The S.Lott Page. Version 5.1.1.

Note that changes between version 4 and 5.1.1 may lead to broken bookmarks. Sorry. In the long run, we’ll all be better for it.

The Building Skills content has been moved to BuildingSkills.ItMayBeAHack.com. All the books are there; any bookmarked links should redirect. Unless I missed smething. Which is possible.

For the profoundly bored, my annual holiday letter for 2014 is available. The prior decade+ is here for comparison purposes: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996. I plead insanity.

Here’s a must-see time-saver, and the Big Picture.

The personal side has sections in decreasing order of use to others.

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This started as my web navigation bookmarks (on a Delphi dial-up host). Since I used so many computers (home, office, client site), I had to keep my bookmarks centrally. However, the tale grew in the telling until I wound up with hundreds of files. This became complex and difficult to manage.

Once upon a time, this was lovingly hand-crafted in HTML the hard way.

Later, I used a Python program that generated the .HTML files from some templates. I simplified the content vs. presentation problem.

Then I discovered Cheetah. I replaced my own templates with their templates.

When Apple provided the homepage.mac.com service, they offered an on-line page editor that integrated seamlessly with iPhoto. Then. Apple discontinued this service. Then. Apple put a publication tool into iPhoto.

The “older” photo albums – built with iPhoto – are on Pride. It’s very simple to do. But I’m not very organized or disciplined about doing it.

When iWeb came out (as part of iLife), Apple slowly coaxed me into using a slightly different configuration for my photos and what-not. Apple changed their URL’s and branding moving things to a Mobile Me (www.me.com) site.

Since that’s long gone, I’ve moved (again) to the current http://www.ItMayBeAHack.com/ site, run by A2 Hosting.

My primary tool is Sphinx 1.2 to generate the text from templates. RST is much easier to use than than Cheetah and HTML. Sphinx offers a bunch more bells and whistles for generating complex structures from a lot of simple files.

However. Since the growth was organic, there are still directories that aren’t really organized well under Sphinx’s _static content structure.

date:June 01, 2015

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