David K. Every can be contacted via his new website: http://www.igeek.com.
This site was entirely my effort at one point --
but now there are other helpers getting more and more
involved (which is greatly appreciated). So I am the
webmaster / site editor / manager.
Software Engineer, Married, no kids, born
3/31/64, living in Southern California.
Hobbies / Interests:
Not too much lately. Working mostly. I've become
a home body, that spends way too much time on (or writing
for) the internet. I like to go out and do things with my
wife. Sometimes travel, sometimes just running errands,
often just sitting at home chatting or reading our
respective books. I like to try things - so I've done a
little of a lot of things, getting my pilots license,
skydiving, target shooting, trap-shooting, and so on.
Some things stick, and a do them for many years like
Martial Arts or Snow Skiing (though I'm sort of out of
both right now).
- Watching: I'm not a fan of watching sports.
I'll watch the superbowl or playoffs if anything --
but I'm not an enthusiast. My wife tracks the Cowboys
and the Bulls -- so I have to as well.
- Playing: I used to do a lot of Martial
Arts, Water-Polo in High School, Soccer, Golf. Now I'm
more likely to play a computer game.
- Saving Private Ryan - Society needs to be
traumatized by the chaos and insanity of war to remind
us of the sacrifices of others, and what it means when
we try to play world-cop (and put our young men and
women on the front lines).
- Braveheart -- a little brutal, kinda like
- Slingblade -- a little dark -- but good
lessons about consequences and actions.
- Something about Mary -- completely foul,
- Babylon-5 --some episodes really make you
think, awesome characters, where good people are not
always that good, and bad characters are not always
that bad. (Not black and white)
- Drew Cary -- funny, but rude -- kinda like
- Almost anything on Discovery, TLC, History, PBS or
A&E -- I like the learning shows (especially ones
on People, Places and History), and they are getting
really good at presenting good information in an
- Radio Shows:
- Dr. Dean Edell -- excellent show, reminds
people to think.
- Rush -- funny, even when I don't agree with
- Dr. Laura -- humorous judgmental little
tyrant. Listening to her show, is like watching
slow-motion sports follies. Though I often yell at the
radio when she makes some snap judgement on some poor
- Devo - One of the all time greats
- Queen - One of the all time greats
- Beatles - One of the all time greats
I've kind of got the 80's, 70's and 60's wrapped
up. But my tastes are far more eclectic and varied
that this shows -- like I used to be into Bauhaus,
Tones on Tail, Sisters of Mercy. I don't have anyone
that has just captured me in the 90's -- I liked Ace
of Base for a while, but they were overplayed and
didn't do much. Now I tend to like Women vocalists.
For programming, nothing beats some nice new-age or
classical in the background -- very peaceful and
- Books / Authors:
- Ayn Rand's, "We the Living". Similar to her other
books, but smaller and makes you think about it,
instead of writing everything out for you (in
excruciating detail). I think her world model was a
little too simple (and she was a hypocrit in her own
life) -- but she has some valid counter points to all
the well meaning fluff.
- Miyamoto Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa. Good epic
saga, that can help you understand the Japanese
culture a little more -- in the same way a Cowboy and
Indian story, and our fables/hero's, can help you
understand the American Culture.
- Larry Niven, just about anything. He wrote many
good science fiction books.
- Lately I've been reading "lighter" fiction, like
Sue Graftons Mysteries or "The Cat who" series which
are all character development with a little plot
thrown in. And I'm always hitting some technical book
Moderate Conservative Libertarian, I
believe in a continued but slow progress towards
Libertarian ideals (without ever achieving them). I lean
towards conservatism and Republican party as a way to get
there -- but I'm getting disenfranchised of late, and
voting more and more Libertarian, but I occasionally vote
democrat as well.
Overall I'm pretty cynical and moderate -- I realize
that the difference (functionally) is not that great
between a lying, amoral, follower like Clinton, and a
compromising moderate like Bush or Dole. Though
philosophically and idealicly they are worlds apart, and
at least I could respect Bush as a person and for his
accomplishments (even when I don't agree with him).
I grew up in the rural hills of Orange County,
California. Grew up hunting, fishing, and neighbors had
horses and livestock -- but the city slowly over-took us.
Still live in the 'Burbs -- but not rural enough for me.
Fortunately, I worked summers in the inner-city
(Hollywood, L.A., Watts) and it balanced out my somewhat
rural upbringing with some other perspectives.
At 14 my mom borrowed an Apple][ from her
work, and I typed in my first Basic program. Was
instantly hooked. Took a class at school, and became a
Commodore junky. Became a hacker in both senses of the
word, but slowly matured (and trained) into a Software
Engineer -- and lost interest in violating security and
laws very early on (saw some friends/acquaintances
arrested by the FBI or get in other forms of trouble).
Read about my
computer history if you have interest.
14 was also the year I got into Martial Arts --
another big influence in my life. I did that for about 17
years -- sometimes for 30-40 hours a week, and I studied
many different arts... but I'm on a bit of a break right
now (but you never really leave).
I've always been an opinionated SOB. I dealt with some
of the News Groups (political and computers), and got
tired of the Advocacy fights that weren't getting
anywhere, and always saying the same things over and over
again. So I clarified many of my points, and create this
site to explain things once (and in more detail) to try
stop the misinformation, and try to influence the the
world in some minuscule but positive way. But there was
only so much to be said about advocacy (1).
(1) I still need
to clarify more -- not all my arguments are as clear
and as proven as I'd like. Overall, I'm not as extreme
as some people think -- after all, it is just a
computer. The Mac is better for most users. The
philosophy between MacUsers and PC-Users can be quite
substantial (Macs being better) -- but in the end, it
is still just a tool.
I enjoyed the writing and the teaching side of the
articles -- so the site migrated towards that. It'll
continue to expand as a service to the Mac-Community, but
also as a place for me to write articles to encourage
people to think, and to try to teach and help people.