Thursday, June 14, 2012

The history of Denny's Home World

I was being nostalgic about my first website, also named Denny's Home World.

Pretty cheesy looking header image, aye?

That was back in the days of GeoCities, when GeoCities was actually used on a regular basis.

I really did not know what direction I wanted to go with DHW.

For the longest time it was completely useless.

It had little more than information on how to contact me on the net.

I then decided I would put it to use, even if it was entirely for myself.

My old Denny's Home World, still standing because my old ISP has decided not to clean house, is available here:

It's a good representation of what I was trying to do.

I think I was too lazy to write my own articles back then, so I tried to shove it as full of self replicating content as I could.

Denny's Home World had it's start in 1995, when I was working for Software Etc, and had nothing to do during the slow hours. So I used the company computer to monk around on the internet, which was still very new to me.

The closest I had gotten to the internet was our local bbs, WoW, or "Wausau online of Wisconsin".

In 2005, I started really digging into Linux. I had goofed around with it since the late 90's, but I really found a passion for it in 2005-2006.

At the time, Denny's Home World was sitting stagnant, doing next to nothing.

I had people coming every month, but as a friend told me, it was for the free email offered by, and that somehow I had become the portal to gain access to the email addresses used for unsavory internet usage.

How that happened, I do not know. I am assuming it's because I advertised my site a bit, and since it did almost nothing except house links to real content providers, it was a shady dark corner in the back of the net, and easy enough to use.

In 2008, I was starting to really get into blogging, simply because the websites looked decent, you could modify the site to look how you wanted, and the price was right. (Hard to beat free.)

I also wanted to share my passion of Linux, and especially Ubuntu, to the world.

So the blog representation of Denny's Home World came into being in early 2009.

As for the name of my little website, That came about back in 1995 because my coworkers and friends thought of me as not being from this planet.

I was a geek through and through, loving computers, star trek, and wishing I was spock...

My friends of the time where not at all interested or knowledgeable in computers.
I was certified and certifiable, and talked their ears off about everything that came to mind, techwise.

Even though I don't get millions of users, I finally am putting Denny's Home World to good use. I have helped people with tech issues, and have actually seen my url, in forums and other internet media. Seeing "Denny's Home World" on a forum makes me smile a bit.

DHW will most likely never get tons of hits, but it has a positive affect on the IT world and people in general, and that's all I ever wanted out of it in the first place.

So I end this little article with a happy heart. Thank you for stopping by DHW, and I hope you will visit in the future.

Please feel free to email me with questions or comments!
-Dennis Andrew Gutowski Jr.

P.S., if your interested, here's the way back machine data for Denny's Home World, from the time it was housed at*/

I also managed to dig up old t-shirt's and mugs and stuff I had developed for my website.

So now you too can have a cheesy alien t-shirt, LOL!

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