About NLL


I'm sure your first question is, "What the hell is a Necroscope?!" Well, Necroscope is a series of books by Brian Lumley that I started reading while I was in High School - back when I had lots of time to read things printed on paper :-> It's all about about vampires, ESP, espionage, and that sort of thing. It's a great series of books (and his other books are excellent as well).

I took the name quite a few years back, starting with the online community (then consisting of a just barely graphical Prodigy, a text-based CompuServe, and lots of since-dead BBSes). When humans (non computer geeks) started calling me by that name, or by some variation of it (ie. NecroJason), I knew I might as well keep it. I was too young to be thinking about copyright infringement, so I really hope that Brian Lumley doesn't mind. If you used to call a BBS in New Jersey (USA) called Necroscope BBS or posted on HSAnet message areas, I'm the same guy. Not too many people call me that anymore, but hey - it beats "Linux Links" for a title, right? ;->

So, that's the story... Hopefully now you don't think I'm crazy, and know that I'm not obcessed with death (look up in the dictionary).

Linux links?

Sometime I think in 1994 or 95, at the time using WfW 3.11 and MS-DOS 6.22, I installed Linux for the first time. A fellow BBS SysOp in Virginia was kind enough to give me an extra CD he had of Slackware. I remember seeing 1.1.59 on it, so it may have been Slackware 2.1.0, which comes with Linux kernel 1.1.59

I decided it was well worth all of my drive space, so I trashed everything else.

That machine was a 486 DX2/66, 4 meg RAM, 1 meg video, 420 meg HD, 2x CD. I had recently put it together from various parts I was given, traded, etc. The case on this monstrosity was a tomato box from a restaurant around the corner (the motherboard, donated by a friend, was one of those odd-shaped Packard Bell ones with a riser card that won't fit in a generic case). It took to Linux very well, while a certain GUI operating system made by IBM completely barfed on it. As a matter of fact, after a few hundred upgrades, I finally retired it on June 16, 1998.

I do run a few other operating systems now made by you know who to provide technical support for work (where Linux handles web, mail, and dns), but my computing heart belongs to Linux.

I now run Linux at home on three different machines:

  1. Intel Pentium 166 w/ MMX
    Packard Bell Platinum 2010
  2. Intel Celeron 266
    Hewlett Packard Pavilion 8250
  3. Intel Pentium II 450
    Dell Dimension XPS R450

Anyway, in my travels, I gathered so many Linux-related links listed off of my home page that I decided to throw up a whole site for Linux links. Since then I've added The Linux Webring, and I'm currently working on maintaining what's here already <g> before I add anything else major.