Thursday, August 03, 2006

Unsatisfactory graphics

I am embarrassed about the graphics on this blog. I can't figure out the right color for the text of the heading, nothing is easily readable against the background. So I went in and made the area directly behind the text lighter, but it looks like some kindergartener who just learned to use a computer did it. Then, if you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page, you see something very unintended that I don't know how to fix. That's what I get for trying to modify the template without really knowing what I'm doing!

I'll probably leave it for now and try again when it's Fall and I feel like a change of graphic motif. Maybe I'll get further then and learn from my mistakes.

I long for the "good old days" of computers -- to me, that means: I remember our first computer. When we took it out of the box, we first had to install DOS (remember DOS?). Then we installed Windows -- a whole stack of 3.5" floppy disks, or maybe it was even the old 5-1/4" disks, remember those? We installed a mouse, and later a hard drive. I knew everything about how that computer worked, I edited the config.sys file, I really felt in control of it. Now, computers are so complicated, with more and more features coming along all the time, that I'm starting to feel that I can't keep up. And the web -- the first websites I visited, you could look at the code and read the words of the text among the few snippets of HTML code, and it was even obvious what the codes did. Now, websites are so complicated -- CSS, PHP, RSS, blogging, tagging, web 2.0, social networking -- it's too much for my small brain to be able to remember.

Though, there is one good thing this new technology has brought -- podcasting! Maybe I'll post more about that later.