Nuts and Bolts
A lot has changed since the last time I embarked on an extended ramble. That was in 1993 - postcards and letters served as the slow boat of communication with those back home. My mom and dad were thrilled when I telephoned from Manila but that feeling subsided quickly as I told them "I'm off to Viet Nam, you won't hear from me for awhile". The US had no diplomatic relations with Viet Nam at that time and going there as an American was an exercise in "trading with the enemy". Today, Viet Nam is connected to the Internet and cybercafes are readily found.
|Enter the Web
When I returned home from that trip, I had a pile of photos and a head full of new interests fueled by extraordinary experiences. I spent much time at the public library reading old newspaper articles covering the UN sponsored elections in Cambodia - events that I'd witnessed first hand. I started writing and I fantasized about being published.
Right about that time, I heard about something called Mosaic and this Internet related thing known as the World Wide Web. Less than a year later, I had self-published my photography and writing on the web and was working in the industry.
After a thrilling 3-year ride developing web sites and processes for Ikonic (acquired by USWeb which in turn merged with CKS), it's time once again to travel.
The backend is being developed with Allaire's Cold Fusion.
Basically, we're developing two web sites - the public site (which you see) and the private publishing system that only Evelyn and I use. Changes and additions that we make in the publishing system show up on the public site.
One significant challenge of the site has been the handling of images. With the TRV-900, you can shoot stills to tape and later selectively download to floppy via an external (and reasonably small) floppy disk drive. This allows for a convenient way to get the images out of the camera and onto a computer at any given cybercafe (assuming the machine has a floppy drive and that we're allowed to pop in our disc).
The publishing system takes it from there as it has file upload and handling capabilities.
So yea, basically it's one big experiment. We plan to find out first hand, what is the state of Internet access around the world here at the edge of the millennium.
|Gregg, San Francisco, 3/31/99|
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