The mainframe portion of this resume was created as the first
two projects of the initial HTML class I took. Consequently,
if you look "under the hood", you will find that it is some-
what primitive in some aspects. For example, I used lists,
where today I would use tables. But it would be nearly two
years before I was ready to put it on the internet.
When the class concluded, I did some additional independent
study and research. Then I spent 3 1/2 months working full
time to create the content for a pro bono site, which was about
90,000 bytes of text (alphanumeric characters) when I first up-
loaded it. I went on to my next project, not intending to spend
any more time on it. It now stands at 1,518,000+ bytes of text.
If you do the math, that comes out to over a year of my life
I've invested in it. The advent of the internet has made it
possible for most people to publish; just like Thomas Paine,
Benjamin Franklin, or even Martin Luther. It's been reward-
ing, educational, and sometimes challenging. In the first 2 3/4
years of its existence it has attracted over 45,000 different
people, which gives it a lot more influence than a professor
teaching at a university. It's also taught me a lot about how
to promote a web site. A web site is pretty useless if nobody
knows it exists. Along the way, I also created two duplicate
sites to try different approaches for attracting traffic. How-
ever, the sites are anonymous, and, therefore, I have not in-
cluded links for them. Two of the pages within this site are
actually web sites in their own right, even though they share
the same server directory; because they are registered sep-
arately with the search engines. Not only is it simpler and
less expensive, but they serve to funnel traffic to the main
page. One is small and simple, and the other is rather large
and impressive. More of these "sub-sites" are probably on
the way. When you work on a web site almost every day
and put your heart and soul into it you keep coming up with
new ideas to promote it - it becomes a competitive thing.
The large satellite site has already doubled the main page
in hits per day. If you are an organization with, or planning,
a web site, and want it to make a major contribution to your
endeavor; but don't have a big advertising budget to invest,
you need someone knowledgeable in promoting web sites
who's primary responsibility is making it a success. Just
having a nicely designed web site isn't going to do it for you,
but I can. I spend part of almost every day promoting mine.
The next project I tackled also took 3 1/2 months to pull to-
gether, working full time on it; after having worked on it part
time for several years. It's based on a simple idea, yet I've
never seen another directory that can compare to it in the
areas it covers - which are considerable. I never expected
it to be a commercial success. Some things you do just for the
challenge, to be creative, and to turn an idea into reality.
Linux is a good example of that type of thinking. But it does
have some problems. For one thing, only 10% of households
have a fast connection, and it requires a fast connection or a
lot of patience. It has a large graphic, which I don't want to
remove, because it distinguishes it; and around a million
bytes of text, more or less, depending on when I update it
next, on a single web page. I like to think it's ahead of it's
time; but to alleviate this I've added a link to another dupl-
icate site with less graphics, and a lot of people go that
route. I could probably get the graphic to load faster, too.
The other major problem is that it has been much more dif-
ficult to promote than the pro bono site. Too general, too
much competition in the category? I'm not sure. On the
other hand, the site itself turned out much better than I ever
envisaged. So I intend to keep adding to it, improving it, and
promoting it - as time and resources allow - and hope for
fiber optics. Meanwhile, go ahead, check out the GateWay
To The Internet!
Did you know that more than 16.7 million distinct colors can
be defined in HTML? I've made a lot of stops along the int-
ernet, doing research for my directory, and at some point I
started saving ones I liked to a file, and assigning them
names; like Rich Yellow and Baby Blue. Of course colors
look different on different monitors, the colors themselves
take on different hues in combination with other colors, some
people's eyes are bothered by bright colors, and certainly
not everyone likes the same colors or sees them the same.
But I like experimenting with different color and background
combinations, and creating my own unique backgrounds.
I developed another large site - not large in terms of text, but
large in terms of graphic content - to try putting some of my
photographs on line. I chose pictures I had taken on an Alaska
trip, because I had already computer edited that group. It's a
rather elegant solution, but it's slow loading like the directory
site. If I do another one, I'll probably look into doing it with
Photoshop or one of the prepackaged solutions I have to com-
pare. And I have several other sites "on the drawing boards"
to do when time permits. The photo site traffic is picking up
nicely. I even had an inquiry about purchasing some pictures.
I tried not to make the structures for the above sites unneces-
sarily complex. So I've added four projects done for class as
examples of other techniques I've used. These were things
where all the content was provided, so none of them took more
than a day to knock out. Don't expect all the links to work.
I've been completing this web site on my notebook computer,
because the registry on my big computer got clobbered. When
I tested the Virtual Tour, I realized I hadn't put the images
on the floppy because there wasn't room. I think they might be
on one of the hard drives on my big machine, but there's cur-
rently no way to know. If they're not there then I'll use my
own pictures when I get that machine up and running again.
So if you're flipping through the frames in the Virtual Tour,
and all that changes is the backgrounds, that's why.