About This Page
My true passion is travel and through the years God has allowed me to walk the seven continents and nearly one hundred countries. Although across the years many borders and names have changed. The photo above was taken in one of my favorite places, Norway. More accurately, the picture overlooks Oslo harbor from old Fort Christina on a rainy July day.
This page first surfaced in August of 1995 after experimenting with AOL and Mosaic. However, in our area the fastest we could receive AOL was 2400 baud. If you remember those days you can remember eating dinner in less time than it took for small graphics to load. However, what AOL was doing really interested me. At this time I was aware of Gopher, FTP, bulletin boards, and funky browsers like Mosaic. HTML was especially curious and I wrote a few tags and went online.
A friend of mine, Harold Biebel was also experimenting with Netscape's browser and told me it was the real deal. He also really started to tag and quickly wrote the HTML for South High School's first web site. With his enthusiasm, introduction, and guidance I joined Excel.Net, started by Larry and Shelly Weidig, downloaded Netscape 1.01b and wandered the web. While almost nine years ago, those early days of text only browsers, 2400 baud modems, dead links, TCP crashes, memory errors, and interesting sites across the web, were heady times.
What really interested me was the way some educators were using their sites. Kathy Schrock's early pages were awesome. Here was a middle school media specialist who used the web to help other teachers and students. That truly appealed to me. Hence the genesis of this site.
It soon became apparent with the continuing versions of Netscape, the introduction of Microsoft Explorer, and the explosion of pages and sites across the net that there was exponential growth potential. Just tagging in old HTML was not enough as animated GIfs, JPEG, and JAVA hit the window.
This site is pretty vanilla compared to many others, but at
present I am most interested in another way for students to access
assignments. Further, server space is expensive. Hence, simple HTML
tags and a couple of zero padded tables were all I used. While you
could actually script HTML in Simple Text, I experimented with
several pieces of software and hardware.
HTML Editors and other Software
Claris HomePage My wife Diane,
a retired media specialist really likes this one. Easy, clean and works well
Adode Page Mill Beautiful
graphics included. A bit hard to use. Expensive.
Miracle World Wide Web
Weaver Easy, inexpensive. I liked being able to tag and see
results in browser in real time. With a tutorial it would be
Adobe Photoshop 3.o1 throuth 7CS
Simply awesome stuff, pricey, tough learning curve.
Powerbook and imac G5 Still learning OS but presently using OS 10.4.2. But way cool.
UMAX Vista S-12 Scanner
Wonderful, incredible software, set up and scan in minutes.
Iomega Drives Really easy to use. Computer teacher's best friend.
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