Leo, you can’t retire

Hi all,
My name is Frank and I live in Adelaide, South Australia. I started following Leo back in the 90s when our pay-TV service had call for help and the screen savers.

Later I discovered the tech guy podcast and I downloaded every single one of them and I have caught up now.

My first PC was a Tandy cat 100. Then I got an Amiga 500, Amiga 1200, and an Amiga 2000. After that I had a 286, 386, 486 etc.

Despite being legally blind, It was because of Leo, that I built most of my PCs and even started a business selling PC parts and assembling PCs for people.

In the past I have worked on a helpdesk and I am now the helpdesk for my family and friends on everything from Windows to iPhone to android you name it.

Then, I went a few years without Leo until I discovered the TWIT network i listen to Security now, iOS today, Mac Break weekly, TWIT, Smart Tech Today and The Tech Guy Show.

I am now 50. About 30 years ago I did some basic programming courses at college. I completed certificates in C, Visual Basic, and even COBOL.

I would like to try some swift programming. So, I’m wondering if there is anybody out there who is like me, legally blind or even completely blind, who would be willing to correspond with me via email and help me get started with Swift?

So, @leo, you have been and still are a huge influence on my life. I have bought many products because of you and I have supported many of your sponsors because I appreciate everything you do and have done to help me and other people.

You are freaking AWESOME and dont let anybody else tell you otherwise.

Oh, by the way, you can’t retire because I don’t know what I would do during the day without having YOU to listen to.

Have a great day.

Your Biggest fan.



Hi @BlindTechGuy, fellow Adelaidean here :wave:, though I’m an import from the UK :slight_smile: You’re right, what would we do without TWiT podcasts? :grin:


Is that a euphemism for convict? :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

I also love TWiT podcasts. My eyesight is failing with age, but not that quickly. I used to work with a colleague in the late 80s and early 90s in Poole who was legally blid - his retinas were burnt out, a genetic defect. He used to work on a DEC VAX with a terminal with a screen magnifier (14" display could show 2 - 3 characters), it also doubled, with a camera, as a paper/book reader for him. I was always impressed that he could work almost normally.


Haha, South Australia is a free colony!


On arrival at Sydney airport a British travel was questioned by customs and immigration. At one point he was asked “do you have a criminal record?” to which he replied “I’m sorry, I didn’t know that was still a requirement.” [An old joke but we Brits like it.]


I have always loved the dry sense of humor so many brits have. Once my ship was at anchor awaiting heading into port.

Our british pilot came on board early to have lunch with us before operations started, even though our cooks were not the best. At the end of the meal, the saloon messman came around with a tray of banana puddings offering them to the officers. The pilot took one look at the small bowls of goop and and said, “No thank you. I believe it has already been eaten once.”

I have used that line many times over the intervening years.


Another one. Many years ago Brits were required to obtain a visa to visit the USA. The application form, which was the size of a postcard so not exactly onerous, included the following question:

Do you intend the undermine the Constitution of the United States of America?

One applicant answered “Sole purpose of visit.” He was, of course, granted the visa.


You and @big_D are hilarious :laughing: