I •WiW «•« • II i^mmmmmmmmmm'mmmtmmummm^mmmmmmmmmm Thursday, September 16, 1999 Panorama Page 3 Page 2 Panorama Thursday, September 16,1999 LIFESTYLES OUTDOORS Be a role model for safe boating How to create your own web site I have a web site, therefore I am. OK, so I took some liberties with that famous quote, but (in my opinion, at least) my updated version should be the mantra ofthe new millennium. I niean, how can anyone really validate their existence if they don't have their own personal little chunk of cyber real estate? Face it — you need a web site. If for no other reason than it's the cool thing to do in 1999. It's not enough just to have an e-mail address anymore, you need a place where you can express yourself, flaunt your accomplishments, show your true colors. A place where friends can visit with you, even while you're sound asleep, and feel close to you, pointing and clicking thfeir way around your personal ^ace. •i Forme, a personal web site is a big time- and money-saver. No longer do I have to have reprints made of cute photos of the kids for friends and family. Now I just e-mail 'em with the link to the new photo page. If ^eylike the photo enoughjthey can download it and use it as desktop wallpaper or print it out themselves! Seriously though, with so many providers offering free web site hosting, and web creation tools almost as easy to use JUST FOR CLICKS ROB WEIDENFELD as your favorite word processor or publishing software, there is no reason for anyone with something worth sharing not to share it on the World Wide Web. Your web page can be as simple or as complex as you like, from a plain page with textbased hyperlinks to a multimedia-filled page brimming with music, animations and glittery graphics. The only limit is your imagination. First you must find a hosting service for your site (see the list below for starters). If you have America Online, you have 10 megabytes worth of web space as part of your service agreement. Use them! Go to Personal Publisher (keyword: PP2), and get started creating your cyberhome. Web creation software is your next step. Some hosting services, such as Homestead (www.homestead.com), provide you with the means to create your site online. Software titles can also be found in abundance, ranging in price from $9.99 to several hundred dollars. Make sure that your software doesn't require you to know HTML (Hypertext Mark-up Language). Look online for downloadable demos or freeware web creation software. Once you've found a host for yojir site and gotten some software, it's time to dig in and get creative! First, start by planning your site, creating a rough, draft on paper of what pages you will create and how you will link them together. Some ideas for pages include: family news, poetry and creative writing, photo pages, scanned images of your original artwork or kids' drawings, audio clips of your band or your child's first words, video clips digitized with a video capture board, etc. Browse the personal sites of others for more ideas. A scanner (or digital camera) and some sort of image editing software are also beneficial in creatingyour web site. Although clip art can be found by the boatload on the 'net, and you will need some for buttons, icons, etc., photos of family and friends will liven up your site and give it that "personal" touch. Remember to save your web photos as a JPEG or GIF, with a low resolution so ^feey-download more quickly. After creating your web pages, you will need to upload them to your host. Some (and this might be a criteria for choosing your host) require you to manage your web files via FTP (filetransferprotocol). This may mean using another piece ofsoftware called an FTP client. You're probably better off finding a host that lets you upload your files via the web, such as Netcolony (www.netcolony.com). Once your files are uploaded, you should visit your home page, and to each page of your site, to make sure that all links work and all images load properly. If everything checks out OK, send everyone you know e-mail announcing that your new site has gone live (be sure to give the URL, or web address, so everyone knows where to find you). Creating your own web page is easy, fun and rewarding. It's a great way to keep friends and family up-to-date on events in your life. Plus, you'll sound really '90s when you say, "Hey, check out my web site. Doubleu double-u double-u dot..." Free web site hosting services that are available: http://www.tripod.com http://geocities.yahoo.com/ home http://www.netcolony.com http://www;angelfire.com Weidenfeld, a staff member of the News, writes every other week about computer-related issues. He can be reached via his perpetuallyunder-construction web site at http://www.netcolony.com/arts/ fotonewz %i% •Business Cards • Brochures •Document Copies • Letterhead Si •Graphic Design •NCR Forms 'Stamps [ Til 'Flyers It seems that every time I pick up my mail, either from the postman or irom my computer, there is some article about boat safety. Articles on how to properly maintain your engine. Articles on how to properly maintain the interior and exterior of your boat. Even articles on how to properly maintain your prop. My filing cabinet is overflowing with articles and stories and more come each day. There are public billboards and posters, seemingly everywhere, all explaining how to be a safe boater and how to avoid accidents. Most boating organizations have a safety officer who will work to make the public aware of safe boating throughout the year. In my column, I am continually urging my readers to be safe skippers, obey the rules and regulations, and to be considerate of •Envelopes •Web Site Design •Web Site Hosting 3D SUNSET WAY, Henderson For Free esHmates call 43 5 " 7761 ^'l* '<"• "•'*" *»•" "«»" Next to Ethel M Chocolates Red Wing Shoes s' Red Wing Brand Shoes |p®^es" Made by American workers for American workers TRY OUR WOW! Our Professionallv Trained fitters will help vou TELL ME ABOUT IT CAROLYN HAX You're not being a friend, either — to your sister. Do you know what it takes for a person to insult your family in front of you? A total lack of respect, for you, for them, for family in general. Mostly for you though. You have to say something. Do something. Get angry. But calling the girl a liar won't do it — because you really don't know if she is, for starters. No matter how close you are to people, there will always be things they keep private. And, the truth of the rumors is totally irrelevant here. For the sake of argument, let's assume they're true. Does that make the gossip OK? Hardly. No matter what she comes back So next time the rumors fly, ask with, people with integrity (you... your friend to have the decency to right?) always have power over leave your family alone. people without it (your "friend"). This isn't brain-surgery, you It's the power to walk away. Next know. time she trashes your sister, let If she gives you a hard time, ask her the burning question: Why See HAX is someone else's life such a big Page 4 deal to her? FREE CONDITIONING FREE LACE REPLACEMENT WE FIT LAS VEGAS 2 Locations 4616 W. Charleston Las Vegas, NV (702) 870-4244 550 "C" Stephanie Henderson, NV (702) 458-8977 OPEN 7 DAYS BOATING WITH RAY RAY EICHER the many people that use the lake. Swimmers, fishermen and those just wanting to wade in the shallow water of a beach are all entitled to use the lake facilities. There is plenty of space for everyone at the lake, if we all cooperate. Now I just thought of another method of informing the public and maybe the most important and easiest. Since there are more than 30,000 skippers registered in the Southern Nevada area, wouldn't it make sense if all of us acted as role models when we are using the Lake Mead National Recreational Area? We would operate our boats in a safe and legal manner. We would take the time to inform fellow skippers of an unsafe condition or ask the guy beached next to you to help pick up trash even though it was not yours or theirs. Notice I said "inform" and "ask" rather than "order" when trying to get an offender to cooperate. By taking a personal interest in boating safety, it just might rub off on those skippers that ignore the rules. A simple thing such as wearing yoiU" PFD when underway or joining a boating organization to assist other members in their efforts to educate the public only takes a little time and effort. It just might make a difference. We all should realize the recreational facilities here in Southern Nevada are getting overcrowded as our population increases and the visitor count rises each month. It is a neverending battle to make Lake Mead the safest lake in the country. Why not give it your best and help to achieve that goal? Be proud of what we have so close to where we live. Have I mentioned lately that the 1999 Parade of Lights will be held on Dec. 4? Only three more months to go and I already have my theme for the parade. Of course Woodsy Owl will be on my boat again. He is usually seen at the Super Summer Theatre at Spring Mountain Ranch State Park. Until next time ... keep your bilge dry. Eicher, a long-time valley resident, considers himself a parttime boater and fisherman. His email address is [email protected] Make a camera part of your outdoor equipment O find the proper fit C select the right shoe for your job ^ reheve any break-in "Hot Spots"— C give you shoe care tips What's the best way to stop spread of gossip Dear Caroljrn: I'm 13, and I have this friend who tells a stupid rumor about my sister right in front of all my friends and me. She says she saw my sister and her bojrfriend making out, or says someone told her my sister and some of her friends aren't virgins. I can tell she's lying because I can catch little hints, and I know my sister and her friends aren't like that. I don't know if I should tell my sister. I don't want her to go to my friend and yell at her because my friend will be really mad at me and tell everyone I'm a "tattletell." But she is my sister! And true friends don't gossip about a person's family. — Rumors You yell at her. This is no friend. Read it in tiie News + Over the years, there have been numerous times I have been somewhere in the desert, on the lake or in the mountains and have made the statement, 'I wish I had brought the camera." My wife Adelle is the picturetaker in the family and will usually have her camera in the back seat of the car but th6re have been times when she has forgotten to include it when we plan an outdoor trip. Many times we had opportunities to take a picture of an animal or landscape but had to pass as we had not included our camera. Like many owners of video cameras we took it everywhere after it was purchased. We made the same errors in filming as other first-time users did. Too many shots ofthe ground, too much sky and way too many shots of the EVERYTHING OUTDOORS RAY EICHER same backgroimd and often with the same narration. Often word for word. Sound familiar? After a trip or vacation was over, the photos we did take would end up in a box labeled, "These photos need to be placed in an album." Which seldom happened. Also we would neglect to enter information on the back of the photo so naturally, over time, we could not remember where we took it and even sometimes who was in the picture. It's the same scenario with my videos and old 8mm movie film. Hidden away in a drawer are memories of my first vacation to Pennsylvania, the first deer I shot and my many fishing trips. Add to that the trips to Colorado- and^ Northern Nevada, all tal^en years ago but not seen since. Despite these negative (no pun intended) statements, when we did take our camera it has provided us with many hours of enjoyment of remembering the past. And even though I had to search the drawer for the right cassette, I did find the one taken at the Parade of Lights in 1997 to show some friends who had come to our home for dinner a few weeks living room so I can pick it up and remember my friends. Too often, we humans leave 'our calling card in the outdoors. A messy camp, trash along the highway in a park or or other disruptions of the fragile landscape of our desert. Taking a picture preserves that site forever and nothing was disturbed. Next time take your camera and gather memories of your own. Wl^^^mZ^ SDedabts WdRUI Open • Sun. TUBS. _ Barstools • 6ar9 • Pub Tables ^^^k Kitchen Counter Stools ^^ >^ Matching Chairs If I y. I ) 1008 W. Sunset Road I (Corner of 95 & Sunset) 436-0300J ^ 8380 W. 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