|The website's name comes from my bestselling novel.|
...about the Misenchanted Page.
I really do try every so often to get it cleaned up and better-organized, but I'm not going to promise anything.
Pretty much the only stuff that actually gets removed is broken links (when I notice them), or dated announcements that are replaced with more current ones, and even then I'll usually keep the images around, even if you can't find them anymore.
I keep hoping that someday I'll get it all sorted out and provide a proper directory, but don't hold your breath.
That's the "Remove frames" glyph -- it's supposed to be a lightning bolt breaking a picture frame, and it's loosely based on one of the logos used by the Manhattan Project during World War II, depicting a lightning bolt shattering a chain.
The glyph means that if you've gotten the page in a frame somehow, you can remove all the other frames and get only that page by clicking on it.
I do intend to eventually bring these all up to date, but there's no set schedule; it'll get done as time permits.
I like to think I'm sensitive to the needs of my readers, so I decided to split off a black-on-white, text-only version of most of the Misenchanted Page, providing the same content in a form that would be accessible to the blind, the color-blind, people using Lynx or with really slow dial-up connections, etc. And about that time I was also starting to get more interested in seeing what could be done with tables, frames, colors, and fonts -- up until then I'd deliberately kept everything on the Misenchanted Page very simple, for the benefit of people using outdated computers. By providing the "No Frills" version, I felt I had done enough for them, and could afford to get fancier with the regular version, which I therefore called "Spiffy."
It seemed like a good idea at the time -- but then I found out that some users who were not visually impaired or running '80s-vintage equipment were using the "No Frills" side because they falsely assumed that "Spiffy" would involve Flash animations or other bandwidth-hogging nonsense.
The "No Frills" side had already gotten badly out of date, since it's staggeringly boring to work on, and I knew I was never, ever going to keep it as current as the "Spiffy" side, so that discovery convinced me to abandon the whole idea.
I think I've killed off the "No Frills" pages completely now, except for having pages at the old addresses that send you to the current version. These days I use cascading style sheets for colors and layout, and the visually-impaired can get stripped-down content by turning off images and using browsers that don't insist on using the style sheets. (If your browser doesn't let you turn them off, check out Opera, which has really good style control.)
I've also eliminated the use of frames, replacing them with style sheets, as well, as I know some people find frames annoying. Frames have their uses, but I did run into esthetic problems in designing with them, and style sheets usually work better. If you find anyplace that still uses frames, or that's still a "No Frills" page, please tell me.
I'd suggest switching to Mozilla/Firefox, or Opera, which are available free (albeit with unobtrusive ad support in Opera's case) for both Linux and the Mac OS X, and which have no such problem. I think either of them is a better-looking browser in any case.
I'm not using subdirectories anymore, as it got too confusing trying to find things. I did use them extensively on the old site because the software and connection I was using at the time were so slow that using one large directory made uploads a pain in the butt. These days I have a broadband connection and it's not an issue.
Over the past fifteen years I've used at least half a dozen e-mail addresses, and unfortunately, most of them don't work anymore, and I haven't kept all the links up to date.
My actual e-mail address is email@example.com. If you try a link and it gives you any other address, it's out of date.
I think I've finally found and removed all the links to firstname.lastname@example.org; that was my e-mail address for seven years, and I hadn't ever intended to give it up, but Jamie Clark sold ClarkNet to Verio, and they dumped their residential customers, so I didn't have a choice. If you send e-mail to that address I don't know whether you'll get any response at all; I've turned off forwarding, though, so it didn't reach me. I did not get it.
I can't find any more links to email@example.com, which is the address Verio shifted me to when they killed their residential service. I liked Earthlink, but alas, they didn't offer broadband service in my area, so I closed that account in October of 2003. E-mail sent to that address should produce a bounce message, but some systems now filter those out because of spammers using spoofed addresses. If you e-mailed me at the Earthlink address, once again, I did not get it, and never will. It's gone. Try again with the right address.
If you find e-mail links to either of those addresses, or any address for me other than firstname.lastname@example.org, please take a moment and tell me. Thanks.
I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
I abandoned the older lists mostly because I kept forgetting to send out the notices I'd promised. I'd make grand plans for what I was going to do, but then I'd get distracted and forget something, and the whole thing would fall apart, and I'd never get around to sending a notice...
Also, I got tired of getting bounce messages from dead addresses, and thanks to the plague of spammers my ISP, SFF Net, changed their rules on mass mailings so that it's much more difficult to send them than it used to be, and the whole thing became a hassle.
Not to mention some spammers even figured out how to use the sign-up forms to spam me with ads for porn sites and the like.
So I quit. I sent out one last notice (I think it was the last, anyway -- I haven't erased the lists) telling people I was discontinuing the service.
Some fans have on occasion talked about organizing a maillist; in fact, there was an Ethshar list on Yahoogroups for awhile. It died for lack of interest.
Got a question I should add? E-mail me!