Welcome to Rob Jenson’s Web Space
This web space comprises “stuff” written by Rob Jenson. This is a personal web space, but there is a blurring of boundaries between my personal and professional interests. How do you even categorize my volunteer efforts that utilize my professional skills?
Whatever the site contains at the moment is what it’s about. I write for multiple audiences : myself; my family, friends, casual acquaintances that I meet on the street; random people who share a common interest with me; anybody who wants to read what is here. My goal in writing is usually to share something: information that might be useful, interesting or amusing to somebody – maybe. Hopefully. If not, well … so it goes.
The broadest topics that I hope to cover are listed across the navigation bar at the top of most pages set up here. Some of the top-level sections include:
- Technology. Part of my career has been as a UNIX®/Linux systems administrator and security specialist.
- Archives and archivists. Another part of my career has been working as an archivist.
- Genealogy. The “old-fashioned” kind, and using DNA sequences.
- Philately and Stamp Collecting. They are not synonymous.
- Beekeeping. I am a second year beekeeper. My beekeeping partner and I keep two and a half hives of honey bees (Apis mellifera ligustica) in my back yard.
- Life in general. Whatever else comes to mind.
Parts of this site may also be used for experimenting with installing and maintaining WordPress sites and other web technology that I might need to play with. The look and feel of these pages might change spontaneously and unpredictably. Hopefully, the content won’t be adversely impacted, and I won’t break things so badly that you can’t contact me to let me know that something is broken.
There will be private pages that are intended only for access by family, friends or project collaborators. Those pages will require a username and password to access. A form with information about how to get an account for to access private pages is available here. You will be prompted to log in if you attempt to access a protected page. There is also a Log In link at the lower right of each page.
Comments are Welcome … Usually
I am happy to hear from people reading these pages. You have the option of commenting publicly, by adding a comment to any page or post that accepts them. You may also contact me privately. All page comments require that you identify yourself, and all will be reviewed before they are publicly posted. I reserve the right to not post any comments for any reason whatsoever. Rants, politics, religion, advertising or attempts to manipulate these pages or their readers are quite unwelcome. Move along.
About the Title
I came up with it when I was working as the archivist at the Montgomery County (MD) Historical Society. I was thinking about all the complications and workarounds that I had to deal with while working as a “lone arranger” in two small local archives. Velcro® proved to be extremely useful in many circumstances. I am not sure that it is archivally safe material, especially the adhesive. However, I never seemed to have enough on hand when I needed it. I thought that it would be a good title for a book about being a solo archivist and coping with the pressures of small archival institutions. The book never happened, but I still like the title.
Previous Web Sites
There have been several iterations of personal web sites that I have written since Al Gore created the Internet. Eventually, hopefully, some of the things that I have written elsewhere will be consolidated here. Until then, earlier versions can be found with the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. It is worthwhile for anyone interested in online information to become familiar with the Wayback Machine. For example, to view my old web site: Start here, and work your way backwards using the timeline at the top of the page.