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Spotlight: Mark Straver (aka Moonchild) of Pale Moon

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    Q: Your real name:
    Mark Straver

    Q: Also known as:
    Moonchild, MC, Wolfbeast

    Q: How old are you?
    40

    Q: Your freeware software:
    Oh, a bunch. Pale Moon, Pale Moon migration tool, Pale Moon backup tool, Address Flipper, RPG Dice helper, and a number of other small misc tools

    Q: Your website:
    http://www.moonchildproductions.info

    Q: When did you start developing freeware?
    1995 or so

    Q: Why did you start developing freeware?
    Why not? A bit of a strange question, to be fair. Most of the freeware I've made is to improve upon things and to provide help to users. A lot of it was born from things I personally wanted to streamline or improve, and I think there's no reason why I shouldn't make this available to others as well, in the hope it is useful to them. Not everything needs to bring in revenue, there's already enough greed on this little planet.

    Q: Is it a career, or just for fun?
    It's certainly becoming a career.

    Q: What's the most difficult project/development you've done?
    Hmm, I'd have to say some of the stuff I've done as part of my academic education. That's been a long time ago though - so as for recent projects/developments, the most involved is the Pale Moon browser.

    Q: Please tell us a little about yourself:
    I was born in Roosendaal, the Netherlands, in 1971, and I've lived in a good number of different locations in the world, ranging from the USA and different places in Europe to Australia. I currently reside in Sweden. I've followed a professional Master's level education in Laboratory Informatics and Automation, and it may come as no surprise that as a result I have in-depth knowledge of computers, computer systems, networks and programming. The other side of me is a very creative one: drawing, sketching, colouring, shading - in traditional media as well as digital - makes up a good part of my legacy. In this same creative field is my current occupation as professional translator, it being mostly creative work (writing) - although of course the technical background of the education helps tremendously for technical manuals and similar texts. You could say I'm very multi-faceted, and at home in many disciplines. My focus is slowly shifting back towards IT, though, since that is where my passion really lies, and if I can make a career in it, I'll certainly not let the opportunity pass me by.

    Q: What would you consider to be your major accomplishments to date?
    Having traveled a full circle around the globe. The obvious growing success of Pale Moon. Surviving in a rather unforgiving modern society ;)

    Q: Any failures you\'d care to tell us about?
    I fail at learning to speak Swedish ;) It's one odd language to try and learn!

    Q: What advice would you give to someone starting out in developing/programming?
    A few very important things: - Keep things structured and clearly named/commented. If you don't, debugging and finding issues in your code becomes almost impossible. - Don't try to cut corners! - Don't give in to greed. Only consider making commercial products if and when you think you can make a polished product. Don't be afraid to give something to the community before you want to take something from it.

    Q: What websites do you visit to relax?
    The odd flash gaming site for a few lost minutes, otherwise I tend to relax off the PC or 'net, watching movies, maybe playing a game.

    Q: Do you have any particular plans for your freeware in the future?
    Nothing particular apart from enhancing and continuing to support it

    Q: What's your favorite book, movie, tv show, game, and food?
    Book: Stephen King/Peter Straub's "The Talisman"
    Movie: I don't have one single favorite - I like many!
    TV show: Haven't watched TV in many years
    Game: Titan Quest and similar action RPGs Food: Horse tenderloin

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    Claw

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      I would like to thank Mr. Straver for giving one of the best and open Q & A sessions I have ever read. It's nice in these times of seeing so many developers sell out on the user for a quick payout, to meet someone like you. Mr. Stravers answer on why he started developing freeware, was,,"Why not"?? Sir, that was one of the most straightforward answers I have ever seen.
      I appreciate what you are doing of the users,, we need more men of your caliber. BTW, your Moonchild homepage design in my opinion is excellent. I also like your choice monikers and aliases.
      Mr. Straver,,you are a rare man of vision, in a very dim world. Thank you. :good: :good:

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        I wish to 'tip my hat' to Mr. Straver for a fully informative insight into his life. Thanks to marko, Claw and FutureShock I loaded PaleMoon a few days ago and must say that I am enjoying PaleMoon as my default browser. It is appealling, clean, friendly, un-cluttered, and the linked icons are are a great benefit.
        When one uses other browsers, the impatience becomes over-powering with iGoogle & Telstra whilst they decide to fill the page with
        dozens of links to here, there and everywhere.....I want what I want to research..........there is enough waffle to wade through on a daily basis on the 'Net' without the garbage 'in my face'!
        PaleMoon.......I love a full moon......a clean, exposed face.

        Thank you to all concerned......

        JoninOz.

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          Hi JoninOz, believe it or not, I actually uninstalled Palemoon, but that only lasted 4 days. I realized just what benefits I had with Palemoon and reinstalled and never looked back.
          I agree 100% with all the reasons you stated that makes Palemoon a great browser. You are very welcome, I'm glad I had a hand in helping you decide.

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            I have been hearing about Pale Moon but thought it just another clone.
            Based on what I have read recently, I think I will give it a try.
            Thanks for the boot to get me off dead center.
            K

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              K, if I didn't think or had any doubt about Palemoon, you as well as anyone should know, I would never suggest it. To each his own, but I'm really pleased with it. I'm on it now. You know we've been around other places, you should know I wouldn't steer you wrong,,,,not intentually.

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                I do not doubt you. My previous information about Pale Moon was from the typical Internet "know-it-alls".
                Based on your recommendation and the interview, I will install it this evening.
                Thanks
                K

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                  Always good to help an old aquiantance. If for some reason you don't like it, please K, let us know, but I really, really like it.

                  Your old buddy,

                  Claw




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