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  1. My brother was the lead developer on OpenCobol (now Gnucobol) - I started on an ICL1904S using punched cards at uni. Then progressed to a Dec PDP11 using C. When I went to work we used PO Coral (a modified version of Coral66) although I programmed in assembler which was bespoke as we developed the processors as well.
  2. Hi Ian We have a couple of customers who own estate agencies. I will contact them tomorrow to see if they can help.
  3. Problem is with homophones - words which are pronounced the same but have different spellings. Plurals are also difficult to distinguish when in stressful situations. The simple solution would be not to use plurals or homophones but I guess then there wouldn't be enough words?
  4. Currently being investigated as apparently it uses plurals which can be miles apart. So what.three.words and what.three.word both exist but at different locations. A mountain rescue recently got sent to a location miles away. In the end they used GPS on the phone to locate the casualties. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-56901363
  5. On mine the sounder doesn't sound when setting/unsetting the alarm. The hazards flash but no sound.
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    Line of Duty

    Useless fact - the first series of Line of Duty was filmed in Millennium Point in Birmingham in the offices where I worked. My claim to fame (such as it is) is that the AC12 offices were actually my offices. The interview room I have used many times for "interviews".
  7. I retired just before I was 55. I think you need to consider what you want to do. My wife suffered with a rare blood cancer (under control now) and took early retirement. I went down to 3 days a week so I could support her. I then decided to retire. We run a boarding cattery and I still do bits and pieces for the University but on my terms. It's important to have something to do otherwise you will get bored easily.
  8. We have had 2 sheep attacked in a field near us - 1 died from it's injuries and still we see people walking their dogs down our lane not on a lead. They cannot control the natural urge of a dog to chase sheep.
  9. There is a video of Big Dog (this company's product jointly with NASA and DARPA in 2005) carrying full army packs and being kicked and pushed by humans to try and get it to fall over. It just kept on going.
  10. The value of my pension pot over the last 12 months has increased by 13.79% 😎
  11. He was also in marketing - think he did the Mars bar - I read his autobiography and in it he tells the story of having to eat cat food at one commercial meeting.
  12. I have agreed value - lasts for 2 years - have to complete a form and send at least 6 recent photos. I suggest the value and they agree to it. Haven't had one turned down yet. I increase the value every couple of years and use recent adverts as a guide.
  13. Like @USAndretti42I went to University with fees paid by the Government and a grant for living expenses. I left University without debt and went to work for GEC (remember them??). I bought my first house in 1987. In 1988 I went into higher education. I opted out of the teachers pension scheme instead set up a private pension. Fortunately the university paid into that pension what they would have paid into the teachers scheme. I managed to retire at 55
  14. This is all going to change after 2025 when BT switch off the analogue PSTN. Everything will switch to digital VOIP etc. This means that ADSL (which requires an analogue phone line) will no longer work. You will still have a cable to your house but it won't carry a phone line. Instead they will be running digital signals over it with a different signalling system to achieve the broadband connection.
  15. We have 2 boilers (one in the house and one in the cattery) both Vaillant and both serviced annually (around £200). Recently the cattery boiler had a leak. Vaillant offer a 10 year guarantee so I rang them. They came out and changed the expansion vessel, pump and circuit board. Total cost £0 - done under warranty. Servicing is slightly more expensive as they are both LPG boilers so the engineer has to be LPG registered.
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