This is our first "Home Page" style web site and was first published in July of 2004.  After having worked at Cisco Systems for several years now, I guess it's about time that I setup a website for us just to make sure that I know how to do it, so here it is!  As you will see, it's mostly about our house here, the projects we do, the toys we play with and the fun we have at Chester River Beach all year round!  I did a short survey with my colleagues at work, and found that they all had a website, so now I'm gonna have one!  It has all the components of a "real" website like frame pages with scrolling bodies, a nested menu structure, feedback, guestbook, search & sitemap pages, photos, slide shows and embedded and downloadable video!

Friends & family can visit to see our latest photos and projects and sign the guestbook along the way!

Microsoft FrontPageThe HTML pages for the site are written with a kind of Word processor program called Microsoft FrontPage. This is a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) program that I found on my Cisco PC.  This saves almost any contact with HTML although I find that there are a few places where I have to touch it to make it do what I want.  All the pages in the site are divided into three frames with a fixed banner at the top, a fixed sidebar where I put the menus and a scrollable body, so each page is in fact four pages!  The menus in the sidebars are made from individual FrontPage Hover buttons that load the selected frame page in the whole page of the users browser, or just load a different sidebar page with a different menu into the sidebar frame of the current window.  This is the only way I have found of having a structure of menus where some sub menus don't need a full page.  I find this quite unbelievable, the FrontPage Navigation components just don't support this!  On October 14th 2004, this was changed so that all the pages use FrontPage navigation bars as described in the log below.Go Daddy!

The site is hosted by Go Daddy where I get a full gigabyte of server space for just $9.95 a month.  I started with 50 Megs at $3.95 a month, but that soon got used up with all the pictures!  They are so cheap yet it has been working fine and they are quick to answer any questions, so I can recommend them.

The site is tested with Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6.0.28 with a screen size of 1024 x 768.  I know that many users have largerMicrosoft Internet Explorer screens these days but I still prefer my 1024 X 768 laptop LCD and I don't have any easy way to test it with a larger setting!  If you have any comments or advice about this, please let me know.  I do have one screen that is 1280 X 720 but that's another story!  I have tried some of the pages with Netscape version 7.1 and have found a number of issues including having to manually install the Java Runtime to get the FrontPage hover buttons to work and the fact that Netscape doesn't know how to play a simple .avi video file without a load of trouble!  So I guess you get the picture!  I would be more inclined to look more at Netscape if their HTML Composer was half as good as FrontPage, but it's not.  If you find anything annoying about the way the site works or that you know how to fix, please let me know.

Thanks for looking! /Adrian..

Long Term Log

January 7, 2008

Hmm, I guess I should keep this log more up to date!  Well I will through 2008 as I am planning to have more time!  /Adrian..

December 28, 2005

Added Office Pictures 2002 & 2003
Added Office Pictures 2004 & 2005

December 12, 2005

Added Seleco SVT-180
Updated Technics SE-A3 page.

October 11, 2005

Added CB750F2N page.
Added Blue Ridge Mountains page

September 7, 2005

Updated Technics SE-A5 page.

August 9, 2005

Added Technics SL-P10 page

July 19, 2005

Added Honda CX650 Turbo page

April 03, 2005

Added St. Michaels page

March 03, 2005

Added body to eBay page

February 13, 2005

Added Sony CDP-101 page

February 9, 2005

Added Pollen page.

Updated Technics SE-A5 page.

February 5, 2005

Revamp the Home Page a bit to include graphical links to submenu pages.  After all the time I spent setting up the menu driven navigation structure in the sidebar frames, it seems as if people just don't use them and can't find stuff?

Updated Velleman K4000 page.

January 30, 2005

Added Technics SL-P1000 page.

Added 2 more rows of pictures to the bottom of the Winter page.

January 23, 2005

Added Technics SE-A3 page.

Added CD Changers page.

Added eBay page

December 30, 2004

Updated Technics SE-A5 page.

Added some notes to each page with an embedded .avi video about the time the videos take to load.

December 17, 2004

Added Pioneer DV-F07 page.

Added Pioneer DVL-919E page.

November 25, 2004

Added the Marantz AV-9000 page.

November 19, 2004

Added the Back Yard page.

Added some more pictures to the Bay Bridge page.

Added more pictures to the Neighbors page and the Addition page.

Added the body to the Bass Rev B page.

November 14, 2004

Added the body to the Bass page.

November 5, 2004

Added more pictures to the Neighbors page and the Addition page.

Added Velleman K4000 page.

October 29, 2004

Added Quad Speaker page.

October 25, 2004

Added JBL Speaker page.

October 20, 2004

Added Technics SE-A5 page.

Added Pier page.

Added more paintings to Susan's Art page.

Added more pictures to the Storms 2004 page.

October 14, 2004

Removed the sunburst effect FrontPage hover buttons and put back the navigation link bars this time using a simpler and thinner bar matching the colors of the site.  On some systems the hover buttons were not working because of Java issues and they were slow to load.  It also appeared that some people didn't even know they were buttons because the cursor did not change to a hand when the mouse was over them!  The problem with the navigation link bars is that they don't support target frames so now every menu option needs a whole page which I have also added, so there are now no longer independent submenus.

October 8, 2004

Added Camera page.

Added Luray Caverns page.

Added Search page.

Added Site Map page.

Made "Home Theatre" a submenu from the Home page.  More coming to that menu soon.

Added map and renamed Worldgate to Condo page. Also made "Worldgate" into a submenu from the Home page.  More coming to the "Worldgate" menu soon.

Added an oil painting to Susan's Art page.

Editorial updates to this About page.

Updated all frame body pages so that they will load the entire frame page if they are loaded on their own as a top page (onLoad="if (top == self) top.location='the_frame_page.htm'" within the body tag).

October 3, 2004

Added the body to the Projector page.

Added the body to the Train page.

Added video to the JetSki page.

Added video to the Goldwing page.

September 29, 2004

Added Storms 2003 page.

September 28, 2004

Updated Home Page with a Bugs Bunny PopUp guest book reminder just for fun!

Added Storms 2004 page.

Updated a couple of Sunsets on the Sunsets page.

September 26, 2004

Added Catfish page to the Neighbors section showing  Mac gutting a Catfish we caught in one of our crab pots.

September 25, 2004

Added videos from the Motor Party to the Neighbors Video page.

Added a help page about viewing the .avi files that opens as a Pop-Up from the Neighbors Video page.

Added video to Sunset page

September 24, 2004

Added the first 10 pictures to Susan's Art page.

Wrote some body in this About page.

Updated Home Page with a couple of extra pictures.

September 23, 2004

Added Display and Power Supply sections to the 8051 page.

September 22, 2004

Started this log!  The original site from July 2004 and what I added before starting the log, contained the following pages not all of which are finished at this point:

404 8051 About Addition
Art Bass Beach Party 2004 Beer
Boat Bay Bridge Feedback Fish 'N' Chips
Fish Tank Goldwing Guestbook Index (Home Page)
Internet Jaguar Jetski Motorhome
Neighbors Projector Sunsets Train
Tube Us Webcam Webcam Alarm
Webcam Broken Webcam Setup Winter Work
Worldgate      

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