Welcome to my site.
Thanks for taking the time to come and visit. This is my personal site, that contains my "blog" posts on things that happen to be interesting to me at the time, which means most of the time the topics are about technology, Genealogy, family or a combination of any or all of those. Perhaps I will branch out to include Beer reviews as well.... who knows.
History / Evolution of the Site
I have owned itowler.com for a little over two decades now, and it has undergone some changes over time. When I first started the site, I did not have much to add to the site, but it has grown over time. I moved from a simple CSS based layout, to a CMS (content management system) called Xoops. I used Xoops for around 2 years, but it got old and in my opinion, did not seem to be keeping up with the other CMS's out there.
The old Xoops site had a photo album, blogs, and a family tree. Currently Itowler.com runs a different CMS and has my blogs (or attempts at), and a separate family tree.
Why do I have the site?
Good question. Why not? I like to learn (just look at my CV here) and the website gives me an excuse to stay in touch with computers/web based stuff. The learning new things was also part of what drove me to change the CMS system that was running itowler.com, I wanted to learn something new. About 2006 I started getting really interested in my Family History / Genealogy, and I think that the web/internet can be a great tool to both gather information and share information that is relevant to that topic.
In 2008 I joined the Maryland Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, and served as the State webmaster for several years. You can see the Maryland SAR site here. In 2009, I started running the website for the National Society, Sons of the american revolution. The NSSAR site has been re-vamped since I was running it, but you can see the current site here. At one point in time I was very involved with the group, and have met some great people.
I now spend most of my free time playing with my kids, working, dabbling in my Family History / Genealogy, drinking good Beer, and reading (although not as much as I would like).
Please feel free to use the contact page to drop me a line.