Hello to all new list members! My name is Ron Allen, and I am a moderator on this list. The list owner is Spider, aka Jerry Mills. As Jerry has said in a previous message... )You have happened upon this list in it's formative state on )freelists which is why you have not seen much going on. We are in the )process of investigating the move of an existing mailing list on Yahoo )Groups. There presently are over 600 members on that list and it is )quite active. I am not sure how many will be moving to this list when I )decide to make the announcement, but I assume there will be a fairly )good number of them making the move. If you want to check out our )present list you can see that at )http://groups.yahoo.com/group/24hrsupporthelpdesk/ . You will see from )the message archive there that we have been in existence for over 3 )years now. If anyone has any questions related to computers, please ask away. If someone asks a question and you know the answer, please don't hesitate to answer. The beauty of these lists is that all members can help each other. A little background on myself: I'm 37 years old, and have been involved with computers daily in some capacity since about 1985. My first computer was a Commodore 64 system, and I have since owned a Commodore Amiga, and several PCs. I have also worked with Apple IIe and early Macintosh systems, and even a few mainframes. I have built my last two PC systems from scratch, designing them from the ground up and building them myself. I currently have a network in my home consisting of three computers, one running Windows ME, another running Windows XP Professional, and the third running Mandrake Linux. In the past, I served as Database Manager on a forum on the old online service Delphi. I have designed, implemented, and served as Web Master on numerous web sites. I also enjoy playing first-person 3-D computer games, have co-authored a book on creating levels for the computer game Doom, and was hired to create levels for a game based on the Quake2 engine called HacX2 that, unfortunately, never made it to market. My interest in computers is both personal and professional. In addition to my hobby interests, I have been an instructor teaching general Windows usage and Peachtree Accounting software, done telephone technical support for Windows and Peachtree, and done on-site consulting for various aspects of software and hardware selection. For the past 6 years, I have been a database application programmer/developer working with Microsoft Access as well as Oracle using both UDMS (User Database Management System), SQL*Plus, and Crystal Reports. The Oracle installation I work with is running on a Unix server. I program daily in Visual Basic, Visual Basic for Applications, SQL, and SQL*Plus. I also served on the Intranet Development Committee for my employer, assisting in making technical decisions on hardware and software to implement a national corporate intranet for the company. I have never had any formal training in computers; in fact, I'm planning to return to college in the fall to finally obtain my bachelor's in computer science! Ron - Users can unsubscribe from this list by sending email to 24hoursupport-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field OR by logging into the Web interface.