First, let me address the obvious question:
Why Cheap and Sleazy?
The short answer: "Why not?"
As for the sleazy part, if you're here looking for pictures of nekkid folks, you'll just have to settle for my friend, Mr. Flash iPod!
A "Flash" iPod
This is about as sleazy as this site will get, thankyouverymuch -- unless you count some of my jokes, of course ...!
Also, Cheap and Sleazy refers to shortcuts, tips, tricks and ways to do things a bit differently for court reporting students and other Students o' Steno -- some of which will (hopefully) save my readers money ... and, as a few people have told me, the name is easy to remember!
Fair warning: Some of the pictures on my site link to other sites. If you don't click them -- or at least, hover over them -- you may miss something ...!
Finally, to paraphrase the words of Dave Barry:
"If anything you read on this website makes you want to sue me, I was joking. Ha! Ha!"
"Who Writes This Stuff?!?"
Why, I do, of course ...!
My name is Glen Warner ('gdw' on a forum or two), and I am -- well, was -- a court reporting student at the (now closed) Seattle branch of the Court Reporting Institute ... and I am
currently enrolled at The College of Court Reporting Simply Steno Plus contemplating following this guy's example where I will soon be working on my 100s, thanks to Plover.
As for how this site came to be, well, there's a sort of history that I wrote to satisfy the curiosity of a magazine editor ... and you can read that here.
I also do some updating every so often ... but first, if this is your first visit to my
humble (cheap and sleazy) abode, you should check out what's here.
I also, on occasion, solicit articles from other writers! If you have a Stenograph Diamante or a Passport Touch or any of the writers I don't have a review of on here already and don't mind sharing your thoughts about the writer with the readers of Cheap and Sleazy, send me an e-mail! I am gdwarner (at) cheapandsleazy (dot) net. I'd like a review that's a bit more substantial than the quick look I provided in my Technolust II piece ... and that can only come from someone that has one, and has used it for a while!
If you find yourself enjoying the content of Cheap and Sleazy and want to contribute to those pesky hosting fees, you can shoot me a few bucks at my PayPal account!
Ready for a Cheap and Sleazy Update?!? Sure hope so because ...
Yes, it's true ... I *AM* still alive! (No, really!)
And no, I haven't been pulled into an alternate universe --
-- but, as you've probably noticed, I haven't been updating Cheap and Sleazy as much as I used to.
Chances are good you're wondering why that is ... and the reason is ... Google.
Yes, that's right: Google. Let me tell you how that works.
As you know, every once in a while I Google Cheap and Sleazy -- just to make sure there's no shenanigans going on with the site ... you know, like some clown getting into my website's files and adding stuff that isn't supposed to be there?
Anyway, while so engaged a few months back, I saw this:
Apparently, Cheap and Sleazy is not "mobile friendly."
Alas, browsing the internet on phones was not a thing back when I was learning XHTML, so for those of you who have been reading Cheap and Sleazy on a phone or a tablet, I apologize.
Still, the problem remained: How do I fix that? How do I make Cheap and Sleazy "mobile friendly," or using the appropriate buzz word I see more often, "responsive?"
Apparently, I have to take my decidedly non-responsive XHTML and add some weird stuff, but that's going to require learning a few things (Bootstrap, JQuery, and a few other things I don't know about -- yet) to get that done properly, so I've been doing some research and a few experiments here and there, but I still have a long way to go before I can reveal a New and Improved Cheap and Sleazy.
There was also a weird thing where you have to make the web browser download fonts. That's weird to me because I was taught to just specify which font is to be used for each different type of paragraph, based on the usual bunch of fonts included with the operating system.
I don't know what fonts come on phones, so I guess I will have to start providing font-downloading instructions as well.
... but don't hold your breath waiting for that. I'll get to it ... hopefully before the next update! :o)
That said ....
I Feel the Need to Make Amends ...
A few years back, somebody sent me ten bucks to my PayPal account as a "thank you" for Cheap and Sleazy!
Unfortunately at that time, I wasn't quite as adept with PayPal as I am now, so all I could see was that somebody named Dave had sent me ten bucks.
As for the point of that narrative, while trying to find something in my PayPal account sometime back, I figured out how to see all transactions ... which is why I can now say a big THANK YOU to David Friedman, who was kind enough to send that money all those
months years ago.
Oh, and I just noticed that I have a *HUGE* typo in that PayPal Me address. I can't believe I did that!
... and for the curious, I appear to have forgotten the L in "Sleazy."