natives may recall the first stories
posted in January; the site was three shades of gray with a loud
yellow-orange here and there. My first design quickly grew tiresome
even to me, especially the lack of capitalization, which made spell
checking entirely too time consuming. Still, happy readers kept
coming: there were 1.1 million hits and 20 thousand unique visitors
from February to May. Pretty good for an offbeat bunch of stories.
Version 2.0 was a brief fling with an automated site. I later decided
it wasn't what I wanted. If you are a geek, you are probably aware
a website that lets readers to post comments on a variety
of tech related articles. It and focuses especially on Linux and
open source development. Slashcode
is the garage project of Perl scripts that it runs on.
to their community of open source ideals, they opened the source
code for their website so others could freely use their work. I
gave it a shot in the interest of making The Treasure Island Experiment
a little easier to manage, and to allow readers to post comments
to consider a few things: first, I already have no time, so this
was a poor thing to bite off. Second, the site wasn't easier to
manage using Slashcode, especially since transferring the style
and content to the new system required a lot of initial work. A
lot. Third, having the world+dog able to post to your site opens
you up to moronic gibberish of unbelievable
proportions. Fourth, with open source, you sometimes get exceptional
community support, and you sometimes just get what you paid.
as I was finishing the new layout, and trying to tweak the new Slashcode
version into something that looked like a proper evolution of the
Experiment, I realized that a
bug in the code was affecting the display of many of my inline
graphics. Since most people who use Slashcode don't use it to do
this, I couldn't find any help in troubleshooting why this was happening.
The last straw was that my new Slash savvy, high rate service provider
seemed really slow. I figured I'd rather throw off the shackles
of Slash and just handling things manually. So I revisited my old
pages, cleaned things up to make them lighter and faster, and decided
to add some new sections.
really like the Virtual
Tour, even in its current very lame and amateur state. And I've
been planning to eventually cover as much of the City as I can.
Next, a new section of Big Projects.
I like to know what's happening around the City, and thought it
might be interesting to readers. We'll see. And what could be more
fun that Big Disasters? There's
a lot of Disasterous stuff here in the Bay Area, so I'm sticking
with only the billion dollar catastrophes first.
always, I'm interested in what my readers are thinking, so write
me at the usual email@example.com.
More on Perl, Projects and HTML:
Programming Perl (3rd Edition)
& XHTML : The Definitive Guide