About Chris Leckness
Hello. I am Chris Leckness. There are many faces that I have had over the years and I have attempted to break them all down here. This will probably be the most in-depth “About” page for a regular person that you’ll ever find.
Chris Leckness the Person
My Name is Chris Leckness. I live in Tuscaloosa Alabama. I was born in Okinowa Japan and moved to Alabama in the 4th grade. I lived in Tuscaloosa until I joined the US Navy in 1990. I spent almost 10 years in the Navy and returned home to Tuscaloosa when I was discharged. I was an Electronics Tech in the Navy and have had the same title through the numerous jobs I have had since. Since leaving the Navy, I have worked for the University of Alabama, Datum Corporation, and Bellsouth (AT&T). I currently work as an Electronics Technician for AT&T and have been with the company for 17 years.
I am married to an awesome woman named Bonnie and we have 2 kids and 2 Chihuahuas. My daughter, Brittney, has graduated college and works as an RN and my son Brett is in High School.
Enjoy the site and thanks for checking it out!
Chris Leckness the Geek
“Incoherent ramblings from a redneck tech geek”
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 registered my 1st dot com in 1998.
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
- Samsung 27″ Curved Widescreen Full HD LED Monitor
- Razer BlackWidow Ultimate Keyboard
- Razer Hex 2 Mouse
- Google Pixel XL
Chris Leckness the Sports Fan
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, but I listen more than I should. He has GREAT guests all the time.
- I don’t like the attitude of 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, but ended up quitting despite being a speedy left handed player and I am OK with that.
All this said, I love sports in general, but there is too much is wrong with “professional” sports today.
Chris Leckness the Serial Webmaster
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.
Lecktronix.com was my 1st dot com. It was my web design company’s name in the late 90s. I turned the website into a webmaster information site when I shut down the business. It was sold to another company in 2002 and they used the domain until 2016. The owner offered it back to me and I turned it into my personal blog, shutting down ChrisLeckness.com. For more info, check out this blog post.
Planetfreebie.com was my 2nd website built on an actual top level domain. I had a ball working on this site for a couple years. In 2001, It was bought out by a guy with high hope. He worked on it some, had some fun himself and then lost time and interest. It’s been sitting dormant for a couple years in the same state I left it in many years ago. I got the domain back 10+ years later. I plan to use it again at some point.
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. In 2010, I sold all those tech websites. I was able to get the Aximsite domain back a few years later, but it’s not being used at this time. For more info, check out this page.
Mobilitysite was the evolution of Aximsite.com, iPaqHQ, and GotZune.
This is a website I created with the vision of creating a great community around Southeastern Conference athletics. I didn’t have time to turn the site into what I envisioned. It was quite successful, but it the community was not what I hoped it to be. It became too toxic for my taste and I sold it. It’s still online today.
Twink Info used to be the #1 World of Warcraft site dedicated to Twinking. Twinking is a sub culture within World of Warcraft where low level characters are geared with the best gear possible to be super strong in PVP battlegrounds.
For more info, check out “The History of Twinkinfo”.
I used to run USSCardinal.info in memory of the ship I was a plankowner of, but then I let that domain lapse. I registered USSCardinal.com a couple of years ago and never got around to recreating the site, so I made a place holder for the site on here. The place holder has some information about the ship. Check it out here.
Chris Leckness the Vaper
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.
Chris Leckness the Gamer
I have been gaming forever. I promise.
I started off early, while my friends were playing original Atari games like Yars Revenge and Donkey Kong, I was paying Centipede on my Commodore Vic-20 hand me down. Next up, my dad got me a Commodore 64 and everyone knows about all the games that were available for the 64. Floppy Disk gaming FTW. Before jumping into the PC gaming era, I did have a brief Amiga era where all I did was play Bard’s Tale.
Once I got my own PC, a Zenith 248, which was a 286 with a 8mhz processor, a 10 megabyte hard drive, and a 2400 baud modem, I became addicted to BBS games like Trade Wars.
From the early PC days to the late 90s, all I played were games like Civilization, Doom, etc.
Once MMORPG games started hitting the shelves, I was all in.
My 1st MMORPG was Everquest. I started playing EQ a little late, I started in 2000 during the Velious expansion. I ended up playing EQ, then EQ2, then back to EQ, and then I finally left for World of Warcraft.
I played World of Warcraft, mostly Twink PVP, for almost 10 years. I still play on a private Wrath of the Lich King server from time to time, but my Blizzard days are behind me… hopefully for good.
In between EQ and Gwent, I have played in betas for many games, most of them only for a month or so. I would often buy a game, play it for a month and then return to World of Warcraft. Here are a list of all the games I have played online.
- Everquest (7 years)
- Everquest II (on and off for 2 years)
- Dungeons and Dragons Online (Beta)
- World of Warcraft (10 years)
- Age of Conan (Bought, played 1 month, didn’t like)
- Guild Wars (6 months)
- Guild Wars 2 (Beta bought game but never played live)
- Aion (Beta)
- Black Desert (Beta)
- Blade and Soul (3 months)
- Tera (Beta)
- City of Heros (I played with my son when he was younger)
- Rift (Beta)
- Star Wars: The old Republic (Beta and a few months live)
I am sure I am missing a couple others, but that’s it for now.
- Hearthstone (I’ve quit playing for good)
- Gwent (Currently playing in the closed beta)
- Shardbound (Currently playing in the closed beta)
- Smite Tactics (Currently playing in the closed beta)
Oh, even though I have had almost ever console that ever released, I never really considered myself a console gamer. I ended up giving my Playstation to my daughter and my Xbox 360 to my son. Now they both have the most current version of each platform, although my son wants both now.
Torlaan is a guy that loves video games and has created content online for many of them over the years. I have run Everquest forums, World of Warcraft blogs, and everything in between. The name Torlaan comes from my days playing Everquest. I started playing Everquest in 1999 and the game generated name that EQ gave my brand new warrior was Torlaan. It’s that simple. I have been playing with this name in every game I have played since… Everquest, EQ2, World of Warcraft, Star Wars, Rift, Tera, Blade and Soul, Hearthstone, well… pretty much every game, including Gwent now.
I don’t consider myself a great card game player. The only other card game I’ve ever played is Hearthstone. I played Hearthstone for about 5-6 months over the life of the game. I took lots of breaks. I played when Hearthstone launched and never made it past rank 18. I left and returned about a year later and played 2-3 months. During that time, I peaked at rank 2 but finished most of those months rank 4 or 5. Before I finally quit Hearthstone 4-5 months ago, I played another 2 month span where I never made it past rank 5. Even though I was gold with 8 or the 9 heroes, I never liked playing the “strongest decks”. My goal of hitting 500 wins with all 9 classes had me playing some of the weaker classes often.
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).
I haven’t played World of Warcraft on a live server since March 2015.
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.