Another non-TV tape here, this one from a slightly older vintage, but still while I was at Computer Concepts. This one is a slightly more polished affair, as I was clearly playing with some computer titling effects.
Look at that gorgeous text. Pixels? What pixels?
There’s “amusing” captions for many of my co-workers. Here’s Chris Honey, expert hardware designer. He used to work for Alan Sugar at Amstrad on his home computers.
Charles Moir owned the company. He started it from his bedroom, writing software like Wordwise, and publishing utility ROM software like Disc Doctor. The company was so successful that he was able to buy the stately home you saw above, Gaddesden Place, location for several major motion pictures and TV shows.
Apart from Charles, Phil Martin is the only developer from this period who is still working at what’s now called Xara, although I believe he now works remotely, not at Gaddesden Place.
Mark Goodall was another developer, one of the principal developers on Impression, our RISC OS Desktop Publishing package (as mentioned in a recent entry).
Dave Devorchick was a junior developer at this time, and the last I heard, he was working at Microsoft in the US.
The video also contains footage of a Christmas party, an earlier vintage than the one on a previous tape. I won’t force that on you.