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For web pages, servers & mail lists pointing to this page, usually with this graphic footer
(Often linked from (automatically generated) left side bar or footer).

Some (but not necessarily all) of which may have been authored or configured at least in part by J.H.S of Berklix.Com

I & We refuse you permission to use my & our web pages, servers, or read or post to our mail lists etc without your accepting & complying to our terms.

  • Yes, this text could be better written. But no one pays me to waste my time doing that.
  • Real Internet professionals with decades of experience already know what terms of service to expect from traditional free servers. So this is largely to educate the rest.
  • I'm just a private individual providing Free Service, totally un-paid, whose time is ever more wasted protecting against fall out from un-planned consequences of often dumb laws to control massively big commercial net abusers.

Use Any Browser ! - Complex HTML deliberately avoided.

The author usually avoids using HTML features that may annoy or break for some etc (OK, a few valign have slipped through - Shrug). (Unless a paying customer wants a particular feature, but then that's on their site & domain, not my site).

There's no cookies on Berklix. No, there never were any, even before I noticed 2014-02-12 that EU now required people be able to turn them off. Many sites love cookies. Here's some background reading on cookies:

No, there's no frames.
No, there's no Java or Java script either.
Yes you can use a simple text browser such as lynx on most pages.
No, there's no damn annoying eye catching flashing gimmicks.
No, there's no paid adverts. All links are free, unpaid, usually there just 'cos I felt reader might find them relevant, & occasionally cos I was doing a favour pointing to a friend's page.
No, the pages do not have Google Analytics (or equivalent) embedded in them (which would slow access & feed google as well as page owners.
No you'r not being logged, I'm too busy to care who or how many etc !
But if you want to know (some of) the info you give to every page on the web you visit, Try My Printenv Script
Timezones: A lot of pages have reference to Europe, people there may be asleep while you are still wide awake in America, don't always expect to phone them or get a quick email reply.

Broken Links

  • There's always some, lack of time to check & fix! If you report one: Thanks! Please quote both the exact URL you were currently at, & the one you were clicking on that failed, as I have too many servers & files to search through otherwise.

Spelling & polite phraseology & Style Sheets etc ?

I have too many pages to maintain all spellings & URL pointers & phraseology to perfection.

Yes I could spell better, No I don't have time. Yes I have a spell checker. Yes some of them are just typographic errors, No, they're not all typographic, some are genuine errors on my part. Yes I speak foreign languages, No, they don't all spell the same word quite the same, (& then there's the permuted trade names similar to words in natural human languages, to add more confusion. Yes I know how to spell some errors here correctly. As you doubtless don't want to pay me to spell check all pages, don't waste time suggesting I do it.

Yes some things could be phrased better, No editing web pages is not the purpose of my life, & I'm not paid to tweak non business pages.
Web ornamental style ? : Same answer applies.
Want more HTML features &/or style sheets etc ? Not from me, unless you want to be a paying customer.
If you are not paying, just be grateful I took the time to type information at all !
Why did I write this ? Too many with nothing better to do used to want to waste my time.


Yes I know my written German grammar is poor. If you are a native German speaker, you are welcome to send improvements. You will also find Mailman Lists Robot already works in German. I read English, German & some French, etc. I see illogical inconsistencies in what is `correct' English grammar, as well as defects in German etc. Human languages are not designed, but thrown together, & it shows. I'm not interested to spend time learning illogical constructs. I look forward to the growing global mass of future non native English speakers with similar attitude ironing out illogical constructs in English, to improve what is becoming the world language (aka Lingua Franca ;-).

Factual Corrections

Factual corrections welcome, but please do include the URL (exact web reference) , I have too many servers & files & no interest to waste time searching.
I do not accept transient URLs (web refs) to forum comment (aka tweets etc) that time expire, just static references (try to include the hash tag within pages).
My email address

Legal disclaimer

Concerning data & links in & under directories containing my home page, & organisation pages maintained for eg BIM, MECC, Beer Gardeners etc,

  • Liability

    I make no recommendation for or against, & disclaim Liability for people, companies & organisations referenced by URL or otherwise. Links are there because they might be interesting or have some relevance to the text. I might approve, deplore, or have no opinion of the linked page (which content may have also changed since).
  • Occasionally you may even find a URL points to some domain that's been sold to someone else with different content. I disclaim that too. I also won't know to correct it unless you Mail me
  • I disclaim Liability for local copies of information provided by others, the local copy is merely for my convenience. Go search for & read the original yourself.
  • If information is misleading, wrong, obsolete, etc please inform me. I make no particular effort to maintain information, what was once true may well no longer be etc, & vice versa. It probably merely was thought to be true, when I wrote it, or was sent it.
  • NO I don't check everything I write or get sent. It might be wrong or misleading, Check it yourself if you want to rely on info.
  • No I don't keep a log of old pages & changes. I could do that on pages I was paid to write for customers, I won't do it on stuff I write free.
  • Web server sites & associates are not liable for information provided or referenced within my web directory structures.
  • I disclaim all Liability for any wrong translations. I'm a qualified computer consultant, not a language professional.
  • I disclaim all Liability for information not being available if servers crash, configurations break, power failure, or other human or machine error. Service is made available on a best effort basis, & is on multiple redundancy servers, but if you want real reliability, you are welcome to purchase my professional services.
  • I disclaim any & all other possible & conceivable & inconceivable responsibility !
  • Some law court apparently came up with a really foolish ruling that URL pointers need to be disclaimed, else are considered to be reccomending remote content as agreed with by the source pointer. Doubtless similar daft rulings have occurred in more than one country by now, & hopefully been overturned by more sensible & more senior judges elsewhere. Such a ruling is farcical idiocy, it could kill the web, local pointers have no control of changing remote content, expiring domains then bought by random advertisers of objectionable or illegal products & services (it's happened to me too, I once found by chance, one of my computer science links had become a porn site, as domain owner had not paid renewal fee I guess, & domain had then been bought by some porn outfit), plus many web authors have no time to thoroughly check remote content which may only contain some limited relevance, depending on views of writer & reader, plus web pages writers like me have better things to do in life, unpaid, than constantly check where all their links point. Readers are lucky when URLs exist at all, when writers have even bothered to write a page in the first place, let alone adding links; readers can always use a search engine instead/ as well if they want (though one wonders if judges emitting daft rulings realise search engines too work by cruising & pre indexing links, under automatic criteria, Not with human intelligence), or use a public library censored perhaps by your local government, & paid for perhaps by your taxes, if you want to be `protected' by the `Nanny knows best' state ;-).
  • I disclaim approval & liability etc of all URLs I link to ! Any content the far end of click-able links may or not interest you, or may be stuff you, I or both of us think inappropriate wrong, or offensive, or criminal. Neither of us will know until we look again, as the domain or page owner or content may have changed. Stupid that some combo. of laws/ lawyers/ judges/ public or private prosecutors want the blatantly obvious stated else they'll assume what they choose to be most bone headed damaging to web authors.! Most domains expire each year, unless renewal is paid, those domains can then be bought by anyone globally, & then who knows what nasty content might be put there. At 2011-08 I have 34,500 web refs; 29,200 if one excludes to berklix; 23,600 if one also excludes '#' local refs, 22,800 if one excludes a few other trusted domains
    As calculated by eg:
    cd ~/public_html
    find . -type f | xargs grep href= | wc
    find . -type f | xargs grep href= | grep -v berklix | wc
    find . -type f | xargs grep href= | grep -v berklix| grep -v # | wc
    find . -type f | xargs grep href= | grep -v berklix| grep -v # | grep -v | grep -v | grep -v | wc
    No one pays me to maintain all those links. Many do not get looked at for many years on end. Caveat Emptor. & You paid me nothing & are entitled to nothing. Do not use my links if you don't want a risk of a jump into the blue. If you do find some link that seems wrong or un-intended etc, please let me know the Exact URLs (web refs) From & To, so I can correct it. Thanks.
  • Laws, courts, rulings in different countries, vary over time. Some laws merit contempt. As on old maps: "There be Dragons". One can only hope certain legal foolishness is rectified over time as old dinosaurs die off & more tech savvie people take over.
  • I disclaim all recommendation of all my URLs, and every site I point to, even other parts of my own. The pointers are merely there because the remote content may or may not have, or have had some relevance or accuracy to pointing section, but I can't guarantee all content is up to date, no time & not paid to. More exactly, I can guarantee lots is Not up to date.
  • My views are mine, (unless I've changed them & not updated my text), my views don't represent my employers, customers, fellow drinkers/ walkers/ surfers/ skiers, neighbours or their dogs ;-) Use common sense, engage brain.
  • These pages are not legally definitive, not offers of contract, sale or purchase etc.
  • 170+ Foreign National & Unenforceable Legal Systems ? or 1 international Copyright convention ?
    Some aggressive money grubbers at a map service in Germany, claim that even setting a URL pointer to part of their site is not allowed & a breach of copyright (many contest that). Doubtless there are similar fools elsewhere also claiming black is white. What German, British, American & Chinese etc law might say or not say about such a claim I don't know, but most except Germans operating in Germany won't even care. It won't have any relation to eg how Australians constructing a tour guide web site of Europe might see their Australian law. The web is full of idiots who seem to think their petty national law is of wide relevance to others, when it's not. Another petty national example: the USA's aggressive Millennium act. No relevance outside the USA. The World Wide Web is global, any web page on earth can point at any other web page on the planet, served from any point on the planet, edited by any national (or stateless person) from any other country on the planet, or in international waters. Get the drift ?! What concerns many, me included, is to respect International Copyright conventions, & various common decencies, not 170+ national sets of legal weirdness.
  • Many jurisdictions assert no contract exists until money changes hands. No web reader has ever paid me any money for what I write (except corporate pages paid for by companies, installed to their domains not mine) & I owe no responsibility to anyone to create or maintain accurate information I personally choose to publish unpaid, (though I welcome factual corrections).

Copyright Of Web Pages Pointing To This Page

  • Copyright Julian H. Stacey, Munich 1995 - 2018.
    Applies to all pages that bear a URL pointer to this statement, (unless some other copyright asserted) (EG: most pages accessed from below a ~jhs/ or berklix URL + some others.) Copyright also for pages where the data is in a subdirectory, but I've written or generated the holding directory or index etc.
  • I will likely grant any copy request free of charge, but I do not formally grant the information to the public domain. In particular, I would be unhappy with wholesale theft for competitive sites etc, or people misusing my resume for other than the intended purpose (encouraging job offers smiley face icon ), I would of course object to my data being twisted out of context, or misrepresented etc.
  • Other than that I'm not trying to withhold anything, clearly the information is there to be accessed.
  • If in doubt, mail me.

Data Privacy Policy

A new EU Regulation starts 2018-05-25
English: GDPR, (French: RGPD), (German: DSGVO).

  • Preamble

    • Data Privacy Protection ...
    • GDPR is presented as attempting to protect individuals, after mass Internet abuse such as
    • But it also oppresses the innocent:
      • Waste of unpaid volunteer administrators time (eg taking stuff off line to check, if ever time available, meanwhile damaging the internet for users)
      • Especially problematic in Germany, where there's additional risk from unusual national law allowing unsolicited 3rd party law suits. (No such risk in UK etc) (Links to that sort of topic here
      • A threat to clubs: 2018-05-23 the author read of a German club closing due to DSGVO.
      • A threat to charities: Example: 2018-05-08 - a worried charity ,
      • One more burden to the economy: helping kill / deter / overload small businesses, Examples: {,
        German photographers scared, other Germans, even lawyers closing own web sites. }
      • A cost burden on large businesses, even those who don't harvest, in drains up panic mode, to check & prove compliance (costs of course will be passed on to customers).
      • Maybe mass censorship big brother via back door: limitation of eg photos with faces etc. (The EU law also wasted this authors time, while all images were removed to be checked, many still unchecked as lack of time, still not back on line, damaging the site for users.)
      • You might want to watch these, But if so, also check the provenance or otherwise of who made them:
    • Meanwhile:
      • big greedy harvester abusers with fat budgets who can afford hefty legal advisers to search for loop holes will survive to find other ways to exploit the public, & probably only some of their smaller hired processor companies will go to the wall.
      • Spam phishing attacks continue regardless of laws, consuming defence time IT professionals need for GDPR. .
      • Another big privacy risk is
        Smart Phone Apps & OS Security:
        • They can steal more sensitive info than web sites. many apps demand big lists of un-necessary access rights, inc. phone book & contacts list, GPS co-ordinates etc.
        • One can reduce apps installed from advertising agency Google, & use more apps from App Stores that also publish source code, such as, where programmers can check if apps are well behaved.
        • However ad. agency Google's Android won't allow you to delete some spurious apps unless you root the phone. If you do root the phone, some banks apps refuse to run, claiming it's now insecure. Consider the spying & tracking possibilities, by any of { app providers, OS Android provider Google, & the [foreign alien USA government's] NSA who `monitor' advertising agency Google. } Something else for EU to restrict.

    Berklix Web Sites

    We Do Not Spy Or Track You

    We don't export data to anyone, & certainly not to USA servers. (however, the mail lists Do have people in random countries including USA, so if you post to a list, you must assume it will go anywhere, inc USA, Gulf states, Far East, Australia etc. Eg tech lists such as PC532 are of global minority interest. & Even lists such as bg & walk of interest to locals, have people who have moved or always did live abroad, some of whom come back for visits, & some who stay on lists for nostalgia etc. Never post anything to lists you don't want forever archived, & maybe read by anyone elsewhere, including other people's government spy services. EG yes there are people subscribed to mail lists with American addresses, so we know NSA will spy on that traffic, so if you post to some lists, NSA will get a copy. There are Brits on some lists who have since moved to work under repressive regimes in the gulf etc. There's no means of knowing where list members get their mail forwarded to, or through.

    I believe (not certain) there's a law in both UK & Germany that providers above a certain size, have to provide a back door for governments to spy on customers, & not disclose monitoring to customers: (A) We're too small & don't qualify. (B) We have no customers. No one pays us fees, adverts, discounts, kickbacks, incentives or anything else, we are strictly Non Commercial.

    Even though we're not spieing, most people on lists are subscribed via major net providers, & they may be spying on mail (including from our lists) or IP packets, for their commercial benefit, or under their government duress.

    IP logging

    Like all servers, they do log, usually with default settings of standard software such as sendmail apache mailman webmail, what those numbers are may vary & I have no time to waste to look those up or maintain numerics in this page sync-ed with software distributions or changes I might need to make. I occasionally use them for debugging, sometimes I may change logging times, eg shortening if lack of disc space, or lengthening if debugging a problem. I have no interest or time to use logs to spy on people. Logs don't get passed on. Logs are kept as long as I find appropriate, eg to debug system failures, security intrusion attempts, or attempts to overload from denial of service floods etc.
    Presumably if site, domain, or lists owners etc noticed something criminal, authorities might try to oblige us to monitor, & I might or not be willing to lose time on it. Not likely when you look at the nature of the mail lists & other service provided though, eg

    Berklix mail lists use Mailman software

    That software is generic, public domain, not written for us, not customised by us for any spying tracking or any other anti social commercial purpose.
    Mailman software has its own mail list for list administrators: Mailman-Users@, which discusses technicalities of how Mailman software works, & has also considered GDPR issues & what if any facilities may exist to help GDPR compliance.

    The Mailman-Users@ list has archives:

EXCEPT What you personally voluntarily type & post to Mail Lists

  • You Are (& always were) Free To Un-subscribe Yourself Any Time using the Mailman Lists Robot, free of charge. (The newer Mailman Lists Robot is even easier to un-subscribe with than the older majordomo, as Mailman Lists Robot supports web & email interfaces, whereas older majordomo was mail only, not web).
  • What others on list might do with your posts (either direct received or via archive) we have no idea, just as we equally have no idea what You might do with posts from us or others on lists.
  • Unlimited unknown 3rd parties might point to it, or copy bits or all etc.
  • Mail Lists Have Archives (always have, nothing new):

    • If you post to a mail list, you irrevocably broadcast to that list including any archive the list might have, & you donate your post to the archive, (Archives may be off, on, private to members only (most), or public to all. Occasionally status of an archive may change, eg one tech list agreed to go public but this author/admin hasn't yet found time to learn how to get that to work ). Your post can not be retracted, deleted, changed, elided, edited, modified etc.
    • If you don't like that - Watch what you write, or Never Post the mail lists, or Un-subscribe the mail lists
    • (Mail archives are nothing new from us, nothing new to the net, though might be news to some ignorant people. Internet mail lists worked like that before the web existed, (yes there Was an internet decades back, long before the web! there were mail archives way before the web, back towards UUCP times).
  • We do NOT privately harvest personal data, or track you etc, no cookies etc..
  • Don't expect us to moderate mail lists. Don't Complain to list owners. If you must complain, email a private complaint direct to whoever posted whatever offended you, not cc'd to list or us. We have no time, no interest.
  • mail lists & web are run Free.
  • We are Strictly Non Commercial
  • You pay nothing, & entitled to nothing.
  • We too are paid Nothing. Repeat: We domain owner, list owner, web page editors, event organisers etc are paid NOTHING, no salary, bonus, incentive discount, benefits, Nothing Whatever !
  • You have no right to our time. We are All unpaid volunteers.
    • mail lists

    • You are Not allowed to waste human time of volunteer administrators, with lazy personal un-subscribe requests
    • You Must use the free Mailman Lists Robot.
    • Administrators have automatic filters that silently discard unseen, all personal [un-]subscribe requests. Learn to Do It Yourself.
    • FREE: The mail lists & associated web pages are run free of charge & free of adverts. Users & admins are paid nothing. Your info is not sold. We don't advertise at you. We derive no benefit. We owe you nothing. You are entitled to nothing. Per Monty Python: What have you lost ? Nothing!" smiley face icon
    • Please help us by not wasting our time; Learn how to change your own addresses (There are pointers in header & footer of every list posting) & occasionally advise the odd ingrates too lazy or foolish to un-subscribe them-self.
  • If in any doubt or disagreement or [you think] this contravenes some law or rights [you think] you might have - We Forbid You To Use Berklix resources, You MUST Immediately Un-subscribe Yourself using the Mailman Lists Robot. .

  Berklix web & domain services & mail lists etc are Truly Free

As per the footer below, copied 2018-05-24 from our We have No income, No advertisers, No assets, No turnover, No shares, No investors, No employees, No staff, & No free time for requests or demands. We're just one to a few unpaid volunteers. Use the Free Robot To Join And Leave. Some extra hints/ FAQs

Truly FREE & Non Commercial.
NO Fees charged for event attenders & organisers, list members & owners etc, (unlike eg internations, meetup etc). Free Robot).  NO Paid Adverts (despite offers).  NO cookies .  NO Tracking .  NO Harvesting (referral meta data etc).  NO swamps of hidden external links slowing page display (( eg NO Google Analytics for ads).  NO click bait farms.  NO Animation.  NO Flash (proprietary).  NO bloated inefficient HTML (generated by packages).  NO Java, Javascript, or PHP (except what 3rd party PD Source code such as Openwebmail Mailman etc might or not install).  NO scripts, slowing & breaking .  NO Placement render failures.  NO style sheets.  NO page counter delays (slowing pages).  NO regular changes to tickle search engines.  NO window size forcing (wasting border pixels).  NO dark fonts on darker backgrounds.  NO text obscured by background graphics .  NO font size & style forcing (just bold & italic).   No text colour forcing (Almost, except ~3 pages & red warnings).  NO text in graphics you can't mouse copy (except logos).  NO PDFs you can't mouse copy text from within (if we wrote them, but imports may vary).  NO obscured URLs you can't quote (some sites randomise dynamically to prevent users quoting exact web refs, & to break search engines).  NO audio bursting out unexpected.  NO particular browser preferred (text browsers OK).  NO forcing of human language from IP number .  NO high speed line needed.  NO servers with viral proprietary software. (we use FreeBSD).  NO proprietary formats (Microsoft etc).  NO web forums (needing extra work, paid by ads & burdened by trolls & egotistic censors).  NO mail lists open to un-subscribed 3rd parties, needing moderators aka censors.  NO commissions & kickbacks from firms.  NO paid links.  NO mail lists sold (despite requests).  NO intent to build site then later sell users (eg ex toytowngermany_dot_com).
Pictures: Some are password locked, mostly needing a password from a footer of a Mail List Mostly not blocked because i/we want to block you, viewing or copying, but because i & we are unpaid, make no profit, & have no time to cope with EU laws on rights to images taken in public at demos, rallies, meetings etc. No time so sort pics or blur faces, impractical to ask most for permission to use, Anyone who doesn't want their pic there please tell webmaster, preferably copy the pic & blur out your own face & mail it to us, Because often & mostly we don't know who you are, so I & we can't just blur you out !

Many pics taken off line since that annoying new law, cos no time to sort what can remain, & what might be problematic.

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