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My name is Fritz 'Nick' Bjorklund. I am a software developer. I have been involved with computers, engineering, and software since 1966. With the kids grown and out of the house, I decided in October 1997 to try tractor trailer driving as a possible new career. I have always admired large trucks and the people who drive them. I took the CDL course at a local vocational school.
During the Christmas holiday that year (1997), I decided that writing a
truckers log book program would be something I could 'knock off' in a few weeks
of spare time, since I am, after all, a 'professional software developer'. Well,
it was May of 1998 before the program was ready to be distributed for others to
use. Meanwhile I had driven for TRL, Inc. for a couple of months before I
crushed my left heel by falling out of my tractor - at home - unloading 2 weeks
of road trip 'junk' - laundry, etc. Surgery, a steel plate, 8 big screws, and
after several months of 'hobbling' around the TRL yard as a permit clerk, I
decided to give up trucking for a while. After more than a year of steady
contract software development work, the urge to drive came again. I did some
'casual' driving for a local Owner Operator (OO) who is signed on with Fanelli
Bros. Trucking, Pottsville PA. Delivered 'America's oldest beer'-
Yuengling beer - around the PA, NY and MD areas. This ended a few months later
when the OO could not afford to keep two trucks. A common OO problem recently.
I have devoted almost all of my free time to DDL and some time to TLB - the
truck load balancing program.
DDL had been available as 'freeware' for almost 5 years, and I estimate that a minimum of 125,000 copies of the software are in use today (01 Oct 2002). I have reached a decision to try to convert what has been a 'hobby' for several years into a 'putting the food on the table' enterprise. If the income from DDL sales becomes 'life sustaining', I can then devote all of my time to making DDL better to the benefit of all users of DDL. The modest registration license fee of US$95 is not going to make me rich, and it should not be hard on the pocket books of the hard working truck drivers who hopefully will find DDL useful and a software tool that they 'can't live without'. The savings from not having to pay motor carrier 'fines' or worse DOT log fines will more than pay for the cost of a DDL license.
Truck drivers work hard and spend many lonely hours away from home trying to earn a barely decent wage. No driver is getting rich driving a truck. Though I have met a few owner operators and independents that are making a decent living hauling specialized cargo.
Smartphone's, IPAD, We do not have any software that will work on Smartphone's or the IPAD, nor do we have plans to develop any at this time
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