This web site grew out of a research project at the end of 1993. We were experimenting with cutting edge techniques and assembled numerous web sites of various topics, applying techniques and new web breakthroughs as they were released on what was a fairly small web community at the time. With interest, we watched the exponential growth of web usage. We watched new applications come along to help new web users navigate the plethora of material. We watched the debates, the battles, and the general strife that new economies can present.
My experience with the internet began long before there was any notion of a web. The web "overlays" the internet and uses its "backbone" to give people all over the world opportunities to interact and share knowledge. It has taken on a culture all its own. My experiences with the web have led me through a multitude of changes. The site has had many faces and many topics, all of them making up a portion of my history and my personality.
I prefer to use Interent Explorer for a number of reasons: it uses the Document Object Model. It is free. It plays fair with all other applications on my system. It is easy on the developer and gives the user a better web experience. If you use Netscape with this web site, try it once with Internet Explorer. You will suddenly discover a new face to the pages, new navigational cues, and new visual enhancements that just are not possible with Netscape except through graphics (which consume your download bandwidth) and through extensive coding to compensate for Netscape's many WWW shortcomings.
I like to adopt technologies and keep abreast of changes, but I don't "do cool technology" just for the sake of doing it because, quite often, it just doesn't fit the purpose, or the tried-and-true method is the least convoluted and more easily maintained. The tools, technologies, and components I use are appropriate for the purpose.
I like DHTML. In fact, some of the dynamic elements as well as static elements that you see on this site may appear to be simple graphics, but they are not. I built those elements using DHTML to dramatically reduce your load time and bandwidth, and to conserve my disk space. I often pre-load common repeated graphics elements so they are in place and ready for script events as you start using the web page.
I use Visual InterDev to build and maintain this site. I like its development interface and special toolboxes for features such as Design Time Controls, Server Objects, and HTML fragments that I build myself. I use WS-FTP to publish the site to the server.
The Back-End and Interfaces
With the exception of a few images, video, and audio files, I created all the images, sound bites, and video clips on this site. I use various programs to capture screen shots, video, and audio. (I haven't found one single program that has all the functions I want.) I use Paint Shop Pro to build and save the images. I use Amorphium to create animations. I use Image Composer to build the montages. For audio compression, I use MPG3. For video compression, I use Intel Indeo 5. I use GIFs when I need transparency and animation. Most of the images are JPG because of its compression and its rendering of photo-quality images.
For a more interesting and stable visit, download the free Internet Explorer and use it.