About me and this website

Created: 1997-12-15
Updated: 2023-01-27


Howdy, I’m Dave Gauer. I’ve worked in web technologies since the late 1990s.

What I’m up to right now!

Some interests: computer programming of all kinds, Linux/BSD/Unix, art, books (genre fiction, computing, history, biographies, art monographs), film, music (metal!), boardgames, and watching small creatures in the back yard

If you’re read for the deep dive, check out my cards (mostly short) notes about various topics.

Me elsewhere:

This website

I’ve had the ratfactor.com domain since 1997. That’s (well) over twenty years!

This website has:

  • Absolutely NO "machine learning"-generated content of any kind

  • No advertising

  • No tracking/cookies

  • No JavaScript unless used by a tool on the page

  • No bloat (check out ratfactor’s css file)

  • Of course there’s a humans.txt (which has been updated for a Brave New World in 2023)

  • Home page is currently under 100 Kb total: 1mb.club | 512kb.club | 250kb.club

Browse this website with your favorite terminal program or screen reader!

This may be controversial, but I strongly believe in allowing access to this website via both HTTPS and HTTP (unencrypted). HTTP can be accessed by extremely low-power machines and extremely simple software. TLS is very important, but it does come with a complexity and computational cost. In short, I agree with this page (1mb.club).

retro under construction animated gif


I follow the wisdom that Cool URIs don’t change (w3.org). and this website is designed to last (jeffhuang.com).