So, you want a website, eh?

I’ve been doing websites a long time.  First ones I ever put online were back in the summer of 1995, almost 22 years ago now.  In all that time I get asked a lot about doing websites for people.  Those who know the Internet and know how it works have a handle on what that request actually means.  But most do not.  To that, I decided to write an article I’ve been meaning to do for awhile called “So, you want a website, eh?”  It lays out the various parts of what actually having an using a website comprise.  Partially because so many I run into don’t know this, but also so I can point to this and say “I’ve already answered that.  Please read this” (saving myself from explaining it yet again).  So here goes… [Read more…]

Call Apogee and Say Aardwolf

As has been documented elsewhere on this blog, I worked for Apogee/3D Realms for almost 17 years in the 90’s and 2000’s.   I did several things there, but one of the things I did in my earliest days was handle phone support.   Back then (which was late 1992/early 1993) we would FREQUENTLY get people who would call up and say “AARDWOLF!”  AARDWOLF!”   Over the years I’ve told the story several times of what the Aardwolf thing was with Apogee, but I don’t think I ever put it down in blog form before, so here goes…. [Read more…]

Amazon Locker Review

Going into last year, I’ve seen an option on my Amazon checkouts called “Amazon Locker”.  I wondered what that was, and did some research.  It’s basically a place where you can have your Amazon packages delivered to in place of your home or work, and you can go pick it up when you want.   I would imagine for most people there’s little point in using it, as they just have Amazon stuff delivered to their house.   Still, if you live in an apartment (or a housing development) that has one of those “cluster mailbox” things, or if you have a theft problem at your place then this would be a useful idea for sure.   Yeah, you have to drive to pick it up, but then you have to drive to go get stuff from a USPS PO Box, too.  So in that regard, it’s the same. [Read more…]

Happy 20th, Rise of the Triad!

I moved from Pennsylvania to Texas in December of 1992.  I took a job with 3D Realms (then just called Apogee Software).  I left a company of 70,000 to come work for a videogame company in Garland of around 20 or so (most of that was order takers at the time).    I stayed there from Dec 1992 to May of 2009 when a bunch of us were notably laid off during the development of Duke Nukem Forever.   During all that time I either participated in or was witness to the development of a boatload of games.  But in all that time I was a true developer in just one of them.   That was Rise of the Triad. [Read more…]