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Many thanks to Tom Cone.

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  • #16
    Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.


    You epitomise everything that is good about this forum!

    Keep up the great work.

    Kind regards

    Glen Schild

    My Blog


    • #17
      Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.

      Thanks for all of the help you have given me, and I'm sure most other non alphaholics out there.

      I tried to type something witty and profound, but after all of the smoke disappeared (my brain trying to think of something), all I can really say is thanks for all of the help you have given me by posting the 20,000 ++ , even though I never did ask the questions.

      Here's to another 20000 (I really need the help).

      Rick Sloan


      • #18
        Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.

        My sincerest congratulations!
        Does it sound too selfish to lift a glass for the next 20K posts? :D

        Thanks for all your help!
        Between the Alps and a comfy place


        • #19
          Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.

          The Alpha community is not the only place Tom shines his light. Thanks from the Girl Scouts - here and there.


          • #20
            Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.

            We all owe Tom a great deal for the help given over the years. He has helped me greatly with his knowledge and skill. He also thinks "Outside the Box".

            Thanks Tom!

            Dave Mason
            Skype is dave.mason46


            • #21
              Alpha Challenged

              I'll have you at 40k before you know it!

              "I get by with a little help from my friends"


              • #22
                Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.

                WOW 20,000, Thanks Tom and Congratulations


                • #23
                  Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.

                  Originally posted by Ton Spies View Post

                  Please Note. Will it happen today or tomorrow ....?

                  Tom Cone will break the border of 20,000 posts. A special moment.

                  We, as forum users, we want to thank you for your willingness, to guide us, correct us, provide supplement, for teaching insight, to stimulate our thinking and encourage us with our development with great attentiveness to quality.

                  It is not only the number of posts but just also the content that are written in all the past years with great enthousiasm and with jokes in a never ending day and night service.

                  We wish that you will be for years our grand old man.

                  Many thanks, Tom, take care.



                  Please add your comments, anecdotes, photos, cartoons and good wishes
                  I have just noticed these accolades for Mr. T.C..

                  I too am the recipient of much asisstance and advice from this scholarly gentleman. I wish I had noticed this first, so that I might be at the top of this list instead of the bottom. Be that as it may, I must add my late comment and sincerest appreciation. If we could ever calculate the time spent in addressing so many questions. and we took a most modest reply time of only one minute, that would still be 20,000 minutes helping others. It could easily be many multiples of this.
                  Thank you Tom, and please don't retire!!! Us beginners still need you.

                  Kindest regards, John Linley


                  • #24
                    Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.

                    What is amazing is that Tom has been doing this for so many years. I remember his help when I was more of a rookie (still am, after about 20 years or whenever A4v2 came out) Tom has been an integral part of this message board and we all appreciate his measured and well thought out responses. Congrats to Tom on 20K. I hope for the sake of Alpha Software that he has many years left as I'm sure he is a key reason that many are using Alpha software.



                    • #25
                      Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.

                      Originally posted by Ton Spies View Post

                      Please Note. Will it happen today or tomorrow ....?
                      Tom Cone will break the border of 20,000 posts. A special moment.
                      Many thanks, Tom, take care.
                      Tom certainly is one of the real gems of the Alpha community. I recall when I first started watching this message board, and Tom shared his wisdom on almost every thread. I don't get back to the board much any more, but it's no surprise to see he's still so generous with his time.

                      Thanks Ton, for starting the thread. It's great to see so many of those I met at the Burlington area conferences on this thread.


                      • #26
                        Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.

                        I would also like to add my thanks and admiration for the help Tom has given myself and others.

                        I could never have completed some projects without the help of Tom and others like him (thanks also Stan Matthews).

                        The thing that sets people like Tom apart is the way that they never make noobs like me feel that we have asked a stupid question (even when we have), and courteously ask for clarification when we don't explain ourselves correctly in the original post.

                        As we say in my part of the world "Cheers Tom, you are a diamond geezer!" :)
                        If computers are so clever how come someone as dumb as me has to tell them what to do?


                        • #27
                          Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.

                          Congrats. I have always appreciated your unselfish help on the board.
                          I still have your article from LearnAlpha:

                          bookmarked. It has come in handy so many times.
                          It is just one example of your thoughtful assistance.
                          Thanks again for all your hard work supporting fellow Alphaholics.
                          Best regards,
                          Jay Talbott
                          Lexington, KY


                          • #28
                            Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.

                            Congratulations Tom. You're a hero to all of us!
                            Frances Peake
                            Proctor & Peake, Inc.
                            Database Solutions for the Web and Desktop


                            • #29
                              Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.


                              Thanks to Tom for buying dinner for a couple of us quite a few years ago at one of the Conferences in Burlington !


                              • #30
                                Re: Many thanks to Tom Cone.

                                Originally posted by Deb View Post

                                Thanks to Tom for buying dinner for a couple of us quite a few years ago at one of the Conferences in Burlington !
                                What?? I've heard a lot of things about Tom, but buying dinner too?
                                Al Buchholz
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