Editor's Reunion: Gus

By Gus Donnachaidh

Originally published in EUG #50

Hello everybody!

First, congratulations to Dave on EUG #50. To think that we are still going strong...supporting a computer first made in 1983 which was dismissed at the time as being a commercial and technical failure.

I have at least three more 'modern' computers lying around which are obsolete. Funny old world.

My latest 'modern' computer is a 350 MHz Pentium 2 which, at eighteen months, is out of date. I still prefer the word processor on my Elk - it's quicker and so much more flexible.

Right. Why did I hand EUG over to Dave?

I had been thinking about it for a long time. I took over EUG because I had some ideas which I wanted to try. I thought it would be interesting to see how they went and I wanted to contribute something to EUG.

I realised by EUG #30 that it was time to hand over to someone else. That someone wasn't immediately apparent until Dave came along.

Let's face it. With something like EUG you have to know when it's time to walk away, and that time came for me.

I really must take this opportunity to apologise to those who have written to me since I handed over to Dave. I will get around to replying. Your letters are much appreciated.

I have recently been contacted by the National Museum of Wales who are looking for an Electron which was built in Wales for their exhibition. Some were made in Malaysia but quite a few were made in Wales. I happened to have one which is winging its way to the land of song. If anyone happens to see the exhibition, perhaps they might send a report.

Anyway, as those who know me will know, I like nothing better than taking something to bits and trying to improve it in some way.

I have sent in a program which was based upon something I found in a book from 1984. I have restructed it, rewriting many of the lines and created an address book program which might suit some tastes. Read V.+ADD (Articles Menu) for more details.

The best of luck to Dave and everyone else. I intend to continue following EUG and I am pleased to say that I made many friends during my period in the editor's chair. I hope this doesn't sound too ITV but I would like to thank Richard Dimond, EUG's answer to Roland Waddilove, for his continual support - even when I really needed my wrists slapped!

Gus Donnachaidh, EUG #50