Further the 'challenges' in my post dt. Mar 15, 2014 10:43 AM (http://mathforum.org/kb/thread.jspa?messageID=9412611?), we might even consider the following further 'challenge' - (the challenge proper appears at No. 3 below; Nos. 1 and 2 are 'background' to the challenge):
1. As I've observed earlier, I have very small knowledge of 'computer s/w','programming' and the like - my knowledge being limited to a little 'C' that I had taught myself way back in, I believe, mid-'80s in order to communicate at a basic level with the s/w designer who worked on the very first version of OPMS. After that, I concluded that I should devote my limited personal time, energy and effort to the development of the OPMS concept itself, leaving the s/w design to s/w experts.
2. After that, I never 'did anything s/w' myself, except for communicating with the Interactive LogicWare (ILW) team of s/w designers who developed the prototype OPMS s/w. I understand Robert Hansen has VAST (umpteen years' worth of) s/w experience.
3. The challenge: with the above as background, I am willing - if needed funds can be found - to demonstrate that OPMS can help me learn s/w design effectively enough that, within 1 year's time, I'd obtain a certification from Robert Hansen himself that I have gained adequate 'competence'* at s/w development (of course, given that he is willing to enter into this challenge - AND that he would assure us all that he will conduct himself 'fairly'* and 'correctly'* in this challenge).
I would require that some fair and reasonably competent person from amongst Math-teach participants would involve him-/herself with supervising this 'challenge', in particular with regard to the above-noted 'fair and correct'* conduct of Robert Hansen. [We would of course need to develop acceptable and accepted definitions of the starred (*) items above].
My own main work during this 1-year period noted above will be continuing development of OPMS, this is my own personal Mission and has nothing to do with the 'challenge'. The funds required for me to devote sufficient time and effort to the task of learning s/w design to the level that would be needed to satisfy Robert Hansen's undoubtedly high standards: I believe US $ 500 per month for a duration of 1 year should do the trick, i.e. that would amount to only US $ 6000/-. I do believe that should be merer than a flea-bite for someone with the enviable income-level of US $ 20K per annum.
Any success that I might enjoy in this 'challenge' would surely be a quite significant step forward for OPMS. If I happen to fail the 'challenge', I shall reimburse (within 1 year of my failure) the funds of US $ 6000/- spent in paying for a very limited part of my time during the period of the challenge.
(It is possible that we may have to avail ourselves of the services of a lawyer to draw up an appropriate and acceptable agreement to lay out a sound legal framework for the proper conduct of this challenge. I would NOT be in a position to pay any US lawyer, as I understand their fees are much higher than I would be able to afford. I *may* be able to find [and pay for, at a rate I could afford] a reputable India-based lawyer: no guarantees about this, however).