About

About Me

I'm Jim Brown, a retired chemical engineer who did most of my work in the environmental field. Playing with personal computers has been a hobby since 1977. I use this site to record interesting tidbits from the web. I may occasionally express opinions on different topics, but this is not a blog and is not updated frequently. If you see something you want to comment on, you can let me know at by sending a note to the e-mail address at the bottom of this page.

About This Site

I've been doing my own web site since 1998. I spent a lot of time (and had fun doing it) learning how to use XHTML and CSS and Photoshop to make my site colorful and eye-catching. I've learned that you don't need lots of images, color, and animation for a useful web site. The message is the point and the message is invariably the text. Well-placed and well-proportioned text can be pleasing, useful, and even elegant, but it should not be the center of attention. The message should be. It seems that a lot of experts have come to the same conclusion. When you look at the home pages of some of the experts of the web, such as here and here, you see simple, elegant pages.

I've also tried different layouts with my web pages over the years, I've used everything from side menus to page headings and internal page links and page-turning links to help the reader navigate the page. I believe scrolling works best to read the content on a page, with menus reserved to move to different parts of the site. If you want to know if a page on my site has information that you are looking for further down the page than you can see on one screen, If scrolling seems inefficient, use search (CTRL+f) to find out if the page has information that you're looking for. The computer can read faster than you can. :-)

BTW, if you want your web site to have all the fancy graphics and animations, you might want to check out a site I used back when I got started. I'm amazed that it's still out there on the web, because I was using it in 1998. it is a good tutorial on using Photoshop and Javascript to make your site look exciting. Check it out at Dr. Ozone's site.