Windows vs Mac… Who Cares?

| September 2, 2007

Okay, so there are thousands of websites and blog posts which discuss, or argue, the rivalry between Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh computers. The problem with all of these arguments is that there is no point of argument. By that I don’t mean that there is no purpose (point) in arguing, but rather that there [...]

The Value of User-Generated Content

| August 23, 2007

User-generated content is all the rage on the Internet. Sites like YouTube, Flickr, Wikipedia, and have been highlighted in mainstream media, so a lot of people have at least heard those names, even if they’ve never visited the sites or understand how they work. These four sites in particular, and probably hundreds of others, [...]

Social Websites, Unite!

| August 19, 2007

Social websites are popping up everywhere… Friendster, MySpace, Facebook, Bebo, Twitter, Jaiku, Pownce, Flickr… the list goes on and on. The idea is that you create virtual groups of friends so you can share everything online and keep each other informed. You can share news, photos, music, links, or you can just tell everyone where [...]

On the Web

| April 3, 2006

BrokenClaw has been up and running since 1998. We started as an ad-sponsored homepage on, 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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