02:40:11 MST Sunday 20 August 2017

Computer and Network Consulting

Services Provided by Michael Oatman
"Hey, Computer Man!"

About "Hey, Computer Man!"

About the Company

"Hey, Computer Man!" is a D.B.A. ("Doing Business As") registered in Arizona under INTERNET CONVENIENCE STORE, L.L.C. as the parent company.  ICS has been in business since September 2003 and most famously operated the Internet Convenience Store at 276 East Congress Street and then at 51 North Sixth Avenue in downtown Tucson, Arizona.  ICS is a privately held Arizona Limited Liability Corporation, 100% of which is owned by Utopia FreeNet, Incorporated, another privately held Arizona Corporation.  UFNI is an umbrella corporation and is solely owned by Michael Oatman, who is the Computer Man.

After choosing the name "Hey, Computer Man!" (mostly due to the lack of conflicting names on STARPAS), I discovered there were other similarly named individuals and entities engaged in similar business across the nation.  Neither HCM! nor INTERNET CONVENIENCE STORE, L.L.C. is affiliated with any of these individuals or entities located anywhere else in the US or any other country.  No intention has been made to appear for HCM! to be owned or represented by, or affiliated with any of these individuals or entities outside the state of Arizona.

About the Website

This website, at heycomputerman.biz is a result of the cooperation of many entities, which make the site possible.  And you may be interested to know something else: this website is TOTALLY FREE!  Yes, this site, aside from the time involved to create and maintain it, has had and continues to have absolutely no monetary costs involved in its creation nor in its maintenence or upkeep whatsoever.  Please see the Web Site Design page for more information about how you can have a web site like this made for you!  Here is the short list of the people and entities involved in the creation of this website.

About the Technology

This website is written in XHTML1.1, using what little we know of CSS3 Cascading Style Sheets (it will pass for CSS2.1), some fun JavaScript, and an occasional Perl thingy (which makes the Contact Page web request form work) thrown in there for good measure.

Valid XHTML 1.1Valid CSSJavaScriptPerl, Too!
Authored by Michael Oatman

Michael OatmanMichael is the man behind "Hey, Computer Man!".  With over 15 years of web design experience and over 32 years of overall computer experience, he has been at the bleeding edge of IS/IT technology for most of his life.  While not working on computers, he enjoys Karaoke, billiards, biking, golf, and writing music to name a few things.  You can view his resume here.

About the Clock
If you noticed, there is a clock in the upper right hand corner of your screen (assuming you have JavaScript (JS) enabled on your computer) which shows the current time in Tucson, Arizona.  Now, you might think that's an easy thing to make, but the clocks that exist using JS (until now) all have their time based on the internal clock on your computer, and not the time in some possibly random time zone somewhere else.  That's because JS is a client-side (that's your computer, the client) language for the web.  So normally, clocks using JS can only tell you what time your computer has on its own clock (the one in the lower right hand corner if you are using Windows).  It involved a bit of trickery to make the clock in the top right show the time for Tucson, and I'll tell you how I did that.

First, I had to get the time from the server (HelioHost, see below) and put it into the XHTML on every page.  I used Server Side Includes to accomplish that.  Now, unfortunately, the server from HelioHost is located in Pacific Time, which incidentally uses Daylight Savings Time (Tucson is always Mountain Standard Time), so it's either an hour off of Mountain Standard Time or it isn't, depending on the time of year.  I had the server report its time zone (either PST or PDT) so I would know the difference.  So now I have it so I can change the server's reported time to be MST all the time, but how do I make your clock know that?  The answer is by using offsets.  So once I know the local Tucson time as reported by the server, I can ask your computer what time it has, and then compare the time on your clock with the adjusted server time using JS, and then calculate positive or negative offsets for the minutes, hours, etc. and add those offsets to your computer's time each time the clock increments, every second.  Pretty neat, huh?  For now, you can View > Page Source to get the code, but after I finish fleshing out all the copy on these pages, I'll put a link to a nicely packaged version of the code needed to make the clock on the site.  Thanks, and Enjoy!

Site Design using UltraEdit

UltraEdit LogoUltraEdit is used across a diverse range of industries, from professional writers, researchers and journalists to advanced programmers, database managers and web developers.  Scores of individuals use UltraEdit as a powerful replacement for windows notepad and even more use it as a text editor because of its ability to handle multiple documents at once, large file handling, powerful search/find/replace functionality, spell checking versatility and much more.  The HCM! site was written entirely using UltraEdit, and no other text or WYSIWYG editor.

Image Manipulation using GIMP

GIMP LogoGIMP is an acronym for GNU Image Manipulation Program.  It is a freely distributed program for such tasks as photo retouching, image composition and image authoring.  It was used to create or format all the images contained on this site, including the web page icon.
It has many capabilities.  It can be used as a simple paint program, an expert quality photo retouching program, an online batch processing system, a mass production image renderer, an image format converter, etc.
GIMP is expandable and extensible.  It is designed to be augmented with plug-ins and extensions to do just about anything.  The advanced scripting interface allows everything from the simplest task to the most complex image manipulation procedures to be easily scripted.
GIMP is written and developed under X11 on UNIX platforms.  But basically the same code also runs on MS Windows and Mac OS X.

Hosting by HelioHost

HelioHost BannerHelioHost offers free web hosting for all.  The HCM! site is hosted on Johnny, one of HelioHost's two available servers.  With every account comes access to cPanel, ability to edit A, CNAME, TXT, and MX records, 250MB of disk space, unlimited email accounts, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited subdomains, unlimited parked domains, unlimited addon domains, unlimited FTP accounts, unlimited mailing lists, unlimited MySQL/PostgreSQL/SQLite databases, access to phpMyAdmin/phpPgAdmin, ability to add Perl modules, and easy installation of popular software (such as blogging and forum platforms) using Softaculous.  HelioHost accounts can use the following scripting languages, PHP, ASP.NET, Ruby/Ruby on Rails, Python & Django, Java/JSP, Perl and SSI.

DNS Services by Afraid.org

FreeDNS LogoAfraid.org offers free DNS and Dynamic DNS services to the public.  Josh has been operating FreeDNS at Afraid.org for the last 11 years.  Keep up the good work, my man!

Free DNS provides easy shared DNS hosting & URL forwarding
Domain Registration by CO.CC

CO.CC is the world's best free domain name registrar and the leading provider of Internet services including free DNS service, online marketing, url forwarding, e-mail and more.  Based in South Korea, we are the sole developer and proprietor of our technology, do not license any products from others, and do not outsource or offshore any of our operations.  This enables us to provide better support and ensure the most advanced and competitively-priced products and services available today.  We are committed to making it easy and affordable for businesses to build and grow their Internet presence, no matter their technical skill level.  CO.CC's employees are dedicated to providing excellent customer support and offering innovative, reliable products and services.

SEO by Google

Google Webmaster ToolsSearch Engine Optimization for HCM! has been provided by Google Webmaster Tools.  It is a no-charge web service by Google for webmasters.  It allows webmasters to check indexing status and optimize visibility of their websites.

Analytics by Google

Google Analytics LogoWebsite analytics for HCM! has been provided by Google Analytics.  It is a free service offered by Google that generates detailed statistics about the visitors to a website.  The product is aimed at marketers as opposed to webmasters and technologists from which the industry of web analytics originally grew.  It is the most widely used website statistics service, currently in use at around 57% of the 10,000 most popular websites.  Another market share analysis claims that Google Analytics is used at around 49.95% of the top 1,000,000 websites (as currently ranked by Alexa).  Google Analytics can track visitors from all referrers, including search engines, display advertising, pay-per-click networks, e-mail marketing and digital collateral such as links within PDF documents.

Promotion by Buddy's Deals®

Buddy's Deals® BannerOn 1 June 2011, Buddy's Deals® provided the 50% off discount coupon featured on their website.  Anyone who purchases the coupon or mentions this discount will receive the 50% off discount for any applicable work performed.  Each day they will feature a brand new Tucson deal that gives you a great discount or special.  Please sign up at the website buddysdeals.com so they can add your name to the list.

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