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John Neller 2nd May 2018.


  • Michael Howard

    Congratulations John to this Australian historical document. I hope it will be marketed and purchased to all ‘entrepreneurial’ courses that are now being offered in Australia. I believe it could also help those who are budding entrepreneurs where my message would be: ‘never give up’ but ensure you have the finances to succeed.

    John your tenacity for detail far exceeds what others may have attempted and I for one have certainly learnt some facts. I remember dropping 8 inch diskettes into an ‘Esky box’ outside the house in Wheelers Hill, Victoria for the content to be moved to a 5 1/4 diskette. Conversion achieved within 24 hours.

    For me, it will be more than a ‘coffee table’ book more like a work of art for Australian history.

    Well done

    Michael Howard
    Frontier Software

  • Sonja Bernhardt

    I have read every word. Although NOT IN Order I immediately started on areas of my own keen interest and jumped around. Having cut my IT teeth at Mincom in the HR/Payroll field of the 80’s and 90’s LOTS of this book was clearly reminiscent for me.

    I thoroughly enjoyed my nostalgic trip through so many company and people names I came across in my own ‘golden heydays’, AND some mysteries for me were solved (e.g. what did happen to Ferntree, what company did buy which and what happened after that).

    Every mention of CasPay, ComputaPay, PayConnect Paywell, Prism, Aspect, Kaz, Compu-Clock, Spectrum, Neller, Peterborough and Frontier(Chris) sent my brain afire with memories. As did the mainframe and mid frame technologies. And of course the people represented in the book were the overall winner – the highlights for me were of course the Qld stars (Merson, DiMarco and Grant) having known, networked and spoken with them all.

    On the negative side naturally, for me and who I am, the tokenism and even patronising female representation made me cringe, plus I personally found the varied crafting and storytelling styles too inconsistent which overall made for a disjointed telling. However ultimately it did not take away from the immense nostalgic value!

    Thank you John for pulling this book together as I’m sure thousands of people who lived through those times will experience the same heartwarming reminiscence I did. And those newer to the tech scene may discover why things were the way they were, what we have inherited from those decades today and the cycle of life as we all march into the AI, IoT, VR and Blockchain new era.

  • Brian Calvert

    I haven’t found time to read every word yet, but have skimmed most entries, some of which I enjoyed more than others. The ones with personal touches are more interesting for me as they reveal the human side of striving to get started/be a success/survive. It seems a lot of us had tough times which we got through.

    I’m impressed with John’s detail on the software industry/trends etc. A lot more comprehensive than I had imagined. It could almost qualify for a PhD! Quite academic without being boring. Authoritative. Don’t recall reading that anywhere in the past. Reminded me of some of the forgotten technologies. Australian Universities should be using this book to teach software and business students how the Australian software sector developed as the spirit of entrepreneurism comes across in the many stories.

    John is to be congratulated on this fine work and his dedication to bringing it to fruition

    Brian Calvert
    Computer Software Packages/Prophecy International

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