Hello again my fellow GlowFolk. Many of you already know of me from my contributions to this forum in the past. Some of you may have even noticed that my contributions have dropped off recently, and if you are really paying attention, you may have even noticed that my lack of recent posts has unfortunately resulted in my losing my “regular” standing on the forum, which is something I did not want to have happen.
There is unfortunately a very good reason for my dropping off in contribution levels. A few of you may remember seeing my post last year in the ALS ice bucket challenge thread, where I mentioned that I actually have ALS. At that time, I still had full use of one of my arms and partial use of the other, but as the disease has progressed, it has become virtually impossible for me to type on a computer or cell phone, or even to use a mouse. In order to enter any amount of information, I need to use voice recognition, and although that works surprisingly well, it can also be surprisingly difficult to do on a whim when one is living in a house that has a very active five-year-old running around in it – it is seldom quiet around here!
The good news is that I have recently been provided with some new hardware by the ALS Society that will make it easier for me to use my computer productively again, so I have decided to set aside some time behind a closed door on a very regular basis to rectify my recent drop in activity.
Oh and @Jules, as you can imagine, my recent loss of ability to use a mouse has obviously been a pretty major stumbling block in my efforts to prepare the Affinity Design tutorials that I had agreed to do. I still intend to do at least some of them, and some of that new hardware should make it possible to get back at those as well.
I suspect that some of the new hardware that they provided me might be of interest to some of the more technical folks on the forum, so my plan is to add a couple of additional threads about those as well.
Edits: I should probably mention that I am the B in B_and_D_T; my name is Bill.