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...helping people around the net is my hobby, manifesting itself in my various projects.
I've been using the World Wide Web since 1993, the Internet since 1990, and BBS sites since 1982. Helping people around the net is my hobby, manifesting itself in my various projects (like this website!) Most of my ideas never get to any level of completion, but a few of them do mature into a real functioning item. Here's some of the things I have done that may be of interest to you:
My newest creation is an equation search engine that allows you to search for solutions to the Super Challenge on the Number Ladder equations game.
My newest creation is an equation search engine that allows you to search for solutions to the Super Challenge on the Number Ladder Game. It took nearly two weeks to run all of the equation calculations, but now that all the grunt work is done, it was easy to create an interface to the results that let's people know what the perfect score for their challenge is without spending hours racking your brain only to learn that what you were trying to do is mathematically impossible. For the lazy people, I also provide the actual solutions in a separate link.
This is a smart idea, especially if you are searching for medical terms that you may easily misspell.
searchspell: By far my most successful project ever from a creative and financial standpoint. I've made more money from searchspell than from any other site. Unfortunately, it's also lost me more money than any other site as well. Nonetheless, when Surf Guru at Yahoo! Internet Life calls your creation an "Incredibly Useful Site" and Research Buzz gives you compliments like "This is a smart idea, especially if you are searching for medical terms that you may easily misspell.", then the loss of a few hundred dollars is a small price to pay for the boost to your ego.

I also leveraged this code to build a typo generator for websites, which was recently reviewed by by the Web Position newsletter!


fantomaster: Kudos to you, Joe, and more of the same! 
YahooFree: I'll let the good folks who write the fantomaster newsletter describe this:

Seems that Joe Petrow's struck a "negative goldmine", as it were, at least from Yahoo!'s paid submission service's standpoint. He's created a backdoor which can help you save that notorious $299- just-to-see-if-we-refuse-you fee. What his site does is let you try to sign UP for one of Yahoo!'s paid-only business categories. Many other Yahoo! categories offer both, paid and free submission as an option, but not all. This tool targets the ones not offering free submission only. Then, you enter the Yahoo! paid submission URL into Joe's form, whereupon his script will redirect you to the still-existent free submission backdoor. (You cannot use that backdoor by yourself easily as it requires some specific referrer data in the header which your tread-of-the-mill web browser won't furnish.) Still no guarantee of being included, though. Kudos to you, Joe - and more of the same! :-)


XPSearch is something I threw together; the first search engine to return only one result! But instead of returning the result, it sends you directly to the site it finds, making it the most "direct" search engine around. It's also the only site I'm aware of that exclusively "rents" search terms for a full year, guaranteeing that it's the only site that comes UP for a particular term for a full year, for only a buck a term! Any takers? ;-) Oh, and yes, this site more than any other shows off my complete lack of artistic taste...
By popular demand, my Skuld Shrine is back online (I have since taken it down again). This was the first site I ever built, way back in early 1994. This was during my University of Michigan days, when I was first getting into Japan and things Japanese, and anime was my main thing of them all. A cute character named Skuld from the "Oh My Goddess!" series caught my attention, and after getting a copy for myself, I used my college's facilities to create hundred of screen shots of the character. The site was only given to a few friends, but within days I was getting hits from all over the world...a foreshadowing of the affect the internet would have on the world. In 1996, I added the "Skuld Search Engine", one of the first image search engines in the world that I am aware of. It even got a mention in a couple of Japanese internet books. Though the site has changed very little since the early beginnings of the modern internet, many people continue to enjoy it to this day.
To aid the dozens of hard-core sumo fans around the world...
Sumo Results Page: Although the Japan Sumo Kyokai has a very complete web site reporting on profession sumo wrestlers in Japan, the information on the "minor league" sumo wrestlers is only available in Japanese. To aid the dozens of hard-core sumo fans around the world, I wrote a program to translate the sumo tournament results pages into English so that everyone could follow all of the wrestlers famous or not. Not nearly as well known as searchspell, but private comments like "this is incredible!" and "you are coming UP with really practical solutions for us." are extremely fulfilling as well.

NOTE: Since the Kyokai redesigned their page, this feature is not working so well. :-(


My ultimate goal is to create a system simple enough for anyone to use to gain the benefits of separating design from content.
Of course, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention this website itself. Truth be told, this site was really just an excuse to work on XML development. My ultimate goal is to create a system simple enough for anyone to use to gain the benefits of separating design from content, but that may be easier said than done. Anyway, thanks to the programming "guts" I have developed, it is that much easier for me to put stuff online for you to view, so I think that this will be more than just "technology for technologies sake". Recently I've also built an online content management system that allows me to update my site from anywhere I can access a web browser. This convenience will no doubt lead me to update this site much more often (yeah, right...)
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