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You are at my new website — a site intended to be more simplistic. Here is where I post my thoughts and how-tos on technology and anything else I feel like commenting on.

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Bloat Sucks

I wanted to eliminate the bloat that is WordPress and all other easy-to-use WYSIWYG editors. I also wanted to eliminate all tracking and metrics as well. Go ahead, right-click and view the source of any page here. I used to have an official blog that I kept for about ten years using WordPress. Several months ago, I deleted it because I was sick of all the crap on it — not my content that is, but all the extra crap that comes with WordPress themes. Finding a template I liked was painful, and I changed the look often. I kept wanting a simple and easy to read format and never found one I liked. I also wanted a site that didn't have a bunch of crap code that slowed download times. I hate pretty much every website that I visit that are full of scripts, trackers, and all sorts of other crap and worst of all, ads!. Why can't we have a web that is simple to use, navigate, and read without it reading us?

With this new site of mine, I plan on doing my best to keep it simple and to suck less. I don't want useless or malformed code on here anywhere, and that means that I have to code the whole site by hand and that's fine by me. I haven't coded HTML or CSS since the late 1990s, so I have a lot to learn, and that's cool by me. I manually write every page on this site in Vim, a simple, yet extensible terminal-based text editor. Then I check every page in either an HTML, CSS or RSS checker to validate them and ensure they meet all current standards.

Pictures are bloat

Yeah, I'm saying it, pictures are bloat on websites. I no longer intend on putting pictures up on my site and instead want to keep it all text-based. I want the website to be speedy and easy to read. As we say in the Marine Corps, "high speed, low drag." I know some people like pictures, and that's fine. I'm going to offer blog articles from my old website which had photos with them be provided on the article page at the bottom as a downloadable pdf. That way, you can see the article as they were initially. How-to articles with photos will be helpful where pictures are necessary to help understand what is happening, and will be available to download as pdf as well.

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