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January 20, 2009

Oops, looks like I have not taken the time to update my website notes in a long time.

I am currently dusting off my html skills and doing some minor updates to my copyright information. I have in mind to make some major site changes soon, but I do not always get around to doing what I plan, so it is anyone's guess as to when I will actually do any major site updates here.

Last year I spent most of my time doing family history research and completely failed to do any significant work on any of my web sites. I do hope to get more website work done this year but there is still a lot of family history research to do as well. Not to mention scanning mass numbers of family pictures to digitize as many of them as I can. Once that is done then I can share the family pictures, with any family members interested, in CD or DVD format.

So, anyway, I may have many excuses as to why I have not done any significant web site updates in ages, but at least I am keeping busy with one thing or another. I also do still work on art from time to time so when I finally do make the time to post it, at least there will be something to show. ;)

Michael A. Crane, Jr.
Artist/Webmaster/Writer
www.macjr.com

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January 01, 2007

This is it; I have this site's first set of pages, for this year, updated and online. In this first site update of 2007 I converted 20 pages from outdated HTML up to XHTML and CSS, added 2 new pages, renamed 1 page, and deleted 3 obsolete pages. Although the markup/code I write is still in a transitional form, it is much closer to the W3C standards than previously.

As I stated in previous update notes, this was mostly an under the hood update. There have been some minor cosmetic changes but mostly the look and feel of the pages is much the same. The pages I focused my attention on for this update were the main administration pages and the Links to Elsewhere pages. I plant to start work on the gallery pages next.

In my next updates I will be adding some new content to my gallery pages. I am not sure how long it will take to get the first gallery updated. The Garden Gallery, for example, is a complex HTML table design that is going to be a nightmare to convert to XHTML and CSS.

For those who are interested, I have a message board where I sometimes talk about what I am doing, or planning to do, concerning my web sites and other projects. Feel free to become a member and join in on the conversations. We talk about a lot of different things there, not just about my work and web sites. All friendly people are welcome, even if you just want to read the board from time to time rather than become a member.

Best regards to all and Happy New Years,

Michael A. Crane, Jr.
Artist/Webmaster/Writer
www.macjr.com

Update: I have updated the copyright information on all my www.macjr.com pages and converted all, or most, navigational file and folder names to lower case. This took a few hours. I am now done with today's site update. Next, I begin converting the markup for my gallery pages up to XHTML and CSS and see about getting some new content online.

Michael A. Crane, Jr.
AKA MACJR

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December 23, 2006

Today I did a minor update of the Links To Elsewhere pages. I removed a few dead links, noted a few more links to watch for a while to see if they are indeed dead or is it that their server is down for maintenance, and I redirected a link to a new URL (web address) because Anne McCaffrey changed her official site URL again. This was just prep work for the link pages, I have yet to start the real update of those pages.

My site-wide update, scheduled to be uploaded in the early hours of January 1, 2007, is progressing along well. As I finalize the updated pages, that I have worked on so far, I am already thinking of things I want to work on for future website enhancements. I did not have time to finish the two books I am reading on XHTML and CSS but I did get far enough along in them to improve my page markup and styles a bit and fuel ideas for creative web designs to come.

Most of the work I am doing for this site now is under the hood stuff, and thus, not visible on the surface of the web pages. Still, the look and functionality of my pages are being modified enough that a regular visitor to this site might notice some of the changes when I upload them.

I really wish I had started working on this site update a few months sooner so I could have worked in a few of my newer art pieces to my gallery pages. Unfortunately, there just isn't enough time to get to that for this upcoming site update. However, I do plan to continue working on these pages over the next few months, so, perhaps, I will get some fresh stuff online before the end of 2007.

Well, I better get back to work rather than just sit here talking about doing it. ;)

Michael A. Crane, Jr.
AKA MACJR

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December 07, 2006

It has been way too long since I updated this Update Notes page! Even worse, I have not updated this site since late 2005.

The good news is that I am working on the next website update now. The bad news is that, right now, I am mostly working on converting the old, tired, HTML to new, classy, XHTML and CSS. This means that the first updates will not include much in the way of new content, if you are a mechanic, you might say that all the work is being done "under the hood." I am beefing up the engine now but most of the body work will have to wait a while longer.

Stay tuned, I will be posting more about what I have been doing, what is to come, and getting new stuff online as soon as I can.

Best regards,

Michael A. Crane, Jr.
AKA MACJR

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