Next week I'm away for the World Wide Web Consortium's tenth birthday. It doesn't feel like ten years ago that I heard the news. Hmm, actually, thinking about it, it also feels a huge age ago. I was surrounded by what Tim Bray called Internet Fairy Dust, the hype around the early Web, at the time, and we were working on HoTMetaL, one of the first commercial products for the Web. At the time it was controversial that we made a working version for free download; it doesn't sound very controversial today!
Oops, Galeon crashed when i was writing this. Interestingly, it recovered about half of the diary entry I had written - up to the point where I first hit preview. The crash recovery in Galeon is one of those features that keeps me using this browser - it doesn't crash often, but memory is finite and so is a laptop's battery life.
If I get a new sound card (e.g. an audigy 2) that supports 6 channel audio (5+1 I think) can I use my Monsoon 4-channel speakers, I wonder? The Monsoon speakers were made by Sonigistix, but they seem to have gone out of business and teh speakers are now sold by Eastech, who have a less helpful Web site - although one that works in browsers other than IE, a definite plus for we who use Linux! I have two stereo jacks to plug in to the sound card, going back to the amplifier and thence to four speakers and a woofer.
badvogato, yes, Nick Mountfort's writing (Twisty little passages [Amazon referrer link]) is a lot of fun, as is The New Media Reader [Amazon referrer link]. Nick is fun too, if you get the chance to meet him or hear him speak. We were both at a conference in Santa Barbara a while ago to speak about and discus the challenges facing those involved in trying to archive interactive fiction. They are significant challenges.
MichaelCrawford You're very welcome :-) and after reading yuor diary I have applied for a google adsense account for my pictures scanned from old books. I get maybe 20,000 HTTP hits per day from 1,700 to 2,000 distinct hosts.
Beware that some print publishers think that anyone published on the Web can't be worth printing. That's more so in art and humanities than techical writing I think, but it certainly seems to apply to fiction.