About The MDS975 Website
Also see our About Us page.
How the website began
I got a new computer in 2002, after getting the internet 'bug'. Inspired by the content of many websites on the net, particularly Mike Brown's MB21, I really wanted to construct my own website too. Initially I just wasn't quite brave enough to publish something on the big WWW! but with some encouragement from Julie (who probably regrets it now!) I dabbled with some web design software and let the creative juices flow a little, I thought the time had come to have a go and get a site onto the www and here is the result! I started putting together "MDS975" in November 2003 initially using some free webspace provided by our ISP. A short time later we registered a proper domain name - www.mds975.co.uk - so that the site could have a better identity. As the site expanded we used up several more free bits of webspace to house it! Eventually it all became too large and we needed to find it a new home! In January 2009 we moved it to some new dedicated web space. Read more below...
I don't pretend to be a website designer, so don't expect any fancy design. The site has been made using a simple wysiwyg (what you see is what you get) editor - a bit like a simple word processor - but we hope that you find something enjoyable and of interest. As we have said elsewhere, a website is a job never finished. If you find any feature or link that does not function properly, please let us know via the contact page.
Even given the very simple layout the pages do appear to expand nicely into various resultions, although the page layouts may not look quite as intended, perhaps. It has been tested with various browser inluding Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, Konqueror, Safari and IE web-browsers and seems to work satisfactorily with them all.
ALL CHANGE IN 2009!!
Why Have We Changed The Location Of Our Web Pages?
When we started MDS975 we used some free web space that was provided by our internet service provider (ISP). This free web space had the rather unwieldy address of http://www.arar93.dsl.pipex.com/mds975/index.html - not very snappy, but it worked!
A few months later Mike Brown of the website MB21 helpfully suggested that we should obtain a proper domain name, which he duly arranged. The domain chosen was www.mds975.co.uk and if this address was entered into a web browser visitors would be directed to our website located at http://www.arar93.dsl.pipex.com/mds975/index.html
Initially we thought we'd only have a handful of pages, but the site grew larger than first anticipated and so a second piece of free web space was used to expand the site, and then a third and then a fourth! All the links within our website had to be arranged to seamlessly integrate the pages between these bits of free web space so the site appeared to be a whole.
Eventually it was decided that we must bring together what is effectively four websites and host the whole of our MDS975 website onto one piece of dedicated web space. This would make the site easier to manage and also provide a much neater looking web address for each individual page.
So, to take one example, instead of this URL http://www.arar93.dsl.pipex.com/mds975/Content/radmem.html for our radio page, we now have a shorter and more familiar style of address for that page: http://www.mds975.co.uk/Content/radmem.html. All the other pages will be similar.
One downside is that we have had to manually change all the links and images and other content of many dozens of individual pages. This has been extremely time consuming!! The other downside of integrating and moving what is effectively four separate websites to a new web host is that the previous bits of web space have had to be cleared and therefore all old page URLs are no longer used.
The unfortunate effect of all this is that there are now many websites that have, over the years, kindly linked to various pages on the MDS975 website using the old addresses (http://www.arar93 etc). All these links on other website will now 'point' to the wrong address and therefore no page! It's a big task trying to ask all these other sites to change and correct their links - but Maybe YOU can offer a little help?
Here's how you can help:
If you find any links on other websites that refer to any of our old URLs - i.e. those starting with:
http://uk.geocities.com/mds975/ etc - it really would help us greatly if, once you have found the page that you require with our new address format, you could contact the owner or "webmaster" of the other referring website or web page and politely ask if they could correct the address ("URL") of that link or links.
We thank you very much if you can do this as it is extremely helpful for everyone! Thank you.
All our newly located pages will start http://www.mds975.co.uk/
Missing Links or Anything Broken?
The process of re-integrating many dozens of web pages has been a rather complex and very time consuming job. If you find any broken links, missing images, mistakes or anything else that is incorrect or does not work properly please to let us know via our contact page. Thank you for your help.
Most of the photographs and content used in this site are our own work and are copyright; there are many other photographs and images that have been sent to us with the permission to use them here by their owners and have been credited as such. We have endeavoured to credit all other images where necessary with the source or photographers name or a link to a relevant website.
We do recognise, however, that there may be some images or material used that are scans taken from old information pamphlets, booklets and leaflets etc. that have been collected over time and for which the source is unknown and we have therefore been unable to give complete credit, although we have attempted to mention organisation names where possible if known. If such an image infringes your copyright, please contact us so that due credit can be given. With any current logos used we have attempted to link them with the relevant website and we have also credited any other websites that have been of assistance during the building of this website within the various links pages.
If you would like to use one of our photographs that will be fine, but just let us know, and please put a link to our site from the pages of your site. Thanks very much.
Web Design Software
As mentioned above, this website is constructed using a FREE wysiwyg (what you see is what you get) web page builders. Initially we used Mozilla Composer then we used development from Mozilla called NVU. When development of NVU was discontinued we went on to use Sea Monkey Composer, which is a development from the Mozilla suite.
Mozilla Composer is admittedly very simple, but is is easy to use which is excellent as it allows the creation of pages very quickly, what is even better is that it is absolutely FREE! Sure, they may not have all the bells and whistles of an application like Dreamweaver, but then they don't cost £300 and are arguably much easier to use when constructing straightforward pages like these.
YOU could build a website of your very own with a free tool. Sea Monkey can be downloaded them from the internet to use on almost any PC, be it Windows, MAC or a PC using LINUX. Sea Monkey Composer
There are various tutorials on the internet providing tips on how to use applications such as Composer and with instructions provided by your chosen web host you could soon have your own website too. Exciting eh? I would also say that, while not absolutely necessary, it is a good idea to invest in a book detailing HTML (hypertext markup language). Some of the HTML produced by simple applications such as Composer can seem a little complex and when things don't work quite as expected knowing a little can help you go in and tidy up the problem. Not absolutely vital, everything will work, but it can help iron out any minor niggles. If I can do it so can you.
Please have a look at the Links page for some useful information sources about web site building.
Lastly, you may have come to this page looking for the answer to the question of how did my website get its name. Well, I am not going to make your life that easy. The answer to the question is here somewhere, but not on this page, sorry!
I have another answer for you though, and that is 42. Now you'll have to ask yourself 'What is the question?' Perhaps I will put a clue for you along with the answer to the first question.
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