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Site Review at Newsforge

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© January 2005 Tony Lawrence

Newsforge has a review of this site ((Link gone as of March 2011). Overall it was positive, though I wish the reviewer had checked some things with me. I do think she did a nice review though, and thank her for it.

As usual, the comments cause me to vacillate and be indecisive.. I never know what the "right" thing to do is, but I do realize that I can't please everyone, so maybe I should just keep on truckin'.

I was surprised that someone said they couldn't find something, though I think the reviewer threw them off by describing the More Info page as a site FAQ. It *is* a site FAQ, but I don't have a link to it that way.. Oh well, as someone said, say what you want about me, just spell my name right.

Unsurprisingly, the bare ugliness attracted attention. They said it "looks a little ghetto".

Of course, I'm the guy who makes it look a little ghetto. First, I'm not an artsy type, so there was no hope of beauty anyway. But the spartan look is deliberate, and my reasoning is this: it's a resource and support site. It should be fast, and you should be able to access it with Lynx or even a telnet to port 80 if everything else you have is broken. But it's a tough call - I get that complaint all the time - "It's so UUUGLY!". I understand, but how do you keep it fast and character based friendly without that? I suppose I could put in code that would switch based on browser type, but that's a lot of work..

They also noted that some of the FAQ is ancient. Some of the FAQ material IS dated. I try to keep up with updates, but I don't take old stuff down because, again, this is a support site: when the guy at the gas station finally decides he's had enough and wants you to switch his old SCO system to Linux, you just might need to know something old, crufty, and dated. That's why I keep it there.

I have misgivings about it myself, because again, that "old" crap turns some people off and, as someone else noticed, it attracts a lot of SCO ads which tend to misrepresent the content. Still, I hate to take that stuff out because people do still need it. The SCO stuff bothers me, but on the other hand, a LOT of people still use SCO. The ads pop up because Google sees a lot of SCO info on my site. It's a rock and a hard place. People who use SCO need SCO information. It's not their fault the company got taken over by [expletives deleted].

People switching from SCO to Linux often need SCO info to help them switch.

A lot of the "SCO" articles are really just Unix articles and apply equally well to any *ix.

Finally, when you have strange problems, sometimes seeing something akin from a similar but different Unix can help you see the light.

For all those reasons I'm loathe to take down the SCO specific stuff or to refuse SCO ads.

Am I wrong?


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---January 11, 2005

Not wrong, just a moron.


---January 11, 2005

Boy, I always appreciate comments that are full of constructive criticism like that :-)

--TonyLawrence


---January 12, 2005

I like the idea of keeping the dated stuff as well. You never know when you will be working on an old system, where there is not much on the net to search for, let alone any documentation on the site. I cannot tell you the number of times I have used this site to look something up, and found it. Yes, there is a lot here, and sometimes it is a little difficult to find the answer, but if you are persistent, you will find the answer.

I am wondering if there is a way to please both the artsy type, and keeping the people with a text browser happy. Heck, I have even used lynx to view the site, when X was having some trouble on a SCO machine years ago. I found my answer, and was using the mouse in no time. The site needs to stay this way. Too many sites these days are simply unreadable.

I must admit, I have not done a telnet to port 80, and tried to browse that way yet. If I ever find myself in that situation, I can only pray that the answer is here :-)

Congrats on the review, Tony!

--BruceGarlock



Tony, do you have any snapshots or "old" versions of the site? As you know, I have been a visitor for a long time now, and it would be neat to see what the site used to look like, and how far it has come.

--BruceGarlock

http://web.archive.org/web/*/aplawrence.com/*

--NilsR

---January 12, 2005
"I must admit, I have not done a telnet to port 80, and tried to browse that way yet. If I ever find myself in that situation, I can only pray that the answer is here :-)"

$ telnet aplawrence.com 80

Trying 64.226.42.29...

Connected to aplawrence.com.

Escape character is '^]'.

GET /index.html

---January 12, 2005

"Unsurprisingly, the bare ugliness attracted attention."

"Bare ugliness" it may be, but, as the old saying goes, beauty is only skin-deep. What brings me back time and time again is the information, not the wild graphics and loud music. Don't change a thing and a pox on those who confuse eye-candy with information.

--BigDumbDinosaur

---January 22, 2005

This is my first post to your site (I don't know if I am even posting correctly). I just want to say that your site offers an incredible amount of useful information to those that need it. While I am usually one that stops and admires or critizes the asthetic value of web sites, your site provides direct access to the necessary information (damn the art critics - keep it useful!). I have saved endless hours of frustration because of you and your site. Thank you!

--Grateful in California



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