft followed
by enter, then INSTALL followed by enter and
follow the on screen instructions.