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April 05, 2005, 01:34 PM
- This site is operated at a loss. The domain is not for sale. Links
on this site are not endorsements for and not sponsorship of this site
or any other in any way, nor are links to this site. This site does not
accept any advertising money.
April 26, 2004, 10:51 AM
- E-mail worms and viruses have forced this site to no longer have
clickable links to contact the webmaster. There are apparently many
that watch what web sites you visit, harvest e-mail addresses from them,
and send themselves out both to an as those addresses. Where
appropriate, I've left plain text instructions on where to send e-mails
regarding this site.
August 12, 2001, 5:37 PM
- There have been some minor changes here. I no longer employ hit
counters on the pages as it appears that either some people or some
browsers behave in an improper manner, causing the counts to become
- I've cleared out some of the dead links as well. Be advised
that I will require identifying references to what links are no longer
valid on the page. There's more links on the site than I find I have
the time to investigate.
June 18, 2000, 2:41 PM
- It has come to my attention that Netscape 6.0PR1 currently fails to
support the NOSCRIPT tag according to this
not see the left side menu. I recommend using an earlier or later
release version of Netscape's browser instead.
June 17, 2000, 11:26 PM
- I've resolved the iCab problem. Turns out it was a bug of my own
making. A more detailed test for styles in IE allowed me to
disambiguate it from iCab and avoid the error of trying to access style
June 17, 2000, 10:19 PM
- I've been making some improvements to the site lately. I've been
working on eliminating the last bits of invalid HTML that was present on
the site (mostly percentage widths on table cells) and embracing more
HTML 4.x markup.
- The most noticeable change though would be the use of
some dynamic HTML in the navigation menu. This allows for the
reclaiming of some browser real-estate. To open the menu, you just
click on the lower planet (Morthrai). Clicking it again closes the
cannot be closed. Some pages may look less attractive with these
browser features disabled.
- There is still an issue with the iCab
Pre2.0 browser where the menu will not appear at all, but the text
links at the bottom of the page will still be present. Turning off
InScript in iCab will address the problem in the interim. I am working
on addressing the iCab problem with that browser's authors.
- I believe the only proprietary markup left on the site is Netscape's
MULTICOL tag used in the newspaper clippings in the Radio section, and
only because I haven't yet worked out the best way to achieve its effect
- Some installations of Microsoft's Internet Explorer may have
problems. I recommend 5.0 or newer versions only. I personally had
problems runing MIE 4.5 for Macintosh wrt the new navigation menu
hanging the system. If you must use the older version, disable
- A Flash 4 version of the navigation menu has been developed, but
since transparency support only exists on a particular browser and
platform combination, I don't intend to deploy it until Macromedia
improves their support of non-Microsoft browser-platform combinations.
September 10, 1999 12:55 PM
- The site is changing servers. I've found I get a much better deal
with ADSL service through Binary.Net
than I do with Internet
Nebraska. It will take some time for the DNS servers to point to
the new location. If you're reading this, you have reached the site on
its new server.
May 7, 1999 1:58 PM
- Users may have noticed some problems with hit counters and banner
ads disappearing from the site or resetting. Changes to the site have
been made to prevent this from occurring again. Note: the banner ads
appearing on this site are not paid advertisement. I receive no
remuneration from any party for having the site and I have no intent to
May 3, 1998 10:26 PM
- The site is undergoing some improvements in performance made
possible through the development of HTML 4.0 and cascading style sheets.
These enhancements degrade gracefully for users of earlier browsers or
April 15, 1998 12:58 AM
- The hit counters have moved to a server-side include implementation.
Until the previous counter's values can be merged with the SSI hit
counter's counts, two numbers will display on each counted page. This
should improve performance as each page access won't access a second
machine which may have less connectivity. The change is partly due to
the hit counter I was using crashing when accessed too frequently.
January 12, 1997 08:42 PM
- Christmas break is over. Downloads are again accessible.
December 19, 1997 06:38 PM
- Time for Christmas break here at UNL. This means that the hit
counters and many downloads will be inaccessible until about a week into
the new year. Site maintenance will continue and e-mail will be read
and responses will be sent.
December 2, 1997 07:38 PM
- From approximately noon to 7:30 PM today the server which hosts the
pages for this site was not responding to page requests for no explained
reason, and was inaccessible. UNL was unresponsive to requests for
information or explanations. Options for alternate servers are being
- Note: most large binaries will be inaccessible through the last days
of December and into January. I am investigating possible locations to
relocate these pages which will become imperative as summer approaches
and I lose this space to graduation. I hope to have a solution before
the holiday break.
November 10, 1997 02:13 PM
- Added much information to the index pages for each of the areas listed
in the table of contents. Also added links to various movie files on
the downloads pages, some previously
available elsewhere on the site, some recently made available. Again
updated the choices for the Sci-Fi Channel ScheduleBot (normally I won't
mention this). The games area is now dedicated
to the memory of Norton Drake.
October 27, 1997 11:14 AM
- Nebraska has been hit by a rather intense snowfall. Power comes and
goes and the website goes up and down. Apparently the primary host
can't mount the user directories automatically when power comes on so
you may have gotten error messages about directories not existing.
- My apologies to everyone for not getting the alert out that "The
Night That Panicked America" was again reshown on the Sci-Fi Channel on
September 8, 1997 09:04 AM
- Further investigation showed that the problems weren't due to a
failure but rather an administrative configuration which blocked all
access in and out of residence halls at UNL. This may have been a
misconfiguration or maybe the Internet Services department here has
realized that what they did was a Really Bad Move. Access appears to be
restored as of this morning.
September 7, 1997 11:41 PM
- Due to a local network failure preventing all access in and out of
the residence halls at UNL, some files are temporarily inaccessible.
This includes all the hit counters. Repairs aren't expected until
tomorrow, possibly much much later. If not repaired by tomorrow, I'll
take steps to counteract the problem any way I can.
August 29, 1997 10:12 PM
- I return to a dedicated connection. Expect to see the return of some
previously off-lined files and the addition of more content and treats
on the site.
- Added new The Downloads section to site
which will have links to War of the Worlds-related downloadable items.
This area is still under development.
- Modified the look of some pages, adding new original graphic text
and added hit counters on each page which will help me determine the
popularity of areas of the site and what parts could use further
development. The front page counter is resuming from the original count
from May; the new counters are starting at zero.
May 9, 1997 10:50 PM
- The machine hosting all the sound files and movie files for the
pages was taken down for the summer. I am making arrangements for an
alternative host to supply these files over summer. In the meantime,
the related links are no longer on the pages. An announcement will be
made here upon their return. I plan to make further developments of the
pages through summer, including finishing some long-delayed additions.
- The hit counter will not be counting hits on the front page for all
summer unless I can find someone willing to host the CGI for it with my
custom digits. If you have an offer to host it (please be a fast,
stable, low traffic site), send e-mail to
March 30, 1997 03:24 PM
- QuickTimeTM movies and sound samples are now back online
and available for viewing and listening. In general, those files will
be offline when the hit counter changes to a light
blue color (indicating that it is "frozen") and come back when it
turns back to green. Another period of
inaccessibility is expected to begin corresponding to the end of the
Spring semester at UN-L and the start of the Summer session. As of this
date, no alternative site is available for hosting these files,
particularly the QuickTimeTM movies, during that time, until
the start of the Fall semester.
March 20, 1997 01:38 PM
- All QuickTimeTM movies and sound samples will be
unavailable for a week starting Friday evening, March 21st, and will
return Sunday evening, March 30th, due to Spring Break here at UN-L.
March 13, 1997 12:48 AM
- A new page for the latest news regarding War of the Worlds is
created on this website, as well as for announcements related to this
- Due to massive, repeated, and continued abuse after notification by
two users, I have taken the random image generator offline indefinitely.
The individual images will be redistributed to different areas of the
website, such as the Episode Guide and
some pages about the movies, or there will be an "image of the
month/week/day", I haven't decided. It also came to my attention that
some versions of Microsoft's Internet Explorer (such as 3.0 for Macs)
did not implement support for the Location: header for images, so those
users will no longer get a broken image icon.
- I have ceased using Microsoft's Personal Web Server for the Mac to
serve some of the files on these pages. I found that it will on
occasion serve the files one user requested to another user and vice
versa if those requests come in concurrently. I have reported the bug
to Microsoft. The constant reloading activity mentioned above likely
exascerbated this problem for others.