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Hey Neocities,
Thanks for this free Web space!

I like Kyle Drake's NeoCities philosophy (as quoted from the Wiki) of facilitating the publication of small (byte-wise), basic web pages: "I want to make another GeoCities. Free web hosting, static HTML only, 10MB limit, anonymous, uncensored." So thanks much Kyle (although in a better world we'd all stand behind our words).

* The original content on these pages is unencumbered by copyright.


Web Weaving Notes

* My basic Web pages have been painlessly composed and updated with a good old 1999 version of Netscape (version 4.7) --a combination email, browser and GUI composing program, which you can probably find somewhere as a free download. (I don't suggest that anyone use it for email or browsing anymore, however.) I run it on a typical desktop "tower" PC under the XP (with Service Pack 3) operating system.

* These pages look and read better if you size them squarishly at 800x600 resolution. To simply enlarge the text, hold down your "Ctrl" key, then tap on the "+" key.

Our home computers have, of course, been off-line for years now. Paying Charter Communications $55/month (more than our water and sewer, over twice as much for trash pick up) made me angry. Consequently, we have no headaches about updating the XP operating system, an anti-virus/everything program, or the myriad applications which clamor to be first in line to suckle updates when one boots up. We do all of our Internetting with a pair of affordable Asus Chromebooks --which have proven bullet proof to on-line attacks. (We of course utterly avoid commercial transactions via public WiFi.)

So when my NeoCities pages look good enough on our home computer, I take them on a flash memory stick to where we find public WiFi and upload them with one of our Chromebooks.

Unlike a web page saved by (say) Firefox, which places all the image and other non-HTML files into a folder ("name_files"), Netscape-4.7 simply parks everything at the "root" of the drive or flash stick that you're using --and that's how you have to work on them. Afterwards you can copy all the files to a folder --like maybe on the flash stick memory that you take to the library/whatever for uploading.

If you get a copy of Netscape-4.7 for your own use, just make sure that you compose and save at the "root" of a blank flash stick of memory. Again: when you move the files to another flash stick or drive, copy them over from your composing flash stick/s --don't open and resave. (You might want to have a flash stick for each web document that you create.)

I find that this old HTML stuff has everything I need to express my thoughts and link to those of others. I use no "frames", special Java scripts, or even "tables" on my pages (although Netscape-4.7 can do tables). I simply insert a GIF or a JPEG of a graph, table or chart when and where I need to.


* There's a sense of community with my imagined readers and potential responders --and I can remember two responses over the past 20 years. (I was a "dot-com president" and early on the WWW.)

Although conscious of getting into the search engines' top ten over the years, I seldom had counters/bugs on my personal pages. Now, thanks to NeoCities' statistics, I should no longer have to imagine that there's a readership. Supposedly, over 40,000 have visited, with anywhere from 400 to 800 per day returning. I can only guess that these are 99.99% accidental stumble-ons, click-throughs and backouts by the billion or so folks who are on the Internet --all looking for something else. ("There's that damned set of craigeroochi web pages again!")

Never-the-less, there's a felt responsibility --to my "audience" --to be honest and to get my stuff set down right.

* I do have a few friends and email circles, for which it's quite a convenience to simply link to an image, comment or reference on one of my web pages.

* I think it's a widely shared experience that one doesn't know if s/he is thinking coherently until a set of ideas/approaches can be bounced off others --for comments, criticisms and amendments. "Presenting" via these web pages goes a good distance in that direction, even without actual readers and responses.