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About Mascot 2018 Asian GamesEdit

  Hello, I'm Andreas Evando P. I just knew that you reverted one of my recent contributions —the one I made with this edit to 2018 Asian Games— I'm telling you it's not fake. It's Official! Ika is now changed to Kaka. You can see it in their offical website. So please, you reverted my edit back. Thanks.

Countdown template and MOS:TIME and MOS:DATED.Edit

It looks like you believe that the Countdown template should not be used in articles per MOS:TIME and MOS:DATED. At least it is whet you added in the Template:Countdown template.

I do not understand the rational of this addition, and I did not see your explanation. MOS:TIME and MOS:DATED are not involved in the same way:

  • MOS:TIME says "Context determines whether the 12- or 24-hour clock is used" this is for time and not for delays.
  • MOS:DATED does not ban the usage of Template:Countdown neither explicitly not implicitly.

Also, the template provide seconds accuracy: Brexit has started. (refresh)

Would it be possible to have a lower accuracy, for instance only the one or two more significant numbers such as 320 days and 1 hour or 45 weeks and 5 days?

You are invited to WikiProject YouTubeEdit

Research ProjectEdit

Hi Vipersnake151

I'm an anthropology student doing an online research project on wikipedians and their motivations and ideals for writing and editing wikipedia pages. I was wondering if you would be interested in answering a few questions I have - sort of like a small online interview.

Best Karoline Husbond (Student at University of Texas Austin) -

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The invention and naming of donglesEdit

ViperSnake151: I am Mike Lake, one of the co-inventors of the dongle way back in the 1970s and the co-developer of the Wordcraft word processor - though Pete Dowson did all the heavy lifting on Wordcraft - I did the debugging, documentation and marketing! I am not dead (yet!) and I am very happy to correspond about the topic if you wish. I would like the record to be straight and I have always been amused by the stuff I have read about "Don Gall" being the inventor. My involvement with dongles (the manufacture and use therefore) ceased in the 1990s and the Wordcraft word processor has not been around for the last 25+ years - so I have no conflict of interest. I continue to be a grey haired inventor - but not of dongles! I can be reached at mlake at if you wish to contact me directly.

Trusley Mike (talk) 17:53, 30 May 2019 (UTC)

Response to comments about conflict of interest etcEdit

ViperSnake151: following your suggestion on the conflict of interest page I copy below the response I put on my own "Talk" page.

My apologies if I have posted stuff in the wrong place - you chaps deal with thousands of articles, I have been involved in only two so I find it a bit confusing about what goes where.

I am not even sure if this is in the right place because it seems to be in a "Talk" section about me as a user, rather than about Dongles - even though I clicked on "Talk" while viewing the Dongles page.

I feel a little frustrated that, for whatever reasons, I cannot set the record straight and ensure that the article on dongles is accurate.

I know verifiable "facts" are hard to come by these days, and people tend to hide behind user names so you never know who they really are (I always prefer to deal directly with real people - but I understand this is not possible with Wikipedia), but here are a few verifiable facts:

1) I am Mike Lake (mlake at, a real human being, living in Derby, England. I can provide evidence for my existence (I never thought I would ever have to write that <g>) and a quick Google search for my name or for trusleymike or trusley_mike will find me. (I live in the village of Trusley and my name is Mike - hence the user name.) I think there is a Canadian politician with the same name - but he is not me and I am not him.

2) I am the co-inventor, in the late 1970s, of both the dongle as a physical device and the neologism by which it is known. The other two inventors were Peter Dowson (now a well respected expert on linking all sorts of hardware to aircraft simulators - Google his name to find out more) and Graham Heggie who was an electronics engineer at the time dongles were invented. I don't know what Graham is doing these days.

3) We developed dongles to protect the Wordcraft word processor running on the Commodore PET. Later we produced versions for serial and parallel ports to provide protection on new computers as they came along. Our final dongles were for the IBM PC and clones.

4) We supplied dongles to third parties to protect their software. I suppose we sold a few hundred thousand over the few years we developed and manufactured dongles.

5) Wordcraft, and its type-setting derivative, Typecraft, were character-based systems and we decided not to continue development when graphics WYSIWYG word processing came along with MS Word - we didn't have the marketing muscle to take on Microsoft. So, Wordcraft/Typecraft didn't continue beyond the late 1980s

6) We stopped developing and making dongles at about the same time.

So, I have no interest in dongles from a financial point of view and the software they were designed to protect ceased being sold over 25 years ago.

I don't therefore think I have a conflict of interest.

I am retired but, along with a couple of other retired friends from the software/electronics world, we formed ourselves into "Quite Useful Stuff" (QUS) so we can invent and develop quite useful things as the fancy takes us. We meet once a week to discuss ideas and to progress any projects we may be working on. QUS is not a company - it is three guys who prefer product development to playing golf <g> In the last couple of years we have developed a Bluetooth temperature probe for the fast food market, a Bluetooth remote level (SmartAngle) and a DAB radio conversion kit for classic cars.

I suppose I am a bit like James Dyson who might wish to post about how he invented a new type of vacuum cleaner or Albert Einstein who might want to post about how he came across relativity.

I welcome your advice on the best way to put the record straight. I happen to think the Dongles article is vague and fairly unhelpful for those seeking information - I would be happy to rewrite it for consideration.

Trusley Mike (talk) 14:05, 31 May 2019 (UTC)

21CF successorsEdit

Hi ViperSnake151,
Please join our conversation here to discuss about your issues on who the "successor" is for 21st Century Fox. (talk) 07:40, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

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