About yeroc.us, its philosophy, and creator.
My name is Corey Johnson. I am from Selinsgrove, PA, USA, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Engineering from Wilkes University (Wilkes-Barre, PA) and have received Engineer-in-Training (EIT) status.
I enjoy building functional equipment and other things to increase overall enjoyment and convenience. I have working knowledge of common electrical and electronic systems and an understanding of the operation of everyday life. Stuff from dumpsters is especially nice!
Energy and thermodynamics is the most interesting subject, and I do much thinking about it in both a practical and philosophical sense. The concepts of The Second Law of Thermodynamics, exergy, emergy, and entropy have far-reaching implications which are fascinating to study, especially now that human society has expanded to a level large enough to affect the material and energy balance of the Earth.
About the site
I started this web site as an experiment in early 2002. I was 14 years old at the time, and the initial system was hosted on an old PC in my parents' house via their 600 k down / 190 k up cable connection (which was revolutionary at the time). In May 2002 I had Perl CGI running on the Win98/133 MHz Intel box with 24 MiB of RAM and a 1 GiB hard drive and was hosting dynamic scripts. PHP came on the scene in June 2002 and I took full advantage of its capabilities to install, modify, and write forum systems, chat systems, and various other socialization tools which were ahead of their time.
In 2002 I began the CI (CBLL Internet) Radio, producing both live streaming and recorded (what would today be called a Podcast or Youtube) audio and video productions with a few friends. The CIRadio was ahead of its time, relying on clunky technology and software to do what is easily done within a small embedded Flash movie today.
From 2002 until 2009 I hosted yeroc.us myself on a home-built PC server (named Andreas) using cable broadband for connection to the internet. Through 2006 until 2010, I paid relatively little attention to the site except for a few select times where I updated the styling of the interface. College concerns mostly inhibited serious development. The web server Andreas was shut down in July 2009 and I moved the site to a commercial web host, Arvixe.
Today I use yeroc.us as a neutral platform to share my ideas and projects as well as an independent center on the web which is not reliant upon third-party sites such as Facebook, Youtube, or Twitter.