Copyright and Disclaimer

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You are likely reading this page because of a reference in an email message from me. Most of what you're about to read is just "common sense" on the net, or has been common sense in the past. Given the volume of mail I create, and the wide-ranging group of people with whom I correspond in various roles, I feel the obvious must be stated. This is also a convenient place to explicitly indicate the licenses for my work when I correspond with various open source projects.

Message shall refer to any piece of electronic correspondence including, but not limited to email, usenet posting, electronic "bulletin board" postings, web pages, message archives including, but not limited to, mailing-list specific archives, HTTP accessible archives such as DejaNews, search engines such as Google, ftp archives of mailing lists, and usenet or web CD-ROM compilations.

I am Dean Gaudet, and in the distant past I used PGP to sign some messages with this PGP key (but I've since forgotten the passphrase). Since complete security of my signature is not feasible with present technology, there is no guarantee that any signed message bearing the name "Dean Gaudet" was actually written by me. In no event shall an unsigned message from "Dean Gaudet" be guaranteed to have been written by me. To reiterate, there is absolutely no feasible system by which you can electronically verify that you are receiving unaltered communications from me.

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