Last modified: July 22nd 2001


This page and the statements here are quite different from what I've put on such pages way back in the early nineties. I used to try and always use the latest nifty technologies and expected people to get themselves a decent browser.

Well, perhaps partly due to the way in which the role that little company from Redmond plays on the Internet has changed since then, I've learned that technology is there to serve a purpose, that you have to watch which purpose that is, that compatibility is valuable, and freedom of choice needs to be defended every day.



Development Dashboard ...

Status Date finished Prio. Description
06/15/01 1 Finish entry page
- 4 Create new image for entry page
07/22/01 1 Create new pi-credits page
07/21/01 4 Create new "pi" image
07/07/01 2 Finish Ireland entry page
- 3 Create Logbook page
07/07/01 2 Finish Logbook Accomodations sub-page
08/26/01 3 Scan images for Logbook gallery. This is a prerequisite for the diary, too.
- 3 Create Logbook diary sub-page
- 4 Re-design the Irish language pages


Tools used ...


All the graphics on this site were created with the Gnu Image Manipulation Tool better known as the Gimp. I'm not a professional graphics designer but I do work with features such as layers, transparencies, channels, etc., and from my experience of both the Gimp and the versions of Adobe Photoshop I've seen there's no need for me to not use the free, open source Gimp.

Made with the Gimp!



You might count me among those people who want to always keep control with some degree of justification! I don't like WYSIWYG-tools that don't do what I want and then make me waste a lot of time trying to debug the code they generated only to have them break the mended code again whenever I need to modify things.

I know that NetObjects Fusion does produce some decent results, then there are some tools that cost a lot of money or some or some that require special extensions on the server I don't even want to think about. In the end I always end up editing HTML code manually and NEdit is a good tool for doing that job with code high-lighting, finding brackets and all the stuff you expect from a graphical text-editor.

Powered by NEdit.



Before going live, every page on this site is tested against three major browsers: Netscape Navigator 4.76, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.5, and Mozilla 0.92+, the latter being the browser I use most.

Designed for Mozilla.



Tux gets his place on this page because this site is developped and tested on Linux. Linux is neither the first UNIX I've ever used (that was AIX) nor the dialect I use most (that being Solaris), but it happens to be the best choice for running on my laptop computer. Consequently this site gets tested on a SuSE 7.1 distribution with kernel 2.4.2.

I'm not going to enter the discussion which UNIX is best. I hope there's room for more than one implementation in this world. But I do think that it is absolutely and utterly important that such a such a thing as Linux is happening, that there remains some degree of independance of freedom of customer choice. Thus I'm also a member of the Darmstadt Linux User Group.

Designed for the greater part on Linux, the rest on Solaris.



Gotta have a local web-server for local testing!
I use the Apache 1.3.14 installation that comes with SuSE 7.1. The content gets synched to the remote web-server via sitecopy.

Tested on a local Apache installation.



OK, most of the work gets done in NEdit, but for quick edits I use VI ... not emacs ;)

Parts done in VI.