Who is PCUNIX?
PCUNIX is really Tony Lawrence, a self employed computer consultant who has been posting stuff on the Internet since 1991
How I came to be here
I've been hearing about Wizzley for some time now. Most recently I read a Google-Plus post by Katiem that sent me to her article about the troubles with HubPages that brought her to Wizzley.
I'm not a HubPages refugee. I have had no problems there, have never had an article moderated or rejected. I have had myself banned from the Forums a few times, but even I'd admit to those being my fault.
With no clear idea of what I might use Wizzley for, here I am. I am leaning toward focusing in one specific subject area here, but I am as yet unsure what that will be. I'm sure I'll figure that out in a day or two.
It's far too early for me to draw any comparisons with HubPages, so I won't.
I'm a "computer consultant" but I probably don't do what you think I do
I am a self employed computer consultant, but that's only since 1983, so it might not work out.
Yes, a small joke there. It plays on the fact that people sometimes think that "self employed consultant" is code for "between jobs". I'm not between jobs.
No, I'm also not the guy who comes around to help you with your desktop computer. I'm the guy who passes right by you and heads for the server room. I fix server and network problems, I write code, I do geekish stuff. I do know things about your computer, but I couldn't make the kind of money I like to make diddling with that kind of thing, so I don't.
I'm a one man shop now, but at one time I had four other employees. I had to reduce staff because I'm a completely incompetent manager of people. Good fixer of things, but a lousy manager. I guess people don't work like computers do?
I first logged on the the Internet over 20 years ago on a dial up link. I was active on the early Internet News groups offering answers to people's computer questions. After it became easy to create a website , I did so. That was April 22d, 1996.
The posts I put there were to save me time in answering the same News Group questions over and over again. Once I had the site, I'd write up my answer there and just put a link in the News Group.
That website eventually obtained its own domain name and still exists today. I added Google Adsense to it in 2003 and have made over $75,000 from that since then.
With that out of the way, Panda just about killed all that. I now count myself lucky to make Adsense payout. It wasn't what you think though: I didn't have a "bad" site. I got hurt by a combination of things that included writing about a subject that had passed its sell by date and collateral damage from other sites in Panda Panic mode deleting old links. Old links that pointed to sites like mine, of course. Oops! Instant Google referral fail!
I detest people who create backlinks for the purpose of influencing search results. I consider that immoral. I am quite aware that this is hardly a position held by the majority.
I don't care. Most people think I'm a fool for refusing to create fake back links. I'd rather be a fool than a liar.
I do announce my posts on Facebook, Twitter and Google-Plus. Google knows that's me, first of all because I'm "pcunix" at all of those places and also because I tell them about those profiles and sites. I'm not trying to deceive Google or anyone else.
Why does it matter? You mean other than the fact that other backlinking is a lie?
It matters because it affects the reliability of search results and has clogged the Internet with mountains of garbage.
It's also because other sites have been known to ban legitimate links to sites like HubPages that have a lot of users abusing the system with spammy links to their own pages. So YOUR spammy junk can cause someone else to be unable to point out a legitimate post by someone else.. someone else like me, for example.
Yes, I know I'm all alone out in left field on this. I'm still right.
Screaming Liberal and other awful stuff.
I am liberal in my politics. I am an atheist. I belong to the ACLU and send them money. My wife and I spent many years living at a clothing optional resort during the summer months.
If that isn't reason enough to frighten you away, I'm sure I can find something else that will.
How about that I don't like anything Microsoft? I prefer Apple and Linux. Most smart people do.
Though I will say that Windows 7 is a vast improvement over the rest of their junk. I won't curl my lip at you too much if you are using that.
You are still here?
Well, that's surprising, but if you are, we'll get along fine, I'm sure.
I'm looking forward to see what Wizzley has to offer.
As soon as I figure out what I have to offer it, of course.