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David K. Every

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David K. Every can be contacted via his new website:


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).


  • Sports:
    • 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.
  • Movies:
    1. 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).
    2. Braveheart -- a little brutal, kinda like life.
    3. Slingblade -- a little dark -- but good lessons about consequences and actions.
    4. Something about Mary -- completely foul, and hysterical.
  • TV-Shows:
    1. 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)
    2. Drew Cary -- funny, but rude -- kinda like me.
    3. 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 entertaining way.
  • Radio Shows:
    1. Dr. Dean Edell -- excellent show, reminds people to think.
    2. Rush -- funny, even when I don't agree with him.
    3. 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 sod.
  • Musicians:
    1. Devo - One of the all time greats
    2. Queen - One of the all time greats
    3. 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 non-distracting.

  • Books / Authors:
    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. Larry Niven, just about anything. He wrote many good science fiction books.
    4. 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 or another.

Political persuasion

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.

Created: 2/14/98
Updated: 11/09/02

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