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Robert Bruce Thompson
The home page of the late Robert Bruce Thompson, a writer
of computer books, a scientist, and a friend
Carrying on in Robert's Memory
Mr. Robert Bruce Thompson, formerly of Winston-Salem, NC, passed away Saturday evening, January 20, 2018 at Winston-Salem Nursing and Rehab from heart complications.
Robert was born in Pennsylvania on June 6, 1953, to the late William E. Thompson and Lenore Fulkerson Thompson. He was an accomplished author and scientist, publishing books on computers and the sciences. Robert built and sold science kits in support of home school education throughout the United States.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years Barbara Fritchman Thompson; a brother William Thompson; sister in law Frances Ann Johnson and husband Albert; and a beloved four legged friend "Collin".
Roberts friends, many who knew him only 'on-line', are keeping his site alive. There's much 'good stuff' to read here in his past writings.
His Home Scientist business of science and biology labs for home schooling, is still alive, with Ben Siciliano taking over the business. If you are interested in home study of chemistry, biology, or forensics, head on over to The Home Scientist at https://theHomeScientist.com .
Roberts Daily Blog is also continuing, with a wide variety of discussions still available. Check out Robert's Journal at https://ttgnet.com/journal .
This site, and his wife's journal at https://fritchman.com/journal , are maintained by Rick Hellewell of CellarWeb.com , another one of Robert's 'digital friends'.
There will be a few changes to Robert's site, mostly just link updates, and very little change of content. As we fix things, there might be a few 'missing links' that show up. Let Rick know about problems with the Contact Page (coming soon), or by email.
We invite you to wander around the place. There is much good information and thoughtful discourse from Robert over the years. Robert's words and thoughts, and his links are below. We'll be updating links and adding better search functions.
An entry point into Robert's old 'Daynotes' pages, spanning 1998-2011, is here. Just select the year you are interested, and go from there. There is no curation of content or links on the Daynotes pages; they are what they are.
- Rick Hellewell, CellarWeb.com
Robert Bruce Thompson
Welcome to my personal
home page. When people ask me who I am or
what I do, I tell them I'm a writer. I write books about computers,
both to earn money and because I enjoy doing so. When I'm not writing
computer books, I'm usually writing something else just for fun. When
I'm not writing, I'm almost always reading things others have written,
or, on clear nights, out with our telescopes observing the wonders of
the night sky.
Most of the action around here
occurs in these places:
Journal page is my daybook and personal diary, and is normally
updated daily or more often. It details the vagaries of a writer's
life, along with random observations about things both important and
trivial. It includes everything from notes about building new computers
and installing new software (both of which I do frequently) to
observations about politics and the weather. (Note: the latest entries in the continuation of Robert's Journal are at https://ttgnet.com/journal . )
The Daynotes Journal
Messageboard was one of two messageboards we operated. It's a
place for readers to talk to me (and each other) about whatever strikes
their fancy. The intention is for discussions of general topics to
occur on this messageboard, with technical discussions taking place on
the HardwareGuys.com messageboard, described below. (Note: discontinued.)
Messageboard, was intended for technical discussions relating to
computer hardware and software, with forums organized accordingly.(Note: discontinued.)
page is set as the default home page for my browsers. I spend a lot of
my browsing time at these sites. Actually, there are some obsolete
links on that page, which I delete when I come across them. But most of
them are worth visiting.
The Astronomy page is dedicated to
Barbara's and my second hobby. Any night we're not reading, we'll
probably be out looking up at the night sky. There's a significant
amount of material on this page already, with more to come.
I Use page is an annotated listing of the hardware and software
that I prefer. I created this page in October 2003, although years ago
I had a similar page that I kept forgetting to update. I hope to do
better this time...
I added the Genealogy
page in January 2005. I'll add material there as I have time.
As I write this in early January, 2005, I'm 51 years old
(DOB 6/6/53). I've been married for 21 years to Barbara, who gets very
annoyed with me when I introduce her to people as "my first wife." We
have no children, but we do have two Border Collie dogs. Duncan just
turned 10 on New Year's Day, 2005; and Malcolm just turned 5 old on
September 23, 2004.
I spend nearly all of my time
working or reading, seldom venturing outside the house. When I spoke
with our car insurance agent some time ago, he mentioned that he might
be able to save us some money now that Barbara and I are both working
at home. He asked how much mileage I put on my Isuzu Trooper every
month. "About fifty or so," I responded. "Only fifty miles a week! You
really don't drive much, do you?," he said. "No, I meant fifty miles a
month," I responded. The upside to that is that I don't have to deal
with the aggravation of traffic. The downside is that I fill my gas
tank only every six months or so, and can never remember which side the
filler cap is on. That and the fact that I sometimes worry that I'll
forget how to drive.
Barbara does almost everything
around the house, leaving me free to work and read. I do help a little.
I do the laundry every week, the dishes most evenings, help walk the
dogs, and help clean up around the house. But otherwise she handles
everything, house and yard.