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I used to run a computer self help forum using the South Woodham Ferrers web site, but this was discontinued when I left the U3A at the end of 2018.  I have now rejoined the U3A and, as some people have missed the forum, I am resurecting it.

We used the Bulletin Board Software that came with the web site which required everyone to have a logon identity.  Despite this we still suffered from spam, so I am dispensing with the bulletin board software and using straight HTML/PHP.  You will no longer need to login but will submit your questions via email (to  I do not like to answer questions face to face as I am busy at most meetings and I like time to think about the question before answering.  Using email will still allow spammers to abuse this, and I may get more spam, but I will just delete it from my mailbox along with all the other rubbish I get.

This forum is primarily intended for members of South Woodham Ferrers U3A, but it is open to anyone to ask a question.  I am by no means an expert in computers, but I used to be a software programmer on IBM mainframes and have been using DOS/Windows since the IBM PC was first launched.  I have no experience of Macs and little experience of Linux but will do what I can to help using the resources of the web.

When asking a question, bear in mind that compters have different operating systems, versions, software installed, hardware attached, etc..  So please include as much detail as possible as I may be unfamiliar with the setup/configuration you are using.  In particular symptoms and error messages may not mean much to you but are very powerful as diagnostic aids.

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