posted this in the main forum, June 16, 2008. I wanted to place it here
also, so it could be easily located in time to come. I think it gives a
great insight into Mac's character for anyone who didn't know him.
If it wasn't for Mac, I probably wouldn't be a regular here...
In the old days when all I had was dial-up, the pop-ups used to kick me
off line. Not sure why, but it became so frustrating, that I had just
about given up trying to come here. Mac emailed me and asked why I
wasn't coming around anymore -- he was worried about my health, knowing
that I was 60 or so at the time. I wrote him back and told him of my
Within a week or so, the forum was pop-up free. Mac had bought the
forum and refused to allow any advertising so that members could come
here without problems, and get down to the business of QBasic. It made
the site very personal and free from interference -- much like the
language QBasic -- just a little blue screen -- take your time, write
I will always appreciate that Mac did that for us (for me). Over the
years since, there hasn't been a day that I didn't drop by. I didn't
always post something, but I was definitely here.
Like me, he was a senior, and that gave us something in common. Unlike
me, however, he had entered programming at a time when even QBasic
would have been considered a sophisticated programming tool. I always
enjoyed his stories of the old days of programming -- waiting patiently
for computer time so you could shove your stack of punch cards in and
see if your program even worked! We've come a long way since then, but
even with all the advances in programming capability, I'm content to
stay right here.
I'll miss you Mac