Thought this would be the appropriate place for my first post here after catching up on those brave enough to expose themselves here for all the world to see.
I'm proud to be an "Old TImer" (in Internet years) hence the screen name, most people online call me Pops. As my avatar would suggest, I'm addicted to Minecraft (thanks to my kids) and am an aspiring live streamer over on the Twitch.tv network (same screen name). I stumbled upon this wonderful place just today while looking for "Todays" forum software.
(back in my day, LOL) I started online in '94 when internet usage was charged by the minute, and began building websites using Netscape Navigator Gold. My first online account was with AOL but quickly kicked the training wheels for Earthlink which was the first company to do the flat-rate pricing for $19.95/mo USD (I still have the original floppy disk sleeve with my login info penned on the inside cover)
My first computer was a TRS80 and then an Apple II+ (yes, I'm a diehard Apple fanboy, but respect those who choose anything other than Apple). My first useful computer was a Mac Performa 6200 which was the first consumer computer to have a 1GB hard drive. I currently use both a MacPro and a custom built Windows PC (had to go with a Windows box for streaming)
I consider myself a code hacker, I can read just about any programming language and understand what is going on, but I have never developed the skills to write code. (lack of time/money) So I do a lot of copy/paste and code tweaking in order to bend the code to my will. Realistically, though, I'm amazed I have any hair left with all the times I have been stuck trying to make something work only to find out later I missed a bracket or semi-colon somewhere. I'm sure you will get to know me soon enough as I prepare (stumble through) to build my forum with NodeBB.
Speaking of forum software, I started with what many consider the Grandfather of forum software. It's my opinion the UBB (Ultimate Bulletin Board) software was one of the first and where phpBB, among others like it spun off from. Is UBB even around anymore, I believe they were also the ones who started the BBcode markdown instead of allowing html in posts.
I have a degree in visual communications (fancy name for graphic design) and have worked as a web developer as well as running a freelance graphic/web design business. I'm very much burned out working with clients, so the work I do now is for my own projects. My latest, and the reason I found NodeBB is to be used with two Minecraft related websites. I have a dedicated server using Serverpilot to manage my websites and look forward to being a part of this community.
Oh ... I live in Idaho (USA), turning 44 this weekend, happily married with 10 kids (no, it's not a religious preference, and we're DONE!!)
One last thing ... I can be long winded, so I apologize in advance ... er ... well, after this post anyway.
Thanks ... Pops