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A POTTED HISTORY

I've got a whole page to myself, where I get to say what I want, so here we go.

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I was born, more years than I care to remember, in Aberdeen. My computing skills are all self taught, and I came up through the grades starting, around 1982, with the ZX 81 with 1k of memory and a multi function membrane keypad. I then moved on to the ZX Spectrum, designed by Sir Clive Sinclair, with 16k of memory ( the computer, not Sir Clive ). Dabbled quite a bit in Machine Code and Basic, all learned from books, and many happy and sometimes frustrating hours spent typing in code from magazines. Then the elation when a program actually ran, without "crashing". Progressed to the Spectrum 48k, with 3 microdrives, ( 8 were supported with Interface 2 ) and had a lot of fun with the Commodore 64, the Dragon and various other machines of that era. I wrote some software for Moray Firth Radio some years back, written on the Spectrum 48k which was featured on a program called "The Mighty Micro". The Spectrum or "Speccy" as it was nicknamed, had a cassette tape loader to input the software to the machine. So Moray Firth Radio broadcast the computer program as a very noisy bit-stream which you recorded from the radio on to a cassette, loaded it into the "Speccy", and if everything went according to plan, the program then ran. There is still a very active Spectrum site on the Internet at present. I then learnt a lot with the Atari 512 which was upgraded, and finished up as an Atari 1024. The 1024 referred to the memory capacity, in this case 1024k. Not very much memory by today's standards. This machine was way ahead of it's time and had the first mouse with a "point and click" desktop and also with, of all things "icons" and a "bucket". Wow. This was later improved on by "Apple" and eventually progressed to the standard now used worldwide by P.C. users. The Atari was extensively used by all types of musicians including rock groups etc., due to it's powerful interface using music files and ability to program mixers and keyboards. Some music groups are still using this machine as of now.

 I wrote a few articles for a public domain user group magazine based in Aberdeen, run by Steve Delaney and called "Floppyshop". This user group was very successful at the time and retailed public domain software of all kinds very cheaply, where you could build up a sizeable collection, all on floppy discs. The discs, containing sometimes some very good software, written by amateurs for free and placed in the public domain, were usually on single sided discs and then  progressed to double sized. I finished up with around 300 floppies. I also amassed various bit's and bob's for the Spectrum and the Atari which eventually went onto eBay, were bought by a collector in America, and shipped out there at his expense. It was a sad day to see it all go.

Now we are at the stage where extremely powerful machines are the norm', and in your living room. But computing is all about enjoyment. If you enjoy computing, be it "trawling" the web, selling or buying on eBay, writing programs, writing the odd letter or even a book, or maybe Emailing your friends or relations around the world, it should be an enjoyable experience. Too much emphasis nowadays is put on "must do". But if you don't enjoy the "must do" why do it ?. I enjoy computing, but lots of people have no time for it. It is an individuals choice.  But nevertheless, computing in general has changed everybody's lives mostly for the better, since computers do not "tire" easily. But I'm afraid when it doesn't work out, even in business, the computer often gets the blame, when it can sometimes be attributed to "user error". Famous computer saying " Garbage In = Garbage Out" and of course there is also Murphy's Law - " Switch it on". On the other hand if computing is part of your daily "grind" at work, then it makes sense to have other interests.

The "Lozians Luxury Links" site went live on the 1st November 2001 and has attracted interest from all around the world. The "Tour of Keith" site went "live" on the 1st February 2005, and is an ongoing project conceived to try and help local residents and any prospective visitor from anywhere in the world, to learn a bit more about Keith and it's turbulent history. With the help of the "Keith and District Heritage Group" a lot of guidance was given on the history side. Lots of support has been received from local websites with "links" to and from. I've learnt a lot about Keith and a lot about computing. Numerous interesting people have been encountered in the course of compiling this website and it never ceases to amaze me the power of communication via the "Net". I will back up my last statement with my experiences  following the sequence of events around the 18th April 2005. I subscribe to a weekly newsletter called the "Langa List" which is a free service and distributed worldwide. As a member, you are invited to submit your website address to the "Langa List" and it appears in a section of the newsletter called "They Loaded the Code" every week or so. It takes around six weeks to get into the system. On the 18th of April 2005, the website address of the "Tour of Keith" appeared on the "Langa List". On the 20th of April 2005 the site had nearly 40,000 hits, and numerous "feedback" Emails were received from all over the world. A lot of "follow up" Emails have also been received  and communication is being regularly maintained. This is what makes it all worthwhile.

The 'Tour of Keith' site has been featured in 'Webuser' magazine ( see below ) , a fortnightly publication featuring all
that is best on the 'Web' with great articles and lots of information.  Still being published as of December 2013.

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The 'Tour of Keith' website featured in 'Webuser' magazine issue 123 dated November 24th 2005.

View a digital copy and all details about the magazine at www.webuser.co.uk

The website also featured in the local paper the "Banffshire Herald" issue 5804 dated December

30th 2005 and in issue 5805 dated January 7th 2006. Both articles were featured on the front page.

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This website "Tour of Keith", and associated websites of "lozian.co.uk", are privately run by myself. They are
the end product of experience gained over many years, from books etc. and studying on the "web". Lots of hours
have been spent writing the "code", taking the photographs and endless cups of tea and sustenance prepared by
someone who has been with me for many, many years, and has got to put up with all of this.

If you have anything in way of photographs, criticism, information or anything you might like to
see on the site, contact me via the Email link below.

Enjoy the "Tour of Keith" pages, thanks for reading this far, and if you want to get in touch,
for any reason, click on the link below to Email me.

 

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