It's Mid 2017 and I (Jeff Relf) am in Seattle.
I was born here, start of 1960.
Here is photo of Me.  Here is my location, in Seattle. 

My playList when reading/writing/programming.

My posts to Usenet ( since February, 2012 ).
Who's posts I read first: Comp.OS.Linux.Advocacy, Sci.Physics.

C++ Coding Rules, Visual Studio 2017 macros, C#, Win10 Registry Settings.

I wrote my own diff routines ScreenShot.  Help/Settings: X.HTM.

My userContent.CSS(.TXT), for Mozilla FireFox.

<SleepPat> tells me when I fell asleep, for how long 
( where: 7.5 <= SleepHrs < 16 hours ), each and every day, last 2 years.
Text version ( 380 columns wide ! ).

My "waking hours" are more random than most people's;
so, unLike most, I truly _need_ this info, 
to predict how many hours are left in my "day".

  My monitor is mounted on an arm, swung over my bed;
  -- so turning it Off|On is effortless ( it's Off when not used ).
  These Off/On events are recorded _automatically.
Sometimes, _after working strenuously, I cough;
returning to work, instead of relaxing, stops it.

Sucking on hard candy calms me down, relieving the symptoms;
i.e. sugar pills are indeed the best medicine, sometimes.
LongTerm, Earth is cooling; originally, it was molten.

Great empires require a mild climate, fire helps;
now, with air conditioning, warmer climes are doing better.

Capitalism and/or Communism, it doesn't matter;
either way, the fit thrive and idiots die.
Pick the LeastWorst option, and hope for the LeastWorst luck.
The top ten most frequent ways Americans die, by age group:

" UnIntentional Injury " ( e.g. a drug OverDose ) kills  _Young people;
-- Behind the wheel, drinkers kill  _Young people;
-- When you don't get enough sleep, kid, you're  _Drunk.

Smokers are smarter, I say.
" Heart Disease " ( e.g. from decades of smoking ) kills  _Old people.
So what ? ! Old Age is the leading cause of death everywhere, globally.
Our horizon is subjective, we're _always at the center.

The MetaCosmos is forever evaporating, dispersing, thinnning out;
so, according to General Relativity, the standard/natural yardstick
is growing exponentially and the standard/natural clock accelerates;
i.e. Space _And Time are growing exponentially.
Islam isn't fit for today's modern world, New York and Tokyo.

In the recent ( March 2017 ) London attacks, which saw 4 people killed,
including a policeman, the attacker was _too religious;
i.e. he couldn't handle losing his wife and kids to divorce.

He thought, " Parliament made my wife too free and independent ";
then, being the LifeLong criminal that he was, he attacked them.
ISIS thinks the same way, I assure you.
The start of the "big bang" is just the cosmological horizon;
_all horizons, including event horizons, are subjective.

Likely, entropy has just _always been growing;
thermodynamic free energy ( eXergy ) is forever being consumed away.
Whether or not today's eXergy is "enough" is subjective.

We consume "fuel" ( eXergy, energy that can do work, here and now ),
same as the sun and everything else;
subjectively, we're _sure that nothing is better than us.

People want to know where/when "life" can exist in the Cosmos.
By "life" they mean themselves and their progeny.

The 4-Dimensional TimeScape ( past and future )
is static, immutable, eternal, without beginning or end;
However, that doesn't mean the past still exists -- it doesn't.

We ( humanity ) can't predict the weather over head, _exactly,
12:00 hours from now, to the second/meter;
but we _know that it's due to cause and effect.

Randomness is always ignorance; it's subjective, not intrinsic.

We're robots, programmed by Nature to play "The Stay Alive Game";
including: Subjective Pride, Breathing, Pissing, Shitting, Breeding, etc.
" Free Sex, Free Love and Feminism " have dubious value, I think;
especially when it means:

  Thieving Junkies ( including _agressive begging ),
  Chronic Immaturity and Rogue Terrorists.

GhostBusters 2016 is likely to be a $70 million loss.

Women who _bitch about not being paid like men don't impress me.
Don't _beg for applause ( and money ), earn it.
We humans know enough about the moon's path to say that it's not random.
No so when it comes to quantum sized objects.
Note: "big" and "small" are _relative, _not _intrinsic.

We know less about a single die toss than we do about a million die tosses;
so, to us, the single toss _appears to be more random than the ensamble; 
-- yet it's _not, not intrinsically it isn't.

Quoting Einstein ( " Albert Einstein: Philosopher Scientist ", 1949 ): 
  The attempt to conceive the quantum-theoretical description 
  as THE COMPLETE DESCRIPTION of the individual systems 
  leads to unnatural theoretical interpretations, 

  which become immediately unnecessary 
  if one accepts the interpretation that 
  the description refers to _ENSEMBLES of systems [[ die tosssing ]], 
  and _NOT to _INDIVIDUAL systems [[ one toss ]]. >>

You'll make more money emulating SciFi artists like Gene Roddenberry;
Einstein was relatively poor; so carry on, you rich bastard.
The 4-Dimensional TimeScape ( past and future )
is static, immutable, eternal, without beginning or end;
However, that doesn't mean the past still exists -- it doesn't.

We ( humanity ) can't predict the weather over your head, _exactly,
12:00 hours from now, to the second/meter;
but we _know that it's due to cause and effect.

Randomness is always ( subjective ) ignorance, never intrinsic.

We ( humanity ) _invent dimensions to simplify things; to wit:

  I chart my sleeping hours by day ( xAxis ), 
  hour ( yAxis ), and months ( tables );
  -- time by time by time, 3 dimensions; to wit:
  When I slept ( 380 columns wide ! ) ( ScreenShot ).

> What implications does the fact that time is not 
> [ intrinsically ] a dimension have on physics?

We ( humanity ) create models of reality for our benefit;
our models are subjective, relative, _not intrinsic to nature.
My code is dense, and hard to read, like the Washington Post;
sorry, but it's _not_ like an advert, or comic strip, 
with lots of graphics, big fonts, color and WhiteSpace.
"Life Extension" comes at a price; the choice is:

  1 - Live FASTER, breathing FASTER.   - OR -
  2 - Live longer.

Horses live 7 times longer than squirrels because,
per pound, they consume oxygen 7 times SLOWER.

A dormant bee lives many months;
once activated, it dies a few weeks later.
Why ?  Because the active bee consumes oxygen FASTER.
"Shannon Entropy" is the minimum required "bits of information",
considering AnyAndAll compression algorithms.
Problem is, _no_one_knows_ every compression technique.

Gravity is "eXergy" ( energy that can do work ).
Energy is neither gained nor lost ( 1st law of thermodynamics );
but, over time, less of it is eXergy ( 2nd law ).

eXergy/gravity is being consumed away, continuously, 
without limit, forever and ever; hence the arrow of time.

As eXergy ratchets down, entropy ratchets up.
A uniform heat bath has energy/entropy, but no eXergy.
I know that I'm ignored 99% of the time;
and the other 1% is _random_ insults from men,
and/or _random_ praise from women.
My ex divorced me to marry her lover.
She cried when I told her I'd stop paying Child Support;
I cried when I lost "my" kids.  That was that, thee end.

She didn't pursue me, I didn't pursue her; we're happy.
I like it this way, alone; I don't trust women.
"Quantum Mechanics" should be called "Quantum Statistics"
as it's just (misleading) correlations, sans cause and effect.

"Virtual Particles" and "Probability Waves" are intrinsically random;
nature, however, is not -- Randomness is just ignorance, nothing more.

Just because something is too complex to _fully_ understand,
like tomorrow's weather, it doesn't mean that it's _truly_ random;
in fact, we _know_ that it isn't.

_Nothing_ can change the future, present or past;
the (4d) TimeScape is static.  The more ignorant you are,
the more you ( erroneously ) believe in "free will".
Cosmological Mass dissipates, diminishing its gravitational field;
so clocks tick faster, yardsticks shrink, and spacetime bloats.

Locking backwards, spacetime tightens into a notional singularity.
The start of the Big Bang is a (subjective) horizon, nothing more.

"Dark Matter" (unseen mass) is what we don't know about the galaxy.
"Dark Energy" (Entropy) is what we don't know about the cosmos.
Hence: they don't exist locally.
A strict, LifeLong vegan who doesn't OverIndulge 
( in fat, sugar, salt, alcohol and tobacco ) _will_ live longer;
even if he doesn't, it'll certainly _feel_ that way.
Guys speak the "Insult Dialect";
where "Fuck You" is just a "Hello".

Women speak the "Praise Dialect";
where "I Love You" is just a "Hello".
My (computer) literacy has done wonders for my (mental) health;
too much money makes you lazy, depressed;
so I crave information, not money.
You don't have to pay an Asian programmer $5/hour,
plenty of Americans will do it for free.

Are you looking for a hooker or a wife ?
Wives cost a _ton_ more; same for programmers.

Personally, I find that knowledge and skills
are the best assests to hold, not money per se.

Holding money is a _bad_ idea, these days.
Here in Seattle, housing costs are going through the roof;
meanwhile, 5-year CD's yield just 2% APR.

Quoting "Rent trend data in Seattle"
  As of July 2016, average apartment rent within the 
  city of of Seattle, WA is $2,179.  One bedroom 
  apartments in Seattle rent for $1,999 a month on 
  average and two bedroom apartment rents average $2,796.  

  The average apartment rent over the prior 6 months in 
  Seattle has increased by $166 (8.2%).  One bedroom 
  units have increased by $147 (7.9%) and two bedroom 
  apartments have increased by $247 (9.7%).  >>

Quoting "Seattle Home Prices & Values"
  The median home value in Seattle is $585,400.

  Seattle home values have gone up 16.7% over the past year
  and Zillow predicts they will rise 8.1% within the next year.   
As the (light) clock ticks, the time axis grows,
relative to the spatial dimensions.
The time axis is bent, curved, warped.

"Time Curvature" ( into space ) models the (Newtonian) "1g"
we know so well, here on earth; i.e. simply moving forward 
in time is enough to alter your position ( free falling ).

The spatial axis is bent, curved, warped.

Here on earth, "Space Curvature" ( into time ) is negligible;
but, near the sun, "space itself" ( the path ) morphs, over time; 
so Mercury's orbit "spirals" ( precesses ).

An ideal black hole can stop a (light) clock, so it doesn't tick;
objects there are frozen in time, to us humans.

Radio waves, carrying the voice of a MoonWalker,
are BlueShifted as they fall down to "Houston";
so Houston _observes_ the MoonWalker talking/living faster.

Radio waves, carrying the voice of Houston,
are RedShifted as they climb up to the MoonWalker;
so the MoonWalker _observes_ Houston talking/living slower.

The MoonWalker _really_ is talking/living faster than Houston.
Zoom Player 12.1, the latest beta, was a _huge_ upgrade for me.  

Previously, my HighContrast Theme (Win10) broke EVR
( "Enhanced Video Renderer", MicroSoft's latest, post VMR9 ).
FullScreen videos, in Windows Mode ( NonExclusive ), showed tearing, 
-- and my only alternative, VMR9, couldn't do 4096x2160, 60 fps !

After upgrading to zPlayer 12.1, I had to turn off "Smart Play";
i.e. let MicroSoft decide what filters/decoders to use.
With that, 4096x2160, 60 fps videos play fine ( but seeking is slow ). 
Imagine the Earth, the Sun, the Solar system, the Milky Way,
Andromeda, and the hundreds of billions of galaxies we can see today...

Now apply a little pressure to it, so it all fits in the head of a pin.
When you're done, that's what it was like, 13.8 billion years ago.
The minimum wage is censorship; we route around it.

Trying to stamp out low wages is like pressing on a ballon;
the bulge goes elsewhere ( to China, for example ).

FrenchStyle Socialism harms youth the most;
lower wages leads to more EntryLevel jobs.

Am I poorer if you're richer ?
No, _relative_ wealth doesn't matter.
America's poor are very rich, compared to the third world.

Thou shalt not covet.
My carbon footprint is ultra light because
I've been mostly lazy my entire life.
Even gays work harder than me (I don't do sex).

When I was married, my wife demanded more.
After she dumped me, I went back to coasting along.

The money game never appealed to me;
"free time and (mental) health" came first.

More and More, kids are following my faithless, sexless path;
I was just ahead of my time, that's all.
I wrote my own "terminal interface", "X.EXE" ( Windows 8 );
250 columns, fixedWidth fonts.  Screenshots ( 3840 x 2160 ):


"X.EXE" is in <X.ZIP>, along with the files it needs.

    "X.HTM" is the "help/settings file".
    "Nyms.HTM" is the Usenet Scorefile.
    The "xGames" folder has .PNG files for the Monopoly game.
    "X.CPP" is the source code, Visual C++, x64, Visual Studio 2017.

"OCR A", "MS Mincho", "Segoe UI Symbol", "DejaVu LGC Sans Mono" 
and "nSimSun" are the (required) "Unicode Console" fonts.

"DirectX.CPP" is a small (one-file) example of how to:
_ Make all Fonts/Glyphs the same width (double_width is allowed).
_ Rescale Graphics/Glyphs when a window changes size.
_ Use DirectX 11.1, Direct2D 1.1, DirectWrite, and Direct3D.
_ Draw to a back buffer at a high fps (frames per second).
_ Draw properly scaled/smoothed .JPG files, hardware accelerated.
_ Draw to/from/within bitmaps.
_ Discover if a font exists or not ("FindFamilyName()").
_ Discover if a glyph exists in a font ("HasCharacter()").
_ Discover the width/height of a glyph ("GlyphWH()").

Your startup folder should have, e.g., "Pics/LowRes.JPG" ( 100px wide/tall ) 
and "Pics/Chess.PNG" ( a 3840 x 2160 screenshot, Jeff-Relf.Me/Chess.PNG ).
All coordinates are in hard⋅pixels (D2D1_UNIT_MODE_PIXELS).

ScreenShot: Jeff-Relf.Me/Glyph.PNG
The Flying Spaghetti Monster (FSM) is real, tachyons are a joke.

Schrödinger doesn't know if his cat is dead or alive.
Ignorance is not a spatial dimension,
as string theory would have you believe.

Hallucinations are just that, hallucinations,
not "alternate realities/universes",
as pop science would have you believe.
ISIS mercenaries are promised "wives" (sexual slaves).

You don't have to _kill_ them, 
nor soak them in pigs blood (as Trump suggests),
just spay and neuter them, and they're done.

Like Muslims, Christians run from (painful) truths;
science is better (if you can handle it).
Like heroin addicts, cranks reject reality.
Activists (like Ian Murdock[*]) are chronic infants;
they're paranoid schizophrenics, addicted to a cause;
i.e. they lie for it, and pretend that it's working. 
[ *: Groups.Google.COM/d/msg/sci.physics/jBUQV0XNSB0/h3RWMr4MEAAJ ]

How could you expect to change others,
when you can't even change yourself ? !
What's the difference between a rapist and a celebrity ?
FanGirls stalk celebrities; rapists stalk fanGirls.
Today's 25 year olds are less mature than yesteryear's 15 year olds.
They don't grow up because, frankly, they don't have to.
My $350, 1 TeraByte, SATA_III_Maxed, Samsung 850 EVO SSD
arrived in the U.S. Mail, along with some letters.
U.S. Mail is _Slow_, 7 days without tracking info.

Cloning the "C:boot" drive is easy, 
lots of free programs do it, but...
.....making the new SSD the "C:boot" drive,
without reInstalling everything, was _hard_.

I'm not sure what I might've done wrong or right,
but, in the end, this worked:

  Shutdown and plug in the new SSD (SATA_III).

  Boot and, with no apps running ( no browser, editor, etc. ),
  run "DiskMgmt.MSC" (Windows 8) to remove its partitions, then
  "CloneDisk" your "C:boot" drive (I used "Todo Backup", Free version).

  Shutdown ASAP, unPlug the previous "C:boot" drive.

  Boot to BIOS (Hit DEL). 
  The fan will run hard for awhile, 100% CPU, 4 gigaHz,
  as the new drive becomes "C:".  BIOS does it !

  Find/Change BIOS' (well hidden) BootDrive Setting.

  On reBoot, you've got a new "C:boot" drive, without reInstalling.

  Shutdown, plug in the previous boot drive.
  Boot, remove all partitions from the previous boot drive;
  otherwise, the drives would be too similar, confusing you.
People _cling_ to ignorance because there,
and only there, can their minds run free.

For most, _only_ ignorance brings them
the "freedom" they crave.

Everyone here has access to Wikipedia;
still, 81% of Americans think/hope there's a god,
up there, somewhere, pulling the levers.

Gallup's Values and Beliefs survey, May 2014:
Capitalism is freedom to do good _or_ bad.

Socialism is important because society is important.
What are we, if not social beings, part of a group ? !

  Most often, money can't buy you health;
  not mental health, not physical health.

  What else matters ? !
Primitive, Childish minds believe in the "spooky" stuff.

"Bell's Test" shows what we do NOT know; that's all.
When _all_ facts are known, "The Principle of Locality" applies.
(Pseudo)Randomness is ignorance, not "freedom of choice".

Quantum Mechanics, like Medical "Science", 
relies on correlations (i.e. it's statistical)
because the local, immediate causes aren't fully known.
Success is getting what you want; happiness is wanting what you get.
I'm happy because most "success" doesn't impress me.

To get ahead, respect others more than yourself.
My vasectomy was the best thing I ever did for myself
because it helped me respect woman and kids.

Quoting "PBS.ORG/earth-a-new-wild/episode-plains/reindeer/" <<

  The practice of castrating [[reindeers]] has helped. 

  A castrated male, known as the gentleman of the tundra, 
  won’t waste his energy on fighting for reproductive rights, 
  and therefore will use his strength 
  and enormous size to dig through the snow. 

  The ancient castration technique of biting 
  is being studied and brought back because it is 
  less severe than using tongs or other modern methods. 
  Using modern methods, some male deer can become listless and lazy.

  Scientists believe that with the biting method, 
  the deer will still produce enough testosterone to remain vigorous.

  Reindeer are one of the last species to be domesticated by man —
  and are only semi domesticated. 

  Castration is a key component in domesticating a herding animal. >>
Re: The BBC documentary: "Quelle Catastrophe! France".

While strong unions are a massive benefit to
rich, well_educated baby boomers who've already "won",
it impoverishes the younger, poorer ones.

In poorer areas, youth unemployment is 50%;
for all youth, the unemployment rate is 25%,
one in four.

Because getting a "real" job is like getting married,
with no chance of divorce, ordinary youth
must settle for short_term contracts... or worse.

As a result, French youth are _much_less_likely_
to get married and/or have kids, compared to U.S. youth.
The accelerated expansion of space time is just entropy.
Entropy is why our past light cone has a "beginning" 
( <the cosmological horizon> ).  
In FireFox, my "Search-Bar" has 21 Search "Providers" ( i.e. methods ).  

To install one of the following search methods,
hit Ctrl_Shift_K ( to open the JavaScript Console ),
paste the JavaScript into the bottom line, then hit "Enter".

  Google, Google ranked: {searchTerms} &num=50
    javascript: window.external.AddSearchProvider("http://Jeff-Relf.Me/G.XML");
  Google, Last 3 Months, Google ranked: {searchTerms} &num=50&tbs=qdr:m3
    javascript: window.external.AddSearchProvider("http://Jeff-Relf.Me/rG.XML");
  Google WikiPedia: {searchTerms} site:WikiPedia.ORG &num=50
    javascript: window.external.AddSearchProvider("http://Jeff-Relf.Me/Wiki.XML");
  Google images: {searchTerms}
    javascript: window.external.AddSearchProvider("http://Jeff-Relf.Me/Images.XML");

  Google.DEFINE a word or term: define:{searchTerms}
    javascript: window.external.AddSearchProvider("http://Jeff-Relf.Me/Spell.XML");

  Find a word or term in the "Urban" dictionary:  
    UrbanDictionary.COM/define.php?term= {searchTerms}
    javascript: window.external.AddSearchProvider("http://Jeff-Relf.Me/U.Dict.XML");

  Find a word or term in a normal dictionary:  
    Dictionary.COM/search?q= {searchTerms}
    javascript: window.external.AddSearchProvider("http://Jeff-Relf.Me/Dictionary.XML");
    Thesaurus.COM/search?q= {searchTerms}

  Google a YouTube video: {searchTerms}
    javascript: window.external.AddSearchProvider("http://Jeff-Relf.Me/YouTube.XML");

  Google Newspapers: {searchTerms}&scoring=n
    javascript: window.external.AddSearchProvider("http://Jeff-Relf.Me/nG.XML");

  Google.MAPS: {searchTerms}
    javascript: window.external.AddSearchProvider("http://Jeff-Relf.Me/GM.XML");

  Google MicroSoft ( for help ): {searchTerms}
    javascript: window.external.AddSearchProvider("http://Jeff-Relf.Me/MicroSoft.XML");

  IP to City/Domain 1:{searchTerms}
    javascript: window.external.AddSearchProvider("");

  IP to City/Domain 2:{searchTerms}
    javascript: window.external.AddSearchProvider("http://Jeff-Relf.Me/IP.2.XML");

  Google "Alt.Free.Newsservers" (a Usenet newsgroup), Last 2 Weeks, newest first:!topicsearchin/Alt.Free.Newsservers/{searchTerms}|sort:date
    javascript: window.external.AddSearchProvider("http://Jeff-Relf.Me/GG.XML");

  Find post by Message_ID:!search/messageid:{searchTerms}
    javascript: window.external.AddSearchProvider("http://Jeff-Relf.Me/G+mID.XML");
Sex is overrated.
"Wives" are too expensive and hookers will kill you for a cigarette.
My Logitech g600 mouse has 39 logical "Buttons".
I control them using This is Lua script, and "Logitech Gaming Software".
"War and Crime" is about breeding more than the next guy;
and, for that, you need guns.  It's (ugly) evolution.
"Arrogant, Breeding Morons" are vicious animals.
To change the location of the special "Documents"[*] folder...
[ *: a.k.a. "My Documents", a.k.a. "Personal" ]

See, "http://Jeff-Relf.Me/Win10.REG.TXT".  

;  Use Short, Friendly Paths, all under "C:\__" ( Home ).
;  First, "Right_Click Properties -> Location -> Move" each special folder.
;  Make Sure "MyDocumentsLocation", "Shell Folders"/"Personal",
;  and "User Shell Folders"/"Personal" ( below ) agree with each other.

;  The line, below, is for Visual Studio 2017.

[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\Shell Folders]
"Local AppData"="C:\\__\\Sys\\AppData"
"Local Settings"="C:\\__\\Sys"
"Local AppDataLow"="C:\\__\\Sys\\AppData\\LocalLow"
"Start Menu"="C:\\__\\Sys\\AppData\\Start Menu"
"My Pictures"="C:\\__\\Sys\\AppData\\-Crap-"
"My Music"="C:\\__\\Sys\\AppData\\-Crap-"
"My Video"="C:\\__\\Sys\\AppData\\-Crap-"

[-HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]
[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer\User Shell Folders]
"Local AppData"="C:\\__\\Sys\\AppData"
"Local Settings"="C:\\__\\Sys"
"Local AppDataLow"="C:\\__\\Sys\\AppData\\LocalLow"
"Start Menu"="C:\\__\\Sys\\AppData\\Start Menu"
"My Pictures"="C:\\__\\Sys\\AppData\\-Crap-"
"My Music"="C:\\__\\Sys\\AppData\\-Crap-"
"My Video"="C:\\__\\Sys\\AppData\\-Crap-"
Console2, a better "DOS Console",
runs CMD.EXE in the background, like a daemond.

Console2 works well with Unicode,
provided you tell -both- the default DOS console 
and Console2 to use the "DejaVu Sans Mono" font.

Japanese glyphs work too,
despite the fact that DejaVu doesn't have them.

But you must change Windows' Registry first:

  ; ReBoot to effect any change to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE".
  [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Console\TrueTypeFont]
  "0"="DejaVu Sans Mono"

Also, "7z.EXE" ( like Zip.EXE ) works well with Unicode.

With every invocation of CMD, "Init-CMD.BAT" runs; to wit:

  > @chcp 65001
  > @prompt $P$_$g

  [HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Command Processor]

Console2's settings are stored in "Console.XML",
which I edit by hand, using Visual Studio 2017,
my text editor; like this:
  ... rows="115" columns="143" ... 

  font name="DejaVu Sans Mono" size="14" 
     bold="0" italic="0" smoothing="2"

    color use="1" r="222" g="111" b="111"

Console2 settings for my 185 dpi 
( set to 144 dpi ) 4K/UHD monitor:
My "Jeff-Relf.Me" domain_name costs me $20+ per year, paid to GoDaddy.
<cPanel hosting>[*] costs me $30 per year, paid to "PacificHost.COM".
[ *: ]

cPanel allows unlimited, "Catch-All" email addresses ( aliases );
e.g. "Usenet@@Jeff-Relf.Me".
[ To set it up, just ask me or PacificHost ]

That's unlimited "transfer" ( gigabytes ), unlimited disk storage,
unlimited sub_domains, password_protected folders,
<yaml filtering ( to block select email aliases )>[*], etc.
[ *: http://Jeff-Relf.Me/filter.yaml.TXT ]
Some of the Usenet threads/topics I've been in:
  <Alt.Free.Newsservers>, <News.Software.Readers>,
  <Comp.OS.Linux.Advocacy>, <Sci.Physics>

<Here> is my web presence, last 3 Months, Google ranked, not by date.
Photos of my rooming house ( I'm the manager ):
  Front of House, Back, Bath, the Kitchen, a Room.
Once, I could use Google to see who was talking about me... no longer.

Usenet is like those "Bum Fight" videos, it's a free for all.
As such, it's not worth indexing; in contrast, Wikipedia _is_ worth indexing
-- Google likes it, because it's moderated, filtered.

So Google has been pulling out of the "Usenet search" thing, slowly;
worse, no one wants to take their place... no one.

Effectively, Google now confines your search to a particular newsgroup.
But it only tells you what thread you're in, not where in the thread,
and it's sorted by the age of the thread's most recent post.

You can use Google Groups to point to a Usenet article, like this:!original/News.Software.Readers/dId7J3Kp3Hk/01ZkN9-Q8vUJ

Which is a link to the source, header and all, unformatted.

But, when you hit the big "Back Arrow" button,
it places you on the proper article, in the thread/topic,
properly formatted, on the proper page of the thread/topic ! !

It's so slow ( the JavaScript ), FireFox asks me if I want to continue.

Search by Message-ID never really worked,
and you can't really seach all of Usenet ( it's VERY poorly indexed ),
but you can still find/link to your articles, in your newsgroups.

Articles that spawn a huge thread/topic, lots of replies,
are more likely to be indexed, so they appear in a normal Google Search.
Few posts meet that criteria, so don't get your hopes up.

Low_Cost, Text_Only servers are the fastest and most reliable; to wit:

  <Blue World Hosting>

When not overloaded, <some binary servers>[*] are good too; for $5/life,
you get more than enough gigs, assuming you don't download binaries.
[ *: "usNews.BlockNews.NET:119" and "News.US.Usenet-News.NET:119" ]
Usenet isn't WikiPedia or CraigsList, so Google doesn't fully index it.

Apparently, the first post of a long/interesting thread is well indexed.

You can improve a Google search by 
limiting yourself to more recently indexed pages.

Take, for example, <This Search>[*].
[* "Jeff Relf" on the web, last 3 months, Google ranked ]

   Note the URL:

     Google.COM/search?q= "Jeff-Relf.ME" | "Jeff Relf" &num=50&tbs=qdr:m3&filter=0
       Links to my website (Jeff-Relf.ME) are boosted above "Jeff Relf".
       "|" means "OR".
       "filter=0" shows more results; duplicates are NOT filtered out.

       "tbs=qdr:m3" gives me the last 3 Months, Google ranked.
       Nicely, the "indexed date" is listed for each search result.

Search Usenet, last 2 Weeks, like this:

  Google.COM/groups/search?q= "Jeff Relf" &num=50&
I close apps I'm not using, to free my mind;
don't even want them "pinnned" to the taskbar, as icons.

I never see the "Start Screen" ( Windows 8, Metro ); I boot to
the desktop where only X.EXE greets me, instead of the start button ( Win7 ).
I re_boot once every few months, I suppose.  My 30 watt, full-size desktop PC
is diskless and fanless, including a 500 watt fanless power_supply.

My app launcher/toolbar now _TOTALLY_ stops newly launched apps
from stealing the "foreground" ( i.e. the keyboard/mouse focus )
and blinding me with that nasty "Black to White", bright flash.

For a taste (yuck!), see below. "⏉Win" is the Top_Most window.

  #define ⏉modeOn  ( prev@⏉ = ⏉mode = 1, ⏉most( HWND_TOPMOST ) )

  #define Norm  ( ⏉mode = 0, ⏉most( HWND_NOTOPMOST ) )  // No Top Most.

  #define ⏉most( TM )  (  \
    SetWindowPos( Win, TM, 0,0,0,0, SWP_NOMOVE | SWP_NOSIZE ),  \
    LockSetForegroundWindow( TM == HWND_TOPMOST ? LSFW_LOCK : LSFW_UNLOCK ) )

  #define ⏉  SetForegroundWindow(Win)

  #define @⏉  ( _@⏉ = ( ⏉Win = GetForegroundWindow() ) && Win == ⏉Win )

My launcher must rapidly request the Foreground, 30 times a second;
otherwise, Windows takes it from me without notice, the fucker.
  Windows tells me that I've lost the keyboard/mouse AFTER the fact,
  not before, so I have to bombard it with SetForegroundWindow() ASAP.
  This seems wrong, of course, but I see no alternative.

Moving the cursor to Win10's taskbar stops this "Top_Most, Bombarding",
giving me easy access to my newly launched app, sans White_Flash.
FireGestures JavaScript to magnify images 1.667 times

" var node = FireGestures.sourceNode ;
  if ( ! ( node instanceof HTMLImageElement ) )  return ;
  node.width *= 1.66666667 ;  ".

Who I am ( Personal info )

I was born in Seattle at the start of 1960.

My dad, after being a WWII pilot ( catching the very end of it )
became a tool and die maker, first in partnership with Jeff Fluke,
later on the team that designed and built the 747.

My dad's dad ( Gerald Relf ) was a banker for the Federal Reserve.
Back in the day ( in Seattle, 1940 ), 
bankers sat around a table and exchanged each bank's bags.

My mom's dad ( Robert Grass ) was a Washington state senator
and a lawyer, working out of what was, at the time,
the tallest building west of the mississipi, the Smith Tower.

Seattle has always been a boom/bust town
and Boeing had hit hard times in 1971,
people were leaving en masse.

Also, being Mormons, my dad felt the Seattle/University drug scene
had engulfed two of his kids... one of my brothers is/was
a paranoid schizophrenic... so, in 1972, he moved us to Utah.

My first programming was on HP/TI calculators starting around 1973-74.
By 1976, I was programming the HP 67 with it's magnetic strips.

Me ( Jeff Relf ), back in 1976, when I was 16 ( Orem Utah ).
My mom, dad ( Bill ), and a brother ( Pete, age 18 ), in 1976 ( Orem Utah ).

My dad's mom ( age 73 ) holding her GREAT_grand_daughter, in 1976 ( Seattle ).
My sole sister ( Diana, then 22, Seattle ) and her first daughter.

My brother ( Bill Jr. ) born in Seattle, 1956, in Provo Utah.

Here is a photo of Sarah ( Wallace ) Pruse ( my friend )
visiting her daughters, Gianna and Ginette.
  Dr. JianXin Huang < nfo (AT) DrHuang . BIZ >  //  Seattle
  Dr. Charles Haley < ChipH (AT) UW . EDU >  //  Tucson
  Tom Schrank < TSchrank (AT) ABA . COM > //  Washington DC

  Diana ( Relf ) Harkcom < dHarkcom (AT) gM Ξ ail.COM >  //  Kirkland WA
  Peter.Relf (AT) EMC . COM  //  Sandy Utah

  Melaney Petty < Spam4mel (AT) gM Ξ ail . COM >  //  Seattle
  Sarah ( Wallace ) Pruse < ICantForTheLifeOfMe (AT) Ya Ξ hoo . COM >  //  Tampa
  Michael Brickler < MBrick02 (AT) gM Ξ ail . COM >  //  Eagle-Rock VA  24085