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/NOTE: From the site's update on 5.6.2006 onwards, this particular site will not be updated anymore. To be honest, I made few additional modifications on 6.6., 7.6., 8.6., 9.6., and 16.6., further on 13.7., 23.7., 23.8., and 26.9. in 2006, and finally on 14.1. in 2007 (which was the absolutely last update), but that was all just fixing old errors and formatting, and no new content was added. Optionally see the last "events-entry" on page "events7.html" (it's a short related announcement), and the first entry on the "events8.html" page (it describes all this in great details), however, the second one is located only on "still-updated" site-variants. Anyway, this notice applies to: Bravenet, Freehost386, Geocities, and Greatnow free-hosts (and from 14.1.2007 this includes also Atspace free-host), so for the current variant with the fresh content, please head on to one of these two main sites: 50webs, Voljatel, which are, as mentioned, the only ones still being updated.


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And this is the absolutely last page, which is a sub-page of the "about.html" page. However, compare to the other one which is more or less about me (as a person/human), this one deals with things related directly and only to site and everything about it; for instance about the site's design, usability and SEO stuff (which is a sort of a passion of mine lately), reasons for making it in the first place, the history of important coding and general layout updates etc. Some of the text that is now located here, was moved from the the "intro.html" and "various.html" pages. While regarding the "pure CSS future" of my site, see the [ A note on my site becoming... ] paragraph below. Anyways, as the value of my old description meta tag said: "The site will probably deal with just about everything, i.e. with computing and non-computing things (planned for future), however, currenly it is mostly about the computing-related stuff", it indeed still deals almost exclusively with the computing-related stuff.


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IN GENERAL ABOUT MY SITE



OK, as first a bit on the site's name/title. The site was first titled "Tadej's homepage about the important computing stuff discovered so far in the world of computing" for a really long long time. Then I've first changed the title (for the first time ever) to "Tadej's homepage about the important computing stuff discovered so far" (i.e. as you can see, I only removed the "in the world of computing" part), then as second, I've changed the title to "Tadej's homepage about the important computing stuff" (i.e. as you can see, I only removed the "discovered so far" part), then to "Tadej's site: my important experiences with desktop computers" (which lasted only for few days), and finally to "Ivan's website: computing hints, principles, and rules" as it is now. Further, about the various variants of my site. So to finally begin with it: the reason for more than one variant of my site (which is about computing, see link below) is that the first site that I ever made (that was in year 2003) was hosted on my ISP's server (i.e. the space was given to me for free by my ISP), but since it has been displaying its own ads at that time (and therefore it "screwed" the W3C-valid syntax), I soon started to look for another free-host. Note however that all the images, scripts, various other "external" and "supports files" and so on, are all still hosted on this one (since it's the only one that supports "remote/hot linking"), so you can imagine that it's quite crucial to me to still use/maintain it. Therefore, I have created an additional "copy" of this original variant (mentioned in the sentence above) on my other also free dial-up ISP server's space, since I've just created an account one of those days. Then since I already had an account at Yahoo (its free e-mail service) I said to myself, well, if they already offer a free Geocities hosting to me, why not "take advantage" of it. Then also in the meantime, I've created a Bravenet account (I was hoping that it supports "remote/hot linking"), and put one copy there too. Then, a year or two later, I have found the Atspace free-host, which was recommended to me as a "better free-hosting" by my fellow member od Ars Technica forums (that was 2004 if I recall correctly), but I wasn't fully content neither with this one, namely Google Search (or rather Google AdSense search) just didn't want to work on it, then the W3C validator also didn't work for its pages etc.; by the way, I guessed back then that it was (and still is) some specific host-related problem, while one other sign of this problem was/is that I couldn't/cannot connect to it through proxy server. And so I've finally registered an account also at 50webs free-host (in year 2005), which is finally an almost perfect free-hosting solution, and I've found 50webs free-host, which now hosts my main variant. And in the end with all these variants of the same site I thought, why to delete the old variants, because (as I also wrote on my website): if I for instance unexpectedly die in the near future or something else happens to me (I loose the access to Internet, or lose my hard-disk with all the documents needed for maintaining the site etc.), this way with more than one site-variant, there is a bigger chance that my sites will be hosted longer (and more people will see them), since it's quite possible that the half of these free-hosts will go off-line in the next 5-10 or so years, and also I've used many of these links as signatures on forum posts and blogs comments. But also note that I've stopped to update with new content all those previous variants (i.e. my second free ISP's, Geocities, Bravenet etc.) on 5.6.2006, and additionally I didn't even implement AdSense code/ads on them, i.e. they are just "left" on-line as they are., and Google bots mostly index only the two with AdSense implemented, i.e. as mentioned Volja and 50webs. Finally also note that I didn't know about SEO-rules, about various gebneral website/webmaster guidelines (and also web standards etc.) back then.


And as second, regarding my site's visitors. I can now monitor various interesting things with the help of an account at StatCounter: http://www.statcounter.com, http://my.statcounter.com (for details see the "events7.html" page, the "2.4.2006" entry), although Bravenet counters also offers some such info, this one is really more thorough. For example, here is a list of various statistics that it displays: Popular Pages, Entry Pages, Exit Pages, Came From, Keyword Analysis, Recent Keyword Activity, Recent Came From, Search Engine Wars, Visitor Paths, Visit Length, Returning Visits, Recent Pageload Activity, Recent Visitor Activity, Country/State/City/ISP, Browser, System Stats, Lookup IP Address. Particularly the "Visitor Paths" is totally awesome, i.e. with it, I can now see from where my visitors come from. So here is a list of countries of visitors that have visited my Voljatel site-variant so far (the list is frequently updated): Algeria, Argentina, Armenia, Australia (many cities), Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada (many cities), Chile, China (many cities/states), Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mauritius, Mexico, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Republic Of Korea, Romania, Russian Federation, Senegal, Serbia and Montenegro, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia (many cities), South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom (many cities), United States (many cities/states), Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zimbabwe; of course, I will add them also in future when I discover new ones. Also note that this were only first pages out of three, so there were obviously many many other visitor on my home-page from various other countries and cities all over the world. Additionally, most likely I already missed many of them (or rather for sure), since I don't check the stats as often as I think I should.


And one more thing: I am planning to create a separate page that will deal exclusively with the SEO-stuff, but also with various ways of optimizing the site's source-code, i.e. I am talking about optimization like minimizing the number of HTTP requests, removing any empty spaces and orphaned tags and so on. But for now, I need to refer you all to these two amazing sites with various design-principles and similar. Although note that my site was made on the similar basis even before I discovered these pages. As first the page with various rules on the Wilsonmar site: http://www.wilsonmar.com, particularly those on the "1rules.htm" page: http://www.wilsonmar.com/1rules.htm, then Jakob Nielsen's "Useit" site: http://www.useit.com; I especially recommend visiting the page containing the "Ten Good Deeds in Web Design (Alertbox Oct. 1999)" article: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/991003.html, and finally on the same "Useit" site the page with "Top Ten Mistakes Revisited (Alertbox May 1999)" article: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/990502.html. However, note that beside the rule that states that: "the single/separate document must not be above 100 KBs in-size, because of the way search-engines cache web- pages", the most important design-related rule would probaly be that: "if you don't know why you're putting *something* somewhere (for instance placing a button or a drop-down-box etc. to some position in particular), then you are most likely making a big mistake". Further, a web-site optimization articles; as first there is yet another Jakob Nielsen's article titled "F-Shaped Pattern For Reading Web Content" on how visitors actually read pages: http://www.useit.com/alertbox/reading_pattern.html (Alertbox, Apr. 2006), then there is a SEO-related article on the "SiteProNews" site titled "The A to Z Guide to Getting Website Traffic": http://www.sitepronews.com/archives/2006/apr/12.html (part 1), http://www.sitepronews.com/index774a.html (part 2), further, there are three MDC articles "Tips for Authoring Fast-loading HTML Pages": http://developer.mozilla.org/en/docs/Tips_for_Authoring_Fast-loading_HTML_Pages, "Evaluating Website Accessibility Part 1, Background and Preparation": http://developer.mozilla.org/webwatch/?p=173, http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200603/evaluating_website_accessibility_part_1_background_and_preparation, "Evaluating Website Accessibility Part 2, Basic Checkpoints": http://developer.mozilla.org/webwatch/?p=179, http://www.456bereastreet.com/archive/200603/evaluating_website_accessibility_part_2_basic_checkpoints, and then finally an "Extreme XHTML optimization - optimize xhtml code for fast download speed small page size - Chapter 5": http://www.websiteoptimization.com/speed/5 article at Websiteoptimization and a "Speed Up Your Site" article: http://www.sitepoint.com/article/web-design-speed-up-site at Site Point site. Oh and yes, for me the HTML language and the whole web-browsing and site hosting principle etc. are in my opinion definitely the best Internet-related API(s) ever invented. Including my enthusiasm about client vs. server communication concept, IP addresses principle (DNS stuff), other protocols and standards etc.





UNSORTED BUT RELATED STUFF



Lately I discovered with the Wayback Machine: http://web.archive.org/web that some of the old states of my home site are actually "captured" on the Internet Archive: http://archive.org. So as first a link to a capture of my first and out-dated http://www.freewebs.com/satyrhosts/index.html site's variant: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.freewebs.com/satyrhosts/index.html, and a link to Oct 16, 2004 version: http://web.archive.org/web/20041016062642/http://www.freewebs.com/satyrhosts/index.html, then a link to an index of the http://shirker.freehost386.com/index.html variant's site "index.html" page archives: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://shirker.freehost386.com/index.html, and a link to the Mar 10, 2005 version: http://web.archive.org/web/20050310173605/http://shirker.freehost386.com/index.html, then a link to a lists of archives of the http://www.satyrhosts2.greatnow.com/index.html site's variant "index.html" page: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.satyrhosts2.greatnow.com/index.html, and a link to the Apr 29, 2004 version: http://web.archive.org/web/20040429055126/http://satyrhosts2.greatnow.com/index.html, Jun 17, 2004 version: http://web.archive.org/web/20040617225406/http://satyrhosts2.greatnow.com/index.html, Oct 10, 2004 version: http://web.archive.org/web/20041010172747/http://satyrhosts2.greatnow.com/index.html, Feb 07, 2005 version: http://web.archive.org/web/20050207112007/http://www.satyrhosts2.greatnow.com/index.html, and Mar 08, 2005 version: http://web.archive.org/web/20050308003235/http://www.satyrhosts2.greatnow.com/index.html. And finally, there is a capture of http://users.volja.net/tayiper/index.html site's variant: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://users.volja.net/tayiper/index.html; an Nov 16, 2004: http://web.archive.org/web/20041116130706/http://users.volja.net/tayiper/index.html and Dec 23, 2004: http://web.archive.org/web/20041223190831/http://users.volja.net/tayiper/index.html versions. And finally unsorted links to various "Volja" site-variant's pages: http://web.archive.org/web/20041116130722/users.volja.net/tayiper/security.html, http://web.archive.org/web/20041116130638/users.volja.net/tayiper/tips-n1.html, http://web.archive.org/web/20041116130710/users.volja.net/tayiper/tips-n2.html, http://web.archive.org/web/20041116130650/users.volja.net/tayiper/theend.html.


/UPDATE: Well well, I know for a long time that my home-site is listed on the The Missions Network site: http://network.readyresponse.org, particularly under the "affiliates" section: http://network.readyresponse.org/index.php?item=affiliates, on the LangaList newsletter site: http://www.langa.com, on in fact two separate "Readersites" pages: site: http://www.langa.com/readersites8.htm (events.html), site: http://www.langa.com/readersites15.htm (main-link), and on few other site too of course (for instance, recently it was added to XFN Relationship Lookup Engine: http://www.rubhub.com; the "50webs" variant, see here: http://www.rubhub.com/main/site/?115697), I had no idea that it is listed or at least mentioned on so many other sites; and naturally I don't count those ones, on which I posted a comment (which usually contain a link to my home-site in a signature), further I don't count my friends' sites, forums where I frequent and so on. So yesterday when I was browsing the Internet (this was on 12.4.2006), I got to this results-page on "MSN Search": http://search.msn.com/results.aspx?q=Tadej%27s+homepage&FORM=QBHP (I searched for "Tadej's homepage"), and so I discovered that a link to my site was added to links.htm page: http://www.mdgx.com/links.htm of AXCEL216/MDGx's Windows tricks and secrets related home-site: http://www.mdgx.com (see it also being mentioned on the "tweaks.html" page), and further I looked, more references I found. Next are http://www.furl.net/item.jsp?id=342849, http://www.furl.net/furled.jsp?topic=temp.computing and many others bookmarked to "Furl" online social-bookmarking service (see various.html page), and http://disable-all-startup.mspyes.info, xp-bootini-free.shieldpc.info and various others .info root-domains; I remember visiting some of these already few months back, but strangely when googling the last time (when I collected all these links), I just couldn't find them anymore. Further two references to my site at "Shadows" bookmarking service http://www.shadows.com/tags/command%20tools (an 11th entry), http://www.shadows.com/tags/command?pagenumberCommunitySearch=3, http://www.shadows.com/tags/line?pagenumberCommunitySearch=5 (an entry added by user http://www.shadows.com/users/tagcrawler, tagged as "vmware", "tools", "line", and "command"), then are http://edey.org/spider.php?url=http://www.bmv-design.com and http://edey.org/spider?url=http://www.superklik.com, then http://surffine.com/srfn/bastet-software.htm, which lists references to "Bastet software" (see "cmdline.html" and "software.html" pages), http://www.kwickmarketing.com/directory/Computers_and_Internet/?p=6, then http://www.favoritespage.com/johnnyb/?01698, http://www.mijneigenfavorieten.nl/b/beheerv03/showindexnwzip.cgi?srv=favpcom&u=johnnyb&s= (some Johnny guy's online bookmarks), and finally http://www.showyouwhere.com/search?hl=en&lr=&q=related:web.archive.org/web/www.cuteseller.com (archived version), and http://www.nationmaster.com/encyclopedia/List-of-computing-and-IT-abbreviations (already linked on the "terms.html" page)





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A note on my site becoming "purely" CSS-based



Similarly, I wrote back then in the "30.5.2005" entry on the "events2.html" page (see the linked threads below), that I am planning to make my home-site completely CSS-based (that separates the content from behavior/presentation), i.e. I will use rather an external .css file instead of "inline" and "internal" styling. But I had quite a few problems with the syntax, so I started "inspecting" various other CSS-based sites and noticed that the Sysinternals site has too this very same problem as I had. However, some of these purely CSS-based sites (the ones with both, a Header and a Footer), are just written in a way, that the boxes go nicely one beneath another nomather how far the window is shrinked horizontally. Also, as far as I understand all this, the Header, Content and Footer boxes should be positioned statically and the Left and Right boxes absolutely, however, this only works if the Content div is taller than the Left and Right divs.

Later, I opened few more related topics Ars Technica forums, particularly the A beginner's question on CSS (long links and huge text jut out of the boxes)Ars Technica 12 x 12 pixels icon http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/ubb.x?a=tpc&s=50009562&f=6330927813&m=527003753731&r=318009704731 and Last few problems with making my homesite completely CSS-based, please HELPArs Technica 12 x 12 pixels icon http://episteme.arstechnica.com/eve/ubb.x?a=tpc&s=50009562&f=6330927813&m=468009704731&r=468009704731 threads (I posted both also on other forums beside Ars Technica, for instance on CastleCops, Winforums and Techiwarehouse forums); I really recommend you to visit this page, for you to understand the problem at all.

The first problem:

The original template that I used to "merge" my site with it: http://urlgreyhot.com/files/css/css-3col-1.html

Here are my examples where "links being jut-out" problem is clearly visible: http://users.volja.net/tayiper/css-example-1.html, http://users.volja.net/tayiper/css-example-2.html (and for the comparison with the latter one), http://users.volja.net/tayiper/css-example-3.html

The second problem:

The template used for "merging" same as above (on my FTP): http://users.volja.net/tayiper/3c-hd-ft-flex.htm

Here are my examples, where some sort of "layering" problem is clearly visible: http://users.volja.net/tayiper/index-example-1.html, http://users.volja.net/tayiper/index-example-2.html (and for the comparison with the latter one), http://users.volja.net/tayiper/index-example-3.html

Here are the links to the "CSS layout" files that I used with the examples above: http://users.volja.net/tayiper/layout-example-1.css, http://users.volja.net/tayiper/layout-example-2.css, http://users.volja.net/tayiper/layout-example-3.css

/UPDATE: Well, from the 28 of May 2006 on, I started using an "external" way of styling with CSS compare to "internal" CSS-styling (and a bit of "inline" too) that I've used so far; here is a link to the "root.css" file: http://users.volja.net/tayiper/root.css that I am now using on all the site's pages. But I rather recommend you to see the "events7.html" page, the "28.3.2006" entry for more details on this.


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