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*Click* here if you want to know more about how these simple pages were composed.

* I'm close to the finals on these subjects.  Long form web pages don't seem to make much difference.  (It's a Twitter world.)

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 my pages is unencumbered by copyright.

* Feeling old and disheartened by our U.S. presidential election, I took a vacation from composing and updating these pages --which only lasted 10 days. I'd have felt nearly as down and apprehensive if Hillary Clinton had won (and she did win the popular vote). Neither brought up climate change during the debates, both wanted to spend our wealth on the military. Both were distasteful and uninspiring candidates who could have easily been beaten by the other party's generic candidate.

I voted for Dr. Jill Stein --despite that her VP came across (to me) as a mole, causing Bernie Sanders to lose critical support from the political left.

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. They're composed at 800x600 resolution, but I don't advise fiddling with your browsing screen's resolution. To simply enlarge the text, hold down your "Ctrl" key, then tap on the "+" key. (Use Ctrl + 0 (zero) to restore normal.)

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 than for trash pick up) made me angry.

We consequently have no headaches about updating our computer's operating system, its 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. Although the NeoCities counter indicates hundreds of visitors daily, and Alexa collectively ranks my pages surprisingly high, I've had three responses over the past 20 years. (It was two, but a kind fellow saw my laments here a while back and dropped me a consoling note.)  I can only guess that nearly all of the 80,000+ visitors have been accidental "stumble-upons", click-throughs and backouts by the billion or so folks who are now on the Internet --whilst looking for something else. ("There's that damned set of craigeroochi web pages again!")

* I do have a few friends and email circles, for which it's quite a convenience to simply link to a familiar 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 observations, ideas and/or approaches can be bounced off of others --for comments, criticisms and amendments. "Presenting" via these web pages goes a good distance in that direction, even with only imagined actual readers and responses.