I’ve long been an official member of the Urania observatory near Antwerp (Belgium), with a special interest in astrophysics and cosmology.
At the time, I was involved in some projects carried out at this observatory, one of which was called Meteor companion. Meteor companion started out as a computer program to facilitate the analysis of visual meteor observations. Properties of a meteor (shooting star) are typically reported on a tape recorder during an observation. Lateron, quite some statistics need to be performed on this recorded data. This is usually done using a simple calculator and a lot of paper, a time-consuming and often incredibly dull job. A program to do all the annoying calculations was therefore written in Delphi 3.0 (windows) way back when I was still in college.