I call this the "FeedBack Page". From this page you can contact me via 'e-mail'. I will respond to any e-mail you send. Feel free to send me your comments, suggestions, or questions. My websites: www.RobsWorld.org, www.vaessen.net, www.vaessen.name, www.vaessen.ws, www.damnspammers.com
e-Mail: You can never have too may e-mail addresses! (Unless you're getting spam at all of them!)
I check all of these accounts on a regular basis; so it really doesn't matter which one you use. I tend to use various Robs World! addresses for matters related to my web site. I use the Vaessen.net addresses for family related and specific purpose correspondence. I use the mac.com/me.com/icloud.com addresses for personal correspondence and some mailing lists. A few of the addresses are used on and off for specialized purposes and projects (chat channels/applications). I use the Vaessen.name address(es) for contact within the Vaessen family.
My Guestbook: My guestbook is back -again!- Long ago, I had a guestbook. People even signed that guestbook. Then something changed, and guestbooks became magnets for spammers. A place where some low-life could tell people about his latest get rich scheme, teen porn, or discount viagra. That's about the same time that my guestbook stopped working. I spent some time troubleshooting it, looking for alternatives, and contemplating the usefulness of said guestbook. In the end, I decided to leave the guestbook broken, and not replace it. Well, times have changed (a little). After a brief search, I found a new guestbook, and for a short time, the spam problem went away. Unfortunately, that only lasted for a very brief period. In no time at all, I started see more spam; and this time the spammers were posting trojans in my guestbook. Great! Not only did I have to deal with the spam, now I had to worry about visitors getting infected when they used my guestbook. Needless to say, I had to turn off my guestbook again. That was 2007 - Many years passed... Now it's 2012, and I've moved to a new webhost. The new webhost provides a slew of scripting services and plugin solutions. One of those solutions is a variety of guestbooks. After a brief review, I found one that seemed to offer a fair amount of protection against spam (Lazarus). It took a few days to get the guestbook installed and configured, and another couple of hours to transfer all the old guestbook entries into this new guestbook.
So, the new guestbook is up and running. Hopefully it'll stand up to the legions of spammers looking for a place to deposit their steaming heaps of spam. I encourage you/all visitors to leave a little note, a small blurb regarding your experiences, a delightful disertation on the merits of "Rob's World!". I promise I'll read your note, and others may as well. My public guestbook is back in service. I've even imported all the old entries (it looked kind of vacant without those).
The correct spelling for 'Fax'. I can send and receive faxes directly from my computer/multi-function printer. Thanks to my new multi-function printer (an Epson Artisan 800), I can now send and receive faxes without having to disconnect and reconnect my phone line. That was a pain in the butt having to reconfigure the phone line (from telephone to computer and back again) in order to send or receive a fax. I even managed to send faxes using a VoIP service. Yes, it can be done. How reliable are fax transmissions? I'd say they work properly about 10% of the time. So, they suck - If you're a bank, hospital or business that insists that your customers/clients/partners send you faxes... Please stop, I'm begging you. Life is too short to waste it on fax problems. Get an email account for the sake of your sanity!
Chat (text/audio/video & more):
I use Apple's Messages application for most of my chat requirements. It's audio, video, chat and file transfer capable (if you've got a Mac you can even initiate slide shows, screen sharing, and media streaming through Messages). The video conference capabilities are great. I chat with my friend Rob in Japan on a regular basis (for free). With all the enhanced capabilities, it's way better than the telephone. Messages uses Apple's network infrastructure as well as AIM and Jabber for chat connectivity. As of OS 10.7 (Lion) all the separate chat accounts are merged into a single interface. You can contact me via Messages (or other compatible chat clients) with my icloud.com/me.com/mac.com address
, my AIM name (vaessenrobert) or my Jabber.com or Jabber.org address (rvaessen). If you connect via AIM, GoogleTalk, Jabber, Yahoo!, MSN, Facebook (stoped working (by Facebook design) in Jan of 2016), Apple's Messages service, or any XMPP compatible client, we can chat. If you're on an XMPP compatible client, we can even participate in an audio/video chat (if you've got the hardware (video camera/microphone)). Another great reason to use Messages - If you're invested in the Apple eco-sphere, you'll find that the application is available on all of Apple's platforms, and the 'chat' sessions span all those devices. Conversation threads begun on one device can be resumeed or carried over to any other iCloud enabled device. The integration is outstanding; allowing you to stay connected no matter where you are.
I try to send out an electronic newsletter once a month (That schedule has slipped. I'm now trying to get 'caught up' with blog entries from more than a year ago. Things changed, my schedule doesn't allow as much time as it once did, life goes on). I try to get the newsletter out during the first week of each month, but sometimes it's a little late. The newsletter covers what's going on with Kim and I, as well as the latest happenings at Rob's World! If you'd like to receive this newsletter, just send an email to
Additionally, if you're currently receiving the email, and you'd like it to stop, please send an email to
I will honor all remove requests.
Encryption: GPGMail (recently (22 Oct 2013) updated for Mavericks compatibility) is an open source plugin for Apple Mail. It brings the functionality to sign, verify, encrypt and decrypt mails using the OpenPGP standard. As of 22 Oct, 2013, I've restored the encryption and message signing capability on my computer (and my email). I use MacGPG2 and the GPGMail plugin (version 2.1) with Apple's Mail.app Version 7.0 (1822) for encryption, decryption, and message authentication. If you would like to correspond in secret, please take note of my Public Keys.
If you're one of the many individuals who have left comments in my guestbook, or sent me e-mail with your comments and suggestions, I'd like to thank you for your input. It has been most instrumental and constructive. You're input has helped me build a better web site.