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Man, it's hard to believe that I got this up in less than 24 hours. There
are some benefits to having a 8 1/2 month old son, when he's up, so are
you.Never the less, it seems that the &*$%^ formatting isn't working
properly, especially on the StarCraft page, despite my best efforts. It
looks fine in my Browser preview, but when I look at it over the web....
I HATE MICROSOFT!!!
Oh well, to hell with it, I'm just going to leave it alone. It least the
EMU and StarCraft sections are up, and hopefully, I can find the time
to start searching for more Arcade links...Day 2 tomorrow, where hopefully
I find the time to tackle the dreaded Advertising Banners. :)
Day 2 starts off with a bang. It seems I might have overdid it with some
of the features I will be adding to this site. I got my advertising stuff
at 5 this morning (damn kid) but I also picked up stuff for another submission
or contact page, as well as a newsletter program! :D
I'm just hoping that I have someone to send it to....
You may have noticed that I am no longer using the bullets that much...seems
that was what is causing the formatting problems. Easiest web editor to
use my ass.
Any way, better go, gonna take the wife and kid out, so I will be back
to do the StarCraft section, and continue work on this site. Hopefully,
I can find out how to change the wallpaper on "themes" in Frontpage98.
Well the new "bulletless format seems to work a hell of a lot better
than using bullets, though it may not be as nice to look at, at least
it works. I spent another 2 hours trying to fix the formatting, and I
decided to give up on it. If my server lets me, I will upload this, then
start on including all the "good" stuff in, including a newsletter?
Just joined The Blizzard WebRing! Glad to be aboard.
Added the Advertising as well,though I don't get any credit unless someone
buys from them... sucks :D
Damn, its 6:30 in the morning, and it's already been a long day. First
up I had some problems getting the banners up, then I joined the Blizzard
ring, only to find out that I couldn't upload. So I continued on the work
on the site till I could upload (around 4) So what happens next you ask?
Seems my Email is dead. I can get messages, but can't send any out. So
I had to download another Email client, and then spend 3 hours on tech
support to try and get it back up. You know, it's kind of funny, I have
no problems with anything BUT Microsoft....
So I am going to replace every MS program but Windows and FP98 that I
have left. There, problem solved. :)
Oh yeah, working on the pinball links right now.
Slow day for news... Looks like my Email is working, but I keep getting
error messages, so bear with me. Made yet more changes. The answering
machine and the newsletter both are up and working, I added some more
to the sponsor's page, and just tidied up a bit. I got hold of the RingMaster,
I am now official! :)
1:36 am: Well, that was fun... only took me a solid 5 hours just to get
the theme changes, and I still have all the child pages to do. It was
quite a pain in the ass to say the least, but hopefully everything is
set properly. It was especially time consuming to say the least working
out which text colors work out with which Backgrounds without causing
people to melt their eye-balls.
Ruefully though, I am not fixed on the backgrounds, so don't be surprised
if you see more changes as the weeks go by...
As you may have noticed, the bullet formatting got screwed up again, after
all that time I put in as well to try and fix it. I just decided to leave
it, it wasn't worth the Jail time after I killed Bill Gates. :)
7:00 am: Damn, forgot to sleep! Holy cow, did I make some major changes
to the site or what! Redid the entire left side, updated my news, made
changes all over the place. I've settled on all the theme colors and everything,
so tell me what you think. Time to post the page up and get some sleep.
Oh, by the way, tomorrows big job is to tackle the rest of the StarCraft
pages, and maybe something else...
3:14: Just updated the news, and started getting the proper backgrounds
in each section. The wife and Kid are STILL asleep... must be nice
9:34: Good thing I have an understanding wife! Just an update,
plus I changed all the section pages to their proper new themes. Time
to go and play my first game of SC in a week!
No games for me, I got a email that told me search engines would have
problems when searching my site, so I spent all morning putting in META
Tags. Now that was fun...
4:11: Damn, must have been really tired....
Damn, did I ever have some major problems. First my page kept giving script
errors, followed by FrontPage crashing. Those were the highpoints in the
So here's what I did today...
Fixed up all the formatting on the SC page, then changed the layout (again!)
and deleted a whole bunch of stuff. Then I redid the entire links page,
so it looks a little barren, but I have a lot more to add later
Redid the entire main page... First off FrontPage insisted on making everything
tables, which really screws up the formatting, the bullets were a pain
in the ass, so I just ripped the whole thing and started over. I then
found all the script errors( I hope ), added a new sponsor, fixed the
WebRing box,corrected all the links, and then made the main descriptions
neater and briefer. Hopefully, the page will load in much faster now.
Now the emu section is next.... so that means my news will be at the most,
very brief if not at all till I get everything to my satisfaction.
So to the 2 people who actually visit this site, sorry
CDnow page is down... decided it was easier to delete it than try and
6:30: It suddenly occurred to me that after uploading this site for the
sixth time this morning that I must be the most stubborn person ever (my
wife calls it "anal", but that's another story...) Here I thought
that everything was starting to look good, and that goddamn FP98 goes
right back to it's multi-color script crap. That, and the fact I can't
seem to make up my mind on how to present the site appearance, meant constant
uploading, redoing the mistakes, uploading, finding more mistakes... You
get the picture.
So in the end, I've settled on the format, theme, and the colors. I could
have gone with white text like everyone else, but to be quite truthful,
all it did was hurt my eyes.
Maybe I should also mention a couple of things. I made choice that
it's more important to have a faster loading site than a "pretty"
one. Some of these sites (especially the StarCraft ones) are real nice
to say the least, but true fully, I get real pissed at having to wait
a couple of minutes for even their banner to load. I'm trying to get my
pages loaded at under 30 seconds, and though I'm not making it, I'm getting
The other thing is I want to mention what I plan to do in the near future.
With any luck, I will have a forum soon, and hopefully a subject to go
with it. I also intend to greatly expand my Links section and start reporting
on the "company" side of the business. This will all take time,
and with the limited amount of ISP hours that I have, may take a long
time. Since there is no compassion in my area, there's no unlimited access
hours to the Internet, and there doesn't seem to be one coming soon. So
I will do the best that a one man operation can do.
Back to doing updates at least 3 times a day. :( I will try to do
my "repairs" to this site in my non-internet time. Damn, think
it's time to go to bed... If you are still getting the multi-colored text,
all I can say is sorry, This is my 3rd attempt at fixing it, and I am
to damn tired to try a 4th. :P
8:30 PM: Still haven't got the new color text changes in, but there's
always hope... Off to the X-Force server :)
Well, I'm at it again... Here I go changing everything around once more.
The surprising thing was I thought it was going to be easy, damn I'm a
dummy sometimes. Sigh. This all started when I went on the X-Force server
and was talking to Cardinal X, who made some suggestions on how I could
improve this site. Well, I kind of figured that it would be a hell of
a lot easier if I just redid it. He He
First off, it took a hell of a long time just to do the Banner. I had
loaded in a program, only to find after spending 5 hours getting it "just
right" that the damn thing was crippleware and I wouldn't be able
to use it.
Then I started messing with the formatting, and took almost a full day
before I settled on something. Then I had to reconstruct a new site from
scratch, since it seems FrontPage has some problems importing files from
my other site. And then I decided, boy, time to change the Background!
he he he
Anyway, hope you like it.
Well I'm back. Found a whole bunch of problems and stuff that had to be
fixed, starting with the I.E.5 Download, Netscape throwing a fit, my server
refusing uploads, and it worked from there. On the other hand, I got PinGuide
up and running, though in need of serious changes, but I figured to put
it up at least. (It only took 6 hours!)
Personally, I think my copy of FrontPage98 is processed by Satan.
So now it's back to doing regular updates, and to make my life even more
miserable, I joined the World of Pinball WebRing as well...
Talking about that, I think I will upload this and start updating the
1:30 am: Sigh, first major update to the Arcade/Pinball section,
hopefully I will get some more done soon. Had my usual battle with FrontPage,
and now Netscape is completely gone. sigh. Oh well, back to work...
2:30 am: damn, more updates to the other sections as well. I've decided
to rethink the PinGuide, so I don't do all this work only to find someone
else has done it! Still, it all depends on Lotus Smart Suite and how easy
it is to use (which it's not) Well, I will have a go at it and we will
Well, life's a bitch... even though I updated everything, my ISP crashed.
sigh... It's in now I hope, and I will update when I get back from "daddy
Duty". Been adding more stuff, including a special ICQ channel among
others, but I will tell you about it later.Yikes, better get my butt in
Just updated everything. Time to play SimCity 3000! Can't be bothered
to do anything else...
5:00 am: Well, it's now official, I have driven my wife crazy...I
just did a quick update to see what was new (nothing) then I started adding
in the bookmarks for more sites, and went a little overboard.
Needless to say, this site will get a whole lot bigger very shortly.
I think you will notice the changes as they happen ;)
I must be nuts, it"s bad enough that no one ever comes to this site,
so what do I do? I expand it even more, which means more work. Sigh. Oh
well, that's life right?
Might do some small stuff after this, then a few hours sleep, then back
at it. Because Tripod seems to have problems with uploading any file over
50K, I have to do this in spurts, so who knows when you are going to see
this. By the way, I seem to have both a ICQ chat group, and a deja-view
account set up... wonder how that happened?
Well, stayed up because of the kid, so started on some site additions,
most notably PinGuide and the barnes and noble page.Still have tons to
do, but at least I got off to a good start... The only problem is getting
it into Tripod now.
As I write this, I'm still ticked off. In case you haven't noticed, I
have not been able to update this site for a couple days, and won't be
able to till the 1st. To put it bluntly, my ISP sucks.
I won't go into the gory details, but it just means that I can't get any
thing done that results in using internet time. All I have left is the
time to upload this if I can, and that's it for the moment. But as you
can see, I've been busy :)
This is still a work in progress, I've been experimenting with screen
wipes and stuff, but I will retool anything that needs fixing once I'm
back on-line. I should point out that the site will be a lot larger starting
on the 1st, with more sections added.(Told you I've been busy, but that
is what makes this so frustrating)
Any how, hopefully this is the last big delay in a long while, so see
Well once again into the breach... Or in this case wedged into the breach.
I managed to get the new design up, only to discover that FrontPage decided
to automatically assign pages as watermarks... sigh
Believe it or not, I have spent 3 hours on this and it still doesn't
look like I did a damn thing, but trust me, I have. The most important
thing was to fix the links on the side of the pages, it seems that they
all got broken yesterday, but they are back up (?) as well as work on
a couple of new pages and various other stuff. The nice thing about all
of this, is at least I'm getting a normal family life. Though a 4 hour
shopping trip was something I really would like to avoid in future. But
at least I'm stockpiled for the month :)
Anyhow, my Email problems look solved, so that's good news, and my ICQ
is working fine, but I still have to call it up from another computer.
I can't wait for the 1st to get here!
7:30 AM: Heh, been so busy making changes to the site, that I forgot to
update this. For those of you who read this, and are familiar with the
previous incarnations, you can see a almost complete redo of the entire
site (sigh) Those of you who are here for the first time, here's a brief
recap... Added tables to the side, redid all the header banners, added
several new sections- Computer Games, Home Console Games, a separate Pinball
section, Redid all the links, changed the entire color scheme, Reformatted
every scrap of text, decided on a new text color/appearance layout and
changed everything, added Images, fixed all the little nagging problems
(crossing my fingers on that) and even spell checked the entire site!
Doesn't seem like a lot does it! :)
The really sad thing about this, is that I'm only halfway there.
4:15 AM: Been a little while since I last updated this, but to tell the
truth it's been nothing but small very time consuming stuff, like making
sure all the lines match, and checking the consistence of the color scheme
from page to page. Hopefully, it's all done, so I can be ready for when
the 1st hits. I still have to check it through a browser, because despite
what Microsoft says, what is displayed through the FP Editor isn't usually
what comes out when viewed through a browser. I believe that's where most
of my format problems have been, because though it looks fine through
my editor, it comes out all jumbled in my browser, so I had to "
make a correction, check it in my browser, make a correction" on
just about everything I did with this new site.
Needless to say, I will never buy a Microsoft program again. I do like
I.E.5, in fact I like it better than Netscape. But to be honest, everytime
I buy a Microsoft product, I have nothing but headaches. I personally
would have deep-sixed FrontPage as soon as my ISP went down, But I'm poor
and wouldn't have been able to afford the cost of a new program so I'm
stuck with it for the moment. On the other hand, it has been a learning
experience, and in fact, I've learned more because FrontPage kept screwing
up than I would have if I had a normal working Web Editor.
Heh, just occurred to me that I'm doing a lot of typing, and not really
saying anything. I hope to continue to add to this site, I have been mulling
over having a separate Contest page, since I seem to run across a lot
in my travels. My problem with this is for some strange reason, I just
don't like the idea of people coming to this site, bookmarking the contest
page, and not bothering with the rest of the site. It just bugs me for
some reason. Maybe it's because of the time and effort that I have put
into this web site already in the last month, and especially in the last
week, where I spent a lot of time and frustration "redoing it properly".
We will see... I guess I will have to file it in the " I will sleep
on it" section with all the other things I have, like the right hand
side box. (Hey, I have nothing else to put there) Better go and do some
Well, almost time. I did some last minute changes. After some though,
I decided to remove the background and make it as a box at the top instead.
Seems FrontPage had a lot of problems displaying it properly, plus it
took forever to download. I updated my site as best I could, so I'm ready
to start again in about a hour as I write this. Hopefully, everything
works, I have my fingers (and Toes) crossed. See you in a few!
Wow, gone for a week, spend 6 hours just catching up with the site update.
Wow! Thank goodness I have a Automatic Updater, or I would have run out
of time the first shot. I will be basically be just updating everything
as much as possible, while adding more sites to the list as I go along.
Hopefully, I will start getting "contacts" that will feed me
news instead of having to rely on other Web Sites, but I guess you have
to start small...
I guess the first thing I should do is continue to add to my Computer
Games list and get that up and running. I hope to add at least one a day,
so we will see how successful I am. Well, time to put this puppy to bed
2:30 PM: Hmm, only took me 3 hours to do a 2nd update... I'm going to
Well, despite the fact it was a slow news day, it still took over 2 hours
to update this site. Sigh. As you can see, I've been busy with shivaStore,
so that's what I will be working on tonight, getting it tidy and neat.
Also updated the other sponsor pages as well with some new contests.
6:00 AM: Well, what can I say. I seem to suffer from that "just one
more thing before I go to bed" syndrome. Oh well, at least the wife
is asleep and doesn't know about it yet! Just updated everything, plus
worked on the shivaStore page some more, added the barnes and noble and
the CDnow stuff so it's all one page. I think it looks nice, but I may
change the colors yet.
Pretty soon, it will be time to pare down some of the pages, the SC page
has 90K IN TEXT!!! Yikes. Oh well, I will do it later...
Hmm, don't feel like saying much today, except it's day one of the "war"
between Starcrafters and myself on who can promote each other better.
Started work on a conversions and campaigns page, plus clean up the sponsors
page into one page, and added a New Release page to the computer game
section. Anyway, time to play.
5:00 AM: Well, since this is my "diary" I better put this in,
even though I will never forget this day. It all started with a "war"
with starcrafters, on who can promote each others site, and ended with
me posting a message on shivasite about how I need help. In between, I
got mentioned on 2 different sites, plus a whole bunch of things to think
about... All I can say is once I saw those two seperate posts, I sort
of got choked up about it, especially with all the non website stuff that's
happen to me lately. I guess I needed the encouragement more than I know,
and it had occured to me to stop this several times in the last few days.
But I've decided to continue as long as I am able, and I hope I get some
help when I really need it down the road.
Now the Kid has a cold. Poor little guy. especially since I might double
my hits to 300 in the next little while. Damn, I would have been happy
with a 1000 within a year.
More with my ongoing struggle with FrontPage.This time it refuses to
keep the same Font settings for each page, so I have to manually change
the font everytime I type anything in. Grrr. One of these days, I can
remove the Albatross around my neck, and get something decent.
This was also the First day I've seriously considered joining another
server. I may have been nice in my post about Tripod, but it really is
a pain in the ass sometimes. Maybe we will see, so maybe I better start
Couldn't add to my conversion page, I really have to watch my ISP hours,
to make sure I don't run out at the end of the month. Oh well, maybe I
can bank some time for later. I keep telling myself that I have to use
what I've got, but sometimes...
Hmm, seem to be on a little jagged tear here. Better stop before I reduce
myself to a puddle of weeping Jello.
Note to myself: Get some sleep damnit, and stop updating at 5 in the
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