About

About Me

I'm Jim Brown, a retired chemical engineer who did most of my work in the environmental field. I graduated from Clemson University in 1967. I am a big Clemson Tiger football fan.

Playing with personal computers has been a hobby since 1977. I got a TRS-80 for Christmas that year. It was too slow to last long. The next year I got an Atari 800 that served me for 8 years.

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About This Site

I use this site to record interesting tidbits from the web. I may occasionally express opinions on different topics, but I do not have one topic that I blog about consistently.

I've been doing my own web site since 1997. I spent a lot of time (and had fun doing it) learning to use XHTML and CSS and Photoshop to make my site colorful and eye-catching. I've learned that you don't need a lots of color and eye-catchers for a good web site. The message is the point and the message is invariably the text, not all the eye candy. Well-placed and well-proportioned text can be pleasing, useful, and even elegant, but it should not be the center of attention. The message should be.

I've also tried different layouts with my web pages over the years, I've used everything from side menus to page headings and internal page links and page-turning links to help the reader navigate the page. I believe scrolling works best to read the content on a page, with menus reserved to move to different parts of the page or site. If scrolling seems inefficient, use search (CTRL+f on Windows; CMD+f on macOS) to search the page. If the information is not on that page, try searching. The computer can read faster than you can. :-)

I now generate most of the content for this site in plain text, using Markdown markup. Some of the pages (like this one) are hand-coded HTML, served up as static pages, i.e., they run without any scripts on the server. A few do use Javascript on the client side. I use Blosxom for the blog, which is the heart of the site. Blosxom generates static HTML files that comprise the blog. The simplicity, portability, and durability of text files appeal to my sense of order.