||The Last Front Page Article
This will be the last front page article on Simbey.com. In case you haven't noticed, I really don't have anything to write about, which seems to contradict what English teachers told me all through school. The worst assignment a teacher could give was the book report. In fact, in grade school teachers said that writing assignments were preparing us for middle school writing. In middle school, teachers said writing assignments were preparing us for high school writing. In high school, teachers said writing was preparing us for college. One of the reasons I didn't go to a four-year college was to avoid the excessive writing that likely would have been required there. Since for all practical purposes I didn't go to college, I can only guess that college professors would have said writing there prepared students for the work force. If they had, it would have largely been a lie.
You'd think that after all the reading and writing I did in school, I would now continue to enjoy reading, and perhaps I'd even have things to write about. Wasn't that part of teachers' intent? With the exception of programming manuals, I actually hate to read. Writing was a huge waste of my time in school - so much so that in the 11th grade I simply skipped one book report altogether! All I wanted to do during my school years was study computer science, which was not offered because it was the Aberdeen school district, which was also responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs (due to lack of a proper education).
In the past, I had hoped to create interesting content for Simbey.com, but I simply have nothing to write about. I also haven't been able to think of any useful services to provide through HTML, so this website continues to waste the time and resources of a few hapless Internet surfers plus many large search engines, such as Google, who spend huge amounts of time downloading my photo archive and then never actually serve any of those images in their image searches.
The small collection of articles that have been cobbled together thus far will continue to be available, somewhere. After all, I'm a bit of a digital pack rat. This, then, leads to the question, "What will fill the space on /default.asp?" It may simply be a set of instructions for setting up popular desktop client software to connect to the non-HTML services provided by Simbey.com.
Only a few years ago Simbey.com was an exclusive website, and you had to have an account to sign-in. There never was much to see behind the login, other than the photo archive, which is public again. During all this time, however, Simbey.com has run an exclusive E-Mail server, and, no, you may not have an account. IMAP support is coming, and, no, you may not have an IMAP account. NNTP is also coming, and, okay, I will allow guests to post.
So, the front page will probably just detail how to connect to Simbey.com resources, such as NNTP. I wouldn't expect it to become very popular; one of the main reasons for hosting services here is to test the SimbeyServer, which is currently under development. The SimbeyServer already supports SMTP and POP4. IMAP will be done next, followed by NNTP. Long term protocols include LDAP and possibly IRC. If you actually receive a SimbeyServer account, then you are very lucky.
In time, I will create a page to describe the SimbeyServer's capabilities and progress. That will be the only thing I will write about on Simbey.com, and it won't be on the front page. By the way, I am devoting every ounce of free time right now to the development of the SimbeyServer, and it's still been painfully slow.
Nathaniel, however, has been growing and developing quite quickly, easily outpacing the SimbeyServer. Perhaps when he's older he can help develop the SimbeyServer too. Unlike you, he will have a SimbeyServer account, and he will probably torment you in the NNTP forums.