What started out as a single, static HTML page of download links to There patches and hacks has evolved into, well.., this.
Truth is ~ it's ridiculous how many hours I've invested into this website. Others could have built a fortune in the time I've taken to indulgently work and rework this place.
Average There member: "And not one f**k was given"
I used to run Google ads here and prolly made a whopping $500 in those years. There's been a few advertisers who've coughed up a nickle or two. Other than the gracious support from the owner of There.com and a very few select casual supporters, this site has been a labor of love/experimentation/aggravation. God love it!
Some years ago, the late Nobel prize-winning Dr. Albert Schweitzer was asked by a reporter, "Doctor, what's wrong with men today?" The great doctor was silent a moment, and then he said, "Men simply don't think!"
It's about this that I want to talk with you. We live today in a golden age. This is an era that humanity has looked forward to, dreamed of, and worked toward for thousands of years. We live in the richest era that ever existed on the face of the earth ... a land of abundant opportunity for everyone.
However, if you take 100 individuals who start even at the age of 25, do you have any idea what will happen to those men and women by the time they're 65? These 100 people believe they're going to be successful. They are eager toward life, there is a certain sparkle in their eye, an erectness to their carriage, and life seems like a pretty interesting adventure to them.
But by the time they're 65, only one will be rich, four will be financially independent, five will still be working, and 54 will be broke — depending on others for life's necessities.
Only five out of 100 make the grade! Why do so many fail? What has happened to the sparkle that was there when they were 25? What has become of the dreams, the hopes, the plans ... and why is there such a large disparity between what these people intended to do and what they actually accomplished?
A German privacy group says use of the Facebook Like button leads to profiling that infringes German and European data protection laws.
Facebook’s Like button today was found in violation of Germany’s strict privacy laws. Commissioner Thilo Weichert, who works for the Independent Centre for Privacy Protection (ULD) in the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, said the social network’s plugin, which allows Internet users to express their appreciation of something online, illegally puts together a profile of their Web habits.
The ULD said if you visit Facebook.com or use a Facebook plugin such as the Like button, you should expect to be tracked by the company for two years: Facebook allegedly builds a broad profile for individuals not on the service as well as a more personalized profile for its members.
I know everyone is all excited about ThereIM and the upcoming reopening of There, but I sincerely hope you won't let it blind you from world events. Yes, many of us use virtual worlds for escapism (I would be lieing if I denied it myself) but that doesn't mean we should turn our backs on what is happening in the physical life around us.
I've been working on Thumdar.com for over 2 months FULL TIME and there is still so much to do. It seems to be a never ending job.., but then again, I am quite picky.
There are so many different software items installed within this site and conflicts happen. If it's not one thing it's another, each needing to be tech supported and it takes time. Then there's the burn out factor. Ugh. Still.., after I get a thing or two done it quickly becomes exciting again!
I'm hoping that once I launch this latest version that we will have a flood of new users eager to work within it. After all, it really is unique in the virtual world/virtual chat realm!