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(last update: June 13th, 2019)
contact: craig er oochi  a t  outlook dotty com
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A better abacus,
A better mouse trap,
Being poor,
Bird feeder,
(cheap old) Books and Movies,
Celestial Vault (astronomy),
Clothes dryer alternative,
Daylight Saving Time,
Dog & cat fleas,
Dogson-2 Telescope,
Energy alternatives,
Ezekiel's UFO,
Fuji S4800 camera review,
Giant bubbles,
Hot car interiors,
Kitchen Range,
Living lightly,
Medicare & Wellness,
Oat bread,
Our bird feeder,
PBS fundraising,
Rock tumbling,
Sand pipers,
Small Is Beautiful,
The 2-way book,
Time capsuling,
Tomorrow, (new HTML version)
TV antenna,
The uniform keyboard piano,
Whither radio?,
Your weight at the North Pole,    (see next, if this URL gets blocked.) (Don't know why.)
Your weight at the North Pole-2,    (7/7/2017 screen captures of the above page)

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 of my pages is unencumbered by copyright.
Web Weaving Notes

* My basic Web pages are being painlessly composed and updated with a good old 1999 edition 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.

* I've gotten compliments from folks using old browsers and no complaints about compatibility with new browsers. I'm increasing the font sizes on all pages in deference to today's high resolution displays --for readability.

Our home computers have been off-line for years now. Paying^ $55/month for Internet service (alone) made me angry. (That's what we pay for water and sewer, and twice what we pay for 4 trash plus 4 recycle pick ups per month.) Since cable cutting we've been going onto the Internet via public WiFi using a pair of Chromebooks --which painlessly update themselves and are bullet proof to on-line attacks. (We of course avoid commercial transactions via public WiFi.)

On the up side of that: we consequently have no headaches about updating our old computers' operating systems, their anti-virus/everything programs, or the myriad applications which clamor to be first in line to suckle down updates/grades when they boot up.

So: when my Web pages look good enough on our home computers, I take them on a flash memory stick to where we find some public WiFi, then upload them to Neocities with one of our Chromebooks. (Actually: only one Chromebook remains. The other suffered the Black Screen of Death.)

Unlike a web page saved by (say) an old copy of Firefox --which places all the image and other non-HTML files into a sub folder ("name_files"), Netscape-4.7 simply parks everything at the "root" of the drive being used, so make that a dedicated flash --and that's how you must work on them. Afterwards you can copy all the files to a folder on the flash stick memory that you take to the library/wherever for uploading.

Again: 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 flash stick of memory. Again: when you move the files to another flash stick, sub-folder or drive, copy them over from your composing flash stick/s. Don't open and resave them. (You might want to have a flash stick for each web document that you create, so as to stay out of trouble, but I use just one --plus sub-folders/directories.)

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 it. Sometimes I build up a chart or table by using a monospace font, so that columns stay straight.


* Even after working with (GUI interfaced) HTML and the Internet for 20 years, the scope of possibilities, the potential reach of our efforts, the connectedness we might realize --is still a "Wow!" factor for me. We share a privileged place in  history, where we can internally and externally link/weave our words and images together.

* There's a sense of community with my imagined readers and potential responders. The Neocities counter indicates hundreds of visitors daily and Alexa ranks my (collective) pages surprisingly high.

* Then there's personal and spiritual "clarification" (as Bruce MacEvoy puts it) --that experience of not knowing if one is thinking coherently or usefully --until a set of observations, ideas or approaches can be bounced off of another person --for comments, criticisms, amendments and "reality checks". We need to see each other and we need to see ourselves, as reflected and refracted in our others. "Presenting" via these web pages goes a good distance in that direction, even with only imagined readers and potential responses.