When I first began seriously studying music in 1977, virtually everything--composition, performance, preparing music for an ensemble, copying parts, etc.--was still done by hand by the vast majority of musicians. Now, a mere 29 years later, almost everything is automated, computerized, synthesized, and computerized.
And in many ways, that's by-God great
Luckily for me, I am at that 'certain age' that during my formative years as a composer and musician, I grew up as computers did; many of us late-baby-boomers have that small bit of good fortune.
My first computers still used punch-cards; my first home computer was a VIC-20, and I ended up purchasing each new revision of the IBM-PC as it was released, using such (at the time!) wonders as PC-Composer to print out my orchestra parts from their Hercules-graphic/CGA emulation pixellation glory on my amber screen via my 9-pin--then (gasp!) 24-pin printer. I still have the scores; crikey, they're ugly!
My point is thus: anyone--not just me--who has matured as information science has matured has collected little bits ("bits" -- get it, it's a computer joke) of information that may be of use to our membership. I will sporadically, once or twice a week, post such nuggets here, as well as those of our members (giving you a complete byline, of course) who submit such nuggets either via PM or email (email@example.com
Some will be simple (as the first one will be, to immediately follow) and others will be complex; some, general; others, application-specific. Some will be old-hat to many of you; others, perhaps, useful.
Members may reply and discuss each topic that is posted.
I hope this sub-board proves useful to some of you.