About Chris Leckness
Ok, the time has come to finally update this page with some real details after 4 years. As you can see below, I have only been updating this page with a string of “coming soon” updates. This was intentional. I kind of figure that you already know about me if you are here. I have a sense of humor. Well, I have decided it’s time to really do it this time. Read on for the boring details about myself. I am going to leave these updates up here for memories…
This is where I will place the boring details that are my life, later….
- Update : Sept 14, 2006 – Later will come…
- Update : Nov 5, 2006 – Still working on details (see a pattern here?) …
- Update : Dec 20, 2006 – haha.. I got nothing.
- Update : January 23, 2007 – You are going to have to wait.
- Update : April 13, 2007 – haahhaahhha… still waiting?
- Update : November 19, 2007 – I have finally gotten time, but I don’t feel like updating this page.
- Update: September 30, 2009 – I actually intend on updating this page. Seriously. Soon.
- Update: April 15, 2010 – I still haven’t updated, but I swear… soon.
- Update: April 16, 2010 – I am really doing it this time. Read on.
My Name is Chris Leckness. I live in Tuscaloosa Alabama, the town I grew up in. I was born in Okinowa Japan and came to Alabama in the 4th grade. I lived in Tuscaloosa until I joined the US Navy in 1990. I spent almost 9 years in the Navy and returned home to Tuscaloosa after I was done. I was an Electronics Tech in the Navy and still hold that title through the numerous jobs I have had since. I have worked for the University of Alabama, Bellsouth, Datum Corporation, and more. I even worked for a company that makes $250,000 Hydrogen Maser Atomic Clocks.
I am a geek at heart. The tagline of this blog for years was, “Incoherent ramblings from a redneck tech geek”. This still holds true, but I have moved past that label and acquired a few others. I started my geek life early with a Commodore Vic-20, then moved to the Commodore 64. At 18, I was in the Navy building computers for friends and neighbors while my 1st duty station, NAS Whidbey Island, had me repairing computers for the entire base. In my time in the Navy, I was tasked with many special projects that included setting up networks for organizations on base. Thanks to my Dad, I was warned that people in the “real world” that did what I did got paid well, but were becoming a dime a dozen. That was enough to have me shift focus away from PC support and into other areas. I began toying around with web design. I put my 1st website online in 1997, and bought my 1st dot com in 1998. I have always been a hobbyist webmaster and because of the success of Aximsite, I never found the time to really keep up with the industry. I have been mainly a content producer 1st, server admin 2nd, and webmaster 3rd. I have been described by peers as a serial webmaster. I lost that title when I realized that I couldn’t keep up with it all once they were all built.
Most of who might find this site know me because of who I am online. Online, I am the previous owner/managing editor of several websites. Aximsite is the site that brought me fame and fortune though. Well, not so much fortune, but some fame came with it all. Aximsite became Mobilitysite. I also used to own SECTalk.com, a Southeastern Sports forum.
Aximsite was created to help others learn with me when the Dell Axim Pocket PC was launched. The site went from 1 to 20k members in it’s 1st month. Before Dell pulled the plug, we were up to 1 million forum posts and 200k members. When Dell did exit the PPC game, my focus turned to smartphones and mobilitysite. Over the next 3-4 years, I slowly migrated all my other sites into Mobilitysite. That’s where we are today.
I recently resigned from the Microsoft MVP program but I was a Microsoft MVP, Windows Mobile and from 2004-2010. The MVP Award is a yearly award given out to hand selected individuals that help support and evangelize Microsoft products. I am also a member of a small group of mobile influencers called Mobius.
Currently, I am taking a break from writing, but what I write about is the mobile industry. I focus on device reviews, software reviews, commentary, and tutorials.
I live in Tuscaloosa with my wife Bonnie, my 16 (now 22) year old daughter (Brittney), and my 7 (now 13) year old son (Brett). We have an 18 year old Yorkie and a fat cat named Noonie (Update: Our Yorkie and cat have passed, but we have 2 Chihuahua puppies now)
This is just a playground for me to post vape related information, rants, raves, and advocacy stuff.
- I will continue to post my reviews on GearDiary.com but there will be some smaller things like 1st looks posted here.
- I will be posting handchecks to show what I am using everyday as well.
- I will try to keep up with what is new in gear releases like I did on my old site.
- I will rant and rave for sure!
- I will cover advocacy to help bring more awareness to what is happening with our local, state, and US Government.
Enjoy the site and thanks for checking it out!
I smoked for 27 years and I am now done! In fact, it’s been 1 year and 3 months since I have had a cigarette. I had tried to quit dozens of times. I tried the patch, I tried gum, dipping, Wellbutrin, and nothing had worked until e-cigarettes.
In 2009 at CES. I was waiting for my appointment with Palm to check out the Palm Pre and passed by a booth selling e-cigs that looked like actual cigarettes. The guy running the booth handed me a couple of samples, I took a puff and was like, “whoa… that’s bad!” I proceeded to tell this guy that I smoked menthol and he gave me a menthol version. It was bad too, but I didn’t have the heart to tell him a 2nd time. Since I was press, he handed me some additional samples to take back with me. I never used them. The experience (taste and feel) was so awful that I swore I’d never give them another chance. I don’t even remember the name of that company. It was cool how it did look like a real cig, and it even had an LED in the end to look like a real cherry.
A couple of years ago, a friend of mine in Memphis, Tennessee was telling me how he quit smoking using e-cigs. I wasn’t interested. He ended up getting so excited about e-cigs that he started selling products at a flea market. Eventually he opened one of the 1st vape shops in Memphis, Zooks Vapor. I still wasn’t ready to try them.
Last year, I ran into some contractors at work that used to smoke. All 3 of them were using e-cigs now. One of them was a guy that I’ve known for years and I said to myself, “If he can quit, so can I”. On that day, I decided I wanted to give them another try.
The 1st thing I did was to call my friend at Zooks Vapor. He told me some things to look for and some to look out for. I was going to order a kit from him, but found that there was a local store where I live that had just opened 3-4 months earlier. I decided to check them out in hopes of finding what I need without having to wait a couple of days for a shipment. I headed in and the owner recommended the same device for me that my friend Todd had suggested. I purchased the MVP 2.0, a Kanger Unitank, and a couple of bottles of E-Juice and headed home to try it out.
I haven’t craved a real cigarette since that day.
I love Thug Juice. I do… I really do. I get it by the barrel.
Before anyone reads any of my praise or complaints about sports, here are some things you should know…
- I am the original, but former owner of SECTalk.com.
- I am a fan of all University of Alabama sports.
- I am an Atlanta Braves Fan.
- I am an Atlanta Falcons Fan.
- I am an Atlanta Hawks Fan.
- I do not like Hockey at all.
- I played baseball as a kid and softball most of my adult life.
- I quit football in High School.
- I like bowling.
- I am overweight and don’t get as much exercise as I should now.
- My 2nd favorite pro teams are whatever teams have Alabama players on them.
- I don’t like overbearing parents forcing their kids into sports.
- I don’t like Paul Finebaum.
- I don’t like many of my fellow University of Alabama fans.
- I don’t think we should allow athletes to be our kids role models.
- My son played Little League Baseball by his own choice.
All this said, I love sports in general, but there is too much is wrong with “professional” sports today.
Twitter’s 160 characters can not contain my awesomeness!
- I am a writer/blogger for GottaBeMobile.com
- I am an ex-Microsoft MVP. I spent 7 years as an MVP in Pocket PC, Windows Mobile, Zune, and Windows Phone before I left the program voluntarily in 2010.
- I am a former Windows Mobile Fanboy. Now I am a practicing Smartphone Agnostic. I can use and appreciate any major mobile OS. I am currently flip flopping between Android and Windows Phone 7.
- I work for AT&T. I am an Electronics Technician on the wireline side of the business. I have nothing to do with the mobility side of AT&T. I work on circuits, pots, muxes, and other boring telecommunications stuff. I do not represent AT&T in anyway. This includes this blog, GottaBeMobile, social media outlets, or in person. My thoughts are my own and do not necessarily mirror those of my employer.
- I am the former owner of Aximsite.com. I recently got the domain back and put a static site back online to honor the memories.
- I am also the former owner of Mobilitysite, iPaqHQ, DellDJsite, PSPsite, Tabletsite, GotZune, SECTalk, and several other successful communities.
- I consider myself to be a great community leader, at least in earlier online roles.
- Unlike the rest of the internet, I am not a social media expert.
- I am a husband and father to 2 awesome kids, one of which is a freshman at the University of Alabama.
- I am a huge football fan. I love the Atlanta Falcons and the University of Alabama Crimson Tide!
- I am a long time MMORPG geek but after a combined 10 years of Warcraft and Everquest, I have called it quits and do not currently play any MMORPG. I plan to keep it that way too.
Ok. Torlaan is my Hearthstone name. It’s a name that was randomly generated by Everquest in 2001. I have been using that name since then. I have gone by a few other names in World of Warcraft, but I always go back to Torlaan.
I am a Hearthstone Noob.
I started playing Hearthstone in April of 2014 but only stuck around for a month. I spent $100 on packs and walked away. I just returned in August 2015. I made it to Rank 10 in August and then to Rank 4 in September. Next up, Rank 1. Check out my bucket list for my goals and achievements.
It all started with Everquest, then Everquest 2, the World of Warcraft. In between those 3 games, I have played pretty much every MMO that released at least a month. I ended up returning to 1 of the 3 each time though.
In World of Warcraft (which I no longer play), I played mostly PVP and 19/39 twinks. I did raid some in Wrath and got a couple server firsts in the process, but mostly PVP. The server firsts were Grand Crusader and Death’s Demise.
I tried playing the Everquest progression server recently, but I don’t have enough time to play MMORPGs right now.
Another name I have gone by in gaming is Drayner. (Much more detail about me as Drayner can be found here)
Drayner is a name that came along in the Twinking sub-culture within World of Warcraft.
Here is my About Drayner from 2009. The main information is all still valid, but the timeline is different now.
I played Everquest on/off for 5 years. During the off times, I either played REAL LIFE or another game. When Everquest II came out, I leveled a warrior to level 35 and 60 alchemist. I made a ton of gold doing alchemy and was one of the richest players on Blackburrow server (I started when it was opened). SOE nerfed alchemy to hell and back and my in game income dwindled, so I got pissed off and walked away. We went back to Everquest. Another break from Everquest was to check out the Everquest Progression servers. I jumped on board and leveled a Dark Elf Wizard to level thirty something and was the 1st tailor to max out. I was the 1st to mass produce Wu’s Fighting Armor, I camped Sabertooth’s for the hide to make the 1st Fleeting Quiver on the server. I loved being 1st. When everyone caught up and I wasn’t raking in the cash on Wu’s and Backpacks, I got bored once again. I moved on.
After this, I played Everquest II again. Leveled a Fury up to 60 and 60 Armorer, made a ton of gold, twinked myself out and then got bored. Dabbled in a couple crappy games, then Dungeons and Dragons Online, then back to Everquest again and this time I would join a fast track guild that progressed through Qvic, Tacvi, etc and right into CoA. I geared my Beastlord up pretty good, but then I quit playing again. This time it was personal issues and during that time I stayed away from MMORPGs for a while.
I returned and I was not welcome in the guild I abandoned. I left pissed off and said my peace on the way out. I thought I had burned that bridge, but some of them wanted me back. I didn’t want back though, some of the people that pissed me off were still there. I applied and got accepted into a great guild a little past the progression of the previous one. I geared up fast and the a new expansion allowing level 75 hit. I rushed to 75 and I was one of the 1st 5-10 Beastlords to 75. I got rank 3 versions of all my spells,helped progression of the guild, and then got bored some more. After raids (which were burning me out), nobody wanted to do anything. I ended up leveling tailoring from nothing to maxed out in my free time, I also farmed zones that previously took a nice group to clear and it was just getting boring.
I talked with a good friend from a guild I was in and he told me of all the fun he was having in WoW.
I loaded WoW up and haven’t turned back since. I created Axim (my main level 70). I had some gold backing from friends and basically twinked him (looking back, poorly) and spent 2-4 months each in the 19, 29, and 39 brackets. One Night I dinged 40 by mistake and decided to just move on to 60, then to 70.
I hit level 63 with Axim and was tired of the grind, so I created Area, a Blood Elf Pally. I spent alot of time and effort, but realized he sucked and I didn’t enjoy playing him anymore.
Next was Drayner, a 19 Blood Elf Warlock that I ended up deleting because I quit Wow and did not expect to return. Well I did, and started over. I was able to get my 70 back, but not the twinks on that account.
Now I am rolling with four 70s spread out all over wow (3 of them are Druids, 1 a Warlock) and now have an impressive stable of twinks. The names and servers of these twinks have changed a lot over this past year as I was trying to find the right fit for what I like in Wow. It turns out that MTU (Malthoron Traders Union) is the best fit. I started out with MTU and we were for considered the best Horde Guild in the Vengeance Battlegroup. I was part of the “A” team and we won all but one premade.
Many of the core group of MTU twinks started playing their 70s more and more and I moved on to find a better fit. I spent time in some of the best guilds in 3 different battlegroups, including Cyclone, but never found the fit I was looking for. It wasn’t until last month that I found it again, Back in MTU. Thanks Laycee and Groba for welcoming me back.
In all this time, I’ve learned a lot and shared a lot about twinking and feel my opinions can help others. I don’t know everything, but I know enough that I have helped build more than 20 twinks for others and have assisted in getting AGMs for more than that. In fact, I have just finished funding to real life friends with their new supertwinks. Fun Fun.
In 2010, things changed and I fell out of love with the twink community, sold Twinkinfo.com for pennies on the dollar (even though I didn’t use advertising).
As of now (December 2015), I haven’t played World of Warcraft on a live server since March 2015 or so. I have just recently started playing on a WOTLK private server again.
I used to build my own gaming rigs, but I don’t have time to do all that anymore so I bought my 1st big box store gaming desktop a while back. It’s not the best, but it looks awesome and works well.
- Asus G20AJ-B1
- 4th Gen Intel Core i7-4790 processor
- NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
- TB Serial ATA hard drive
- Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Keyboard
- Razer Taipan Mouse