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12-17-16: A new year is coming up, and I decided to remove all the old stuff to make space for new. Freehosting.com has been good for me, but free space is limited. I haven't done anything with the other interests is years, so it's time to clean up the site.

8-7-16: Things worked just fine for a long time. Then I noticed my mavn.us email stopped working. The MX records to my mail host weren't being updated, and no mail server could find my host. Turns out 000webhost.com's DNS server has been having trouble for some time, according to the user's forum. So today I switched hosting to freehosting.com. Within minutes my mail worked again. Freehosting.com has complaints and detractors also, but I control the domain and the files, so I can always flip it to another host if needed. So far they look great to me. They make money selling additional functions and services I don't need. I'm thinking of trimming the site down again. About the only thing I'm working on these days are the drones.


11-2-15: Have been locked out of the site for a couple of days, after the host got hacked, losing everyone's passwords and personal info. It looks like they disabled the page counter and all the statistic information which I really liked.


10-27-15: After looking at the stats from my great host's site analysis program, I see some interesting developments: First, most people are using Safari, and second, most people are using 430 lines, on a cell phone. I don't know yet how my site looks on a cellphone, I'm an old computer guy. The second more frequent resolution is 1400 lines, on a big monitor. Another thing: The most popular page is Lucy's quadcopter page. This is curious to me because Marcie is a much more interesting aircraft. People are also looking at the old pages, so I better not kill them off.


10-16-15: Added another counter to all the pages, for 000webhost.com. The quadcopter section is really taking over. To make room I remove older stuff. Since there's a link to my YouTube videos on the quad pages, you can contact me there if you have a comment or complaint.


9-25-15: What's the point to this site? It's a technical reference for others who might be working on similar projects. Maybe I can spare someone else the (sometimes expensive) mistakes I constantly seem to make. It's a record of what I did, in case I need to go back and fix something later. And it's a photo album for family and friends who might wanna see what I'm up to these days. This site is G-rated, so even very young folks can learn and enjoy. Sadly most kids are more jaded and worldly than I am, so it's probably a futile effort. Somehow the right to free speech has morphed into the right to offend. Bad taste has become the objective. So I'm striking a blow for boring content. And despite the Google ads, I haven't received a dollar yet of revenue, so it's not a commercial site.


6-12-15: Found to my delight that ATT is no longer blocking my pages. Don't know who to thank, but it's nice to share my decent, moral, and informative blog with anyone who might be interested.

3-3-15: I removed the radio section to make room for more quadcopter info. Wondering if the new "net neutrality" law will compel ATT to un-block this site on their network. I don't object to blocking sites with illegal or dangerous content, but I do object to blocking entire hosts or servers. There is nothing even objectionable to this site. Maybe the American flag bothers American Telephone and Telegraph. According to Google Analytics most of my viewers (about 30%) are in Brazil. This is interesting because I lived there (Salvador, Bahia) for a while, and didn't want to come home. Now I'm very sad to read about things going badly there again. Should have stayed there, was much happier.

12-24-14: BE ADVISED that this domain is currently blacklisted (censored) by ATT, who consider 000webhost.com a "poorly policed" host. 000webhost.com suggests I fix it with ATT myself, which is not possible since I can't control the activities of other sites on this shared server or IP number. If being visible to ATT's clients is important to you, you may want to invest in hosting with a more "policed" (controlled) host. ATT also blocks email from blacklisted domains. This domain is not on any other blacklist as shown on mxtools.com. 000webhost.com should make it obvious that their free hosting (at least) is blacklisted by ATT, or take action to unblock their servers.This is a shame, because 000webhost.com freely provides fast, reliable server space.

11-19-14: Have learned that ATT is blocking this domain for some reason. It works fine at home on Time Warner Cable Internet, but not at work, using ATT Uverse. I wrote them a letter today asking them to unblock it. I've been working a lot on flying robots, my newest interest. There is also some new work on the Zenith G881 radio page. Added Google Analytics code on some of the pages to see if anyone is looking at this.

7-2-14: Removed the Chinese diesel engine and Chrysler Mutineer pages, both are long gone. Made minor changes to the Festiva pages, I'm not seeing many of these on the road anymore either. Might add a generator page, I've just converted mine to propane.

7-2-14: Updated the Samurai / 2014 page. Figured out the problem with my camera, so more pics in future.Still have not made a single dollar from the Google AdSense ads. Ever. Still editing this site with gedit, a plain jane text editor. Old habits die hard.

3-17-14: Finally got around to another update. Not much happening, which is usually just fine.

9-12-13: Someone is spoofing my domain name to send spam, so I removed email links and meta data from all pages. Never got any useful email, in over ten years of operation. Also removed ftp logs and lock files that just take up space. Added some new pics to the Samurai section. Have a great camera now, should replace the terrible pics in the radio section.

7-8-13: Uploaded a Suzuki Samurai section. Working out bugs, then I'll polish it further.

6-13-13: Well it's been a while, but after finding my registrar using my domain for an ad-supported search page, I decided to take control back and hosted the domain on 000webhost.com. Their space is totally free and easy to work with. I don't plan on upgrading, but I do appreciate the space and hope others will subscribe to their service. I plan to add new content and do more with the site.

3-17-09: Re-vamped the home page to reflect increasing focus on bail bonds, added a Twitter widget, and a picture of myself.

2-14-09: Added Bail Bonds to the home page. Removed the embedded video to Pickens Plan. Edited the webcam page also.

11-8-08: Added a page for the Chrysler Mutineer, removed link to the Computer donation program, which is discontinued.

7-9-08: I've been hacked! I went to update my Diesel page today, and found hundreds of new pages had been added to the site, all with links to malicious websites. I deleted all the files and changed all my passwords. Will be checking the site more often to make sure it stays clean.

6-11-08: Updated the home page, put a USB webcam back on.

1-6-08: Got the site re-hosted at Godaddy.com after previous host disappeared without notice, taking this site and my email down for a month. Was easier than I expected, but had to pay for the year's hosting again. Today I removed computer and notary business advertising from the home page, and added some pages on my new project, the 1980 Ford Mustang.

10-16-07: So the Google ads have netted about $8, which is more than I expected. Thanks to anyone who clicked on one. The big winners are the 1979 Ford F-350 page, and the Jiang Dong R175 Stationary Diesel Engine page. I zapped the Bugzapper Webcam when I plugged it into my solar power system, which is 12 volts instead of 5. Now looking for an affordable replacement.

7-9-07: Added Google Ad-sense ads to try and recover costs of hosting. I'm paying about $85 a year in hosting fees, not including all the time it takes to update pages. Returned some content I had removed earlier, specifically the Ford Festiva pages, 1979 Ford F-350 pages, the Biking pages, and the Old Radio pages. Why do I insist on cluttering the internet with this stuff? Because it might be useful to someone out there, and to bring in some ad revenue. When I was working on the Festiva I would have killed for some of that information, just the pictures of how it went together before I messed with it. I have received a couple of nice emails from people about these pages, and one or two bitchy ones. I didn't put any ads on the Donation project pages, because I want to keep it completely non-commercial. Unfortunately the Google ads seem to trigger the security alerts in IE, but it's unavoidable. The Webcam uses Java and triggers alarms also.

5-21-07: Embedded the streaming video webcam into the webcam page, removed the still webcam. Left the link to the free software. Jazzed up the home page with some color, added bullets and some content. Want it to load fast and clean.

3-20-07: Major changes to website, removed most of the original content. Removing content will break links below, but need to make room for new stuff.

7-30-06: Removed Javascript code to add to favorites from home page, was tripping IE security alert which is annoying. Added blacklist and lovelist pages to warn friends about outstandingly good and bad companies.

7-23-06: After the annual suspension for non-payment and restoral, I guess it's time to reorganize the site again. Adding some new content from my $19 ION digital camera from Target. Doing away with the personal subpage, as the commercial side never produced anything anyway. Cleaned up most of the old vehicle information, saved the Festiva pages because there might be some useful info there. Saved the DVD section because it just too so long to create. Links to Amazon probably all broken, will have to check.

6-23-05: Site restored after outage. Didn't pay on time, cut off. I guess $86 bucks isn't worth a phone call these days. Going to run a link checker on the whole site and fix broken links.

5-6-05: Once again the host changed the site log access without notice, so I've removed the non-functional link. They also complained about excessive space use, so I removed CJ's pictures to save space.

2-15-05: The access logs show that some "adult" blog site is generating lots of referrals to this site, so I moved Christopher's site to a passworded section. If they're interested in hiking or pickup trucks, more power to 'em. Hoping it's just a log error. Added a page for the 1985 Mercury Marquis I just bought.

1-23-05: Have started working on the site again, adding a webcam.

8-4-04: Site statistics page was moved again without notice. Fixed.

6-19-04: Found the truck from "Duel" during my bike ride this morning. The page is now gone.

6-17-04: Bought another Festiva yesterday, didn't take long to shoot some pics and set up it's own page.

6-04-04: Removed links to affiliates, makes pages load faster. Modified the bikes pages, dropping the camping gear pages which were a mess. Modified the DVD page, personal page.

4-14-04: Modified home page to remove vehicle and entertainment links, which were moved to my personal page. Finally improved communications to redirect the toll-free number to my cellphone instead of taking voicemail and paging me (sometimes). Goodbye Verizon, Hello Nextel.

1-31-04: Thanks to whoever bought "Rocketship XM", this site netted another 75 cents. That brings the grand total for 2003 to $1.47, not bad for a few hundred hours' work. Hoping all the interest in the ULC page isn't a bad sign. I took down the Hampster page when they were given away, and Ebay auction images to save server space. Site is still "idling" till I have money to do more.

1-16-04: Giving up on affiliate programs. Leaving the existing DVD and sports pages up for public interest. Changing direction of the company toward services. Added favicon link in all headers, gotta improve the custom icon.

12-10-03: Noticed that the wood stoves pages were attracting a lot of attention, and there wasn't much there, so I updated it with some links to current sources of those items. Just added a link to the sites statistics so you can see what people are looking at, many interesting details. Reformatted all the RV pages, added some descriptions to the pictures. Updated my personal page, removing the link to radios, which have mostly been sold, and the webcam.

10-25-03: Recently reworked the Festiva page, which is the most popular page on the site. Moved the page into a different folder, which required a forwarding page. Also split the page into the original (destroyed) car and it's replacement. Have settled on a standard for enlargable pictures, using 640 x 480 for large, and 320 x 280 for the "thumbnail", which is large enough for a good look by itself.

9-14-03: Ebay auction for CJ's bike ended, converted page to permanent use in the biking section. Added watermarks, set up pages for each bike, plan on adding detailed pics of other bikes to match.

9-1-03: Added links to Festiva and F-350 on home page.

8-25-03: Changing address to Las Vegas. Replacing the address in all the pages was easy, but uploading them all is more difficult due to the complicated directory structure the site uses. So it'll take a while to get them all uploaded, sub by sub.

8-17-03: Reworked CJ's entire site to fit MAVN's format. Recreated the thumbnails, and put them in separate directories to prevent disasterous watermarking errors. Added new pics taken with Toshiba PDR-T10 camera, which are much better. Resized the artwork down to fit on a 800x600 screen. Sorted by year instead of "event". Would like to sort the "child", "toddler" and "infant" by year also, but not sure when these pics were taken.

7-30-03: Received report from Amazon.com that hundreds of man-hours have finally paid off. Site cleared $.74 in gross commissions. At this rate I should receive a $10 check in about 15 years.

7-26-03: Removed link to delivery page, for the moment. Still providing delivery service from Van Nuys to Barstow CA, with stops on the way during weekends, but plans to expand beyond that on hold for a while. New digital camera will provide lots of new content to the site. Interested in finding affiliates for Festiva-related equipment, it's a very popular page on the site.

6-18-03: Added a watermark to all images I created, at least if they're hijacked they can still direct folks back here. This was done with a freeware product called PictureShark, which you can download HERE. Review for Miracle Mile generated the most traffic lately.

5-27-03: Delivery page. Removed direct link to Festiva page, moving outdoor-related pages to an Outdoor page.

5-17-03: Added a pic of the Motiv to the bike page.

5-8-03: Set up a new template for hiking pages. This standardizes the information each hike will provide, and makes it easier to complete each page, just like the DVD pages. Will have to re-hike each trail, reshoot new pictures, and research other sites and books for each trail. Intend to duplicate this technique with the equipment pages eventually. Putting the last roll from the Canon AE1 in for processing. Looking for a digital camera.

5-7-03: Fixed an embarrasing error on many pages that caused "page not found" on the privacy, terms, and disclaimer links at the bottom of each page. Added keywords to all the hiking pages.

5-4-03: Thinking carefully about the direction this site should take. I can see there is interest in LA area outdoor recreation, and I'd like to focus the site more clearly on that. I'd like to develop more current and complete information on the trails and parks in the LA area. And I'd like to provide it all free to anyone interested. There is a lot of interest in the Ford Festiva, which I use for courier contracting. I was thinking of publishing illustrated articles on Festiva repairs, or maybe the contracting business. I don't do a lot of camping, but I love the equipment, which is also great for emergencies. The camping equipment pages have to be expanded out, including demo reports on all the different products.

4-27-03: Added some pics to the Biking page. Have more of the Motiv bike in the camera, undeveloped, for months. Adding keywords to aid search engines. Notice a lot of visitors looking at the local hikes, a great excuse to re-hike and re-shoot them. It's pretty clear I'm not going to get rich off this site, but I still enjoy providing the information. I've got to get a decent digital camera. The last cheap one I bought took terrible pics (seen on some of the hiking pages). The Canon AE-1 is just too heavy to drag up and down hills, and leaks light. The most popular page is the Festiva page. I've added some sound snippets to the DVD pages. Just a second or two to bring back the feel of the film. Since these are reviews, and I'm trying to market their DVD's, I hope the companies who own them will support this. I'm also adding the flag uniformly to each page.

3-19-03: Added links to new DVD's at Amazon.com, and added more comment.

3-15-03: Adding the site address to the back of the Festiva tripled the hit count for last night. I updated the new DVD entries, still need links to them on Amazon.

3-7-03: Removed phone number from all pages.

2-23-03: Site traffic is increasing, as I publicize the DVD reviews I worked on for months. I modified the intro to be a little more formal and professional. Thought I had broken links on the cover page, but found that an anti-spam HOSTS file I put on my system was blocking those links. I'm going to modify the 404 error page, and the other error pages, adding an email link so people can advise me of problems. I should set up a link check schedule also, instead of waiting for reports. So far nobody's complained, but some of my hiking pages are quite old. The next step is to add product-specific links to some of the outdoor equipment vendors.

2-6-03: Added the partners page to the home page. Since all other pages link to the parners page, I updated it also. Was a major effort to complete the DVD pages, and that was writing about DVD's I have and know. Now I have to go through the affiliate's sites and see what's really great. Added animated flag graphic, 13k in size. This is a US corporation operated by and for US citizens. We emphasize US made products, and we're unapologetically AMERICAN. It's just a shame that everything seen here isn't made here also, something to work toward.

12-12-02: You wouldn't believe how much time it takes to spin up those DVD review pages. I've got 24% of them done, after getting a format I can live with. I can find fault with anything, including some really fine films that I've reviewed. I just hope my pickyness doesn't drive people away from buying a copy for themselves. I wouldn't give up my copy of these films for love or money, each one is important to me. But I gotta be honest when I review something, so I nit-pick a little. I must put an hour into each one, and I've got 75 in the collection to date. Still trying to get them done as fast as possible. Then I can start with the hiking pages.

12-1-02: 1. The IP camera is off again, both because my system had to be moved to another room, and because the ISP is complaining about wierd packets alarming their firewall. I'm pretty sure it's not the camera now, so it may come back this week. I've cancelled my DSL line, so the camera won't be available all the time anyway. I received no email commenting on it so it's probably no loss. 2. The ENTERTAINMENT section is starting to take shape. Instead of trying to review and link to every movie ever made, I'm only focusing on those I own and know best. I've got that list compiled, linked to individual pages, and links from there to Amazon.com's page for each product. Next I have to complete the reviews. 3. I had planned on merging my personal pages with this site, but my pages are framed, and these are not (which took a lot of extra effort). So I'm keeping them separate. My personal site is HERE, if you're interested in my RV or my Ford Festiva.

11-6-02: IP camera returns.
You can log on as "Guest", with no password, or if that's already in use, try your first name with no password. I've set up accounts for most people I know. There can be 64 users, but all must log on with a different name.

9-08-02: Worked on the Camping / Stoves page today. Also sent off some emails to vendors I'm not partnered with asking if I can lift pictures of their products, or partner with them. These pages aren't done yet, I still want to link to specific partner's sites. But at least there's more than a template there. It took all day to do just that little section.

8-27-02:
Have been busy building a whole structure here. You can't see it yet, but I'm defining both the look and marketing direction of the site. I'm pointing more toward my personal interests, and applying lots of content I generated for personal sites on those interests. Why not market what interests me most? I just updated the biking page, which gives you an idea of what I want the site to do. I need more pictures of course, but it takes a day to build up a page the way I want it. The entertainment section may take weeks to complete. In some cases I'll go episode by episode of my favorite TV shows. Not having frames means each page's links have to be set up manually, but then there's more flexibility. I've got emails out to some partners asking how to refer to specific items on their pages, and for permission to use their pics. I want the site kept intentionally plain, both to minimize loading time, and to unclutter the look. The black on white paper look I like from The Drudgereport.

8-23-02: Taking mundane disclaimers off the link section (left of page) and moving to the bottom of each page. Taking the javascript that allows adding to favorites off all but the index page. Moved Affiliates to it's own page, since it's growing longer. Put them in a table to group better. Removing contact page completely, all the contact info is on each page! Adding email link on each page.

8-22-02: Finally signed up some carefully selected affiliates. I'll be setting up links to those items on their sites that I think you should consider. These are mostly vendors I use myself, so I know that they deliver what you expect in a reasonable period of time.

8-17-02: I've changed the site to non-frames, and added a "site news" page to document how the site is developing. I'll be publishing a monthly newsletter or "ezine" both to market what I find interesting, and to discuss current events. Email me to receive it. I've decided to market products to help people cope with rapidly changing global events. I'm not interested in politics, just helping people prepare for whatever comes.
Some products I'm considering:
Web-enabled products (like the streaming webcam on the VidCam page) that allow you to control and monitor things on the web.
Obsolete computer components.
Vintage or collectable electronic products.
Solar / Wind power generation systems.
Water and air filtration systems.
Electric and pedal-powered transportation.

8-16-02: Removing frames from the site to allow search engines to index it completely. This should make it load faster, and allow buggy / older browsers to work better also. Added a "site news" page for people interested in the development of the site itself, maybe you can learn as I do. Now I can keep these as a permanent part of the site.


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