May 13, 2011

                                                          **    This site is best seen in Firefox    **

I have just spent four hours of my life and limited energy trying to get my blue background fixed in both MS Explorer and in Firefox, and I can't get it done properly without major difficulties, that mostly are Microsoft's design, for it refuses to keep to all the agreements on browser-compatability and html, which it does to keep people buying its products. (*)

So... having lost over the last 10 years months of my life trying to have some sort if compatability between the two main browsers - Firefox and MS IE - and using the MS html-editor Frontpage for the purpose of maintaining my site, I've definitely had it with MS:

No more MS IE for me - I won't use it, I don't want it, and I won't spend more time of my life to try to make MS products behave as they should and easily could, if only MS were a decent company.

On the moment - after 4 hours of work, in an MS product, trying to achieve something that should be very easy - the title of this text may still be outlined under "Nederlog" in MS IE whereas it is in the middle in Firefox, anyway a VERY much better browser, that you also can use to block lots of shit that MS IE doesn't allow you to block, in spite of the dangers (viruses, dataminers, trojans etc.)

But the background p r o b a b l y is fixed now in both Firefox and MS IE, and I've spend two hours on getting the text color of the datum black (should be very easy, but not if you use MS products) and trying to put the title of this text in the middle without doubling the cell's height (should be a piece of cake, but not if you use MS products: Frontpage shows it in the middle, MS IE preview shows it outlined under the title) - and I have definitely had it with MS Explorer.

So I put the title also in the opening of my site, and that's it:

If it doesn't display well in MS IE damn MS and do get a proper browser - Firefox is very much better, very much safer, and free software and open source, as software should be, perhaps with a few exceptions. (**)

Indeed, if my health is up to it, I may review my whole site for another html-editor than Frontpage, but alas that's an if on the moment, although I do have the intention to redo my site to better html for quite a while now, and also to change some of the format.

As it is: Firefox is much better and safer and more pleasant to use than MS IE, wholly apart from this site, so I strongly recommend you to switch to it, which in fact is not at all difficult, also for those who don't know much about computers, and I will no longer try to make things work or look as I want in MS Explorer, since it doesn't allow me to do even some of the simplest things without extreme difficulties.

I'm sorry: I don't have the health, and I also don't have the patience to put up with these intentionally created quirks and difficulties to keep MS rich and powerful.

For more on these lines see

"A strong free software movement focused on the principled issues of software freedom and a strong FSF in particular will determine what freedoms the next generation of computer users enjoy. At stake is no less than the next generation's autonomy."

(*) In case you want to know this little piece of html-arcana:

MS IE introduced somewhere around the time if MS IE 4, if I recall rightly, the ability to keep a background image fixed in place, while the text that uses it as backgound can be scrolled and paged up and down. That's convenient and looks a lot better, but is (or at least was) not standard html - for which reason it doesn't work in Firefox with my site.

There is a cure for it though, namely a bit of css code, that you can see if you care if you view the source of this page, and you can find explained at various places if you search with "background image fixed in Firefox".

(**) For me computing is applied mathematics, and mathematics, like natural language, is a human form of communication and understanding that should be free in principle, and accessible to all. Things like the calculus or algebra should be as free from patents and commercial sales as neologisms and conversations. But I do agree that there may be programs - applications, 'if you like' - that may cost money, because programmers also have to eat and pay the rent, but not as a commercial matter of of course, and especially not as Microsoft or Adobe do it. In principle software that is of use to many should be free or cost little, and should be open source, so that its users can understand and control what they have on their computer, instead of depending on an intentionally obscure and secret mess of anything that may be used for any purpose by commercial institutions selling it or hackers who cracked it.

P.S. Corrections, if any are necessary, have to be made later.
-- May 14, 2011: It doesn't work well, so I undid it.

As to ME/CFS (that I prefer to call ME):

1. prof. Anthony Komaroff Ten discoveries about the biology of CFS (pdf)
3. Hillary Johnson The Why
4. Consensus (many M.D.s) Canadian Consensus Government Report on ME (pdf)
5. Eleanor Stein Clinical Guidelines for Psychiatrists (pdf)
6. William Clifford The Ethics of Belief
7. Paul Lutus Is Psychology a Science?
8. Malcolm Hooper Magical Medicine (pdf)

Short descriptions:

1. Ten reasons why ME/CFS is a real disease by a professor of medicine of Harvard.
2. Long essay by a professor emeritus of medical chemistry about maltreatment of ME.
3. Explanation of what's happening around ME by an investigative journalist.
4. Report to Canadian Government on ME, by many medical experts.
5. Advice to psychiatrist by a psychiatrist who understands ME is an organic disease
6. English mathematical genius on one's responsibilities in the matter of one's beliefs:
   "it is wrong always, everywhere, and for anyone, to believe anything upon insufficient evidence".
7. A space- and computer-scientist takes a look at psychology.
8. Malcolm Hooper puts things together status 2010.

    "Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!

No change, no pause, no hope! Yet I endure.
I ask the Earth, have not the mountains felt?
I ask yon Heaven, the all-beholding Sun,
Has it not seen? The Sea, in storm or calm,
Heaven's ever-changing Shadow, spread below,
Have its deaf waves not heard my agony?
Ah me! alas, pain, pain ever, forever!
     - (Shelley, "Prometheus Unbound") 

    "It was from this time that I developed my way of judging the Chinese by dividing them into two kinds: one humane and one not. "
     - (Jung Chang)


See also: ME -Documentation and ME - Resources

Maarten Maartensz (M.A. psy, B.A. phi)

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