Blogger Still Sucks

closePlease note: This post was published over a year ago, so please be aware that its content may not be quite so accurate anymore. Also, the format of the site has changed since it was published, so please excuse any formatting issues.

Well, Blogger is still being stupid and won’t let me update my blog to try and fix the errors on this page. Which is sad. However, I do have a working version of A Life Less Ordinary available for viewing. It’s at geocities right now, which sucks, but it’s free and it’s right now, so that’s good. Hopefully I’ll get a new URL and a big server so I can upload tons of great pictures. I’m glad I’ve got the format fleshed out because that will make it easier for me to input new images. On the downside, the page isn’t for everyone. It’s best to view the page using MSIE v5.5 at 1024×768 or higher resolution. A fast connection speed is also advisable due to the amount of content.

A lot of people get upset when they can’t browse a page because they are using out-dated technology. Hi! Welcome to the 21st century! Over 50% of Internet surfers use Microsoft Internet Explorer and, guess what folks, =IT’S FREE=. That’s right, you can stay up to date for free. Shockwave, Flash? Free. Media players like MS Media Player and RealPlayer? Free. Money-hungry suits might be running the Internet, but there are iChe’s everywhere working to make the Internet a more user-friendly environment (in case you didn’t catch the reference, by iChe I meant Internet Che, as in Che Guevara). Granted, it does cost more money for a high-speed Internet connection than some people are willing to shell out, but with decent computers being sold at unheard of prices (unheard of in that they’re such good prices) and the availability of free and inexpensive access to software (and sometimes more hardware), there’s no reason why you can’t indulge your wetware with Broadband. I feel that my main page, the Heart of Darkness2, should be viewable by the greatest amount of people possible (meaning, no Shockwave, Flash, or other media that requires special software, plug-ins, and download time, decent file sizes so that people on dial-ups can see pages and images without waiting forever, and cross browser/platform/resolution abilities (works in most popular browsers (if not all of them), is viewable on PC, Mac, Linux, et cetera, and you can have a screen resolution of as low as 800×600 and the primary content will still be clearly visible)). That’s all fine and good for my main page, because it’s my about me page. It’s the page I refer the most people to. It’s the page I give out to potential employers (which might not be such a good idea, but if they read anything they don’t like, at least they think they’re smarter for ‘seeing a potential problem’ ahead of time). I do not, however, feel that the same rules apply for other pages of mine.

For example, A Life Less Ordinary. This page was made for me, by me. It was made to cater to my tastes, my browser, my platform, and my resolution. If you can’t see something or are waiting forever for content to D/L or your resolution is too low (thankfully, more and more people are realizing that higher resolution = better and are switching to 1024×768), then tough. I have a splash page that tells you the minimum requirements. If you can’t handle it, then go somewhere else. ALLO doesn’t need traffic from the average netizen. ALLO, to be frank, doesn’t need traffic from anyone but me. Just like no one really cares what I have to say here, it’s more like an online diary for me to collect, organize, and record my thoughts. If I refer anyone to ALLO, it’s because I want them to see what’s there, or expect them to be up to par on their system settings. I haven’t cross-tested ALLO at all. Partly because it isn’t finished, but party because I don’t care. Will in work in Netscape, Opera, or Mosaic? I don’t know. If you happen to find out, let me know. Even if things show up, they might not be displayed properly. I use JScript, CSS, and other such things on my page that older browsers might not be able to handle. My advice is to update.

You think it’s cool to have a browser that no one’s every heard and see which pages display properly? Be my guest. But I warn you, all of you, that the Internet was not made for you. It was not made for you, me, Bill Gates, the President (or Al Gore), or anyone else. It wasn’t made for anyone; it was made for everyone. It used to be that the only way to gain access to a supercomputer was to get security clearance, or hack it (the latter being, of course, much more fun and interesting). These days, people connect to giga- and tera-class computers on a multiple daily basis and they don’t even realize it. Talk about dumbing-down!

Speaking of dumbing-down, I think the Internet has helped society reach a new low. Now any jerk-off with his thumb up his butt can surf the Internet and screw with people’s heads for free. My generation (and the one after mine) is lazier, stupider, and ruder than any generation ever has been (on record). We’re also far more tech savvy and live in infinitely better conditions than any generation before us (although, I suppose that might be a case by case basis as well as a point of view issue). One of the problems that I’ve noticed with extended Internet access is that all the stupid people (who usually have nothing better to do) are getting online and talking to one another. More and more stupid people use the Internet every day and make it harder for the smart (or at least benign) people to find one another. You may be a stupid person and not even realize that you’re plaguing the rest of us! We’ve realized the dreams of old men, made some new ones, and let in many nightmares along the way. But in the Internet, as in life, you have to take the good with the bad. It’s up to you to sort through the weeds if you want the wheat (that was a metaphor, kids. Can you say metaphor?).

Still can’t find high-speed access? Most libraries connect at around T1 (my dad’s is out in the boonies and they’re got a T1 =and= an air bridge. Fancy stuff) and offer free Internet access. Or at least really, really cheap Internet access. And what about cyber cafes? There are tons of them and they’ve got high-speed connections at (usually) decent prices. So what am I =really= trying to say? I guess I’m trying to tell all those people who think the Internet should be able to be viewed by everyone to shove it. It makes a =HELL= of a lot more work for the designers and programmers. Think of the Internet as an annex to the real world. It’s full of interesting (and often stupid) people, it’s a multi-sensory experience, it’s instantaneous, it’s 24/7, and not everyone is going to have access to everything. There are still crimes, there are still laws, and there are still all the pitfalls that make real life perilous. But remember, sticks and stones may break your bones, but the Internet is just a constant stream of ones and zeros. Until next time, heed this advice: when chilling in the cyber-world, keep it real. Peace out.

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