|Adam's Nuts and Bolts|
I've caved still a little farther. For most of the history of the site,
all of this was written the old-fashioned way, using Norton Edit, my
favorite DOS-based (actually NDOS-based, if you play your cards right)
text editor. I've since conceded to the GUI God, though, doing much of
the recent work on the site with
TextPad (including the German language
plug-in). I haven't yet caved far enough to use any web composition software,
but that's more out of laziness than any sense of principle. In all honesty,
for the blunt weaponry that is the aesthetics of this web site, text editors
are still quite sufficient for the job.
I'm working with three machines at this point, all of which live in the "cockpit" that is the workspace of my second bedroom/office. The main machine is a moderately upgraded P3 733, which is now sailing with 384 Meg of memory, two hard drives (one 13 gigs, the other 80), a 19" CompGear monitor, an internal CD/DVD and an external Sony burner, a 56K modem which collects dust, and a Pac Bell-provided DSL line. The old behemoth -- my beloved DOS/Win 3.1-running Pentium 166 -- still hangs about, periodically doing a little legwork and keeping my plugged in to the last generation of PC technology. The third machine is a Toshiba Satellite Pro 4600 that comes with my tech gig, working on the site for the 60s Cluster and will go back to the university when my time on that's up.
The site itself is served off of CfMC's machine in San Francisco, a Linux box (the RS/6000 has since been given other duties) that seems to do the job fairly efficiently.