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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
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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