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new look here

idea_bulbI woke up this morning to the realization that

There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch, TANSTAAFL,

applies to my website layout too.

I keep learning more about publishing. So I put more bells and whistles on my websites. The more I add to the front page, the more has to load before you see it.

In my big city days (Kuna, Idaho) I had unlimited Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. I suppose I was a bit jaded. Now on satellite with a 10-gigabyte monthly allowance, I am rapidly gaining sensitivity. Downloading extra stuff EVERY time on every page starts costing bandwidth for you and me both.

So I moved all of the videos to a page called, interestingly enough, “Videos”. If you want to see some of my recommended clips, you can go there. If you don’t, they don’t load up once, twice or ever.

I also went for a cleaner look by eliminating the sidebar from the right side. I like it better. I hope you do too.

I definitely notice the speed difference.
* CLICK * on the page
* BOOM * it is there
I’m liking it a lot.

In my cleanup, I also noticed this little button I’ve had on one of the two “sidebar” columns. As far as I can tell, I’m the only person who has ever noticed it. It is a real cool tool. Put a number in the box and click the button. You can help pay for some of my web hosting expenses.
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