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So here's the thing. I am a dinosaur, as all my friends will tell you. A man of the 20th century, not the 21st. Yes, I have been using a computer for twenty years now, but while I cruise this interwebby thing with a PC and Windows, I still do all my writing on an old DOS machine running WordStar 4.0, the Duesenberg of word processing software (very old, but unsurpassed). I have my website, which someone else runs for me, and I have this LJ account, the blog that I vainly called my Not A Blog in hopes that might prevent me from blogging.

But that's it.

I am not on Facebook.

I am not on Twitter.

I will not be on the next new thing to come along, the one that makes Facebook and Twitter as obsolete as GEnie and CompuServe and The Source, those halcyon communities of yore.

Now some of you may think you've seen my page on Facebook. Others may swear they've read my tweets. Wrong and wrong. 'twas not me. Friends of mine who do these things inform me that there are several Facebook pages with my name on 'em. Some seem to be the work of well intentioned fans, and do nothing but copy my posts from here. Others are the work of trolls, established for purposes of abuse, since Ty keeps a lid of that kind of crap on LJ. A few are rank imposture, I hear, featuring nasty comments by assholes pretending to be me. The same sort of stuff is going on with Twitter, I'm told.

I have neither the time, the energy, or the inclination to get on any of these social media myself. There's WAY too much on my plate, and keeping up with the Not A Blog and my website are taxing enough. So here's what I've done. I've given my friend Elio... better known to the denizens of Westeros as Ran... permission to syndicate my posts and comments on both Facebook and Twitter.

Here's the URLs:



These Westeros sites will post my own stuff, yes... but also a lot of other material about the novels and TV shows. "Our social media sites are, we think, a pretty good place to keep on top of the latest news related to you and your projects," Elio writes. Just so.

And these are the ONLY social media feeds I've authorized. If you want to follow me on Facebook or Twitter, accept no substitutes.

(Well, in English. Let me modify that statement. I have given some of my foreign fan sites permission to translate my posts into other languages, so if you are reading this in Klingon or Dothraki, you're just fine).

And now we return you to your regularly scheduled programming, and me to Skull Island, where Kong is staggering a little.


Feb. 27th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
<-- Kong is staggering a little -->
From The Chronicles of Riddick, "Kill the beast while it's wounded!" and "You keep what you kill." In otherwords, go for the kill...torturing Kong will just make him angry and he puffs up even more to intimidate you...you know that better than anyone. Alas, it is your beast to do with as you will...I'm sure I'm not alone in the sentiment I convey with the phrase, "We're behind you in this endevour because you know the way better than anyone."

On the DOS note...I'm concerned. I was weaned on DOS 2.0 and the last DOS I used as my primary operating system was 3.30a. Are you using DOS 3.xx? I hope not, because I'm a computer engineer with 28 years of experience in my bones and MSDOS was the first OS that I really dug into the details of. As I recall IO.SYS delivered with DOS 3.xx will have problems with the file dates...not the FAT directory entry which is good until 2107 (7 bits), but the Input/Output routine which processes the file date cannot handle a year larger than 2015 (5 bits)...I remember stepping through the routines using MASM and Norton Utilities and watching the routine shift the year into position prior to adding 1984 to it...this was a speed improvement over taking the 7 bit date and adding 1980 to it...like previous versions of DOS did. I believe DOS 4.0 stopped using this speed enhancement, but I can't guarantee it because I stayed with 3.30a until Windows 95 came out. I don't believe there will be any error...it's just that all file dates from 2016 and later will be written to disk as 1984 because the 5 bits used during the calculation will roll over from 11111 to 100000 and the 1 at the beginning will be shifted out and not used in the unsigned arithmetic.

Deja vu...I actually remember mentioning this in a Not-a-blog post about 8 years ago and you assured me that you were not using 3.30a, but I can't help myself when someone mentions they are using DOS. Good luck with WordStar too...I taught Word Perfect to civilian employees on a military base who were transitioning from WordStar (I believe the current version was 2.x) to Word Perfect 1.x.

So, I had to learn WordStar as well as Word Perfect, and what I remember the most was the WordStar manual was a huge multi-volume epic of over 1,000 pages which spelled out in detail all the very versatile functions that allowed a user to do just about anything they wanted...with the right keystrokes for which there were keyboard overlays to help users remember them. The Word Perfect manual was only like 300 pages and there was only one overlay...menus replaced special keystrokes in a lot of features and printer setup was greatly improved. That's why a lot of users went with Word Perfect...it "appeared" to be easier.


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