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Who stays up late at night?


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Browsing the forum areas late at night, I'm aware that most people seem to have gone to bed, or perhaps they're just doing something else at that time.

In years gone by we had what - for want of a better description - I used to refer to as 'the night crew'. They were the regulars who took part in discussions that often went on into the early hours. We had some interesting debates at night, and whether it was due to the lateness of the hour, or perhaps a nightcap or two, they were mostly good-natured and friendly.

I tend to be here until midnight most evenings - sometimes a little later - because some of the work I do involves on-line collaboration across times zones. I just wondered if anyone keeps me company without my knowing?

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TopCat®

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When tentatively and nervously browsing the internet with my first computer nearly eleven years ago, I happened by chance to drop in to the PCA forum. The website itself was in its infancy then, but I was immediately struck by the intellectual, factual and helpful content it provided, together with an excellent standard of moderation. In no time at all I was hooked and began to contribute and help in any way I could.

I did previously visit other forums during my early searching, but none I found then could even come close to this forum for its excellent selection of content, invaluable help and kindness from its contributors. Anyway, to get back on topic, retirement has in the past allowed me to spend a great amount of my time here, reaching well into the wee small hours on many rivetting discussions. These days I turn in most nights around 01.00 hours, after a final check of Speakers' Corner, just in case I spot an 'all-night session' potential there! o:) TC.

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TopCat®

We've grown nearly eleven years older together. Who would have thought, all those years ago, that we would still be here, over a decade later?

I met a retired client at a dinner recently. She was embarking on an early retirement when I first started working with PCA. Exchanging pleasantries, we asked each other what we were up to these days. When I told her, she said 'Good heavens! You're not still doing that are you? I wouldn't have thought there was enough talk about computers to last you over ten years'.

If only she knew.

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spuds

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Hello anyone there!.

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Lazarus The 2nd

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Yep, Me!

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Snec

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Still quite early.

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Snec

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Finished now -- 22nd from 9873 starters. Good night.

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wee eddie

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In the days of Dial-up, post Lounge, I used to log-on after the Restaurant had closed. Sort of Midnight till 2.00am.

Now I drive a Taxi and, if I've had difficult Customers on any of the last few runs, I will Log-in to Cool-out. Between 3.30 and 4.30am.

Unfortunately I'm being left behind by technology. My PC is XP, but with a 24" Monitor, and I'm unlikely replace it until M$ drop their support for XP in 2014. I gave my Laptop to my Sister a couple of years back to try to get around her Luddite tendencies, it didn't work. I desire an iPad, but having spent a couple of hours playing with a friends, cannot get round the thought that it is a Toy. Desirable, but still a toy which I cannot justify as an expense. I still have a basic Mobile Phone for the same reasons as the iPad.

Without the discussions here I would not know of all the goodies I am missing out on! However I believe that I am Homo Sapiens, user of tools, rather than Homo Infantes, player of games.

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Chegs ®™

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I spend far to many hours playing an online golf game,I am often finishing golfing at 8/9am & grab an hour or so kip.I login to PCA at weird o'clock as the game has regular "maintenance" where the server's offline(or it's crashed...too darn regularly)and can often be found here at 4am.I have a read of threads that catch my eye,post responses if I feel the need and then try the golf once more.A back injury keeps me awake until exhausted so today it was 9am I went to bed and I hadn't been golfing all night due to my ISP deciding I didn't need my connection for several hours,and couldn't login to PCA either.I often visit via my mobile,but it refuses to allow me to post a response longer than 3 or 4 words as the modem within seems to go into standby after 30 seconds and each response gets deleted as I have to login once more to PCA.

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tigertop2

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FE you are dead right about kids as we all know. However I find that surprisingly fewer than I had thought know what goes on inside a PC -and how to fix it. When I do a minor 'op' to load more RAM on a laptop or replace a desktop hard drive at a PC class at my local univ I am surrounded by young students who seem amazed an 'aged wrinkly' could possibly know what he is doing re a PC's innards!

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wee eddie

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I have to agree with [b]tigertop2[/b].

Up until a few years ago, I employed a number of teenagers on Saturdays and during the School Holidays.

Almost all were adept, when it came to using the PC. However, for a good proportion, their understanding of the goings on within the PC, how to repair or upgrade it and what software was needed to keep it safe and running smoothly, was staggering.

To them it is a Consumer Product. It either works or it doesn't. If it doesn't, you replace it.

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