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But does it get you off the junk fax lists?
posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, June 07, 2007 at 3:51 PM (Pacific)

junkfax.org

I'm game to try it.

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Dumping old computer blog posts here
posted by TheBroadroom.Net, Monday, May 28, 2007 at 9:29 AM (Pacific)

I've decided to dump the posts from the old computer blog here. The blog itself got deleted a long time ago, back when I was a moron and deleted it (the tech stuff usually gets experimented with first). Hence, the posts have been sitting on static HTML pages all this time. It's not worth doing anything with the pages (they're in the old site format) and some date back to 2002 and are basically worthless anyway, so...

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Site update
posted by TheBroadroom.Net, Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at 10:51 PM (Pacific)

So...I'm sitting here, working on updating the blogger templates. The problem is not the blogs of course. The problem is that half the site is still on HTML pages, before I moved everything to blogs...and the HTML pages are out of date. They were produced before I got Dreamweaver, so they don't even have the "new" site template on them.

I can admit it's been a long time since I've done anything with this site, beyond the few sections I contribute to regularly. I suppose what's motivating me now can be summed in a single word: PageRank.

I know, I know, I shouldn't give a crap about PageRank--since, currently anyway, it isn't putting much moola into my pocket--but I happened to come across some people who use the Google Toolbar, and therefore view the PageRank of every Web page they visit, and it finally occurred to me that this site actually has a decent PageRank.

So, first the easy stuff...fix up the blogs. I'm halfway finished with that, it's more nip and tuck than any real work.

What I'm thinking of doing is simply grabbing the content of those old HTML pages, estimating the dates (some, if not most, are just going to have the quarter as the date), and shoving it all into...the blogs.

It's not worth converting HTML pages to new, Dreamweaver'd HTML pages. (It would be more than just slapping the template on.) It would be worth it to shlep the content onto the blogs. It's good content.

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And so the site transfer goes on...
posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, October 05, 2006 at 9:25 PM (Pacific)

...and on, and on...

I've already decided that this version of TheBroadroom.Net...the one that appears on this server...is going to be better than the last. There's no point in transferring a four-year-old site that's still getting new content dumped into it, unless you make the new version better.

For historical purposes, I've worked on this site on three computers: a Windows 95 custom built one, a Windows 98 HP (before HP went to crap), and a Windows XP one. Hence you are talking about Java applet class files, honkin' old HTML files, a few random Flash movies, several scripts on a database, yadda yadda...culled from three different computers...all having to fit into the new site.

Everything is going to the new site template. I don't care how long it takes me to convert it. In fact...I'll guess the only reason you're reading this is because you have a site yourself...it's my sincere advice that you shouldn't care.

Everything on the Net now is boiling down to the lowest common denominator. It's a bit harder to control the Net than, say, television or radio or anything else that's already been suctioned by the tentacles of capitalism-for-the-sake-of-capitalism, if only because the Net is still dependent on GEEKS to survive. Someone has to write the code. Someone has to make the miracles happen.

Hence, it is the responsibility of the REAL geeks to keep on coding. Hence, the new site will always be better than the last.

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Site overhaul
posted by TheBroadroom.Net, Wednesday, July 26, 2006 at 7:53 PM (Pacific)

As you can see, we're redoing the entire site. Again. This is probably the fourth incarnation of TheBroadroom.Net. It started out four years ago as a frameset, then went to a handmade Javascript menu, then a vertical CodeThat.com menu, now it is...a horizontal CodeThat.com menu. The wallpaper may be changed to something else later on, I just saw it on a CRT and it looks, well, atrocious, but I can't change it until all of the non-archived pages have been converted to the new style.

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