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Sunday, January 25, 2004
Sandbox by Dennis Hooker


Sandbox by Dennis Hooker
Dennis Hooker's FREE online book is now available for download or online reading. 

I set up the web page for Sandbox last night.

The book is just under 100 pages and currently, it's only available as a 1mb PDF file. 

Makes me wish everyone had cable modem -- including me.

It's worth the transfer time.

Read it.


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Saturday, January 24, 2004
Privacy Policy - read the fine print


We know where you live

Privacy Policy
- Last Updated: January 2004

Thunderstorms in the Imajica
strives to offer its visitors the many advantages of Internet technology and to provide an interactive and personalized experience. We may use Personally Identifiable Information (your name, e-mail address, street address, telephone number) subject to the terms of this privacy policy. Please note this policy applies only to information collected by Thunderstorms in the Imajica online and does not impact information collected or used by Thunderstorms in the Imajica or its affiliates through other means.

How we gather information from users.

How we collect and store information depends on the page you are visiting, the activities in which you elect to participate and the services provided. You can visit many pages on our site without providing any information. Other pages may prompt you to provide information, such as when you register for access to portions of our site, sign up for membership, request certain features (e.g., newsletters, news updates and other products), sign up for a newsletter subscription or make a purchase. You may also provide information when you participate in sweepstakes and contests, voting and polling activities, message boards and chat rooms and other interactive areas of our sites.

Like most Web sites, Thunderstorms in the Imajica also collects information automatically and through the use of electronic tools that may be transparent to our visitors. For example, we may log the name of your Internet Service Provider or use "cookie" technology. Among other things, the cookie may store your user name and password, sparing you from having to re-enter that information each time you visit, or may control the number of times you encounter a particular advertisement while visiting our site. As we adopt additional technology, we may also gather information through other means. In certain cases, you can choose not to provide us with information, for example by setting your browser to refuse to accept cookies, but doing so may limit your ability to access certain portions of the site or may require you to re-enter your user name and password. Additionally we may not be able to customize the site's features according to your preferences.

What we do with the information we collect.

We will use your information only as permitted by law. Aggregated Information (information that does not personally identify you) may be used in many ways. As one example, we may combine information about your usage patterns with similar information obtained from other users to learn which pages are visited most or what features are most attractive. Aggregated Information may occasionally be shared with our advertisers and business partners, but cannot be used to contact you individually.

We also collect information to enhance your visit and deliver more individualized content and advertising. For example, we may use Personally Identifiable Information collected on Thunderstorms in the Imajica to communicate with you regarding our Terms of Service and privacy policy, products and services offered by Thunderstorms in the Imajica and other affiliates and partners, administration of sweepstakes and contests, processing e-commerce transactions and other topics we think you might find of interest. We reserve the right to share this information with other business units and affiliates, including for example our affiliated newsletters and entities in which John Furie Zacharias has an ownership interest (collectively, "Affiliates"). This policy does not apply to any Affiliate's use of such information.

Personally Identifiable Information collected by Thunderstorms in the Imajica may also be used for other purposes including but not limited to site administration and troubleshooting. Certain third parties who provide technical support for the operation of our site (our Web hosting service and our blog provider, for example) may access such information.

As we continue to develop our business, we may sell, buy, merge or partner with other companies or businesses. In such transactions, user information may be among the transferred assets. We may also disclose your information in response to a court order, at other times when we believe we are reasonably required to do so by law, in connection with the collection of amounts you may owe to us, and/or whenever we deem it appropriate or necessary to give such information to law enforcement authorities. Please note we may not provide you with notice prior to disclosure in such cases.

Your choice to opt out.

The quality news and information on Thunderstorms in the Imajica is supported by advertising revenue and a controlled program of e-mail marketing is an important element of our online publishing business. Like other Web publishers, we sometimes permit our advertising and promotional partners to e-mail you about services, features, products, special offers and unique content we believe might interest you. If you prefer not to receive e-mail communications sent directly from our advertisers or promotional partners, you will be given an opportunity to decline before you provide us information we might use for this purpose. If you decline at the time you provide us such information, we will not share the Personally Identifiable Information you provide with non-Affiliated advertisers for such purposes, though we may on occasion send you information on their behalf.

Affiliated sites, linked sites and advertisements.

Thunderstorms in the Imajica expects its partners, advertisers and third-party affiliates to respect the privacy of our users. However, third parties, including our partners, advertisers, affiliates and other content providers accessible through our site, may have their own privacy and data collection policies and practices. For example, during your visit to our site you may link to, or view as part of a frame on a Thunderstorms in the Imajica page, certain content that is actually created or hosted by a third party. Also, through Thunderstorms in the Imajica you may be introduced to, or be able to access, information, Web sites, advertisements, features, contests or sweepstakes offered by other parties. Thunderstorms in the Imajica is not responsible for the actions or policies of such third parties. You should check the applicable privacy policies of those third parties when providing information on a feature or page operated by a third party.

While on our site, our advertisers, promotional partners or other third parties may use cookies or other technology to attempt to identify some of your preferences or retrieve information about you. For example, some of our advertising is served by third parties and may include cookies that enable the advertiser to determine whether you have seen a particular advertisement before.

Through features available on our site, third parties may use cookies or other technology to gather information. Thunderstorms in the Imajica does not control the use of this technology or the resulting information and is not responsible for any actions or policies of such third parties.

Please be careful and responsible whenever you are online. Should you choose to voluntarily disclose Personally Identifiable Information on our site, such as in message boards, chat areas or in advertising or notices you post, that information can be viewed publicly and can be collected and used by third parties without our knowledge and may result in unsolicited messages from other individuals or third parties. Such activities are beyond the control of Thunderstorms in the Imajica and this policy.

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Thunderstorms in the Imajica does not knowingly collect or solicit Personally Identifiable Information from or about children under 13 except as permitted by law. If we discover we have received any information from a child under 13 in violation of this policy, we will delete that information immediately. If you believe Thunderstorms in the Imajica has any information from or about anyone under 13, please contact us at the address listed below.

Contacting us.

We can be reached by contacting:
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Changes to this policy.

Thunderstorms in the Imajica reserves the right to change this policy at any time. Please check this page periodically for changes. Your continued use of our site following the posting of changes to these terms will mean you accept those changes. Information collected prior to the time any change is posted will be used according to the rules and laws that applied at the time the information was collected.

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This policy and the use of this Site are governed by Florida law. Any claim related to the Site or this policy shall be brought in a federal or state court in Orlando, Florida, within one year after the claim arises. You agree no such claim may be brought as a class action. Users of Thunderstorms in the Imajica consent to the jurisdiction and venue of such court as the most convenient and appropriate for the resolution of disputes concerning this policy. Thunderstorms in the Imajica is controlled, operated and administered entirely within the United States. If you are located outside the United States, please note the information you provide to us will be transferred to the United States. You hereby consent to this transfer.

In the event case of any conflict between the terms of this policy and the terms of any electronic or machine readable privacy policy (for example, a P3P electronic privacy policy), the terms of this written policy shall control.

 

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Friday, January 23, 2004
Friends pix


Send me a pic


If you're reading this and you personally know me, you might want to check out the Friend's Pix page I just put up.  If I have any pix of you, it's likely I put you on that page.  If you're not on the page, it's probably because I couldn't find and edit your photo, not because I don't like you.

If you have a different or more current photo of yourself you rather I use, just email it to me and I'll get to work with it.  I just use the factory-loaded paint program, notepad, and a bucketful of patience to make web pages.

Also, if you maintain a home page, tell me and I'll link to it from there.

Now that we got that settled, you can go back to stuffing your face with those potato chips and getting your mouse pad all greasy.


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Thursday, January 22, 2004
JfZ home page


go get looped -- I mean, fruity looped ... uh, nevermind.


 I got a newsletter from sectionZ.com today.  It seems they're doing well.  They've incorporated now, got some sponsors, and some advertising money.  It reminded me to start thinking about filling in some links on my audio list ... coming soon to the left side panel near you ... or in the blog here, anyway.

I did upload a short MP3 I made with Fruity Loops Studio while just screwing around with the demo version.  If you want to download it, t's called Nag Trance.


Take a look at the home page I've been fiddling with over on http://www.mical.net/jfz/index.htm anyway and let me know what you think.  It should load fairly fast for those like me with just a dialup connection.  And some of you are still surfing the web at 800x600 pixel resolution, so I made the page look decent when it gets resized.  More fun html coding with notepad.

Hopefully, it won't look as schizophrenic as these pages.

It does have the bunny inside.

And it may have a photo of you.


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Wednesday, January 21, 2004
M4 Robotic Bunny Rabbit


Silence is death.  Spread the word.
Some of you know that when I was in the military, I worked with highly classified and specially compartmentalized information with Special Operations Command Europe (SOCEUR).  It's been a long time since I worked in a SCIF, but my interest in intelligence continues to be an odd hobby.

The cold war has defrosted and the Soviet Union, as we knew it when I was more than
a little nervous about our collective fates, is no more.  The Berlin Wall may have been reduced to souvenir pebbles for tourists to take home to their grandchildren but the U.S. is still actively involved in the collection and analysis of good intelligence.

The
CIA, NRO, NSA and similar agencies use ever-increasing advancements in technology toward that end.  I have uncovered one technologically superior surveillance device: The M4 Robotic Bunny Rabbit.

The M4 RBR, for short, is an incidious little device.  I believe sunshine can sterilize anything so I created the Got Bunny? web site for you to spread the word among those you care about, lest they too fall victim to its ways.


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