Who We Were
a retired electronics engineer, carried out most of the PCW & PcW LocoScript salvages,
assisted by his wife Peg. He also carried out most of the transfers and conversions from PCW to PC.
Dennis died in March 2010 and Peg died a couple of years later.
Dave Axford, who had earlier retired from the Navy with ME also
carried out some of the PCW LocoScript salvages
during the early years of the Company.
Over the years, in coping with
the workload of around 1000 disks per year, we were supported
by the excellent technical abilities of two people in particular:
Dave Smith, a Director and one of the founders of the company,
also retired, worked on the PC, CP/M, MAC and unusual salvages and
conversions. He also took on all the unusual tasks that most people thought
were impossible! Dave's wife, Sue, also a Director
and co-founder of the Company, played a key role in the whole operation by
handling the telephone calls and keeping the necessary paperwork and
administration under firm control.
Wilf Ford, to whom we owe a great debt of
gratitude. Many of the programs which we used to
salvage damaged disks and to recover the files from them were written
almost exclusively in BASIC by Wilf and his work literally saved us thousands of hours of time and made
an important contribution to our fundraising activities. It is probably true
to say that without his help we would not have coped with the workload. Wilf
was also interested in genealogy and wrote some special programs in that area
as well. Wilf died in 1999.
Stephen Younger, to whom we also owe a great debt of gratitude. Stephen adapted some of the public domain disk
editing programs and also modified slightly the CP/M operating system to enable us to access
and when necessary change the information held on the disks which was not normally accessible
to an ordinary user. One of these programs was a subroutine which was used in Wilf's programs to extend the number of "retries"
the disk drive made before giving up with the dreaded message "retry, abort or cancel",
so speeding up the savage process significantly. Stephen lives in Scotland, but in those days
he could send us modified programs by first class post when "next day" delivery was the norm!
You can find out a bit more
detail about some of us and our interests by clicking on the names which have links.
Last revised: January 2024