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Quick quiz question: what was the first Executive Order issued by president Donald Trump? You are probably imagining some big newsy thing; what might leap to mind, something to do with borders or immigration or the 'making of America great again.' Or, if your mind is on the topic, you might think it has something to do with that hiring freeze, or with that recurring tradition by which every new administration of the opposing party prohibits or lifts the prohibition on foreign aid being used to talk to people about abortion.

In fact, it was none of these. The very first Executive Order to which Trump appended his signature, the one so urgent that it could not wait until the end of his Inauguration Day, was one raising the cost of mortgages on middle class home buyers.

You see, there's this government entity…

The big news for me this past week is that I had to move my website, which turned into quite an intensive project because I'd neglected it for a while. The forced move was a good kick in the pants to get me to upgrade and redo the thing, which I should have done years back but hadn't found the time. So for the past seven days I've spent a lot of time swearing at WordPress and fiddling with settings and hacking around in my ancient copy of Photoshop. Like you do. I'm glad…

For over 20 years, SFF Net hosted websites, email, IRC and newsgroups for many science fiction, fantasy, and horror authors and organizations. In the early days, if you were a genre writer, there was considerable cachet in having a website at SFF Net because they specifically catered to professional authors, who received additional perks and system privileges due to their status. 

SFF Net was wholly owned and operated by Greyware Automation Products, Inc., a software firm in…