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Condition ZEBRA is Set

Published: August 17th, 2014
Modified: May 26, 2015

It dawned on me a couple of weeks ago that I may be putting people’s privacy at risk.

Everyday, a good chunk of those seeking information about joining the military post questions to this blog. Their questions normally include personal information such as medical information, financial status, and even moral and conduct indiscretions. I redact any name information — a lot of visitors tend to put their full name, and each time I replace the last name with [Last name redacted for privacy]; it is time consuming, but necessary. They also use their email address (even though it is not displayed, the information is transmitted from their CPU to the server). Up until the last week, I thought that would be enough.

I do not want any of my site’s visitors to share information without having a sense that their identity is protected, so, I took a major step and added a dedicated IP and an SSL certificate with 256 bit encryption that uses a 2048-bit key; it’s better than what Facebook and Twitter currently uses :)

Now, a note to other Webmasters. This transition is not as simple (Read the rest of the article…)

Today, Navy Cyberspace is Ten

Published: February 16th, 2014
Modified: May 26, 2015

Ten years ago today, February 16, 2004, was registered and this journey began.

What started as a prototype to demonstrate ways for Navy Recruiting Command to interact with potential applicants through online games, Navy Cyberspace has evolved into a hobby for me. One that has became an unshakable passion. It has influenced my decision as to how to use my GI-Bill benefit. It has been a platform to allow me to interact with, and help when I can, potential applicants and Sailors from all over the world, and moreover, it has allowed me to personally meet some great people with a similar passion.

A special shout-out to NavyDoc, Sir, thank you. The time that you spend answering the questions posed by prospective applicants and the Future Sailors, Soldiers, Marines and Airmen saves recruiters from all services countless hours. You are amazing.

I look forward to the future.

Thank you!

A little video to help commemorate the occasion:
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My Apologies

Published: April 19th, 2013
Modified: December 21, 2014

Over the last nine plus years, from its beginning in early 2004 as a prototype used to try and figure out how to leverage in-game advertising for Navy Recruiting Command, Navy Cyberspace has been a hobby of mine. The goal continues to be the same as it was when I started, to ensure the right and most up to date information is available to those seeking it — mainly, those seeking enlistment in the military, well, mostly, the Navy.

Counter-Strike 1.6 Navy Poster

During the last nine years, the Web site has been hosted on three different servers. For the first few months, it was actually hosted on my home computer — that idea has obvious limitations, but during the approved prototype stage of its existence, that was okay. The information we sought was gathered — good stuff. Before the site was started, I knew nothing — absolutely nothing about the Internet except that my email magically traveled through it and you could play games against other humans. Over time, that changed. My interest grew. I took classes, read books, participated in forums, and followed blogs of those in the know like Matt Cutts of Google in an effort to learn as much as I could. I am still, however, very much in the learning stage even after all this time. Recent events prove that point.

I’ll explain.
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New Site Design

Published: May 20th, 2010
Modified: August 17, 2014

I have updated my sites theme, well, everything except the gallery – I will have it completed before the weekend is over. My site building skills are limited; I learn as I go, so, hopefully you find the new look more appealing than the previous 5 versions.

Screen shots of a couple previous versions: (Read the rest of the article…)

Sorry for the Delays

Published: February 9th, 2010
Modified: October 20, 2014

I would like to apologize to everyone over the last 4 days who submitted a question either via email or as a comment in this blog. For the last 4 days, we have had a new set of stairs installed, and my main problem was that my home office is on the second floor. My home PC has all the instructions loaded whereas my laptop did not. As of the time I made this post, I have completed the backlog. I have also loaded all the new instructions and publications I use to help formulate a response on to my laptop, so I hope I never get so far behind again.

The stairs may not look like much in this picture, but (Read the rest of the article…)

Top Posts of 2009

Published: January 1st, 2010
Modified: August 17, 2014

Happy New Year! May your 2010 be the most healthy and prosperous year you have ever experienced :)

Last year (2008), I made a list of the top ten most visited posts on my blog. It was interesting to go back and see what stuff garnered the most interest over the year; WordPress stats makes the process pretty easy, so I am doing it again.

Here is the Top Ten list for 2009: (Read the rest of the article…)

5 Years Old!

Published: February 16th, 2009
Modified: October 20, 2014

My web site hobby is now 5 years old today (the day I registered the domain!

We’ll be drinking champagne tonight! (Read the rest of the article…)

Navy CS Top Posts of 2008

Published: January 13th, 2009
Modified: August 17, 2014

I meant to post this on the New Years Day… oops.

The articles in my blog generate a large number of emails inquiring about the Navy. Each person has specific questions and I take great pride in responding to each and every one. Granted some answers are not always what you may want to hear but rest assured I will work at providing a researched answer – so, keep those questions coming!

About 65,000 people visited this blog in 2008 (thank you BTW!) here are the Top 10 most viewed articles; (Read the rest of the article…)

New Web Site Host

Published: September 15th, 2008
Modified: November 8, 2014

Haven’t posted for a couple of days because I have been moving to a new web host. I was with the old host for over three years and only recently have experienced a degradation in the connection. I will say the support my old host was very good, the techs promptly responded and normally had things back in order very fast. I am not going to name either host at this point – I hope connection issues will be a thing of the past.

While the new host did most of the work, like 99.8% of it :) I took the time to create some more content for Navy CyberSpace. Overall was the most difficult web page I have built. I made, using Photoshop, each of the 26 International Code of Signal alphabet flags Alfa thru Zulu – pain in the butt – I hope they prove useful to those sharing Cyberspace.

Let me also recognize our new Chief Petty Officers! (Read the rest of the article…)

Do Not Attempt to Adjust Your Screen

Published: August 15th, 2008
Modified: August 15, 2008

If you have been to this site before you would have noticed the dark background and the white lettering – I think I have been reading it so long I have started to go blind. My wife has been telling me for over a year that it is too hard to read and I should change it. Well, I’m starting to work on it. Problem is – I’m color blind, no not the color blind where you can make out the wire is red or blue – I am talking about what matches, what colors go together. I am “tone deaf” when it comes to colors. (Read the rest of the article…)

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