TeleText is keeping me busy

It’s been 13 days since my last post… way too long, I know. The only excuse I have is that I spent some time on an online application that can create TeleText pages. Although this is an old technology (the first specs date back to 1974), it is still being used in a lot of European countries, including my home country, Belgium.

A non-profit organization I do some volunteer IT work for is providing daily TeleText pages to the one of the national TV broadcast companies. The pages are produced with a very old, DOS-based editor. Lately this editor has caused issues, as it does not seem to work properly on the new PCs they were recently installed. Obviously, the application is no longer supported.

I felt compelled to create a more modern, online editor, but to my surprise, it was difficult to find a lot of technical information about TeleText on the internet. This is probably related to the fact that TeleText started long before there was an internet, so many documents probably exist, but only in paper format. Some of these are available online, but only for paying customers or only after you register. It feels awkward and, frankly, “last-century” behavior to keep technical specifications of an open standard hidden from the world, but it probably is an indication how much we take the internet, and information on it, for granted these days.

So I’ve been moving more slowly than I anticipated. Stay tuned for updates on this. And yes, I will submit another Office 2007 post this week. Promised!


A new blog

In a world where blogs seem to be everywhere, you might wonder why I also felt the urge to have my little Box to talk from. There aren’t that many good reasons, except maybe for the fact that I might know a few tricks with Microsoft Office software that could be useful for others.

I am not linked in any way, shape or form to the Microsoft company, but as a Training Professional, I have used Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook rather intensively over the last couple of years. I have learned to appreciate the tools when I could create cool and/or effective results and I have been very frustrated when something did not go as expected.

I hope to share some of my experiences with this blog. I will make no promises about the content, the frequency nor the usefulness of these posts. They are free, so use them as you see fit, or ignore them altogether. Comments are always welcome.