New Writer Introduction

Ok folks, welcome to Mac Nerve Central (Update now Mac Write). I will be writing 1-3 columns a week and also give you Mac freaks my point of view on the major Mac news.

First, let me introduce myself. My name is Trevor Harrison, I live in beautiful Vancouver, British Columbia Canada. I am 21, and am a big Mac freak who is, well poorer then hell, so I can't upgrade my system, or buy that PowerBook I need.

I am currently unemployed and am collecting Disability since I am disabled. I am legally Blind, and have other various disabilities that makes it harder, if no impossible for me to do a lot of the jobs most people do out there do, i.e.: work in a shop or do physical work. But the one thing I can do is computer work and according to an assessment of me, they said I have a condition that says I work better with computers than with people. Well, over the last 3 years on the Macintosh and 1.5 years as I excelled at my PC expertise level, I have come to love computers and the Internet. I am working to build a web design business and also do Macintosh Private tutoring in Vancouver BC.

I love the Internet and spend hours daily reading Mac news and Mac columns. I try and read as many columns as possible like 15-40 if I can find that many new columns or columns I haven't read. Seriously, I love reading Mac columns. I am currently reading all the columns by John H, Farr.

I just read the columns . I haven't paid much attention to who writes them, but am now starting to. I am also working on Mac Writers Guide for Harrison (Update now Mac Write) so people can find all those Mac columnists out there. So any dedicated Mac freak can spend 2-8 hours daily reading all those new columns published daily.

Hmm, what else to say about myself. Oh yeah, you probably want to know my computer setup. I have a Power Macintosh G3 Mini tower 266mhz revision A, ATI Rage II+ 2vram. 160MB of RAM, 6GB IDE drive. Internet Zip, and 24x CD-ROM. AV built in (not using the PCI slots). 320x240 30fps video in and 640x480 video in at a lower frame rate, not quite sure what the 640x480 frame rate is. 832x600 Video out, and S-Video in/out, I think that's about it for the box.

I have a 17-inch Sony 200sf monitor, Digital Series FC-115 hi-fi Speakers total 50 watz. Epson Stylus Color 740 (very costly to run $40 for the black cartridge and $24 for the color. Huh? Why does the color cartridge cost less?) Microtek ScanMaker E3, and finally a Global Village Teleport Internet Edition 33.6 (Now retired).

So how am I connecting to the Internet then? If you read ADSL Saga, that will tell the story of my ADSL Internet access and how it has been working over the last 2 years. Is it nearly my 2 year anniversary of having ADSL? WOW! I have had ADSL and loved it since Tuesday January 27, 1998.

Hmm, what else to say...I am building my own business so I can move out of this 10x8 cell I live in (+2x8 closet). I get cable, hydro, food, laundry (done for me), and other things like toothpaste, soap, shampoo, toilet paper, etc., all included in my Room & Board. Did I say I am living in a family's house? Its called a teaching home. I will get into that in a later column. Oh yeah, and the rent including all that is ok - only $400/month. Hey, so it isn't so bad living here.

As I said before I have ADSL and my own phone line, TV, VCR, and Stereo. Ok, so it's not that bad, and I shouldn't call it a cell. But I feel it is. I want to Get Harrison Media going and start creating web sites so I can get a place of my own, and also buy myself a PowerBook. I really need one for the traveling to the Island every 2 weeks I do 6 hours there and 4 hours back. I think that's it for my first column. I welcome your feedback and ideas on what to write about. I have a lot to say, and some interesting tales over the last 20 years of being a disabled person.