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Dave: Having recently taken over this site I will keep changes to a minimum as I'm a "learn as you go" webmaster. Unlike Dick I am using Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 2004 which I find quite easy to use. Like Dick I have various browsers installed IE6, Mozilla 1.5, Netscape 7.1 & Opera 7.23. I will try & test out any changes or new pages in the various browsers. I use a screen res of 1024x748. If you come across any broken links or pages, please let me know so I can fix them. If you have any ideas that will help make the site more useful, please tell me.
Dick: I suppose if one must learn about making and trying to present a
website that looks professional enough to keep you coming back one needs
to have a little page for geeks. I look upon myself as a geek with a
spanner and a screwdriver, although this leads to some confusion in this
office sometimes. The links on this site are all to free software that I
have used and liked. To fit the 'OK' criteria the software must have a
very low to zero learning curve, be minimalist and useful. Software that
requires long and steep learning curves becomes difficult to get rid of
when it looses its zing. The thought of learning something new becomes
daunting! I've always expounded the 'KISS' principle (Keep It Simple
Stupid!), although it is often easy to go for the all singing, all dancing
software than plump for something simple, especially in the beginning when
one doesnt know what one needs. ( The same applies to boats dont they? )
Two examples here are MS Office, a word processing program I once spent a
day on a course to find that I already knew all I needed to know. To write
a monthly report to the boss and daily letters to customers doesnt need a
129MB wordprocessing and spreadsheet program. It remains in use as I
havent found another WP that fits my 'fzmu' criteria. The other is MS FrontPage, the program I used from the start to
write this website. It is a juggernaut. The previous ' home ' page took
602 lines of code, with less content. It has now been reduced to 123 lines
of code making for comparatively faster page loading times. I say
'comparative' because I've added more graphics so it may not be apparent.
By not using FP I can remove the FrontPage Extensions from the server,
allowing more options to be employed. FP requires 'Server Extensions' to
make it work, is not standards compliant and works in ways that lock you
in to continuing to use it unless you do a major re-vamp like this one.
Its good point is its ease of use and I must compliment Microsoft on
creating some great products over the years, computing would be a poorer
place without them. I dont support Microsoft, and wont, since their
introduction of XP and their new licensing concepts. When you buy a book
it doesnt continue to belong to the publishing company after you've paid
at the store! Another aspect is that if you want to peruse my filing
cabinet you would normally ask, and if you get a refusal you need a court
order to have a look. This is a process MS cunningly attempt to circumvent
so they can peer into your electronic filing cabinet at their will.
Avarice will eventually be their downfall, but I just dont expect this to happen soon. I dont
see other operating systems taking over in the near future.