** Midi **
"I expect to
pass through life but once. If therefore, there be any kindness I
can show, or any good thing I can do to any fellow being, let me
do it now, and not defer or neglect it, as I shall not pass this
--- William Penn
(1644-1718) English Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania
start at the beginning... My name is Jeffrey D. Stark, though many know
me under the name Lord Jeff. I have scanned in a few pictures
I joined the electronic community back in 1984 when I got my
hands on a 300 baud acoustic coupling manual dial modem. This
strange little blue box, had a cradle that you placed the handset
into, after you'd dialed the # manually with a telephone. I think
my first few minutes of exploration set the trend for the next 10
years of my life.
In 1986, a young teen was told that there was no way he could set up a BBS.
He neither had the skill, knowledge or modem needed to run one. On July 16th,
1986; a small electronic bulletin board system called The Cult [Later renamed
The Land Of The Cult BBs] first opened
it's doors to the public.
I have only ever had one idol in my life. Someone who I both
looked up to and desired to be. Josh Mayhew was one of the most
interesting people I've ever met and he let a very fascinating
life. Josh was a very technical person, with a phenomenal amount
of knowledge about computers. I think I really started getting
into computers because of Josh.
The BBS [Electronic Bulletin Board System] was the starting point
for most of my life to come. I have been a member of the
electronic community for over 10 yrs now, and I can honestly say
I do not regret it in the least. Most of you probably don't know what a bbs is, unless you've heard the name in some sort of historical context. BBS = Bulletin Board System; a computer left open for users to dial in at will, giving a one-on-one connection. on a bbs you felt part of something, actually part of a community. internet tries to get that back with irc channels, newsgroups and other forms of chat and message boards; but it's never replicated it.
Imagine just one thing that combined ftp, irc, mail, muds, and (sort of) the web. that's a rough idea of what BBSs had to offer - message areas, files, user chat, door games, "graffiti wall" message boards, and chat with the sysop - imagine if you could hit a button on a web site and page the author. with a bbs you could (usually). the bbs was sitting on someone's desk, in their house. you'd hit "page sysop" and the computer would make a noise or display a message to alert the sysop. if they felt like it, they'd talk to you. vaguely like MSN or ICQ.
So on to my present life, firstly, how I see myself. I view
myself as being a strongly creative individual, able to handle
high stress situations, having developed a strong set of problems
solving skills. Possessing a strong inner code of values, I see
myself as a motivated and dedicated individual. My free time is
occupied by a diverse range of interests including being an
accomplished amateur poet, a skilled digital composer and the
operator of a rather unique Electronic Bulletin Board System.
My basic philosophy is that the key to accomplishment in one's
life is through versatility and flexibility. I very much view
myself as a true example of a generalist and this philosophy is
reflected in how diverse and multifaceted my business, personal
knowledge and experience are. Skilled in not just one field but
having a strong working knowledge of all levels of the computer
profession. At any given time I could find myself doing Business
Applications Quality Assurance, Computer Assembly and Servicing,
Internet, Network Management, Telecommunication and Bulletin
Board Technology, System Support, Access Devices [equipment that
lets disabled people use computers], Programming, Training And
Work, Work... and MORE work!
suppose it's only normal that my work take up a sizable chunk of my web page,
since it also takes up a sizable chunk of my time. So, here is a list of some
of the skills, work and things I do.
- Advanced level knowledge of three of the most popular operating systems
(DOS, OS/2 & Windows)
- Intermediate to Advanced level knowledge of over 500
applications, including the most popular word processors,
spreadsheets, database & DBMSes and telecommunication
software out on the market. Word Perfect & Corel
WordPerfect Office, AmiPro & Lotus SmartSuite, Word
& Microsoft Office, QEMM, DESQview, DBase, FoxPro,
Oracle, Paradox, Harvard Graphics, Instant Artist,
Q&A and Quattro.
- Having extensively handled the assembly and servicing of
IBM PC compatible machines for many years. Through sales
by Black Sphere Technology and private contracts for
debugging and repairs.
- Participated on the Quality Assurance Team for many
software and hardware packages such as Digital
Electronic's DECtalk/2 Speech Synthesizer Card,
RoboBoard/FX, GEcho and MelMail.
- A thorough knowledge of Web Page Design in HTML. Also
offering skills in Graphic Design, Text & Graphic
- Well-versed in the installation and management of several
of the most popular network packages out on the market,
such as: Netware LAN Systems, Banyan Vines LAN Systems
and Artisoft Lantastic LAN Systems.
- Programmer of the popular Banyan Vines Email Reader
(EVMail) [Over 500 Registrations of this shareware
- A strong knowledge of the fundamental workings behind the
design, authoring, installation and management of
telecommunication related applications through ten years
of Electronic Bulletin Board operation.
- Programmer of several telecommunications related
applications including: a communications library for
Pascal (FCOMM), a terminal package (U4-TERM) and the
Bulletin Board Interface for TLOTC BBs.
- Advanced knowledge of application, software and hardware
- Proficient in installing and maintaining specialized
computer access devices and software for disabled and
visually impaired persons such as: ZoomText, Vista,
OpenBook, Vocal-Eyes, Window-Eyes, SLIM, Screen-Power,
JAWS, Arctic and DECtalk Speech Cards.
- Expertise in the training of disabled and visually
impaired persons in the usage of specialised access
devices and general computer training.
- Fluent in many programming languages including: ASM, Beta, Batch, Basic,
C, Cobol, DBMS(s), Delphi, Fortran, HTML, Java, Magma, Modula, Pascal, PPE,
Rexx, Smalltalk, TLS, Visual, Zel.
- Black Sphere Technology: BSFossil, MLChat, BLT, UserBase
- Euphoria Software Development: U4-Term, Averon, RoboBoard
UserBase Management (ERUE, ERUS, ERUC, ERSI, ERIA),
- SumWare Software: SMFH, EPoint, BSS, FCOMM, SBnk
- Independent: Complete Interface for TLOTC BBs,
BattleLord's Configuration Program
To look through a mirror
- To laugh often and much; to win the respect of
intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn
the appreciation of honest critics and endure the
betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find
the best in others; to leave the world a bit better,
whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed
social condition; to know even one life has breathed
easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.
- For me, life is an exploration. An exploration of one's
environment, of the world around us, also and more
importantly of self.
I have always had a deep fascination with the wind. To
me, thereis no greater pleasure then sitting on a dark
evening, letting the wind blow through my hair as I look
out on the world around me or just close my eyes and
immerse myself. I have always had a love and affinity for
all things medieval and arcane. I have always enjoyed
reading, and have a most voracious apetite. I find myself
reading all genres from fantasy, to sci-fi, mystery, to
thriller. I do a lot of reading and research into many of
our planet's historical periods; finding myself
particularly fascinated with the celtic history, grecian
history and the victorian age; as well as, all the
mythology, beliefs, colour and lifestyles from those
One of my more prominent hobbies involves divination. I
am deeply into Astrology, Horoscopes, I-Chin, Tarot,
Runes and Numerology. I do publish a Monthy Horoscope for those who
are interested and do full natal zodiacs [20+ pages] for
people birthdays or other occasions. Wether or not I put
any faith into any of this, I most certainly recognise
the potential that is there for both self examination and
introspection. It severs simply as a guide on the first
steps of one path to self awareness.
I also do a great deal of writing in my free time; which
includes everything from stories, to articles, erotica,
to poetry. I have thus far had 3 poems and 2 short
stories published. I am currently in the process of
writing a fantasy novel; and as of this point have about
12 of the chapters finished.
LJ's Jump Points
The Land Of The Cult BBs's Official Web
Pictures Of Lord Jeff
Lord Jeff's Resume
Lord Jeff's Monthy Horoscope
Visually Impaired Resource
Black Sphere Technology
Lord Jeff's Jump Points Jump Guide
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Last revised: May 04, 2000.