It would appear that the site was begun in the beginning of December 2002. In the end of December 2003, the site may have been made public. Sometime in the end of March or the beginning of April 2004 I divided my quotes up and moved them to "quotes/". Around the 15th of April, 2004, I deleted much of the site. I was trying to remove a bad symbolic link whose name began with a "?", so I typed "rm ?*". Unfortunately, ? is a shell wildcard character, so I deleted all the files in my public_html folder. I spent the next few days trying to find the pages in my Linux and Windows caches, and reformatting my netscape mirror (dating from December-ish). On April 19th, 2004, I wrote this page to replace my old "me" page. At nearly midnight, Tuesday, April 20, 2004, I recopied my website and made it live.
Newly created site history is now being moved over to news so you might to go there. That is also the location of my blog.
This site is usually valid HTML Strict 4.01, except in a few cases
- Links - HTML Transitional to allow for the start attribute
- Server generated index pages
- Pages brought over from ealex292 or mirrors
This site has depended on several others. Andrew for helping me to find backgrounds, and telling me to include DOCTYPE definitions and to start syntax checking my pages. It was probably Reid who first got me interested in writing some CGI scripts (which are still being worked on). I also thank squidfingers for their repository of backgrounds which I was using for a long time. The various books I've read are also helpful. I've used HTMLHelp.com a lot, and what would the web be without the W3C and their validator A growing part of the styling comes from the Paly website.
I name my machine after the UNESCO World Heritage Center's list of world heritage sites. The original idea came from my dad, and it seemed like a fine approach so I copied him. Here's the list of names that I've used:
- Angkor — First server
- Borobudur (Temple Compounds) — Xen host machine (in CA)
- (Maya Site of) Copan — web/mail/etc. server (VM on borobudur)
- (Old City of) Dubrovnik — first laptop (HP, c. 2006)
- Ephesus (also Wikipedia) — Temporary laptop
- Ferto — External hard drive, attached to Dubrovnik's hardware
- Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd — Ubuntu desktop VM (never really functional, not used)
- Quebrada of Humahuaca — Windows install on my laptop (2nd gen)
- Ilulissat (basically a massive glacier) — Linux install on my laptop (2nd gen)
- Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubes — Windows VM on my laptop
- Kronborg Castle (aka Elsinore, from Hamlet) — 2009 laptop
- Lushan National Park — KVM host machine (in MA)
- Masada — Kerberos KDC (VM on lushan) (UNESCO describes Masada as a "rugged natural fortress", which seemed appropriate for a KDC)
- Historic Monuments of Novgorod and Surroundings — shell server (VM on lushan)
- Historic Centre of the Town of Olinda — web/mail/etc. server (VM on lushan)
- City of Potosí — development server for sipb-noc/sipb-nagios (VM on lushan)
- Collegiate Church, Castle and Old Town of Quedlinburg — Windows Phone 7 phone
- (Pre-Hispanic Town of) Uxmal
I've also used or considered using heritage sites for other purposes:
Pictures & Backgrounds
- Snowman (future)
- Christmas tree
- Abraham Lincoln (background is lighter, and has less contrast
- Blue flower (again, several modifications have been made)
Searching for me
- "Paly login"
- Morrowind map java resources (seems to have dropped)
- "catch 22 quotes" --- it seemed to have dropped, but as of December 23, 2005 it was back to the first page of results
- other, more sensible stuff...
- "catch 22 quotes" (as of September 5, 2005, my Catch 22 quotes page was the first hit, with my general humor page as the second)