About Russ & His Interests
About Russ Harvey
I live in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada with my wife, Michelle, a crafter.
Both Michelle and I have received kidney transplants and have needed to deal with renal (kidney) disease starting in our childhood. This has had a significant impact on our lives, particularly in later years.
We met because of this common history and through associations that help renal patients. More about that later.
Other interests include reading, my church, volunteer activities and Sudoku puzzles.
Like many of you, I'm at that stage in life where my mother requires more care. Because I live here, I'm her primary caregiver, although my brother comes over from Vancouver frequently to handle the heavier tasks that I'm no longer able to manage.
Computers & Internet
Russ Harvey Consulting
I combined my interests and skills as a writer with my knowledge of web design and computers to start Russ Harvey Consulting — a computer and Internet services company.
I'm currently working mostly with Windows, but my laptop is a MacBook Pro and I'm familiar with a broad range of software and hardware (both current and older versions) that run on various operating systems including Linux.
I have developed and maintain a relatively large number of websites (some samples). By creating my sites by hand this gives me the flexibility to develop them using current techniques without worrying about the limitations of the software. This makes them more durable as standards, devices and browsers change.
My “Sometimes” Blog
I created a blog, Russ' Rants, then changed this personal sub-site to reflect the similar style. I've since altered both this site and the blog, but the image below will give you an idea of the original layout.
You'll quickly realize that I don't spend a lot of time adding content to this blog. It was part of my research for altering Blogger layouts to match related websites (and I have a WordPress blog for similar reasons).
A compatible blog allows for a relatively-static website to be complimented by a blog with more frequently modified content that the site owner can maintain themselves. I'm not a fan of owner-maintained sites. They tend to degrade over time because a successful website involves much more than the content.
I've been working with computers since the early 1970s, experiencing the rapid development of many of the technologies employed by the personal computer today and some that have long since been retired.
From main-frame computers (operated with punch cards) at the University of Victoria to PC precursors like the Timex Sinclair 1000 to desktop computers to laptops to tablets and smart phones, it has been a fascinating journey.
Multiple Operating Systems
An innate curiosity and natural ability has allowed me to learn how to run several operating systems over the years, including various versions of DOS (command-line computing), Microsoft Windows, Macintosh, Linux and IBM OS/2 & eCS.
Linux (particularly Ubuntu and Mint) provides a free and easy-to-learn alternative or a replacement for obsolete Windows versions on older hardware.
In addition to creating and editing content for websites, I write non-fiction, short fiction and poetry as well as original content for greeting cards.
I enjoy the majesty of words and love playing with word pictures. I experience this most powerfully in short fiction and poetry.
My non-fiction has included articles and how-to pieces related to computers and the Internet. I also research and write articles on toxic substances, alternative health options and similar issues because of my own health issues which eventually resulting in my kidney transplant.
You can learn more about my writing on my Writing & Editing Services page.
If you're a writer, check out my Resources for Victoria Writers, a series of writing links I developed originally for the Canadian Authors Association Victoria & Islands Branch site (now closed).
I served as the CAA's National Webmaster for 18 years and maintained several CAA Branch sites including the Victoria & Islands Branch, National Capital Region (Ottawa) Branch, Toronto Branch and Vancouver Branch websites prior to them being moved into the rebuilt CAA National site.
I've also served two terms as the British Columbia Regional VP, overseeing three CAA branches, as well as various other positions within the Victoria & Islands Branch including Branch President.
I was also involved with the Victoria School of Writing and West Shore Arts Council, serving as Webmaster and on their boards.
Organ Donation & Transplantation
My Kidney Transplant
I received the priceless gift of a donated kidney from my brother, Todd. After waiting two and one-half years, I received my new kidney on April 17th, 1996!
With this transplant, I no longer needed to schedule my activities around four sessions of peritoneal dialysis a day and have fewer diet restrictions.
On April 17, 2016 I celebrated the 20th anniversary of my transplant. While I've had some health challenges over the last few of years, the kidney continues to do its work.
Michelle also has a kidney transplant (December 4, 1979). Unfortunately, her transplant is aging and she has begun hemodialysis three days a week. This is resulting in a less active lifestyle and requires that I become more active as her caregiver.
Obtaining More Information
You can find more information on my Organ Donation & Transplantation page, including current information about the waiting list for organs in British Columbia and the various ways that you can make a difference in reducing the wait for transplant patients.
Register Your Wishes
If you are a British Columbia resident, I'd encourage you to register yourself and your family on-line now. It can make it much easier for your family to make a life-giving decision if your wishes are recorded and you speak to your family about your choice.
Medical Links Page
I maintain a series of medical links that reflect my interest in health and healing. In addition to traditional medicine you'll find information about alternative medicine and toxic substances.
Conditions of Use
Be sure to read the information at the top of each page including the disclaimer. It is not my intention to have these resources replace your health team, but to be a resource for self-directed research into medical issues. See also the Conditions of Use for this site.