A brief technical note for the computer nerds (or wanna-bes) out there:
If anyone out there is curious as to how a pair of hairy backpackers
manage to construct a series of illustrated web pages whilst travelling the
developing world, here are the steps (and toys) involved (in mildly
- Find a power point and charge up the 5-hour battery that
powers Mark's Hewlett Packard Windows CE palmtop computer,
and the 4-hour batteries that power Greg's Sony Mavica
- Write, write, write, write, photo, photo, photo, photo.
- Find an Internet cafe, or any computer connected to the
- Collect all the standard floppy disks that were used as
film in Greg's camera, insert them one by one into the desk
computer, copy all the files (photos) off the floppy disks,
sort out the excellent shots from the merely great, give
them all titles (filenames), then erase the originals from
the floppy disks ready for the next round.
- Connect Mark's palmtop to the desk computer with a (serial)
cable, and copy the file (in Rich Text Format) that contains
this narrative onto the desk computer (using proprietary HP
software that Mark keeps on a floppy disk).
- Open the narrative file in an simple HTML editor (such as
Microsoft FrontPage Express or Microsoft Word 97), add the
links to the photos (the click heres), and save the
document in HTML format (web-style).
- Connect to the Net and copy all the files (photos and
narrative) to Mark's web-site using FTP (a program used to
copy files from one computer to another over a network -
usually the Internet).
- Send a bulk email (via our Hotmail accounts) to all those
that we love informing them of the update.
- Go off and find something worthwhile to put in the next
If you are interested in a more technical description of how to do all
this, click here.
With that in mind, here's the quote for the day...
Computers: a partial solution to a problem you didn't know you