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(If you want to know more about the author, rather than the site itself, you want this other page.)

This site is run using WordPress, a marvelous open-source blogging platform that functions very nicely as a content management system. I use a lot of different plugins to extend and customize WP.

Wow. It's amazing how much simpler this bit is than when I started this site in 1995! I originally created it so I could play—with HTML, with colors and patterns, and with words—and for a few other reasons, as well. It has always changed from time to time as I discover new toys or grow tired of old ones. I'll always be a child at heart, subject to bursts of enthusiasm and a tendency to want to share the the latest delights I've found with everyone, and having a web site is a less-annoying way to do that than to be constantly emailing all my acquaintances with URLs and such!

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The site has gone through various trends in design, from plain old HTML to frames to tables to CSS and now a CMS. I've stayed away from the bleeding edge, but I do try to be somewhat cognizant of standards. I'm still working on ensuring accessibility throughout the site when using WP, as the XML doesn't always validate neatly even when it looks just fine. It should display properly in any modern browser, and I've used several to check the site. Since I certainly don't use every browser there is I can't promise that I've succeeded, and will have to rely on anyone who has a problem with the site to tell me (just leave me a comment, please).

At one time, there was a list of web publishing resources here, with some notes about learning to create web sites. That stuff is just too outdated for belief, and it's been quite a while since I've either needed to refer someone to them or had anyone mention using them. If they're missed, I'll consider updating that stuff and putting it back. I figure there are plenty of more knowledgeable people who are happy to tell you how to do web publishing now, though.


My then-partner and I evaluated many different hosting companies a few years back, and settled on 1&1. They've been very reliable, and I recommend them as long as you don't need much hand-holding.


For many years, Jay Finch was kind enough to host this and the other sites our family has created. We will always be grateful to him.

Jim Esten of WebDynamic did a wonderful job of writing some CGI scripts used on an earlier version of the site, and holding my hand through learning enough vocabulary to know how to ask for what I needed. (If they don't work, that's my fault--after he turned the scripts over to me I started playing with them to learn more!) I wholeheartedly recommend him if you need any sort of web-related programming or training.

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Cynthia Armistead is the Enemy of Entropy. She has been TechnoMom since 1995, when she was the first woman hired for a technical job at MindSpring Enterprises and that was the title placed on her business cards.

What's this thing about being perverse?

A few of the words my thesaurus (thank you, Houghton Mifflin) suggests for "perversity" are bullheadedness, doggedness, hardheadedness, obstinacy, pertinaciousness, pertinacity, tenacity, wilfulness.

Yep, that's me. I am, in fact, absolutely unmoveable when I know that I am right. It doesn't matter how many people disagree with me, how much it costs me, or how difficult my life is as a result - I do not back down.

It isn't that I'm not open to new information or others' input. But I will not hide the truth as I know it. As you might imagine, I don't play office or school politics. On the other hand, people usually do learn that I'll tell them the truth, period, whether I like or agree with them or not. The best boss I ever worked for asked me the hardest questions because he knew I'd always give him a totally straight, if unpopular, answer.

That's perversity for you, folks. I'm perverse, to a purpose. I was radically honest long before Mr. Blanton settled on that title for his franchise. Somehow, my main LiveJournal ended up being called Purposeful Perversity a few years back.

So - I'm TechnoMom, the Enemy of Entropy, being Purposefully Perverse on a screen in front of you.