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Alastair F. Brown

(Al Brown)

"Web users ultimately want to get at data quickly and easily. They don't care as much about attractive sites and pretty design." Tim Berners-Lee

Scheduled Downtime

Scheduled downtime for this server which is likely to last more than 30 minutes will be listed on the BrownNet web site, in the Alerts section of the Home page, and on my Facebook/Twitter/RSS feeds.

System Backup and Maintenance

This web site and server will undergo automatic maintenance and backup procedures between the hours of 00:00-06:00 daily (local UK time). Performance when downloading pages during this time may be affected for short periods.

Links to External Sites and Pop-ups

Links to external web sites will normally be opened in a new browser window/tab. Some browsers may treat these new windows as "pop-ups" and try to block them - you can set your browser to allow pop-ups from this site. The method will be dependent on your browser.

Server Security

For the security of your connection and data, this server requires that your browser supports the cryptographic protocol TLS v1.2 or higher. Older browsers such as Internet Explorer 8 or below will probably not work. Currently, this server/site scores a maximum A+ on the SSL Server Test suite produced by Qualys SSL Labs.

Google PageSpeed Insights

Check out this site's ratings on Google PageSpeed Insights. N.B.: like many things, this may not work correctly with Internet Explorer, but you can manually enter the URL to be rated. Currently, this site scores a maximum of 100 for both desktop and mobile versions.

HTML Validity Checker

Like many things, the W3C HTML Validity Checker at the bottom of each page may not work with Internet Explorer, though you can enter the URL to be checked manually using the form on the Validator Home Page. Complain to Microsoft.


OpenBSD Logo.

The computer running this web server uses the pro-actively secure and free operating system OpenBSD.

Nginx Logo.

This web site uses the free version of the Nginx web server software.

Let's Encrypt Logo.

This web site is secured by a free TLS certificate from Let's Encrypt.

BrownNet Logo.

This web site is hosted on BrownNet. This web site was designed, created, and is maintained by Alastair F. Brown. The computer running this web server was kindly donated by Stuart and Joanne Brown.