In case you have been asking the burning question: “What about Bob?” Here’s the answer:
I’ve been on the Internet since 1992 when I got got my first account through HSU while I was teaching there in the Theater Dept. I would log on to their old Vax system and surf around using Gopher. It was heady times discovering all the remote files on servers around the globe. It felt like such a treasure hunt. Anybody remember InfoSlug at UC Santa Cruz? At home, I was also using my 300 baud modem to log on to various Bulletin Boards that I found. It was, even though it was all text, slow and not very consistent. But again, I thought it was so cool, I couldn’t get enough.
The next year, when someone showed Mosaic to me, (the first graphical web browser), I was really floored and began to see the future unfolding before me.
Somehow, I forced myself to learn HTML, basic server technology and scripting. I made a painful transition from HSU to the private world and started building web sites. That was in 1995. I’ve worked on the web since then, though I did take a couple years off to sell real estate.
I own a company called Morse Media where we produce and host web sites.
We also manage HumGuide, a community portal. Humguide is not a business, as some believe. We barely make enough money off the Google ads and Enhanced Listings to pay for the hosting and maintenance time. But I have always felt HumGuide to be a community resource. It gets thousands of visitors each week. People buy, sell and connect over the classifieds, and many people find valuable resources there. I didn’t create HumGuide. Andrew Jones did back in 1996. But I talked the company I worked for back then in to buying the site and then hire Andrew to manage it. He was getting tired of the volunteer hours it took to keep it running. After Andrew left the company we made some design and backend changes and expanded its services. In 2001 when my division got the axe as the corporation that owned HumGuide downsized, I talked them in to giving it to me so it wouldn’t disappear. We’ve recently redesigned it and made some technical improvements, moving it to the Drupal platform.
The last few years I’ve become interested in the skeptic movement and critical thinking. I recently made my first trip to The Amazing Meeting and have been inspired to become more than just a bystander and fan, but find ways to become more actively involved.