Personal Message from Mike Quinsey, August 31, 2011. Via SteveBeckow.com by Steve Beckow
I’m sorry I could not contact you earlier, but my computer completely crashed, and I had no way of letting you know. I didn’t know at the time that my hard drive had gone, and was hoping my computer (8 years old) could be repaired quickly, but that was not to be and it took 9 days to sort out.
During that time I understand that a number of you learned of my situation and wanted to help me out. That resulted in an appeal for donations to help me purchase a new computer which I did on Saturday the 27th August.
As I lost all of my Hard Disc data, I was faced with a formidable task to set it up again, finding for example that with new Windows Seven some of the old programs that I used with XP were not compatible, and that also included my two printers, both of which were admittedly quite old.
The amount of time taken to sort it all out, largely came from difficulty in trying to recover information from the old Hard Disc. So your great generosity enabled me to buy a new computer and printer right away, which also gave the opportunity to make sure it had a bigger memory and a faster speed.
I found it could not take my favourite Outlook Express, but you will be pleased to know that Windows Live Mail is a very good replacement, and, once I get used to it, might well prove to be better.
As things stand at present, I’m being given fantastic help by someone who is a computer wizard and has given freely of his time to finish off what I started. In fact Maarten Horst has so far worked on it for about 5 hours, is still customising it for me, and will also get my old computer set up as a useful standby.
Maarten is a fellow BBS Radio host who I’d already befriended, and what a great friend at that. As best as I understand it I owe heartfelt thanks to Steve Beckow, Kees de Graaff, and Maria Luisa Vasconcellas for their input in getting the appeal out, and Steve for handling the transfer to me.
My Dear Friends, your response absolutely took my breath away when I first heard about it, and I cannot sufficiently express my gratitude and love for you all. You are truly of the Light and it proves that we are brothers and sisters in that very powerful energy. They say it is an ill wind that often brings out the best in people, and you have lifted me out of a predicament that could have caused a great deal more trouble than it did.
Once again, many thanks to you all – and although I do not know many of you by name I did see the list with your first names on it.
Finally can I just apologise for not being able to personally reply to other emails enquiring about the messages or offering advice, as I have been so busy sorting my programs out.
In Love and Light,