The Boiler Room - Credits and
From Nada to
this in six weeks
weeks ago (as I write this; October 19, 2006), I knew absolutely
nothing about building
or maintaining a web site or how to code HTML. Some of the credit (or
blame!) has to go to Dick Oliver and Michael Morrison, authors of Teach
Yourself HTML and CSS in 24 Hours by Sams Publishing. A lot
more of the credit (and no blame) has to go to the friendly folks at
Center Forums, who were very patient and helpful with my
newbie questions. Stop on by and pay them a visit sometime!
Open Source Software
For the most part, this website has been
created with open source software. My HTML editors are Nvu and its
unofficial bug-fix update, KompoZer.
Images have been edited and created in The GIMP. My
web browser of choice is Firefox.
Files are transferred and the site maintained with the FireFTP
extension to Firefox and also with SmartFTP, which is
not open source but is free for personal, educational and
non-commercial use. Commercial software used includes Quattro
Pro by Corel for timetable data entry.
by Ralph Back. Click
on the picture to see the original full size photograph at
The train is the Texas
Amtrak stewardship, preparing to depart Houston's Union
Station on February 3, 1973 as photographed by Ralph Back.
This photograph is used with his kind permission.
The watch is a Hamilton No. 992 which belonged to my
grandfather, a conductor on the Missouri Pacific. The art
deco typeface is Anastasia, obtained from SpecialtyFonts.com (No longer
a working website, I'm afraid—they will be missed).
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