An Archive of goodies

Just for the sake of hanging on to things, I have archived a few things from the original run of I genuinely don’t recall when I first registered my domain, but I believe it may have been as early as 1999, but possibly 2000. Over its initial run, one “web counter” I had used back then estimated my total number of visitors at around 57,000 from whenever I initially put the counter on the website to about 2005. It doesn’t seem like a lot, and it’s true – it really isn’t. But for the time, and for some random teenager from rural Pennsylvania – it was a big deal for me. now holds a semi-functional version of the site as it was in 2001. I have also archived a 2000-2001 version of the front page, along with 2003, a 2004 version versions, and the “nearing goodbye” version, from August 2nd, 2005. There is an index from the 9/5/05 “Final Hours” post which I may also put up, some day. One of the updates in the gaming section even mentions Halo, circa 2001!

For a stroll down memory lane, just remember that the website ripped of the design from, but it was totally an award winning website!


Yes, back in 2002 and 2003, I actually proudly flew banners of the Junior Web Awards, the Golden Web Awards, and the Diamond Web Awards. The Diamond Web Awards was actually a voted on award and you had to receive a certain number of votes to “level up” the award. You were otherwise simply considered a participant. I ended up with enough votes to at least achieve “LEVEL 1” recognition. I don’t remember what that required. But I was excited about it at the time!

Or what about when link exchanges were the hot new thing?

Big thanks to,, and for some of the backup data being retrieved and stored.

Xbox Support Sets the Standard

I had a relatively simple question about my Xbox Live account, earlier today, but the answer just wasn’t clear to me. So I hopped on the online and asked the support rep. I had an answer within minutes and was on to the next thing. Mark was a big help. But it got me thinking… I’ve contact Microsoft’s support team a few times in the last few years, and every time they’ve been a huge help. All too often when I call one company or another for support, they find a scape goat. “It must be your internet connection,” they’ll say, or “have you replaced the batteries?” I’ve been asked. Whether it’s for a few hundred dollars in a game console, or thousands of dollars on an enterprise server, I have to work with tech support all the time, and the Xbox Support team continues to deliver the best experience. Continue reading “Xbox Support Sets the Standard”

That time I almost worked for Microsoft as Xbox Support

This blog post is actually quite personal, I’ve only told this story to a few people. It seemed weird to “brag” about the job I didn’t go for. But it seems like a good time to share my story. If you’re uncomfortable with oversharing, stop now. Continue reading “That time I almost worked for Microsoft as Xbox Support”