I'm a 1997 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Journalism. I was a regular newspaper columnist in the Columbia Missourian newspaper in 1996 and 1997, and my articles have appeared in publications such as Compute, Computer Shopper UK, and The O'Reilly Network.
My first book, Optimizing Windows for Games, Graphics, and Multimedia, was published by O'Reilly in 1999.
I can't program but I love writing and I love history, so contributing to the Wikipedia is my way of giving back to the open-source community that gave me Linux and so much great software to run on it.
Frustrations: Britney Spears had an entry before Daniel O'Connell, and her entry is more extensive than that of Andrew Carnegie. Bands that nobody will remember in five years have entries, but Tip O'Neill doesn't yet. (Recent correction: He finally does, but it's a stub.)
My biggest crime against the Wikipedia: Changes I made to the Kmart Corporation entry led to someone making further changes, which mentioned Martha Stewart. Next thing you know, she has an entry. I hope not all of the blame for that will rest on me.
You can visit my Weblog, The Silicon Underground, at dfarq.homeip.net.
Selected contributions (articles I either originally wrote or made contributions to):
- Jim Abbott - Carlos Beltran - Wade Boggs - Lyman Bostock - George Brett - Jim Bouton - Rod Carew - Harry Caray - Joe Charboneau - Mickey Cochrane - Dave Dravecky - Mark Fidrych - Jimmie Foxx - Ford Frick - Dwight Gooden - Burleigh Grimes - Tony Gwynn - Dick Howser - Bowie Kuhn - Connie Mack - Roger Maris - Billy Martin - Stan Musial - Joe Niekro - Phil Niekro - Gaylord Perry - Darrell Porter - Joe Randa - Ryne Sandberg - sophomore jinx - Don Sutton - George Steinbrenner - Rick Sutcliffe - Mike Sweeney - Chris von der Ahe - Smoky Joe Wood
- Gil Amelio - Apple I - Apple Macintosh - Atari - Steve Case - Cinelerra - Coleco Adam - Commodore VIC-20 - Commodore 64 - Commodore 128 - Commodore Plus/4 - Commodore 1541 - Commodore 1571 - Commodore SX-64 - Compaq - Datapoint - Datapoint 2200 - eMachines - IBM PCjr - IBM PS/1 - JT Storage - Kaypro - Gary Kildall - Mac OS - Mattel Aquarius - Adam Osborne - Osborne Computer Corporation - Packard Bell - Tim Paterson - Power Computing - Prodigy (ISP) - QDOS - Texas Instruments TI-99/4A
- Butch Cassidy - Jay Cooke - Jonathan Dayton - Edwin Drake - Daniel Drew - James Fisk - Richard Jordan Gatling - Jay Gould - Mark Hanna - Jesse James - John D. Rockefeller - Boss Tweed - Cornelius Vanderbilt - Wang Wei - Frank Woolworth
Model Railroading/Toy Trains
- A. C. Gilbert Company - American Flyer - Carlisle & Finch - HO scale - Ives Manufacturing Company - K-Line - Louis Marx and Company - Lionel, LLC - Märklin - N scale - O scale - Toy train - Wide gauge
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