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Flewelling article(Robert Ashman)report
Posted by: Thomas A. Murray Date: November 30, 2000 at 08:22:15
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Hi there,
Well, after over a week squabbling with Hewlett-Packard, they replaced our pavilion with a ‘remanufactured’ unit. I’m really not happy about that. After four days of struggle, I have a so-called web page. When you see it, don’t laugh. Be gentle, it’s my first time. I am thoroughly disgusted with the whole bunch of them. They call themselves engineers and technicians? Hah! They are not fit to lick and engineer’s . . . boot. There used to be an old computing term, ‘gigo’; ‘garbage in, garbage out’. These people have been doing too much ‘gi’ and not enough ‘go’. There’s no artistry (their graphics aren’t worth wrapping your garbage in) no workmanship and no pride. It’s all thrown together and none of it fits with anything else. And yada-yada-yada, and gripe-gripe-gripe.
They started out with machines as big as a house, and your slide rule was faster and had more functions. They went downhill from there. Thank God I still have my slide rule.
This is in the nature of a progress report on my article, “The Ancestors of Thomas and Hannah (Smith) Flewelling of Hempstead”. Well, I lost one week anyway. I saved my work just seconds before the hard drive packed it in. If I had your Email address, I probably lost it. I find that I write two lines then rush to the internet to try and answer a question, or get information. Three hours later, I come up with zilch. BUT I am finding stuff. Of the four feet of paper I had to examine a sheet (no...a line, make that a word) at a time, I’ve gone through one and a half to two feet of it. The result is over 100 pages of text in Microsoft Word for Windows 98. I have transferred this to a Web Page my Internet Server gave me, but I lost a lot of ’form’. There are lists which were in three columns that are now one. The footnotes are in some wild blue yonder. Surprisingly, the tables didn’t collapse. It’s at:

I can be reached at:

which I check once and a while or at:

There are some surprises in the work. There are contradictions, but that’s because I ignore them for now. When I am finished, I will print it and try to resolve some of these. Others will stay for someone else to figure out. The beginning commentary is very fragmented. I would enter a thought so that could remember what I wanted to do; so sometimes the ’dialogue’ just stops.
The double spaces are often not mine, especially in the bibliography. I would not recommend copying it, although you might find bits of interest.
Well, I’ve wasted enough time in this aggravating exercise. Any suggestions welcome, but not always accepted or answered. If you leave you Email address at Bonnie’s Email address above, I’ll try to at least acknowledge that I have received it.
Oh, yes, using spell check is useless on the article. If you see something that looks like a spelling, syntax or grammatical error, let me know.



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