Tuesday, January 22, 2013


Hello! I'm Defron and this is my blog. To be precise, this is my first blog... ever. I've managed some blogs before (specifically self-hosted WordPress blogs) but never had one myself. It'll be interesting to see how this goes.

I suppose saying what this blog is going to be about, why I decided start it, and a bit about me is in order. This blog is going to be about technology. Not technology like the latest gadgets, but technology in general, and definitely geared more towards software. I've always been fascinated by technology, and technology has been very nice to me. I also have a deep passion for security and online privacy, so expect quite a bit on that too.

I've toyed with the idea of starting a blog for some time now, but only recently really decided to do it. I had bought defron.org, .net, and .info and just using them for email and some url forwarding seemed like such a waste. That was the last bit of motivation I needed to start blogging. Having a domain isn't expensive at all and a lot of fun. There's a lot of cool things you can do with one for just $10 or so bucks a year. More if you get hosting.

I actually have both shared hosting with HostGator as well as a VPS, but I decided to go with Google's Blogger for my blog. That may seem odd for you, but I decided to do it for experience's sake. I have experience with WordPress and hosting some blogs for my family with it, and I've been messing around with Drupal as well. The major CMS I haven't touched, then, is Google's Blogger. Nothing better accelerates learning than repeated contact. I'll probably eventually change to WordPress on a VPS, though (and for those of you who noticed the lack of Joomla being mentioned: no offense to Joomla, but I didn't enjoy my brief time messing with it).

That just leaves... Me. My name isn't actually Defron: it's Kevin Thomer (no point hiding my last name since you can see it on my Google+ profile); Defron's my online handle. I came about using Defron during my childhood when I wanted to save my score in Commander Keen; I just blindly slammed the keyboard, and ended up typing "defron" and have since used it most of my life online. The real-world me works at an optometric office (Grant Optometric Group) as a one-man IT shop and also goes to school studying to get a bachelor's in Information Systems. I hope to continue down the road of systems administration, possibly working for a hospital or government institution.

I hope you enjoy my blog and find my posts useful and helpful. Feel free to drop a comment, I'd love feedback from you guys. Feel free to follow me on Twitter too. My Google+ account is more personal, so you might not find it enjoyable to listen to my dribble on there (mostly about anime stuff).

Edit (1/23/2013): Oh, one more thing: I prefer to be called Defron by those who know me online and Kevin only be those who know me in-person. I dunno why, I just do. It feels odd being called Kevin online.


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