When I started writing this blog, nearly two years ago, I was not sure if anyone would be interested in reading what I had to say. I wanted to have a mix of reporting the news, talk about my collecting, editorialize on some issues, and write about something other than the information security issues I do for the federal government. While I like my work, I need another outlet. And judging by the multiple statistical reports I receive, there are quite a few people following my my musings. Thank you!

Those who have been reading a while should notice that I like playing with the format of the page. Whenever I find something interesting that looks interesting, I will see how I can use it to improved your reading of this blog. Not long ago, I changed the format of the page to a three-column view. My primary motivation was the find a place for the few advertisements I use. Since this is not a commercial blog and the money goes to offset my Internet access bill (so far, it has paid less than one bill in two years), I wanted to keep the ads prominent but not obtrusive. I think this format helps.

Recently, I just installed a tool on this site called Snap Shots. If you move your mouse over a link, it will show you a little preview of the site. Using Snap Shots, every link that points to an external site like for Wikipedia articles, book recommendations at Amazon.com, related videos, stock prices, or just about anything else. Snap Shots’ standard blurb says that they bring you the information you need, without your having to leave the site, while other times it lets you “look ahead” before deciding if you want to follow a link or not. Should you decide this is not for you, just click the Options icon in the upper right corner of the Snap Shot and opt-out.

As always, if you have any comments or suggestions, please feel free to send them to me.

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