Technobabbles I try to sound like I know what I'm talking about. Don't be fooled.

About

I am dgw (formerly going by "Voyagerfan5761"), an avid technology and software user attending Brandeis University in Waltham, MA. I make no secret of the fact that I am a pedant and a stickler for good grammar, spelling, and style. In addition to being reasonably well-versed in CSS, JavaScript, HTML, PHP, Java, and Python (my most recent language), I am also an actor, theatre technician, theatrical sound designer, violinist, and singer. More of my online profiles can be found in the "Elsewhere" menu at the top of this page.

The Site

Technobabbles began on MSN Spaces (now Windows Live Spaces) in March 2006. At the time, I was just looking for a place to vent about issues I was having with the computers and other devices in my life. My brand-new (at the time) HP iPAQ hx2755 was having issues with its Wi-Fi, and it provided motivation for me to start writing about things.

After that, my Dell Inspiron 2650 began having various hardware issues, further fueling my rants. They were initially short, but I began writing longer pieces as I became more involved with my blog.

I heard about Google's new Blogger Beta in October 2006 and jumped at the chance to get a site that was just a blog — no photo galleries, favorite links, or any of the other junk that came with Microsoft's Spaces offering. I would eventually regret not moving to WordPress at that time, but I hadn't had enough experience to even know that WordPress existed.

Fast-forward through the intervening years. I morphed my Blogger site several times, adding new features if and when I felt like it (and Google released them), but I was continually unhappy with the lack of flexibility provided by the Blogger platform. I started to yearn for a WordPress-based site, but couldn't move to WordPress.com because I couldn't point the old site there, and it wasn't much more permissive than Blogger.

Then, in September 2009, nearly three years after I moved to Blogger, a Twitter contact of mine graciously offered to host a WordPress site for me on his account. A few weeks later I bit the bullet, buying a domain name. Navarr and I coordinated the set-up process one afternoon via Google Wave—incidentally while I was on a short family trip to Scottsdale, Arizona, an interesting coincidence considering that GoDaddy (my former registrar; I have since transferred out) is headquartered in Scottsdale. May Google Wave rest in peace; it was actually really useful, more's the pity that they shut it down.

Since then, I have been continually tweaking the site, adding plugins, choosing a theme, customizing all kinds of stuff, and (more often than I'd like to admit) making mistakes. I plan for Technobabbles to be an evolving site. If you pay me a visit and something looks funny, I'm probably testing something. (If it looks funny for more than a little while, though, please tell me. I must have missed a glitch.)

Let's face it: I'm a tinkerer. I'll never be 100% satisfied. ;-)

Special Thanks

For several years, Navarr Barnier generously provided hosting and bandwidth for this site through his DreamHost account. As of May 2014, everything's running on my own infrastructure, but I will be forever grateful for Navarr's long-term generosity. Thank you, Navarr!

In fact, it was thanks to Navarr that I heard about an amazing discount offer on a VPS, which allowed me to set up some things (like a ZNC IRC bouncer) that simply weren't possible under shared hosting. Thanks to ChicagoVPS for offering the discount, sticking to it in perpetuity, and — most of all — providing a platform on which to build a more responsive technobabbl.es than the old site, which was plagued by server errors all over the WordPress admin panel at times.

Thanks also to my current domain registrar Namecheap for their awesome customer service, and to Justin Hileman for helping with an extra bit of CSS to add the OpenID icon on the comment form Website field.

Plugins

Of course, no WordPress site would be complete without a bevy of plugins. Thanks to all the people who have contributed to the following: