My name is Tom.

I've hacked hardware and software, off and on, since the Reagan Administration.

I've had many blogs over the years. Their carcasses litter the virtual landscape. If they were children, I'd have been arrested long ago for neglect and abandonment.

This blog, we'll call it "Junior", will have some sunny and joyous days. Eventually, a Dickensian tale of chimney-sweeping and urchin-hood will unfold. Maybe I'm a monster. I don't know. I do know that Junior's destiny is bleak and that I am powerless to prevent it.

May Junior's moment in the sun be as glorious as it is brief. Be sure to occasionally plop a few pence in his cup. He's going to need it.