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About Me.

Well I live in Newbury, West Berkshire, have been since 2010. Before that I moved about alot and lived in Theale, Caversham, Slough, Stourport, Theale, Newbury, Thatcham, and now finally back to Newbury, in that order.

Was born on April 30th 1967.

I started using computers in 1982 at school, and left school in 1984. Back in those days it was the BBC Micro and the Sinclair Spectrum. I used to get the main spectrum magazine and at the back was a listing for a program, with a new listing each month. You would spend hours typing in these programs, and I remember there were hundreds of lines of DATA. This is where I quickly picked up the ability to type and had many great jobs in Data Entry. Here is a spectrum program listing, so you can see what the "Basic" code is like. It opens in a new tab.

My first 286 PC had a 20 meg hard disc which resembled a breeze block, and yes I did say 20 meg hard disc.
After installing Dos 6.22 and Windows 3.xx half the disc space was taken. These were the days when DOS and Windows were seperate.
I am self taught with using / fixing computers. Back in 1998 / 99 I built a web site for a fanclub which was the first time I had ever looked
at web design. This was when the Elvis Omnipedia started taking shape, except back then I didnt have the brainwave, that came in 2010.

Another blast from the past which I had was the Amstrad CPC 464. Which was a major step up from the Speccy. But the Speccy was my first love.

When I first had broadband it was through NTL. This was dial-up over the phone line. Pretty slow. Back then the golden rule was if a webpage didnt load within a few seconds, then leave. Now with fibre optic and fast broadband, fast computers etc, web pages are getting bigger, more bloat, java and flash slowing them down, and page layouts that leave you wondering whats adverts, and where the actual article is.
This is why my website, and Omnipedia are basic looking. I cant stand bloat. Keep It Simple and concentrate on the content.

Ive now moved on to a laptop, which isnt that fast compared to what you get these days, but its a dual core thats fast enough for me. It dual boots with Windows 7 and Linux Manjaro. I started getting involved in Linux in approx 2005, just the desktop distros. But once setup a linux firewall server which worked really well. I used ClearOS for the firewall / server PC.

Favourite Programs.

 

Favourite Music and Links.

Elvis Presley
Neil Diamond
BeeGees
Garth Brooks
Louis Armstrong
Classical
1960's and 1970's

Classical Music

I have been into classical music for some years, not a big fanatic, but slowly finding opera and music I like. Here are some links to my favourite music and singers. These are not by the original composer, but are the best versions.

Canto Della Terra by Andrea Bocelli
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCrWxKoOhH8

The Prayer by Celine Dion and Andrea Bocelli
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FK5VulNn3so

O Mio Babbino Caro by Andre Rieu & Carmen Monarcha
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qigTixkRBs4

O Mio Babbino Caro by Kiri Te Kanawa
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SctN38APgAI&nohtml5=False

O Mio Babbino Caro by Anna Netrebko
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0Kcg7WEJME&nohtml5=False

Ballade pour Adeline by André Rieu (Originally composed by Paul de Senneville and Olivier Toussaint.)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMuKw1NYpjs

Nessun Dorma by Pavarotti 1994
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTFUM4Uh_6Y

Four Seasons by Vivaldi
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRxofEmo3HA

March Militaire by Franz Schubert
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMTDjavVmH4&nohtml5=False

Dawn section of the tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Szdziw4tI9o&nohtml5=False

Barber: Adagio for Strings
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcPR95QfPeM&nohtml5=False

If you were interested in listening to classical music, start with the above, and also google Andre Rieu as he brings Johann Strauss, Jr to the masses. Rieu will make listening to Strauss enjoyable, and a lot more.

I first heard Rieu back in 2011. My mother received one of his CD's for her birthday and had Ballade Pour Adeline, so I googled it and watched the video. Unfortunately my mother passed away in May 2012 and we played this at her funeral. So this version by Rieu has a special place.