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Carlson Aircraft Website

Picked up an old webmaster job for a website I originally created and managed for a few years. The business, Carlson Aircraft Inc. was created by Ernie and Mary Carlson. I eventually transferred website management to a new owner, Jeff Earnest (Mary’s son) and hadn’t touched it for years.

It’s not a secure SSL (https://) URL and it DOES NOT collect or send personal or private information. It doesn’t NEED to be secure. Present day web browsers like to complain and warn about non-SSL websites, but there is nothing to fear. It is what is called a “display” site.

The original website was created using Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML) and was very clean and lightweight. After 20 years it was still running with original code. That says something about ancient technology.

I just converted the entire site to the newer Content Management System (CMS) format with WordPress. CMS requires thousands of files and requires a separate database server for operation. Life just gets more complicated. The same type CMS that operates this website.

The website content information is exactly the same as contained in the old version, but the look has changed a bit. The idea is that by updating to present website technology, any future sysop/webmaster will find the website easier to manage. It also improves the site presentation.

There was a lot of old clutter in the form of un-needed and un-used files in the old website directory. Now it is spic and span and as lightweight as a CMS website can be.

The company Carlson Aircraft Inc. is located in East Palestine, OH. I worked with the owners for a couple of years, traveling to airshows (for display and marketing the aircraft) and helping in the Carlson shop when I could. I was building one of the Sparrow ultralights. I considered entering the light aircraft business with the Carlson’s on the marketing effort.

That’s when I convinced Mary and Ernie the Carlson Aircraft needed a web presence. Then created the first and still present website URL and content. That’s why I got it handed back to me after 20 years.

I never entered into the aircraft business with Carlson Aircraft for reasons and life choices I won’t get into, but I never lost interest or the close relationship. One thing I can continue to do now for Mary, is manage the business website.

I have spent a few days in the rebuild and I am happy I can again help. Mary is now alone in the business and in her 90’s, but still active.  It certainly is not a full-time chore for ME to keep a website operational and like I said, for someone (anyone) who knows what to do. Webmaster is just not one of Mary’s many skill sets.

Take a look at the URL link in the first paragraph. This site will be a constant work in process as the business adjusts to what Mary can handle. The aircraft shown on the lead page are up for sale. I will be publishing more about them.

The Carlson Aircraft business and airport property are all on the market. Orders continue coming in for construction supplies. The business is still active and sustaining, and the prime reason for the website update.

Privacy and Marketing – A Blanket Statement

Targeted Marketing

An “RD rant” about the ever-present and overwhelming amount of targeted marketing on electronic entertainment media such as cable TV, and SPAM email sent to me on my computer.

I would disconnect my cable TV if it were not for my spouse who somehow can tolerate the constant barrage of all the things that must be purchased to improve our lives.

I am sooo tempted to change my email address and “go dark” except for my closest and most trusted friends. All two of them… Ha!

I realize marketing is a necessary evil in a consumer driven Capitalist society.

70 years ago, the popular media was the newspaper. It was the advertising that made the publication of a tangible printed paper a good business. The subscription was only for the delivery. It never paid for the publication.

The individual reader could not be identified and tracked. What was read on a page was private. It might never be read and just used to wrap the garbage. Ha!

Magazines are a form of improved targeted marketing as most magazines cater to specific interest. If you are selling yarn, a magazine targeted to knitters is a better investment than placing the same advertisement in a general newspaper.

The number of subscriptions was the proof to advertisers how many readers they would reach in a geographical region. But not the exact reader identity.

The mailing list brings targeted marketing identification closer with a name and address or OCCUPANT, but targeting is dependent on how the list was created and sorted.

Electronic media is far different. “Mailing Lists” now contain personal and private information for sorting.

The Invasion of Privacy

Today the individual reader view habits are tracked and messages (marketing) has become far more targeted to personal interest.

Cable TV is a two-way service and subscriber viewing habits are recorded for targeted marking. Age group, sexual preference, viewing hours, most viewed content. They also know your subscriber name and location. ONE DOES NOT VIEW CABLE TV IN PRIVATE.

The same is true for computer browsing. Nothing done on the internet happens in private. Unless you encrypt your email, it too, becomes a public record. I.E. It’s written into Google’s agreement

The USA government (and others) most likely have a back-door key for all standard encryption codes. Unless you are capable of producing your own encryption, trust no-one.

Private preference is being data-mined and sold to the highest bidder. Probably ANY bidder…

We are being brainwashed by Liberals to believe privacy and secrets are abhorrent to the good of society (and targeted marketing). Fear-mongering conspiracy and cover-ups is the usual ploy. It’s true when considering an enemy. But the problem becomes determining who that enemy may be.

Innocent until proven guilty is (supposed to be) the cornerstone of USA society.

Privacy shields both the guilty and the innocent. (And blocks targeted marketing.) One binary choice is to honor privacy or destroy it. But absolutes are never the answer.

The struggle with the balance is what I believe must be the constant effort of society. Yeah, the good old “checks and balances” system.

The extremists fearing or destroying privacy are the fringe on the blanket. The fringe is noticed and provides a measure of balance and identification. The main purpose of a blanket is to provide comfort and warmth. If it becomes all fringe, its intrinsic value is gone. Think about that.

Urban Drone Delivery Systems?

I am certain that widespread urban and suburban “Drone Package Delivery” is a system that will never be implemented. It is an urban legend/myth that is perpetuated only for its publicity factor.

Technically, it is possible. So is the flying car. They are both in the same category. Technically possible, feasibly impossible.

Imagine a kid running out the front door, smacking into a drone hovering a few feet off the ground with sharp knife blades at eye level spinning at 20,000 RPM. (The propeller lift system)

It is also (at present) a one package per trip system. Drone size is dictated and limited by fixed and absolute aerodynamic and power requirement […] Continue reading » Urban Drone Delivery Systems?

Stealthy Prime Delivery

A strange thing happened with a recent order of coffee from Amazon Prime. Invisible delivery.

As I always do, I placed a “next day” (for Friday) Prime order for my usual 100 count, box of “coffee pods” for my Kuerig K-Cup brewer.

I was down to a two-day supply about 5 K-Cups. No problem as delivery here in the Dallas area is very fast.

The order was processed very quickly. As usual, I started getting delivery updates via text message which again was absolutely normal. Text messages are an opt-in feature for prime members. Sometimes, it seems like an overkill of tracking. But it has become the expected […] Continue reading » Stealthy Prime Delivery

Mama and Ducklings in the Sky

Not actually in the sky, but it looks that way. We had a very heavy rain in the morning. Not a lightning and thunder, but a good hard rain.  The lake actually flooded and overflowed the banks. It was temporary and in less than an hour the lake was back to normal height. 

The day became very bright and clear and you can see the clouds that remained. I went to the edge of the lake to survey what the flooding may have done. Nothing of importance.

But mama duck brought her 5 ducklings over to introduce them to me. I assume she thought I was going […] Continue reading » Mama and Ducklings in the Sky