Posted on February 4th, 2016 No comments
Getting the site updated is moving along pretty quickly.
As is often the case, I found there were two or three pages that sucked up 90% of the effort, while the others were very straightforward and went much faster. There were a lot of broken links that needed fixing. I’d say the moral of the story for anyone doing research is to grab your information when you find it — don’t count on it still being there when you check back in a month or a year. As I have said before, thanks to the Internet, we live in the golden age of research. It’s astonishingly easy to find things out. It is, however, just as easy to lose them again. One forgotten web address, or one website that shuts down, is all it takes to make the information disappear.
But, in any event, I think I’ve made good progress in making the information reappear, in ways that should make life easier for any researchers that find their way to this website.
Posted on February 3rd, 2016 No comments
It has been a very long time indeed since I posted anything here. I am just starting to go through the website to do some updating and tidy things up a bit. One thing I have discovered is that the forum software I installed way back when has been attacked repeatedly, and is chock full of Trojan Horse viruses. No one was using it anyway, so out it goes. Maybe I will do something to add forum-like features to this web journal. We’ll see.
My other project, which is going to be done bit by bit, will be to go through the various web pages on this site, tidying up typos and doing what I can to re-connect links that have gone bad over the years.
The biggest change in that direction might well be the various links to Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships (DANFS). There are versions of this all over the web, some old, some new. The official version is maintained by the U.S. Navy’s Naval History and Heritage Command. Their website was reorganized, rendering old links invalid.
The current, correct link to the overall site is http://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories.html. This page provides links to a wide variety of information about Navy history in general, and includes links to ship histories for Confederate vessels. The U.S. Navy ship histories are at http://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/ship-histories/danfs.html.
It’s going to take a while to get things updated. If you spot a glitch, post a comment to this or any newer post and let me know.
On another maintenance topic, I have just purged 80% of the users from this site, and beefed up security on it as well. If your email address is alphabet soup, and/or appears to be from some place (Russia, mostly) where there are a lot more hackers than there are students of the American Civil War, you’re likely to be purged as well.
Posted on July 24th, 2009 No comments
As the book’s main promotional period is pretty much over, and the book and the website are complete. there will probably not be that many more updates to this blog. If and when new events pop up, I will add new posts. I am also adjusting the “commenting” feature of this web log, to keep spam comments from popping up. This is because 99.9 percent of the comments have been spam of one sort or another. If you have a real comment to post, please go ahead and write it and send it, but bear in mind there might be a delay before I can do a spam check and allow it to be posted.
Posted on February 15th, 2009 No comments
I am still getting the hang of setting things up for this web log. I have switched to a new design them which seems a lot more legible. Tomorrow is another interview, and there’s an interesting event next weekend. And another very positive review came in — I’ll post it tonight or tomorrow. In short, so far, the book seems to be very well received.
I’ll be breaking off from support of book promotion for a bit while I do a work prepping an appendix for Dad’s new book on the Loyalists in the Revolutionary War.