Firstly, I would like to point out to all those that do not realise;
Neil Parry, Paul Clucas and I are all good friends. There is no animosity
between any of us, any merry banter that has passed between Neil and Paul via
the messaging system regarding timing was meant to be taken as such
(merry banter). Elephants, Chimpanzees, who cares. Any how, although I have
kept out of the discussion, I still think it's nothing to do with animals.
These are the discs that have been added to the pool or have had alterations
made to them since issue 53:
TBI-106 4D. 120 Fonts.
EMU-5 A High Density disc for the PC that contains a number of transfer
utilities. Utilities enabling the PC to read BBC discs
512-69 360k DOS. Pendraw. Drawing program
512-70 360k DOS. Packers and unpackers
512-71 720k DOS. Smooth Text Editor. Kermit Communications.
K4V, Trevor Crapper is unable to continue editing 8BS-00, the 8BS magazine
database. I am looking for a volunteer to keep this database updated.
The job is not too complicated. It involves editing text files.
Please refer to the editorials in issues 52 and 53 for full details of the
proposed 'EBTEL'. There is an article from Jonathan Harston in this issue
where he gives us his opinions on the subject and updates us as to how his
part in the organisation is going.
Diaries out folks. Biro in these dates:
18 19 20 and 21 July 1997
These dates are the NOT THE ACORN USER SHOW. EPISODE 2.
YES! Jonathan Harston has kindly thrown his doors open to us lot for the 8BS
club meeting for these days. An unmissable event. Be there or be square (and
miss the best event of the year). Some of us will be staying for the full do.
You are welcome to attend any or all of the days. Exactly the same
arrangements as last year apply.
There are a few beds and plenty of space for camp beds with kipping bags.
We look after ourselves for food. What usually happened last year was that
Jonathan provided stuff for the odd buttie. We generally popped out to one of
the many local take away establishments. Chippy, Indian, Chinese and
supermarket are all within handy staggering distance (or rolling, those hills
There is even a pub with pool table close at hand.
Bring your favourite bit of equipment or software with you.
More details next time
Contact me if you have any questions.
Please let me know if you intend to come. Please let me know if you intend to
stop over so that I can keep a track of available space. There are also plenty
of local B+B places. A list next time.
See elsewhere on this issue for the booking form.
I recently started sending 8BS issues to all those in credit unless they
specifically ask to be excluded from the system. This has made the job more
easy for me. Brian Raw asked if he could be informed of his credit each time. I
think that this is a good idea. What I propose to do FROM ISSUE 55 ONWARDS, is
to print your credit in the top right hand corner of the address sticker, a
simple number (like 1.24 or 2) will indicate your credit. If you have any
objections to this, PLEASE LET ME KNOW A.S.A.P!
I am an Ambulance Paramedic at a nearby Ambulance station. I work the very
occasional shift there to keep my hand in, but my main task at present is to
set up Clinical Audit within the service.
Clinical Audit is well established throughout the rest of the Health Service
and has been shown to be very effective in improving standards. It is new to
the Ambulance Service
I have now become involved with a regional group that is likely to evolve into
a national group in a year or two.
Clinical Audit is a bad name, one that is being used more now is Clinical
Effectiveness. I provide statistical summaries of various kinds related to
patient care using data taken from two sources. The first is our command and
control (featuring Datatrak the satellite location/tracking system). The
second source is the patient report forms (around 4000 a month). They are
scanned in and OCR (Optical Character Recognition Software) then reads the
images into text files which must then be verified against the scanned forms.
The resulting data is then put into an Access (PC) database where you can then
make it say what you want.
However, that is not what the job is about, the boss asked for the statistical
summaries, so he will get them. The job is really supposed to be to help
people to look at what they are doing to see how they can improve it.
I did babble on here for quite a while but deleted it. I don't wish to bore
you. More next time though.
I am now VERY busy with work. As time goes on and more projects get off the
Unfortunately for 8BS this means that I cannot devote the same attention to
running our little club that I have for the last few years. FEAR
NOT! We are not going down the pan, far from it.
Please bear with me for a while as 8BS "ticks over". You can help by keeping
your requests simple and easy to understand. LIST your requirements rather
than embedding them in code.
Do not stop ordering stuff or sending submissions! Do not stop writing your
letters, I do enjoy reading them, but cannot reply at length. If I have
forgotten to reply to a particular question you asked, ask again, please do
not think that I am being ignorant!
Thanks again to Paul Clucas for sorting out the magazine. I send him the
cobbled together text. He checks it for spellin etc and then finishes it all
off neatly with the header files and so on. The only files he doesn't run his
eagle eye over are the LAST message file (the file of stuff sent between
deadline and issue) and this editorial.
Bye for now