Ch-ch-changes


Ch-ch-changes

Makin' ChangesApparently, if a page is not part of the navigation menu on the left, it doesn't get visited. Nobody visits the torontomike.com Sitemap to learn that other pages exist. Out of sight, out of mind I suppose.

As a result, I just added a couple of pages to the navigation menu. You'll now find links for Guest Blog and HyperLists. I launched Guest Blog about a week ago while my HyperLists page has been around since I first launched torontomike.com over four years ago. Guest Blog is a submission form where anyone can write anything and have it posted here. HyperLists is where I maintain my Top 10/5 lists with hyperlinks to a quality site on the subject.

I also eliminated the "Valid XHTML 1.0" reference on each page because I felt it was too geeky. I've buried that link in Links where it belongs.

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Write A Guest Blog

MegaphoneI'm going to start something new. I've created a Guest Blog Submission Page as part of this website. Should you have something you'd like to express to a mass audience, you can use torontomike.com as your forum.

It's easy like Sunday morning. Click here and rant, attack, bloviate, declare, decry, denounce, harangue, hold forth, inveigh, lecture, mouth, orate, perorate, proclaim, rail, recite, soapbox, speak, spiel, spout or talk big about anything you want. I'll post your guest blog entry and credit it to you. You have a voice and I want to hear it.

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Stop Spam!

Stop Spam!I fondly recall a time when having four new messages in my inbox meant receiving four pieces of communiqué I actually wanted. I don't think I've experienced this sensation since the '90s. My personal email address has become a target for unwanted solicitation for everything from fake diplomas to penile enlargements and everything in between.

I have only myself to blame. I had links to my email address on the bottom of every page of this site and again on the Contact Mike page. Spammers use e-mail harvesting software to scour the web looking for email addys. In an effort to fight this war against spam, I have removed my email address from this site. You'll still find my email address on the Contact Mike page, but it's an image and not text. Spammers won't be the wiser.

Until we defeat this evil empire, I'm mike(symbol you get when you press SHIFT + 2)torontomike.com.

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Valid XHTML 1.0 and CSS2

Valid XHTML 1.0I'm proud to declare that all pages within torontomike.com conform to the W3C XHTML 1.0 standard. That means these web pages are now full-fledged XML documents, which can be validated using any XML parser. Go ahead and click that XHTML 1.0 logo to the left and see for yourself.

Valid CSS2The Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) used for torontomike.com have also been validated by the W3C's CSS2 standard. You're welcome to click that CSS logo to the left for proof. Impressed?

In a previous blog entry (see August 25, 2003 / 16:03 EST), I ranted and raved about my attempts to validate my HTML 4.01 code for torontomike.com. HTML 4.01 was the standard before XHTML 1.0. The future, it seems, is XML and since XHTML is XML-based, and ultimately designed to work in conjunction with XML-based user agents, it was really the only way to go as I saw it. I promise future blog entries will be slightly less boring.

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I Feel So Validated

W3C ValidatedThe World Wide Web Consortium specifies the standards for HTML 4.01. Their MarkUp Validation Service will actually check your HTML code for conformance to W3C Recommendations and other standards. As a hand-coder who takes pride in the tidiness of his HTML and CSS, I wanted my code to be validated. Don't we all?

In order to validate your HTML, you must define a DOCTYPE. I added this code to the very top of my page: <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/html4/strict.dtd">. I then added the appropriate character set to my meta tags: <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1">. Ready for validation, I submitted my pages and learned my HTML code did comply with the standards for HTML 4.01. All is well, right?

Wrong. Once I added the above DOCTYPE declaration, my pages were validated but Internet Explorer began forcing a horizontal scroll bar for no reason in particular. I went through my HTML code character by character but there was nothing that would force a horizontal scroll bar. It seems Microsoft is playing by their own rules and doesn't like me adding the DOCTYPE declaration for W3C validation. There is no way my site can be validated by the W3C and viewed properly in IE all at once. Isn't that ridiculous? This is wrong! There is clearly a choice to be made here. Either I keep the DOCTYPE declaration that will validate my code as being compliant with HTML 4.01 specifications or I can remove it so those using Internet Explorer will see the site as it's intended to look. What would you do?

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Thumbs Down

Thumbs DownIn my blog entry of August 3rd, I announced that this front page of torontomike.com had undergone some major surgery. I also asked you to let me know if the end result was better or worse than the previous concept that had been around for the past seven months.

The clear consensus from those who bothered to drop me a line is that you preferred the old front page. To quote one visitor, "No sir, I don't like it". To quote another, "As my Uncle Oloff used to say 'if it ain't broke don't fix it'". And yet another, "I miss the old home page!".

I do appreciate the feedback, but here's what I think...this new concept is better! You'll notice there are more frequent postings and you're still only one click away from pictures, videos, the Dead Pool, Homer's Quote of the Week or whatever. With everythng time-stamped and archived, you won't miss a beat.

I think you people are suffering from Metathesiophobia. Metathesiophobia, or Fear of Change as it's sometimes called, is created by the unconscious mind as a protective mechanism. At some point in your past, there was likely an event linking changes and emotional trauma. Don't be a victim. Embrace change. Embrace the new torontomike.com.

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The New Look

New Looktorontomike.com has pretty much looked the same for about seven months now. As you may have noticed, things have changed.

This front page is now the Blog. Instead of posting just the odd thought or rant, I'll update this Blog every time I add a new picture, video, ticket stub, Homer Quote or celebrity death.

Consider this page your portal to everything new at torontomike.com and anything bouncing around Mike's feeble brain. Please take a moment to let me know if you like this new concept or if you really miss the old one. Feedback wanted!

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Website Feedback

HomerI've been maintaining this website for about four years now. I tweak it just about every day, always in pursuit of the unattainable perfection I once read about in an Archie comic. I've cleaned up the front page by eliminating the border and reducing the highlighted pieces to four. Simplify, simplify a wise dude once said. I also added a cool scrolling ticker.

Many of you seemed to enjoy my "Homer's Quote of the Week" section I kept on the front page. I decided to give it a permanent home here. You'll find a link to it on the left navigation menu.

I also spent some time putting every song to appear on a Smells Like Sour CD into a table you can access here. It's sort of cool to see some of the tunes that have made the cut over the years. Admittedly, there are a few to be embarrassed about. Live and learn...

Please contact me and let me know what you like or dislike about the site. If there's something you'd like added, let me know and it might just appear. Any and all feedback is appreciated. Write Mike now!

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