My name is Gerry Schatte, and I will be the BBQ Blog reporter on Computer Stuff. Since I purchased my first computer over 10 years ago, many things have changed. I first connected with a 14.4k modem with my state-of-the-art Pentium 90, now I connect via bi-directional satellite internet into my house that has six computers connected via a network! We’ve come a long way.

The internet has evolved so that places like The BBQ Forum can bring together people from around the globe, people with common interests. But with all the good, unfortunately, comes the bad. In recent years, it has turned personal computing into a seemingly endless struggle, constantly dealing with new viruses, worms, programs, patches, security holes, and hardware that becomes obsolete just a few short months after you buy it.

I hope to make some of those struggles a little easier to deal with. In those past 10 years, I’ve been employed as a programmer, and have been working on my own web site, The Shoddy Page on the side. The entire time I’ve been helping customers deal with an ever-changing computing environment. I’d like to think I helped a few people along the way, and I hope I might pay a few of you back for all the knowledge I have learned on The Forum. It may be just a few links here and there, tips on how to use the search engine, or something more in-depth. Feel free to drop me a line if you have any suggestions.

Gerry Schatte