Hey, I’m a Screenwriter!

| July 27, 2009

Today I watched The Blue Eyed Six documentary on DVD. The Blue Eyed Six were a group of six men, all of them coincidentally blue-eyed, who were arrested and indicted on first degree murder charges in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, in 1879. The motive for the murder was an insurance scheme which relied on life insurance [...]

Reviving a Dead Computer

| June 8, 2009

The other day I was going through some stuff, and I came across my old IBM Thinkpad 600E. The 600E is a relatively small 1999-era laptop, which was considered a solid and reliable business machine in its day. I had purchased it on eBay around 2003 as a second computer and as my first laptop. [...]

How I Almost Lost my Domain

| August 2, 2008

By the year 2000, I had been online with a modest website for several years under the persona of Broken Claw. Until that time, I had been using the online services of what were known in those days as Personal Pages, first with some free ad-sponsored websites like Yahoo Geocities, and then with my local [...]

On the Web

| April 3, 2006

BrokenClaw has been up and running since 1998. We started as an ad-sponsored homepage on xoom.com, which at the time was similar to Yahoo’s Geocities. Soon thereafter we switched to our ISP supported homepage — one of those /~user websites. [Note: As of 2012, none of these personal homepages are still viable, as everyone who [...]

BrokenClaw In the Media

| October 7, 2005

My article about the aboriginal Susquehannock tribe was reprinted in the Summer 2005 edition of Cecil Soil magazine, a local magazine for and about Cecil County, Maryland. Our Christmas Carols page consistently gets the most attention on and off the Web. It was included in the November, 2002, issue of Family Fun magazine, in the [...]

Online Before the WWW

| June 10, 1999

My enthusiasm for home computing was fueled by my scientific and creative curiosity. I wanted to know how it all worked and how I could make it better, from booting DOS to running programs. I knew what every line in my config.sys and autoexec.bat files did, why they were there, and what effect changing them [...]

Home Computing Before Windows

| June 7, 1999

My first exposure to a desktop computer came in 1988 when our office got an IBM PS/2. To someone used to running business software at a workstation, it was not very impressive. We had two programs on it: our vendor’s product list and a word processor, which wasn’t much more than a text editor for [...]

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