After about 13 months on Alink, Davison Online moved to Slip.Net, which was a terrific Internet Service Provider until they were bought out by First World Communications whereupon they went to hell in a handbasket. Davison Online is currently hosted by MacAtoZ LLC.
For a short period, my Internet connectivity was handled by the excellent Portland, Oregon-based Internet Arena. Unfortunately, their reach didn’t extend to Salem, so I switched to Earthlink. Earthlink, however, did not offer DSL service to my area so to fulfill my desire for high speed broadband access, I joined AtHome. Their cable modem service was flakey for a couple of months, but they eventually got a DS3 line connected for my area, and speeds went zooming. AtHome eventually discovered that they had no business sense, and all customers in my neck of the woods were transferred to AT&T Broadband. More recently AT&T Broadband discovered that it’s better to make money than to lose it and sold their broadband service to Comcast. I expected Comcast to jack the prices soon after the AT&T buyout, and sure enough up they went. Nonetheless, Comcast has provided decent speed and fairly good reliability for several years now, and if you can afford their $55 a month cost, I think it’s worth it.
I produced this web site on five computers, though such is the magic of WordPress that I could technically update it now from any Internet-connected machine.
The site was first created on an Apple Macintosh IIci (”Henry”) with 20 megabytes of RAM and a 100 meg hard drive on an Apple 13″ RGB monitor. This was considered state o’ de art circa 1990. I was, of course, using Henry in 1997 and 1998. Henry is now retired.
2. Zeke / Zephyr
The site underwent most of its significant growth and revision on an Apple Power Macintosh 7500/100 with a PowerLogix 275/275/1 G3 accelerator (”Zeke”). Zeke had 208 megabytes of RAM, a 9.1 GB hard drive, a 1 GB hard drive and a 4x CD-ROM. Zeke ran a dual display setup via an ATI Rage Orion video card plus 17″ VGA and 16″ RGB monitors. Both Zeke and Henry used to upload files to the web server via a SupraFAX 28.8 modem (flash upgraded to 33.6k). [Poor old Zeke suffered a motherboard failure in 2003 and was replaced by Zephyr, a Power Mac 7600 with a Sonnet Technologies G4/700 card. Zephyr was strickly a music production machine for awhile; he’s now been retired.]
For several years the site was primarily updated and maintained on a PowerBook G3 (FireWire) 500-MHz laptop called “Trinity.” Trin has 384 MB of RAM, a 30 gig hard drive, and a high degree of portability and connectivity. More often than not Trinity ran a dual display with its own 14.1″ LCD display and a Princeton EO90 19″ CRT monitor. [UPDATE: The Princeton went down in an exciting shower of sparks, afterwhich the dual display ran on a 15″ Compaq MV720 CRT.] Trin has an Adaptec PowerDomain SlimSCSI 1480 Cardbus interface which allows it to hook up to a UMAX S-6E 4800 dpi (interpolated) color scanner and a 1 GB removable cartridge Iomega Jaz drive. Trinity uses a built-in 802.11b wireless Airport card to connect to an Apple BaseStation which in turn is ethernetted to a Motorola 4200 cable modem linked to Comcast’s high speed Internet service. Erin begun using as her school computer in 2005; Trin has since been sold and continues to be an active, viable Mac.]
The main production machine from mid-2005 to mid-2007 was a PowerBook G4 1.5-GHz with 2 GB of RAM named “Mystic.” The PowerBook served as my main battle axe for a couple of years and proved quite capable when coupled to a 20″ Apple Cinema Display. I’ve got some Logitech speakers for sound and a Brother CDP 8065DN for scanning as well. Mystic replaced Trinity as Erin’s school computer in 2007 and was sold in late 2009 when Erin moved to Khartoum, an Intel iMac.
An Intel-based 2.2-GHz MacBook Pro called “Asgard” ran the show from mid-2007 to early 2010. Asgard has 4 GB of RAM and offers really impressive performance as long as I don’t load up a couple hundred fonts at once (which I’ve been known to do both wittingly and unwittingly). I continue to use Asgard as my main “in-the-field” Mac.
6. Big Iron
An Intel 8-core 2.26-GHz Mac Pro, aptly named “Big Iron,” now powers things around here. Nine GB of RAM, 64-bit capable and blazingly fast on computationally intensive tasks.
Harmony is a first generation wifi-only iPad with 32 GB of RAM. I frequently use it for blog or Facebook updates.
My iPhone 3GS when I absolutely, positively cannot help but blog. Mostly the thumb-typing is annoying for longer passages and I confine myself to updating Facebook this way.
Most early pictures in the Photo Gallery were taken with a Canon S300 PowerShot digital camera which, in its day, totally rocked. Later shots come from a Canon S500 PowerShot digital camera which rocks even harder. Newer shots come from a Panasonic Lumix with a 12x optical zoom and I dare say you’ll know those photos when you see them. It’s not the most portable camera in the world, but I can now get images I could only dream of before.
Software originally used in the creation and implementation of this web site includes: Adobe PageMill 3, GoLive CyberStudio 3.11, Adobe Photoshop 3.0.5, Kai’s PowerTools 2.1, Alien Skin Software’s EyeCandy 3.0, ExaChess Lite 1.2, Ambrosia Software’s Snapz Pro, Fetch 3.03, Netscape Navigator 4.04, MacBench 4.0, UMAX VistaScan 2.3, and Aladdin Software’s StuffIt Deluxe 4.5.
Software used in the creation and implementation of the more recent incarnation of this web site includes: Adobe ImageReady 2, Kai’s PowerTools 3.0, Alien Skin Software’s EyeCandy 3.0, ExaChess Lite 2.1, Ambrosia Software’s Snapz Pro, Fetch 4, Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.2, Reunion 8, and Adobe GoLive 6.
Software used in the creation and implemention of the current site includes: WordPress, Adobe ImageReady CS, Panic’s Transmit, and Apple’s Safari.
The original design of the site was my own Adobe GoLive-based creation. In the web site’s Movable Type era (roughly 2005-2006) the stylesheets and templates were derived from a design by Neil Turner. The 2007-2009 WordPress design used the free MistyLook made by Web Hosting Bluebook. Currently the site uses Spotlight. You can jump the link at the bottom of this page to learn more.