Welcome!

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My name is A. J. Mako. Like the sign says, I’m a writer, programmer, and web designer. This is my personal web site, which basically means this is a little piece of the Internet that I can be too busy to update regularly.

Writer

Writing is probably my number one passion. I could write twenty hours a day if I didn’t need sleep every once in a while. Unfortunately, I can’t write twenty hours a day, which means I have to write when I can. That means I usually don’t get the chance to fully develop any ideas I get, which means I have started a heck of a lot of writing projects. I haven’t finished very many.

Programmer

I started programming computers way back. The first programming I ever did was in BASIC on a friend’s VIC-20. I tried to program a virtual tour of the solar system but ran out of space on the storage cassette. Then I got into the Navy and found myself using a compter every day. The one I used was a Zenith Z-286 running DOS. The first programming I did on that thing was building spreadsheets in SuperCalc and writing mail-merge documents in WordStar. Then I moved to dBase III and FoxBASE+. The first computer I ever owned was an IBM PS/1 (model 2133-53, 486SX25, with 4 MB of RAM and a 129 MB hard drive with MS-DOS 6.0 and Windows 3.1 installed).

I have done programming in Visual Basic, C++, Java, PHP, ColdFusion, ASP, Javascript and several BBS systems (Wildcat!, Spitfire, Excalibur and KBBS). Despite all this experience, I still had to take “Introduction to Programming and Logic” so I could finally finish my degree (still pending).

Web Design

I started doing web design in the summer of 1995. I taught myself HTML in two hours, and was very nearly a charter member of the HTML Writer’s Guild (they wanted money). I have designed hundreds of web sites over the years, some of which are still in operation. I prefer to apply the KISS principle. The page you are looking at is my own design.

Themes

You may be wondering what the photos on this page are for. Well, mostly they give the design a little variety and provide eye candy so you won’t get bored looking at this page. Specifically, they are shots from The Day The Earth Stood Still and the other picture is a still from a BBC production of R. U. R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots). I’m rather fond of science fiction, robots, and the like. In fact, I called the design used for this site “Plan 9”.

I write like
Arthur Clarke

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