Sep 4, 2016

Rewriting my site
Rewriting my site
Brief explanations

This is a Nederlog of Sunday, September 4, 2016.

This is not a crisis log. It is only concerned with reproducing a file I also put in the opening of the site, on the lower right side, above a date, that is also called "Rewriting the site" and that contains the following text, that is copied to the present Nederlog (between "----"s), and with some brief explanations added under it:


Rewriting the site

I have a large site in html since almost 20 years (since November 11 1996).
It is over 500 MB (which comprises over 500 average books, but only if it were pure text, which it isn't).

On the moment - September 2016 - I am "rewriting" the site, in the following sense:

I have had serious and painful problems with my eyes since the second half of 2012, when they collapsed. Since then (and also before then) I have used a rather small rather square monitor that served me very well.
This went off somewhere in August, when I bought a new squarish monitor that probably has the ordinary format squarish monitors now have, which is a bit larger than the one I used: The old one had a screen of height * breadth =
23 * 30.5 cm; the new one has a screen of h * b = 27 * 34 cm. This means that the new one is about 4 centimeters taller and wider than the old one.

This showed me that the old blue graphical background - and here is a small copy of it, so that you know what I mean:

that I used for my site is too small for the new monitor: it shows a part of the non-graphical background at the bottom.

It is this that I am "rewriting", in the sense that I am replacing the old copy of the above background with a new copy that does fit the whole screen of the new monitor. I have to make quite a few replacements, because I had decided a long time ago that I wanted the background normally in the main directory I was working in (and not somewhere on a quite different place - which is also safer in view of the possibility of piracy).

So that is what I am doing now, and here is a list of the progress I have made so far:

List of progress:

And that is what I have done so far (which is rather a lot because there are a lot of files in the Nederlog directories), but still leaves half to do.

What I have also done is to make a link to this file in the opening of my site, with a date under it when the backgrounds to the site were last updated. (It is on the right, the lowest entry.)

I hope to finish this in September 2016. You can see the progress I've made in the above List of progress.

Finally, I do hope that this improves the looks of the site considerably, but I also have to grant that what I try to maintain is restricted to squarish monitors of the above size, that are running Firefox or Seamonkey: I have neither the health nor the resources to make it fit all sizes of monitors or all browsers.


Maarten Maartensz
                  last edited: Sep 4 2016

Brief Explanations

Sofar for a copy of the original text of Rewriting the site. The present Nederlog copy is there only for your information: its List of progress will not be kept up. The original file will be kept up until the whole site has been "rewritten" i.e. shows the new and better background.

I hope that I can finish the task of "rewriting" the backgrounds of the whole site in September 2016. I will try, and since both my health and my eyes are
a little or a lot better than they were from 2012-2015, I think I may manage.

As far as Nederlog is concerned: I will continue it as before (mostly crisis, a few items that are not crisis-related) but not today: I checked what there was
that I wish to review, and while there were some files, I decided to skip writing about them today.

Today I will be mostly trying to update my site.

Finally, here is the reason why I am only taking care that the site looks OK
on squarish monitors of the size that I now use, and in Firefox or Seamonkey:

There are on the moment three styles (or kinds) of personal computers, if we concentrate on their sizes and disregard operating systems:
  • desktops
  • laptops
  • cellphones
I am using a desktop computer, and have done so since the beginning of 1988. I have tried laptops but did not like the ones I tried. I never tried cellphones, and never will.

I realize that some 10 to 15 years ago there were more desktops than laptops and more laptops than cellphones, while at present that order seems to be inverted.

I will not be trying to make my site look OK on computers I don't have (laptops or cellphones). (The site may look OK on them, but I don't know
and don't have the energy or health to try to find out.)

And on desktops I am restoring backgrounds so that they will properly fit on
my new monitor, which is a standard size, but I will not try to make it also
fit other sizes of monitor, and in particular not the large rectangular ones: If you have one, you'll have to fit the size of the screen that is displaying my site by yourself and by hand.

Also, I will not try to fit browsers I don't have, don't run and dislike, which covers the browsers on Windows and Apple, which indeed I dislike, for which
reason I am using Linux.

If my site fits in those browsers - Internet Explorer and Safari, I think - it's fine (and they should, in so far as what I am producing is html); if not, too
bad: I don't have the health and the energy to try to adjust them.

Apart from these restrictions, I hope the whole site is again properly visible
by the end of September.


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