I’m Anne Wilson.  My life is fairly evenly split between my work with KDE, where I’m known as annew, and my family where it could be said that I ‘manage’ four generations.  Each generation has its needs, and three of the four generations use me for computer technical support.  My mother, now 91, refuses to have anything to do with computers, which is a blessing 🙂

So what about my time away from the computer?  Well, there’s not as much of it as there should be, for a start.  I would list my interests as gardening, sewing and embroidery, music and reading, but in truth very little time goes on any of them except reading, which is mostly last thing at night and first thing in the morning – and yes, even some of that goes on reading my 3 computer magazines each month. In 2010 I joined a Creative Needlework group.  For all that I enjoy my KDE work, I do need a creative outlet to keep me sane 🙂

It’s almost 14 years since we first set up a family LAN, and making changes to it is fraught with problems.  The house was once a farmhouse, and was built over a period estimated to be around 1500-1790, in stages.  Consequently it has walls 30″ (90cm) thick on the oldest part.  The walls are dry-stone built, too, so taking a new cable through is not something you do for fun, and wifi struggles to get through one of those walls, so using it for the whole house is simply not an option.  As wifi has got better over the years, it has helped reach the places that cables simply can’t reach.

Funny how I always end up talking about computers, isn’t it?

So what about the family?  My husband is a technophobe who uses Linux because that’s what I gave him, and it does the very limited things he needs without needing any attention.  My two daughters are both computers-are-a-tool people.  One has just been introduced to Linux when XP’s SP3 made her laptop unworkable.  My son-in-law is a Windows user of the type that needs a wide berth – he installs with regularity that makes Linux must-have-the-latest types look tardy.  That leaves my grandchildren – both with careers of their own..  The granddaughter, Micky, is a ‘tool’ person, while my grandson, Andy, is keen on photography – he’s also very artistic.  At this time I don’t see much chance that either of them will be a Linux convert, which is sad.

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  • joe

    You are so refreshingly unlike any linux user I’ve come across. Good to see the diversity in free software…

    Comment | October 4, 2009
  • annew

    @joe It’s a fallacy that linux is for geeks. Linux is wonderful for geeks, but with a little thought on how it is installed and set up it can be wonderful for the totally non-tech user as well. We really do have something for everyone. Let’s get out there and tell everyone about it.

    Comment | October 9, 2009
  • I have taken a look at the source code for the jefview stuff, and added a bit too it. What I started with did not include a working version, but I have married Linus Torvolds pesconvert that thumbnails pes files and now have something that seems to work well. It produces .png files from .jef files.

    I am happy to send it if its of interest, it should compile with normal tools on a normal Ubuntu system and probably other systems.

    Comment | December 6, 2012
  • annew

    Thanks for your interest. With your permission, I’m going to put you in touch with David and Robert who are working on the various formats. It’s amazing that after a very long silence on this subject, we now have a small group of people interested in developing for this need.

    Comment | December 7, 2012
  • Ok, I thought I’d post the code here since the last post was 3 years ago, so its quite round here.

    You can get it here:

    Please let me know if this works for you!

    My email is in the readme file.

    Comment | December 6, 2012
  • Ryan Standeven

    My mother got a Memory Craft 11000 and because I know nothing about this confounded embroidery stuff it’s been a bit of an uphill battle.
    Your post about the JEFPreview is very easy to follow.

    This about page has the latest information I can find about the progress. Is there a git page or something for this project?
    I really don’t want to see this project die…

    Comment | March 19, 2013
  • annew

    Robert and David, the developers in question, both have day jobs and little time. However, progress is definitely being made. You can read more about it at .

    Comment | March 20, 2013

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