First things first. I have to appologize to Frank. It is "warfare" and not "warfair". War is never fair and as said by Tsun Tsu 2500 years ago "War is the continuation where politics stops". And there are many more linguistic mistakes I make that Frank never would have, I feel a little bit ashamed by it. And for you, readers. BAD LUCK, stick with it, as Frank would say. :-P
Second things next. I fear the comming summer. The last days temperature on avarage was 20 degrees centigrade (71 Farenheit, 291.15 Kelvin, 527,67 Rankine) and it already is barely tolarable to Frank. In summertime temperature can get up to 35 degrees centigrade (95 Farenheit) at ease. This is going to cause problems! Oh, and if you know what a Rankine is without looking it up then your dealing with it from a professional base or your a certified technical nerd.
And now third things third. There seems to develop a pattern in my visit to Frank. I come in. Give my greetings. Frank acknowledge. We sit for a time not saying a thing. And then Frank starts someting. This visit was just like that. But this time, unusual to the pattern, Frank was not asking for a DVD but asking for the laptop. It was already prept up for him a week ago but still waiting for the signal from him to get it out. May I say that he was pleased to find out that it was available? Or should I have pressed the issue and forced him earlier this week to have a look at it? I don't known what is right (and what is left, truly!) but tonight it worked.
So I got out the laptop, got the mouse and the power supply connected, rigged his bed and his bedside cabinet and got things going. Frank wanted to see the Ospray section. "Japanese castles, 1540-1640", was his choice. We both have some affection with this subject. I tried not to intervene when he was working on it, if this laptop is going to be a success he must be able to find his way through the contols, which is a mouse in the form of a conventional one, a trackball or a pad. At the moment a conventional mouse was not available for the space it needs. The trackball is more or less a disaster and so is the pad. Apparently his eye/hand coordinaton is not yet good enough to cope with it all. This is so much a disapointment for both of us!
Request for comment:
Who knows any alternatives to mice. Anything will do, or better to say, anyting will be tried. No matter when you reply.
Thousend times thanks!
To all the followers of the blog, to anyone who has been supportive of Frank or us in the last months and especially after his untimely death we want to say thanks from the bottom of our hearts. In the week after his passing we received so much warmth, stories, care and love, hardly describable. To us it was a very precious and valuable week and it was so good to have Frank at home where so many of his friends could visit him. And all the help, stories and info shared in that week led to a beautiful goodbye ceremony on a beautiful sunny autumn day. For those of you who could not attend, or those of you who wish to reread the funeral speeches, we publice them here (in dutch and english) with some pictures in grateful memory of, and tributed to Frank.We will miss him dearly, thanks for being with him and with us, one way or another,
On behalf of my family and his closest friends, Esther