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Frankly, it's my playground, my attic, and my scrap
The "personal" section gives some details about me and my interests, and should give some idea of why I chose the subjects that I did for this site. I was initially going to make this a computer site, but the internet is choked with computer sites of every description already. Many (maybe most) of them are written by far more knowledgeable people then I. I do not pretend to be a computer expert (except when applying for work), and any attempt by me to create an informational site about computers would require a vast amount of effort to produce what would essentially be a second rate rehash of information better presented on other sites. The same goes for my other hobbies (Firearms, Sailing, Photography). Each of these pursuits has produced an enthusiastic following of very well informed, knowledgeable and experienced professionals, and hobbyists. Many of these people have put up web sites. Working within my limitations, I have decided to make this a truly personal site, reflecting my own experiences, expressing my tastes, and showcasing my hobbies. I share what knowledge I have; I give my opinions, and I try not to make too many mistakes. Expert opinions may be found on some of the sites in my links sections.
This site has been divided into separate sections for each subject. Each section has its own page of related links, and each is like a little sub site of it's own. Most people on the net have, at the very least, a passing interest in computers, but many people do not care for firearms. There are actually some people who are bored by sailing (hard to believe, but true). I have kept the sections separate in order to appeal to people of all tastes who may share some, but not all, of my interests. I like to think of myself as an explorer. Exploration requires an active mind and a good set of tools. These pages describe some of the tools and techniques used to explore and interact with the world.
I have also put this site together using very basic techniques. There are no bells and whistles, as I prefer substance to style. I also have an abiding dislike for two of the most abused bits of trickery on the net --- Java, and frames. Actually a properly done web site using frames is not too bad, but most of them are so poorly done they are almost impossible to navigate. Java, though hailed as this great cross platform language, is slow, cumbersome, and has a tendency to make a computer unresponsive while the applet loads and runs. I hate it! I actually do have Front Page, but I do not yet see any reason to learn how to use it. The program saves pages in a style that I do not care for, making manual updates difficult. There are also many servers that still do not support Front Page extensions. This site was initially laid out using Corel WordPerfect 8, as this program is more than able to work within the rather spartan format I have decided upon for this site, and has been updated using the Page Composer component of Netscape Communicator. The result --- a site which is (I hope) informative, interesting, quick to load, and not too demanding of computer, browser, or bandwidth. Every web master should show so much consideration for his "users".
The final point about this page is that it is real. It reflects only what I have actually done, and only the tools and toys that I have actually bought and used. The Firearms photographs were taken of my own collection, using my HP C20, and latter Canon D30 digital cameras, and using the gray carpeting of my living room floor as a back drop. The computers were photographed using the same camera. All of the pictures were then cropped and converted to jpeg images using Photoshop (love that program). This is in contrast to many hobbyist sites which can become trips into a sort of fantasy land. I have seen gun sites with richly illustrated and detailed descriptions of an assortment of machine guns and assault rifles, exotic pistols, and other paraphernalia, obviously put together from other sources by a person who owns none of these guns, and knows only what has been written by others. There are similar pages devoted to boats, and to computers. These pages seem to deal only with large yachts, or with the latest generation of top of the line computer equipment.
Properly written and researched these can be informative, even invaluable as sources of information, but often they are just one person's fantasy, and may be factually inaccurate. Everything on this site comes from firsthand experience. If I lack knowledge or experience on a certain subject, I refer the reader to my links section, where first hand information can be found. The reason I am so obsessed with this is that in my own wanderings around the web, I have found a bounty of misinformation, rumor presented as fact, poor research, and repetition of incorrect facts. I can't tell you how many times I have seen sites telling me that Glock pistols can pass undetected through airport screening,
Please enjoy the site, if you spot any errors please let me know so that I can set them right. I have tried to make everything as factual as possible, and, with the exception of the bullet lethality section, have written from personal experience. Unless otherwise stated, all pictures were taken and/or modified by me (including my Einstein in ed links). I would be flattered if anyone else cared to use them, but please let people know where they came from.