When it comes to tracking me, Ben Turner, down, one must be persistent
and patient. If you know exactly where to look and you know what my main
interests are at that point in time, it will be easy to find me. But if
you didn't do your research and you try to hunt me down on improvisation,
your results will be disappointing.
This is because I frequent a lot of places on the Internet, usually at once.
This document will explain some specifics about those places and also
suggest backup plans should I suddenly be unreachable.
Keep in mind that I don't really care to be bothered by most people, but
if you genuinely have something interesting or provocative to say to me,
feel free to contact me. ;)
PRETTY GOOD PRIVACY
I use PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) for important e-mails and for all my
Usenet posts. If you want to verify that I sent something, please check
my signature against my public key, which you can get here:
WORLD WIDE WEB
I'm currently maintaining my own domain name through a virtual server
hosted at Digiweb. It's rather
cheap and it lets me have basically anything I want for my site. Its
connection to the Internet can be slow sometimes, but the company is
prompt and professional.
I love my site. Absolutely everything about it. But you probably hate
it, or at least despise me. Feel free to tell me so via e-mail. Sorry,
no guestbook. Let your feelings be known.
Sometimes the alias for my domain name doesn't work and my name won't
connect. In that case, try the root address.
And in case I have no contact for a long period of time with my server at
Digiweb, I will post a notice at my UT site, which I only keep around to
forward visitors (damn slow search engines) to the other site.
With my virtual server, Digiweb, I get some neat perks, especially with the
e-mail address. Anything sent to benturner.com arrives in my mailbox.
That's right. email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com,
and firstname.lastname@example.org all end up going to me.
So if you see me use different e-mail addresses, don't freak out. They're
basically all the same. Also, be creative if you like -- I'll pay attention
to those who mix up the address they use for me.
Like the site, sometimes the benturner.com alias dies for awhile. If
that happens, use the root address.
And there's always my University of Texas at Austin e-mail address.
Yes, I'm on ICQ. You know, I'd
been looking for exactly this program for a long time! If I knew how to
program, I'd be rich right now. ;) I knew the demand was there. Anyway,
ICQ has really taken off and it seems like it's a necessity for everyone
now (I KNEW it would be, dammit!). ICQ lets you add your friends to
your contact list so you can send them messages, chat requests, file
transfers, WWW shortcuts, or whatever. You can also see when they're
online or not. However, I will not put my ICQ number out on the Web,
mainly because I don't really care for strangers to always know my IP
address, so they can hack me and ICMP flood me. Hey, it happens.
Especially when you pick up the wrong enemies.
PRIVATE FTP & HTTP
I have private FTP and HTTP servers for when I let people download files
off my computer or preview stuff I'm working on for their site or
whatever. Of course, since I have a dynamic IP, I can't post that address,
since it changes and I don't want people sniffing the ports on my
computer. If you need something from me, though, e-mail me and we'll
set something up.
I also do a lot of online chat. You might find me on IRC, on any of the
various networks, as Xeus. I can be found at
Stick in the Mud as Rob or
at The Foundation as
a character I don't want to reveal.