long last I have an update! The LOX
Tunnels and Loading Vents section is now complete. My
humblest apologies for taking so long. Work has continued to
demand more and more of my time. I will continue work on the
site no matter how long it may take for updates to be
completed. Unless you read that I have abandoned the site,
you will continue to see updates here.
plan to have more updates soon as I should have time over the
holidays for more additions. Please keep checking back, and
thanks to all the good folks who have written with kind things to
say about the site. Please don't hesitate to write if you
have questions or comments. I respond to all emails as
quickly as I can.
Ads - A Little Tirade If I May
of you may have noticed that back in October that ads appeared on
the web site. This was no accident as I finally submitted to
the advice of a number of folks that I could perhaps underwrite my
costs of operating the site with some simple and hopefully
unobtrusive banner ads.
had resisted this for over a year because I absolutely loathe most
advertising. I also loathe Google. If you're not aware
of it, Google represents a terrible threat to your privacy every
time you use it or one of its services. They collect and
aggregate every datum that passes through their servers and store
it indefinitely looking for ways to sell it, or use it to market
to you or otherwise profit. This is how they have become an
unstoppable behemoth that thrives off of you whether you like it or
not. They are by no means the only game in town--no,
everyone else in the field wants to emulate them because of the
crazy amount of money they can make exploiting you.
AdSense is Google's web advertising arm and this was just the
service my friends urged me to try. AdSense claims to
tailor ads to your website for you and find appropriate content to
market there. Also, they tell you that you can easily review
and omit ads you don't like etc. etc. Okay, I thought, I
will give it a shot and see how it goes.
set up the service, which was rather unnecessarily confusing I
thought, and allowed ads to contaminate my site.
my extreme displeasure, the ads that appeared had absolutely nothing to do with
my web site. I foresaw this, thinking "what the heck
could anyone sell that's really related to Cold War
missiles?" But after some thinking, I figured maybe
military surplus and collectibles or something of that sort.
I didn't think that would be so bad.
I saw nothing of the sort and to my horror even found ads for
tombstones appearing, no doubt Ad Sense in its infinite wisdom had
seized on the word "Epitaph" from my site as
contextually appropriate and pegged me for a marketing niche for
the death care industry.
found that I was completely unable to review ads at all and that
despite reassurances from AdSense that the "context" of
the ads would improve after being up for a week or so, that not
one damn thing changed and nothing improved at all. An
appeal to customer service was given a useless automated
reply. I did what I could to fix the problem but nothing
seemed to change anything at all. It was like they just
ignored any attempt by me to have a hand in what was advertised so
I pulled the plug completely. The hell with them.
worse, and what was in large part the final straw, was a banner
with huge letters shouting:
the top of the propellant terminals section, no doubt clueing in
on the stainless steel tanks described there. Now I'm sure
that SEMENTANKS serves a real need to agricultural clients in the
livestock industry, but that is no consolation. That crap
had to go, so after a few weeks of trial I pulled every last
one. I received no payment for placing the ads on my site
I am placing ads again, but this time I know what they are for and
who they represent. The ads have nothing to do with missiles
but they do support a service I use and endorse: secure hosting,
aka co-location. For years I have used InfoBunker
to host my site ever since it first went online and never once
have I lost service. Not for a second.
you are an IT professional seeking highly secure and reliable
co-location with a track record of 100% uptime, excellent customer
service and competitive rates, I recommend InfoBunker
highly. They have my endorsement along with that of
associates of mine who also use their services.
now, these are the only ads you will see on my site because it is
a service I trust and know. I am never going to allow some
uncaring entity to slap random ads all over my site ever again.