Welcome to NuAngel.net. I, Garrett “NuAngel” Culver registered this domain somewhere in the neighborhood of 1999. I let it expire in 2005 while I was a college student who couldn’t find $20 to renew it. Seriously. $20. I was broke.
After repeated offers to buy it back from multiple domain squatters, failed attempts at back orders, and even offering more money than I actually had to get it back – the morons who said I never offered them enough put it up for auction for $60. And there it stayed. And I was the only bidder. All that means to you is that I’m back, and I’m not going away.
If you don’t know who I am, then I don’t know how you got here, but let me welcome you, and regale you with a brief history.
1984 – Born.
1987 – Geek. I type what is on note cards to start Commodore 64 games. You remember, right? LOAD”*”,8,1
1990 – Full Blown Geek. I disassemble & reassemble the family’s C128. I tinker inside the READY Prompt.
1994 – PC Gaming. RAM, Hard Drive, and Windows 3.11 to Windows 95 Upgrades on the family PC.
1996 – I screw up the family PC while tinkering in DOS, and race overnight to reinstall Windows 95 before my family finds out! I’m putting the finishing touches as my dad gets up for his morning coffee. It worked.
1999 – Though I had used it unofficially on ICQ or in games or chat servers a few times, February 8th I registered the name NuAngel somewhere permanently. Hotmail. This also marked the year I purchased a 3dfx Voodoo 3 2000 PCI – so begins my first “loyal fanboy” experience, fighting against “nVidiots.”
1999-2001 – I begin a Geocities website which I call “NuAngel’s Helping Hand.” The “address” had been registered under the name “e_mail_angel” and was originally a site designed to help people find places to get free email instead of paying for it – yes, in the late 1990’s, some people paid for email until services like Hotmail and Juno came around. Somewhere around 1999, NuAngel.net is registered for the first time, and points to the Geocities site (…/area51/nebula/9006 – or using the same username path: …/e_mail_angel), where I expanded the site offer gaming headlines, the Half-Life Fox Hole (news and even some exclusive community mods and 3rd party patches for Valve’s Half-Life), and technical support to those who seek it. br>
2000 – December 15th, “Black Friday.” The day 3dfx suddenly announced they were going out of business.
2001 – I finally built a computer that had an AGP slot and could finally install my already defunct 3dfx Voodoo 5 5500.
2001 – Not satisfied with the thought of not being able to use my new video card, I embark on the journey of urging community development, developing my own driver hacks, and was even credited with publically releasing the 3dfx driver source code to spur future development (although there were a lot of people involved in getting that information to the public!).
2002 – Ah, young love. My desire to impress my girlfriend forces me to sell all video game consoles so that I can afford prom. I stupidly cave. SNES, N64, Game Boy and Virtual Boy go on eBay, including games I would later learn are fairly rare and valuable (Final Fight Guy & Final Fight 3 to name a couple).
2002-2007 – The Dark Ages. College years, spent gaming on random consoles, playing PC games on underpowered computers, hacking cell phones, partaking in general geekery all while joining a Fraternity in 2005, Delta Chi (I didn’t think I had it in me, either – geeks and fraternities go together like oil and water! But the people in my local chapter were accepting and not at all what stereotypes had me expecting).
Sept 5th, 2005 – The day I let NuAngel.net expire.
2006 – I pick up a job doing web design with no formal training, only what I had taught myself from working on the original NuAngel.net. While doing that job, I miss the good old days, but the domain had been expired for over a year and squatters had it now. I launch WinBreak.com.
2007 – Shortly before graduation, high school friend and former college room mate gives me hands on time with an Xbox 360. I buy one, and fall head over heels into the community. I graduate from Penn State University – Erie campus, the Behrend College, with a degree in English, concentrating in poetry.
2008 – I become an Xbox Ambassador: I browse forums all over the web, offering advice and trying to help people troubleshoot problems with their Xbox 360’s, as well as offer my time to play games familiarize new users with their console and Xbox Lve.
2009 – I become an Microsoft “Most Valued Professional” in the field of Xbox (I clearly recall a time, circa 1997, coveting the title of Windows MVP), after offering much assistance to the community at large. Unfortunately, Microsoft suspended me from the program because of a small slip on my part, releasing a few images that I thought were already available for public consumption; even though I was an Xbox MVP and not a Zune MVP with any knowledge of what the Zune team was up to, it would seem as though I had stumbled on to a bit of gold and gave quite a few higher ups at Microsoft migraines. But I have taken my wrap on the knuckles, accepted my punishment, and since been re-nominated for MVP Status (although I did not win the award).
2010 – I reacquire this domain name.
2011 – I start a new job, move to a new state, don’t have the time to be as active as I would like with the site, but make efforts to keep the life support pumping. I attempted a few failed side projects like EpicPoet/EpicPoets.com & GamersTable.com. The first being a website devoted to becoming like a youtube of geek poetry, where anyone could submit their writings and have feedback and ratings given. Nerd Core and ChipTune music exists, right? So why not Nintendoetry (an obvious portmanteau of Nintendo and Poetry)? The code was in place, but I never did anything to promote it or even post my own writings to it. GamersTable.com began back in 2009, but was burried in 2011. Chat rooms are more of a thing of the past, I decided to try out 4 chats on one page (General Gaming, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo). Any of chat windows could be maximized to have your main attention, while the other three stayed active on the right side of the page. Very little use, never took off. Abandoned both to stick to simple blogging!
2012 – Nearly daily posts since jumpstarting the site again, and a 13th birthday celebration for the name NuAngel. Month after month, the visit count continues to grow and the site has settled, for now, to a steady and predictable schedule.
2013 – Regular posts continue, though dropping off in frequency. I’ve done a lot to rebuild some of my video game collection from when I was a kid. Doing lots of writing on side projects, and even discussing the possibility of podcasting or a video series with a few different friends. July I started a new job, August 14th my mother passed away, then on the 31st I had a birthday. I’ve written a few sparse articles since then, mostly topical. Although I intend to keep writing, the podcasts and other ideas have been placed on hold, and my writing is a bit more periodic. No telling what the future holds for sure, but considering I’ve been putting content on the web in some form or another for over 15 years, I don’t see it stopping any time soon.
2014 – Early in the first quarter and writing is taking a more editorial turn. Less frequent news coverage and more detailed and opinionated writing. Some will say I haven’t earned enough recognition to write editorials, but I’ve been writing for small audiences for literally over half my life. The podcasting / video show is still a possibility, but won’t launch this year. I have made strides in working on it, 2014 is clearly a year of sparse updates and personal challenges – but it just gives me more fuel for later! Stay tuned!
2015 – I bought a house! I’m like an adult now… or something. I’m settling in, and have looked in to recording for the video show I want to launch – some things are coming together, and some things have hit stumbling blocks – but life in general is coming together, it’s quite exciting! One or two posts a month just to address things that I’m thinking about, but eventually we’ll get back up to speed and make even more regular posts. It’s going to be an exciting few months!
2016 – The video project has launched over at OurStorySoFar.tv! I began working on it in late November 2015, and kicked it off on Christmas day of 2015, because I was too eager to wait an extra week. Since the videos are gaming related, I still embed them on this site. Oh, and, I haven’t defaulted on my mortgage or burned down the house like an idiot! Aren’t you all proud of me? Look at me go! October 28th of this year I launched a new website, The Windows Update, where I will discuss news coming from Microsoft (Windows, Xbox, Surface, HoloLens, etc…), and in November of this year I’ll actually be building up the website.
2017 – The Windows Update news site is off and running itself, it’s mostly an aggregator of various Microsoft official press statements, with occasional editorial content, which is mostly duplicated here. I made a few additional videos for a NuAngel.net specific YouTube channels, with the intent of keeping all videos there under 5 minutes. Occasional editorial blog posts continue on this site, and in February, my use of the name NuAngel has reached 18 years.
The rest has yet to be written… you’re now a part of it. Exciting, right? Leave comments on articles, generate discussions, point out flaws, ask for changes or enhancements to the site – help make this place as much yours as it is mine… because if I have it my way, it’s not going anywhere for a long, long time.