You can thank Bill Gates for this one. For those of you who have been with me since this web site was created in early April, 2006, (I am writing this update on April 23, 2006), this alert box is something new. It started on April 11, 2006, when your Windows computer downloaded this month's 'critical updates'. Your Internet Explorer browswer (MSIE) was updated as part of a $500 million dollar law suit which Microsoft lost. Can you get rid of it? Maybe, if you want to go into Microsoft's Knowledgebase and maybe, if your system passes the 'Genuine Advantage' test. (Mine doesn't, so I am stuck with this alert box.)
The main web editing software was Dreamweaver 2004 MX, with occasional help from the freebies 1st Page 2006 and Notepad. Microsoft's FrontPage would be an alternative and is probably the most popular one used, but I just got frustrated with all its idiosyncracies.
Our graphics program is Adobe's Photoshop Elements 3 & 4 with occasional help from Paint Shop Pro 9 and the freebie Irfan. Microsoft's Digital Image Suite would be an acceptable alternative. Adobe's Photoshop is just too expensive and life is too short to learn all the ins and outs of this premier graphics package.
We use an Epson 3170 scanner for flat objects, but mostly we use our Olympus C2100 digital camera for duplicating pictures and articles. It consistenly provides us with a 'cleaner' image than the scanner.
Our work is done on four PCs, all running Windows XP. They range in age from 2 to 7 years, so horsepower is not an issue.
The 1956 Tom Tom Yearbook was scanned. These proved unsatisfactory, so we used a digital camera to photograph the yearbook. I had a few pictures and various classmates sent more others. Jack and Bevo have some pictures on line which I have used.
All the pictures were digitally 'cleaned up' with Adobe's Photoshop Elements 4 (PSE4). PSE4 can also be used to write text on a digital image. I used PSE4 to batch resize photos and Irfan to resize individual photos. (I know, I know, Photoshop does a better job of cleaning up photos--but life is too short to spend all the time necessary to learn it and use it.)
Conceptually it is easy: all you do is copy everything from the web to a CD. Practically, one has to make sure all the files on the CD are located in a similar structure as the web. An autorun feature should be added, except that Bill Gates has made this tricky with web sites. The good news is that, while the web site has about 10 Megs of of information, a CD can hold upwards of 650 Megs. So one can provide full sized pictures without regard to storage or download speed requirements. Also the cost of a CD is measured in pennies whereas any printed media is in dollars per copy.
Yes and no. Different methods of creating a CD call for different viewing options. Recently, I have concluded that the best option is to create a CD that plays on EITHER a computer OR on a DVD player. You also want music to play while pictures are being shown. These CDs are technically called VCDs. This is what I hope to create.
The short answer is that pictures are scattered throughout various folders. This was necessary in order to keep track of who sent me which pictures. Also, the picture names may not make sense. One way you can search for a picture is by the classmate's last name, viz., 'piper*.jpg'.
I am giving some thought to moving a duplicate file name for all pictures into a generic PICTURES folder when I create the CD.
Most Windows browsers have a right-click function that brings up a menu. One of the menu choices is 'Save Picture As'. So the procedure is: (1) move the browser window so the graphic you want is visible, (2) right click on the graphic to display the menu, (3) left click on 'Save Picture As' and (4) chose a location on your hard drive and a graphic name to save it. Don't forget where you put it!
If you right click in an open area on a web page, one of the menu choices is 'View Source', meaning you can look at all the HTML code that makes up this web page. This is an excellent way to learn how other web authors write their code. Sometimes authors disable the right-click function--presumably in an effort to keep people from lifting their graphics. This is merely a delaying tactic since all graphics are in your Temporary Internet folder.
Finally, if you can wait
until June 9, I will have a CD for each of you that contains all the graphics on this web site plus any others that I acquire that weekend. If you are impatient, there are programs which will 'rip and copy' all graphics from a web site and copy them all to your hard drive. I have changed my goals and deadlines--there is no way I will turn loose a half-finished project that weekend.
Web page graphics are at 72 dpi; suitable print graphics range from 300 to 600 dpi. Web graphics will download in 5-10 seconds; print graphics would take ten times longer to download. Three solutions I am considering: (1) create a separate print page for each web page, (2) put all the graphics, both high and low resolution, on a CD and let you print the ones you want and/or (3) create a printable booklet, probably in PDF form. This last idea has been the best solution for recent classes, but the cost is in the $25-30 range for 80 to 100 pages.
Mainly as a courtesy to our classmates. It is poor net-etiquette to splatter people's private information, particularly their email, all over the web. If you look close, my own email address is in the form of either (1) a graphic or (2) an assembled-on-the-fly value. Either way, robotic email harvesters cannot read it. If you haven't guessed the ID/Password, email me and I will send it to you. Footnote: I offered a $20 gift certificate to any member of the two computer User Groups to which I belong if they could crack the ID/Password. That was over five weeks ago, and I still have the gift certificate in my hands.
These are called 'animated GIFs'. People spend a lot of time creating these, and you can find one about nearly any subject by searching Google under Images. Most animated GIFs are free, but there are software businesses that provide a nearly infinite choice of offerings on virtually any subject. They usually charge a one time fee of $20 for unlimited downloading for 30 days. (GIF is one of three type images that can be viewed on the web--the other two are JPG and PNG).
Of course that is the purpose of web pages--to provide links to other information. I tried to include a link to a classmate in many ways: when his/her name is in text, like the address list or an alphabetic listing or when their picture is available, like the graduation photo. In this latter case each of the 54 graduation photos is actually a hotlink (called an image map) to that person's current information.
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. There are probably a hundred different ways to display pictures on the web. The free ones usually place some limit on the number of pictures you can have and/or they expect you to order hard copy prints. Also, their transfer procedures can be clumsy. The fee-based sites range in the $5 to 20/month range, and will offer 5 to 50 Megs storage space.
I use these three programs to create 'web albums': 1 - Web Albums (which needs a domain location, 2 - Web Shots and 3 - pBase. Jack Mohler is using PICZO, which is a little simplier than the other three. Picasa is also very popular.
$100 per year, which is 2 months of cell phone bills, or 1 month of cable bill, or 1 night in a motel. This $100 cost consists of an annual domain name fee of $15 plus a monthly hosting fee that runs in the $6-10/month range. For this $100 you would receive virtually unlimited storage space (like 12 gigabytes). 12G translates into thousands of web pages or 220 million pictures or 22 billion songs.
Maybe. Mostly my web page writings are gratis for clubs and organizations to which Judy and I belong. You can see these at our home page of http://www.pipers-place.com. If your business is web page development, you get $300 to $500 for a basic 1 page design. More bells and whistles can easily run the cost to over $1000 for a 3 to 8 page site. However, it is the maintenance on these sites that can eat up serious money at $50-100 per hour. (You can see the work of one of my favorite web designers at http://www.webdesignsbybarb.com. Barb designs for quilt shops as well as professional offices.)
This ain't rocket science. Everything you need to know is available on the Internet, mostly for free. Books are available from your local library on virtually every aspect of web construction. A number of good software packages are available that range in cost from free to $600--and cost is no indication of usefulness. Local community and junior colleges offer courses in a wide variety of computer subjects--and seniors usually get discount rates! But I would recommend as the main source of information your local computer User Group. These educationally-chartered organizations exist solely to share computer information--for free. Check this link for a partial listing of such User Groups.
No. Your software and your sources of help will differ, but both computers will accomplish the job.
Here are some sites that are particularly good:
http://www.fiftiesweb.com/fifties.htm Devoted to the '50s
http://www.bobforrest.com/JukeBox.htm Original songs 1956 to 1960
http://dhs1956.org/remember.htm Deering H.S., Portland, ME - best web site
http://www.fiftiesweb.com/fifteis.htm EVERYTHING about the '50s
http://www.smickandsmodoo.com/1957/1957.shtml What was popular in 1957
http://members.aol.com/oldiecorner/private/home2.htm Oldies site - fair
http://members.tripod.com/~alleysplace/fifties.html Rockin' to the 50s - great site
http://www.bobforrest.com/JonsPix.htm Examples of grade school pictures
http://www.jadierose.com/midicollection.html Very large collection of MIDIs
http://rainbowsendpress.com/sp/midi.html Another large collection of MIDIs
http://www.1950s60s.com/ Timeline 1949 to 1969
http://www.montgomeryadvertiser.... Students save memories online
Perhaps the question should be restated to 'My browser does not work on your web site.' In past years this was a major problem. However, for the past 2-3 years, Microsoft's Internet Explorer (MSIE) domination has run rough-shod over other browser incompatibilities. . Lately, the geeko-based browsers (Netscape, Firefox and Mozilla) are playing to a larger user base, and minor differences in rendering web pages are again appearing. But I believe most problems that individuals are having is directly related to their system settings, both within MSIE and their other software like firewalls, antivirus and antispam. See my table of browser compatibilities for this web site.
I happen to believe that music enhances a web site, at least for more personal web sites. It definitely is a no-no for business or professional web sites. I always include a visible icon that allows the user to stop-start the music. These icons have VCR-type symbols to play, pause or stop any music. (Sound comes in three flavors: WAV, MP3 and MID. One minute of play requires a file size of 10M in WAV, 1M in MP3 and 1K in MID. Consequently, sound on the web is usually in the form of a MID--called midi--file.)
Google is your friend. You can locate numerous web sites, each of which have over a hundred songs available for your free download. Many of us would say these site authors have way too much free time--their work is very impressive. Most of these songs are in MIDI format, which is melody only but no lyrics. The MP3 format has provided an alternative to large file sizes of vocal recordings from CDs, but the legal usage of any vocal is cloudy.
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