Ron Spain of Rocky Mount
Ron Spain

Ron Spain

I have removed the website at ronspain.netlify.com because I don't like netlify's terms of use. This website is not currently available 24 hours a day until I get my new server going. Thank you for your understanding.

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Feb 15, 2019

Ageism

I try to avoid ageist websites. I've never put any of my software on github (though Google and Bing are continually putting it in my search results) because github is ageist. Github is supposed to be a website for hosting software projects, but its rules don't permit those under 13 years of age to register. I started programming at around age 10 on a TRS-80 Model 100, so I wouldn't have been allowed to use github. I complained to github years ago about their ageist rules, and they claimed their reason was to comply with United States law, specifically COPPA. COPPA does not state that anyone under 13 cannot contribute code, it only says that a website must get parental permission before gathering information about minors. Github doesn't care about kids' rights enough to do that simple task. If it were a law like SOPA that interfered with piracy, the internet would be going nuts in protest, but no one cares about the rights of minors - not even minors care. Still, I'm not going to accept ageism any more than racism or sexism. When a twelve-year-old is not allowed to contribute code, that is contrary to liberty. Houston, we have a problem, for those in need of an erroneous cliché. Note that Bitbucket hasn't discriminated against anyone based on age in the last decade to my knowledge, and the federal government hasn't shut them down.

I've removed my website from netlify this week due to their ageism, as well as their stating in their terms of use that they may choose to delete a website for no reason and for generally talking to their users like we're nothing. A while back, they completely changed their interface and made it impossible to update the website without deleting it and creating a new website. They're located in San Fransicko, and I know they care about certain issues out there, but neither my rights nor the rights of minors are among them.

Feb 15, 2019

Blog

For years, I've sought a place to host a blog. Blogger and Blogspot are owned by Google, and I've seen Google censor/remove many blogs, spy on people, and engage in many other bad behaviors, so I don't use Blogger or Blogspot. I've also seen WordPress, Tumblr, and Nibblebit censor many blogs. They might not censor my blog if I avoid controversial matters, but I'm not going to give them my content to help them generate advertising revenue after they've censored all of my favorite blogs, and I'm not going to endorse their services by using them publicly. It's hard to find a decent blog hosting service that anyone has ever heard of, so I've decided to host my blog myself. Google might refuse to index it as they've refused to index my website in the past without explanation (or they might even still claim my site is harmful, which is very pathetic of them), but you can still find this website if you know how. Just bookmark it (Ctrl+D) or type the address into the address bar (Ctrl+L) if you don't know how to bypass Google.

I've used a few social media websites, but I don't think people are getting to know the real me on them. I used Facebook as a tool to complain about businesses that deserve it, and I hoped to keep in touch with old friends, but I'm not sure what to talk about with most of them, and it would probably be better to meet in person. I occasionally posted something on Facebook that seemed important or interesting, but not much about my personal life, my views, or my hopes and dreams. Google Plus was mostly for complaining about Google and goofing around. So maybe this blog will help people to better understand the real me. Probably not, though.

Email: ronspain@gmx.us

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