Good Evening to all, I am just checking in and thought that I had better introduce myself and give you an idea of the perils of computing in a "brand new" networked nation
I am a retired Navy Chief who immigrated to the islands in the mid 70s after retiring from the USN and also having worked for Sperry Univac as a Field Engineer in Computer Systems for the United States Navy. When I moved to the Island of Raiatea, there were only about 12 cars on the island, and the electricity was only being generated for the town and airport and there were only 12 telephones on the island and the only way you could talk to the other islands was by radio from the Post Office. Cars for the most part were few and far between with most of them owned by Government workers and the government itself. There were some trucks that both served as haulage for freight and passengers (Le Truck).
Most of the island transportation was either by Navette or by Outrigger Canoe, almost every house bordering on the lagoon had a pier for loading copra for delivery in the town (Uturoa), or the reception of foods and other goods from the stores in town. Boats were and still are a major means of transportation.
I brought to Raiatea 3 Timex Sinclair "Door Stops" and these were the first personal computers in the outer islands. No one had ever seen a computer out here and the only ones at that time were Government owned and Operated by the French Atomic Energy Commission. Needless to say, as an American immigrant, I surely wasn't going to be getting a job there in the interim.
It wasn't until the mid 90's that computers became accepted by the government and local populations and that happened slowly with fit's and starts and the businesses with the new tax system and inventory management were required to buy and maintain computers. I had been using computers for my business here for years as I had set up data bases for equipment maintainance and parts for the various stores and resturants on this island and throughout the Isles Sous Le Vent (the Leeward Islands).
I have plenty of stories, and no doubt one of these days on down the line they will start coming to the fore, but for now I want to stop in as a very new guy and say howzit to all of you....
I am working on a problem also, but that will be in a different forum laters on as I get my ducks in a row. but first thank you all for allowing me this soapbox, and thanks in advance for providing help to this old chief, yes, even us older than dirt people still need help and encouragement.
CPO USN Ret.
Citizen of Raiatea