All:

I have thought of asking this on the list before, but don't think I have.

If I have, my apologies for this rerun.

My name is Robert (Bob) Lancaster. I was a programmer on IBM midrange boxes (System 32/34/38/AS400/iseries) for thirty years until August 2008 when I suffered a massive stroke which placed me in hospital for 11 months, and paralyzed the left side of my body, putting me in a wheel chair.

Although my physical problems continue, my cognitive problems were, for the most part, short-lived (other than things like occasionally forgetting whether or not I have sent an email to a mailing list).

I am now on disability, but hope one day to return to the work force, and am anxious to try my hand at it again. If I still lived in the Los Angeles area, I could easily find an old client or employer willing to let me try my hand, but my wife and I moved up here to Salem, Oregon this year to be near our new grandchild. I have no business contacts up here at all.

My question to you all:

Do you have any suggestions as to ways I could test my abilities? I know that there are many things I can't recall now, but would easily come back with some exposure (things like the function keys within various utilities), and some things which will take more digging (Free-format RPG isn't as deeply stored in my brain as is old-school RPG, for example). My logic and reasoning abilities are pretty well intact, so I have little fear that my coding and design skills are lost. All of these things will take some time on an iseries box to determine and work around.

I have a PC, but none of the old software I once used to connect with clients.

Any and all suggestions for getting me "back in the saddle" would be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,

Robert Lancaster


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