1. Freelance computer and electronics services. Web design and services, Email system support.
Serving the Washington D.C. area, including Maryland, Northern Virginia, and the District of Columbia.
Recent areas of practice:
Windows 95/98 troubleshooting, upgrades, support and installations;
Office, Word, other MS support services. Cable running. Hard disk and
file system maintenance, repair. Website building, design, updating,
and modifications. Pentium PCs and laptops. Network analysis, rewiring.
Modem card servicing and configuration; PCMCIA cards. Apple Powerbook
hardware servicing. Tech support by email, by telephone, and in person.
Email account configuration; sending images in emails. Procurement
consultation. Computer virus detection, system cleaning, & education.
Electronic watch repair. Printers and drivers. Employment counseling,
advice on resume posting online. And, a 100% approval rating from all clients to date!
First-time rates for computer services: $ 35 per hour - plus sales price of parts if any needed - as of July 31, 2001. (Superseding 9/01/00 rate of $30.00/hr.)
[Subject to limitations. Exact fee charged subject to negotiation, as appropriate
for equipment serviced and other circumstances. Some services cheaper, and
any advanced programming above the level of HTML-only Web Design starts at $35
per hour as of September 1 2000.
- Inquiries on rates/terms welcome! (-Tech support questions will be charged for!) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that all price quotes are good for only up to 3 months after the estimate of
rate is communicated to the customer. Prices as stated here are subject to change
without advance notice. ]
2. SF & Fantastic Fiction:
Great Endings from Science Fiction.
Dan Simmons' Hyperion / Endymion series - a critical examination.
Lovecraftiana? The Ancestry of Cthulhu Mythos gibberish, a rummage sale from primeval pre-Lovecraft eras, of possible precedents for
H.P. Lovecraft's bizarre & uncanny use of nonsense syllables.
- Episode #2 of 'Start Truck'.
- 'Discovery, No Longer Terrible' (-the sequel and ending to 'Battleship Discovery The Terrible'.)
- 'Really Brilliant Reviews of the movie 2001'.
- Reviews, of Science Fiction books and videos:
3. Poetry & verse drama:
- My own poems (see also UpSky below) :
- And other poetry:
4. Tennis, May-June 2000:
This section is defunct" - true enough as of May 8 2000. But subsequent developments suggest its revival. "I haven't added to it many months, and seldom finished anything in it anyway, except for the research data on 'Tennis goddesses' page. R.I.P. ]" - I've changed my mind.
May 15, 2000 editorial. About Magnus Norman, the responsibilities of the rankings #1 spot, and a review of French Opens previous to 2000 A.D. Plus my prognostications for Roland Garros 2000.
June 9, 2000 editorial. On the finals of the French Open 2000.
New: August 2001 brief note: - Of triumph - & disappointment, about both sides of the French Open, in 2000 and 2001.
( Future Editorials to be placed here. Watch this space. )
9. Money and brains: (A multi-Currency Converter, a super info resource:
New: (A calulator of the values of old money or old monetary figures, taking inflation into account:
- HTML, Web Design...
- Skill certification at Master level recently won by Russell Hess ( the Webmaster ). See link, section 1.
- Past versions & revisions of websites I've built:
- How to build a good Website - UpSky is award-winning, see Awards List.
11. Science & History:
13. Superstition: ...the only appropriate subject for this number.
14. Recipes, Food:
X. All the rest; Miscellanea:
Tell the Webmaster! ...not your life history, but all suggestions and comments are welcome. Email link to <email@example.com>.
( . . . you are guaranteed not to be put on a mailing list nor subjected to email ads - except my signature block of course. )
This website's twin: 9 of the above categories with different content, at 'UpSky'.
(In case you wonder, "What happened to 5 (or 6, 7, 8) ?" - - see F.A.Q.)
( "Initial italics: Why?" )
UpSky2 being updated... August 4 & ~ 15 & 21, 2001 ... also July 24 & 30 2001. ( - Frequently updated also, in 2000, and in 1999.)
Since August 1998, UpSky2 has had
FastCounter by LinkExchange
(local counter, in development, May 1 2000.)
The Knowledge Is Power Award, for 'UpSky', May 1999.
'Icarus', down to earth - Less exalted and more negative :
Satire! Beating dead horses! Blabbermouths! Pizza...! Outrages against...! Contests with a new prize...! A cure for hair problems...! ...and more! (Updated, June 2000.)
Block Sender List Club at UpSky2.
- You too can
FIGHT SPAMateurs* !!
A Nightmare Scenario
The logical end result of the current Spam junk-e-mail scene, is email services resembling current systems for transmitting secure data:
To send to someone will require not only the right email address [ analogous to a 'public key' ], but also the correct Subject line code [ as a 'private key' analogue ].
...Email systems would be, in this nightmare scenario, designed to filter out all email with subject lines not equal to ( for instance ) "
iD:Qs0196s24QQz3". (...more about this possible future...)
[ . . .Watch this space, more to come soon . . . Links to be activated:
Maxims against spam Spam hater's glossary
Block Sender List, category 1 - ground for inclusion
A definition of what exactly constitutes true spam of the most offensive varieties encountered. ]
* ( - a "Spamateur" is what you get when you cross a spammer with something amateurish - not pretty. )
( I.R.C.C., the International Red Cross & Crescent gets a percentage from this: )