Welcome to my personal
home page. When people ask me who I am or
what I do, I tell them I'm a writer. I write books about computers,
both to earn money and because I enjoy doing so. When I'm not writing
computer books, I'm usually writing something else just for fun. When
I'm not writing, I'm almost always reading things others have written,
or, on clear nights, out with our telescopes observing the wonders of
the night sky.
Most of the action around here
occurs in these places:
Journal page is my daybook and personal diary, and is normally
updated daily or more often. It details the vagaries of a writer's
life, along with random observations about things both important and
trivial. It includes everything from notes about building new computers
and installing new software (both of which I do frequently) to
observations about politics and the weather.
The Daynotes Journal
Messageboard is one of two messageboards we operate. It's a
place for readers to talk to me (and each other) about whatever strikes
their fancy. The intention is for discussions of general topics to
occur on this messageboard, with technical discussions taking place on
the HardwareGuys.com messageboard, described below.
Messageboard, now run independently by Jim Cooley, is intended for technical discussions relating to
computer hardware and software, with forums organized accordingly.
page is set as the default home page for my browsers. I spend a lot of
my browsing time at these sites. Actually, there are some obsolete
links on that page, which I delete when I come across them. But most of
them are worth visiting.
The Astronomy page is dedicated to
Barbara's and my second hobby. Any night we're not reading, we'll
probably be out looking up at the night sky. There's a significant
amount of material on this page already, with more to come.
I Use page is an annotated listing of the hardware and software
that I prefer. I created this page in October 2003, although years ago
I had a similar page that I kept forgetting to update. I hope to do
better this time...
I added the Genealogy
page in January 2005. I'll add material there as I have time.
As I write this in early January, 2005, I'm 51 years old
(DOB 6/6/53). I've been married for 21 years to Barbara, who gets very
annoyed with me when I introduce her to people as "my first wife." We
have no children, but we do have two Border Collie dogs. Duncan just
turned 10 on New Year's Day, 2005; and Malcolm just turned 5 old on
September 23, 2004.
I spend nearly all of my time
working or reading, seldom venturing outside the house. When I spoke
with our car insurance agent some time ago, he mentioned that he might
be able to save us some money now that Barbara and I are both working
at home. He asked how much mileage I put on my Isuzu Trooper every
month. "About fifty or so," I responded. "Only fifty miles a week! You
really don't drive much, do you?," he said. "No, I meant fifty miles a
month," I responded. The upside to that is that I don't have to deal
with the aggravation of traffic. The downside is that I fill my gas
tank only every six months or so, and can never remember which side the
filler cap is on. That and the fact that I sometimes worry that I'll
forget how to drive.
Barbara does almost everything
around the house, leaving me free to work and read. I do help a little.
I do the laundry every week, the dishes most evenings, help walk the
dogs, and help clean up around the house. But otherwise she handles
everything, house and yard.