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ZER
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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2007 14:29      Profile for ZER   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hi, I am from Kansas City MO, have a computer called
"The Beast" and host my website on it.
I currently have 101 GB of hard drive space total (including my PDA). I do pixel art, web design, tech support, photography (although i only am actively using 2 or 3 of my skills). I also play Armagetron Advanced online a lot if anyone else here plays it.

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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2007 14:32      Profile for Ashitaka     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I used to play the orginal armegedtron. Never online though. Just some home network stuff. It rocked.

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Icon 10 posted February 11, 2007 14:37      Profile for Richard Wolf VI   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Welcome to the Geek Culture, where normal things don't happen very often. [Wink]
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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2007 14:40      Profile for stevenback7   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Welcome to the forums

nice little bit of gloating on your website.

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ZER
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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2007 14:47      Profile for ZER   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I might do some sprites for AY2K if i get bored, I am good with small icons and sprites.
The way Nitrozac drew AY2K with a tablet really makes it easy to turn it into a sprite.

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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2007 16:56      Profile for WinterSolstice     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Coolness! I also was a homeschooler, though that was ages ago now.

Welcome to the forum. Lots of fun to be had here, lots of geeks of all ages and skill levels in their various disciplines.

So... what's the problem with XHTML being based on XML? What would you prefer to use?

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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2007 17:00      Profile for Just_Jess_B   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Welcome to GC.

I was a homeschooling mother for three years -- while ours didn't turn out (my student wanted out this year), I'm glad it's working for you.

Hope to see you on; bounce around the board and have fun. :-)

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ZER
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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2007 18:02      Profile for ZER   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I just learned html then found out that to use xhtml i would need to learn xml which i dont want to learn at the moment. I barely know html and xml is just not something i want to learn right now. I will when i have the time.
[Eek!] I got quite a few hits on my website today.
I just got it setup a few days ago.

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I kinda worry when 101 GB of hard drive space is a braggable quantity ...

And I don't think plain old HTML will become obsolete for a long time yet, even if simply due to the collossal amount of legacy sites that need to be supported.

Contrary to what the W3C say, I don't think HTML creates any problems for parsers. What causes problems for parsers are all the tag soup pages out there, full of incomprehensible stupidity, that people expect to be fully supported regardless.

It's bad enough looking at FrontPage code -- perfectly valid HTML, but with so many extraneous tags and so much abuse of non-breaking spaces that you can't believe that the HTML and the rendered page are in any way related. Trying to alter the text by finding it in the code makes you long for the simplicity of finding sharp metal objects in the nearest large pile of hay ... (Yes, I've just take over being webmaster of a site that has all FrontPage code)

I don't think XHTML is anything to worry about. Concern yourself with extensive use of CSS and accessible HTML practices, and keeping all the code as readable and well laid out as possible (good use of whitespace). Make sure you validate the code.

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ZER
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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2007 19:02      Profile for ZER   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Webdesign is one thing that unless you do a really bad job or a extremely good job, people really don't
notice you. I recently took over a website made with Godaddy's Website Tonight software, it was ugly.
I think i could do a better looking website in Notepad. I was just learning HTML cause i knew i would need it someday, and within a week I was a webmaster.

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There's a common, semi-humorous but still very serious comment made about programming that you need to make your code readable for if you get hit by a bus.

It's something that's said light-heartedly but right now, I really am working on a site that was run by a friend who died. These things do really happen. And being a FrontPage user, I really cannot read the code. On the live site, I'm still working on the nasty HTML, but I've taken a copy and stripped out all the HTML with copious use of regular expressions and the delete key. Now I need to put all the HTML back in again, but in a way that makes sense. No font tags this time, no nbsps, and without having one table per item (not one row, one whole table ... not sure if it's a mistake, or just a workaround for browsers with no progressive table rendering?)

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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2007 21:04      Profile for maximile   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I love Armagetron Advanced!

I really think it's one of the best team-based games online. No other game rewards you as much for good team work, and no other game lets you mess things up as badly for your team either. It's really cool.

I stopped playing when I got this new computer, because the PPC version wouldn't run well on it. But I know the UB has been out for *ages* now, so I should get back into it.

And can we see some of your pixel art please?

And hello.

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ZER
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Icon 11 posted February 11, 2007 21:30      Profile for ZER   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Wow, I thought i was the only one on this forum that played it! What server do you play on? I play mostly Wild West Capture The Flag, but i also play at The Dip Bowl a lot. You might even have played me before, I used to be called Belac then ZERbot and now -|TSC|- ZER.
I will upload some of my pixel art in the morning,
lately I have been doing a lot of emoticons for a friends forum (a forum for his new armagetron clan). I also am almost done on some sprites for The Geek from AY2K. That gives me a idea, After Y2K Fan Edtion!

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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2007 21:45      Profile for WinterSolstice     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
There's some really great software out there for making decent looking pages that aren't complete crap.

On Windows, I'd primarily recommend 1st Page. Nice editor, produces pretty clean code.

On Mac there's BBEdit. This one costs a bit, but not too much. Good for other stuff, too. I like iWeb too, but that's just because it's really easy for end users. It's pretty bad on the source side.

HTML vs. XHTML is kinda pointless - really it's mostly about remembering to close your HTML tags and not doing anything Frontpage would do [Wink]

I'd say the most worthwhile thing to learn after HTML is CSS. That will make the most difference in the long run, and it's really pretty simple. It also avoids most of the problems uilleann was mentioning there.

Here's a beautiful example of CSS at work. The CSS Zen Garden really gives you a nice look at the flexibility of CSS.

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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2007 22:22      Profile for maximile   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
BBEdit?? Why would you use BBEdit over TextMate? Apart from a feeling of nostalgia... [Wink]

Seriously, though, if you're a Mac user you *have* to try TextMate. (I assume you haven't, because if you had you'd be recommending it. [Wink] )

Edit: Oh, and I used to play on Crazy Tronners' Wild Fortress, but I just had a look and it seemed empty, and it used to be full all the time, so maybe it's not as popular. I popped my head in Wild West CTF, but you weren't there.

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ZER
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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2007 22:35      Profile for ZER   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thank's but I already have a good web design program, Nvu and Mozilla Composer. Nvu is pretty good, its my main tool. When I just need to make a small change I use Notepad. Nvu is like FrontPage except it's not crap.

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Icon 1 posted February 11, 2007 22:47      Profile for WinterSolstice     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by maximile:
Seriously, though, if you're a Mac user you *have* to try TextMate. (I assume you haven't, because if you had you'd be recommending it. [Wink] ) [/QB]

Actually, I LIVE in textmate [Big Grin] I code a ton, and it keeps me sane. Not so good for a n00b web programmer, though.

Yeah for Windows definitely check 1st page. Trust me

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Icon 1 posted February 12, 2007 04:09      Profile for Stibbons   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by ZER:
When I just need to make a small change I use Notepad.

I'm amazed no-one has suggested Notepad2 yet. I use that for just about everything when I'm forced onto a Windows machine (and it sits happily on my pendrive too)
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Hi Zer, Sorry I'm late but welcome.
I checked out your art. I really like it. [thumbsup] Pretty, and I like your use of color.

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quote:
Originally posted by uilleann:
(Yes, I've just take over being webmaster of a site that has all FrontPage code)

I hate FrontPage with a passion, I sold Dreamweaver for $400 this weekend to a customer, and they even tipped me $10 bucks.

They wanted to use FrontPage, I was like that site will be horrendous, and I know from experience.

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I do all my coding in vim, thank you very much. [Smile]

Seriously kids, don't edit in Notepad. You may think you're very 'l33t' or 'hard core,' but it really doesn't contribute to editable code. I inherited a code base of PHP (*cries*) written in Notepad. It's terrible code, and while the quality has more to do with the author, the layout of it wasn't helped at all by the tool*. Coding without syntax highlighting these days is really silly, as it's a serious advantage in preventing stupid errors. The CSS that accompanied this code is *atrocious* and there are some errors that could have been very easily been caught with a good editor.

*It's trivial to change indent levels in vim, it's nigh impossible in Notepad.

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quote:
Originally posted by ZER:
Hi, I am from Kansas City MO, have a computer called
"The Beast" and host my website on it.

Hi, Zer! Welcome to GC (a little belated, since you signed on in February). Hope to see you posting lots!

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