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Every once in a while I get a kind suggestion, by a well meaning soul, as to how I might "Update" or "Modernize" my Web Site.

Sometimes it is from an Old Hand at web design. One good gentleman, who had quite a pedigree, suggested I make the fonts (words) bigger because it was hard for him to read the words on the site. When I asked him what resolution he had his monitor set at he said his 21 inch monitor (Quite big for the time) was set at something like 2560x1600. The cure? Cut down the ridiculous size of your screen resolution.

I usually set my pages for around 850-900 pixels in width and Font 4 in size because the majority of monitors will read the page well at this resolution and letter size. I use the Tahoma font as everyone says this font is easiest to read on a computer. As monitors get bigger this may change.

Several college students, majoring in web design, have kindly offered to "Update" the site to a more modern look. The offers are generous and sincerely meant to help, so I always go and look at the more modern examples they give of their work. Slow loading, lots of Adobe Flash. Strange, to say the least, site navigation. Like this " " symbol called, believe it or not, a Hamburger Button.

You just can't make this stuff up.

Need I go on? I'm sure they are getting A's in state of the art, cutting edge, Web Design. However, the people trying to fix up an old bike to ride, so they can save money or give their kids a fun ride, can't afford new, cutting edge, computer equipment every year.

Consider something else. I just read an article that said there are still 10 million people in the USA on dial-up. Not everyone has super fast T1 Internet Connection. I have Satellite Internet which is a lot faster then Dial-up but some of these fancy pages are still agonizingly slow to load.

I don't worry as much as I used to about how big the page, in Kilobytes, is. Back when I was on Dial-up I held the pages to 50 KB or so but that means no or very small pictures. I don't worry about that anymore because everyone has a lot faster connection to the Internet now-a-adays. This page is about 700 KB. The size of this page without the pictures is about 8 KB.

Supposedly, depending on who you talk to, the average internet speed, in 2015, worldwide, is 24.3 Mbps. If my pages load OK on my computer I figure I am good to go. My current download speed is about 3.24 Mbps which is not all that fast. Seems fast to me after using Dial-up. However, the size of a web page does need to be considered.

The offers are still well meaning but I politely turn them down.

I code everything I put up in NotePad. I test in Pale Moon, Firefox, Internet Explorer and sometimes Opera and Chrome. I look at some of these "Modern" web sites filled with ads up and down the sides and across the top... Yuck! I understand the desire to get Revenue from your site and all, but really, things have gotten out of hand.

Most of these sites are made with an HTML coding program of some kind. They add a lot of excess code that is basically useless. These programs are not for me. I think they limit you under the guise of making things easier but, perhaps, that is just me.

I immensely like the way my site looks and feels. It is FREE. Lots of good, reliable, easy to get information. Easy on the eyes, easy to navigate and even a few bells and whistles thrown in to boot. If I am the only person in the world who likes it, well, I can live with that. Did I mention it is FREE?

If you have a suggestion you can still E-mail me and I will read and consider it. I really will. I am not just saying that. I will read and consider it. Please just remember. Today does not look real good for me changing anything. Tomorrow doesn't look good either.

Now for all you readers who just have to have a State-of-the-Art web experience you can do this. Go find a dog, it does not have to be Pure-Breed, and get a small piece of dog excitement. Use a nitrile glove and just smear a line of poop across the top of your screen and the sides. There you go. My site will now look like all the Up-to-Date, Modern, Cutting-Edge, College approved sites out there. Not only that, you now have what all the State-of-the-Art people want most... Smell-a-Vision!


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