Prison Pete

Saturday, September 08, 2007
  This letter was sitting
in the memory of my trusty typewriter, and I just let it sit. I think some of it is still worthy of posting on the blog, and I will eventually get back into typing the items mentioned in the letter. This preamble is being typed live, and it is almost 9:00 PM so I will not have much time to get this part out.

I did receive a new print wheel, new ribbons, and a ream of paper so I have no excuse. Type away. The letter that I finally typed out, page one was with the older wheel, page two on with the new one. There is a difference. The plastic must get worn down from use.

I am still working on the database project and have come up with a bunch of neat tricks to get the information out in a way I need it. I am still using the Approach software, and hope to eventually to upgrade to Access. For the last few weeks I have only been able to work on Saturday and Sunday, so it taking a while. It is also very stressful to have to wait all week to get back on the computer.

Man am I incredibly productive with the increased speed of the machines these days. I design a report and zap, it is done. No waiting fifteen minutes to see the results. Plus the officer carries his own little USB memory stick so I can make a back up of all my work instantly. Boy would that be great. Being able to not only have a copy of the program but all a client's data too. (Excuse me while I wipe the drool off my chin.)

I will share the details of the project with you in my next letter. The officer is away for two weeks, so the next chance I have to work on the system will be after Sept. 12! Urgh.
It's good to read your post again, Pete. We've missed you.
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