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In the past it was a prophecy, but in the future the past has ocurred!

How-I-got-started

My introduction to the Internet

I started out creating websites for myself and friends on geocities and other hosts that were similar back in the day (late 90s). Gradually I learned and came across new technologies, data formats, and programming languages.

Back in the summer of 2000, I had just graduated high school, the Internet was in what I consider its “prime”, and I was running way too many websites. They were all mostly silly or pointless, and I wanted to drop them all as I thought that did not make sense and was a waste of time. After thinking it over for a while, I created factorQ.net, and have utilized it on and off since then. The name does not mean or stand for anything in particular, I just thought of a “cool sounding” name….and factorq.com was a russian porn site—doh! So .Net it was. Before the whole blogging thing got overly popular and Wordpress became the golden standard, I got tired of editing plain html and actually set up my MySQL db and created a php site that could handle dynamic content very well. I still maintain that I was ahead of my time and if I had stuck with it I could have created and distributed my own CMS like Wordpress, but hindsight is 20/20. Around this same time period, I was also introduced to Linux by a friend.

For a long stretch of time, probably from 2003 or 2004 until the summer of 2009 the factorq.net domain was lost and other domains were used— in 2009 I reattained the domain.

Over the years I have gone from a paid host, to a free host, to Blogger, and now to wordpress (see this post for backstory). And now (January 3, 2011) I have actually switched back to a paid server with more HTML based content (I didn’t want to pay the extra carge for a db)…a custom php front side and the blog is my own fork of hl—. Once I get it sorted, it should all be able to be based off the blog software, I’m not sure if I want to do that yet though.

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Published Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2006 15:09:00 +0000

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