John D. Upton
About This Site
About My Email Processing
|Questions & Comments||All questions and comments regarding this Web site and the information presented here are welcome. I enjoy hearing from others about their experiences and especially welcome corrections to any factual data presented here. Please feel free to write about anything related to the many subjects found herein.|
Because all Web site owners are the target of SPAM, I have extensive, agressive SPAM filters set up within my email system. I make no attempt to hide my email address. Instead, I rely heavily on filtering to manage my email. Not only do I receive large volumes of normal SPAM mail (about 1000 messages per week), my email address has been hijacked and "spoofed" at times by spammers for use as a "From:" address. Whenever this happens, I receive up to 3000 bounced and undeliverable messages and hate emails per day.
Because of the number of bookmarks readers have made for my site, I also receive many virus and worm files. These are not the fault to those who bookmark my site. The bookmarks just get targeted by the currently active virus or worm. My virus checking software and operating system components are updated daily. I never open unsolicited attachments -- they are summarily deleted. If you wish to send an attachment, please email me first so that I know to expect it. Because of these precautions, I have never had a system infected with a virus or worm. Very agressive SPAM filters and anti-virus software have become a way of life for Web site owners.
Because of all my SPAM filters, there are certain rules you need to keep in mind when sending me email. Most of these "rules" are just common sense and courtesy. Simply keep them in mind when sending me email so that your mail is not deleted by my SPAM filtering methods.
Web site Organization and Navigation
This Web site is organized around the different key disciplines of ATMing. I have associated each of these disciplines with its own workshop. This organization hopefully allows you to quickly find topics or techniques which most interest you.
The overall structure of the Web site consists of three hierarchical levels. At the top level is the Home Page. This page lists the individual workshops and briefly describes their content. From the main page, you can select one of the workshops from the navigation area on the left. These entries will link you to the individual workshop navigation pages.
The individual workshop navigation pages are the second level in the hierarchy. Each contains links to the articles on this Web site. The articles are divided into three general categories -- Projects, Techniques, and Reviews.
The articles themselves are the third and final level of the hierarchy. They are linked to the closest workshop pertinent to their overall content. Obviously some articles could fit into one of several workshops. In those cases, an arbitrary choice has usually been made.
|The Activities||The Activity navigation pages are used for ATM activities which cross all disciplines or don't readily fit any other catagory. The structure of the activity pages matches that of the workshop pages.|
|The Catagory Indices||To help locate articles which may cross into multiple workshops, the catagory index pages link all Web site articles by their catagory -- project, technique, or review. Within the index pages, the articles are listed by the workshop in which they appear.|
The Web site contains three types of articles. Project articles are generally those which document some of my own projects that others may be interested in duplicating. They will often contain detailed plans or CAD drawings to work from. Technique articles document common procedures and hints that you can apply to your own unique projects. Finally, review articles are product related reviews which pertain to the workshop's particular discipline.
At the very top and bottom of each article published on this Web site, you will find a navigation area. This area will contain links to the Home Page, the Catagory Indices, and an email link for submitting feedback or asking questions. In addition, at the center of the navigation area, you will find a link to the workshop in which the article you see resides. That link may be used to take you to other articles within the same discipline in case you were directed to the article from some other Web site or a catagory index.
The diagram below depicts the overall structure and organization of this Web site.
Web site Articles
You can tell at a glance that an article is considered complete by looking at the article title in the navigation pages. If the title contains a link and no Under Construction icon, then I consider the article completed.
Every effort has been made to ensure that any data or information presented here is accurate. In this regard, I usually ask other ATMs with knowledge of the subject matter to peer review the article for me. If a peer review is still in progress the peer icon as seen at left will appear. A reviewed article doesn't mean that errors may not remain, but at least an attempt has been made to supply you quality information.
In Process Articles
Any articles on this Web site that are incomplete will flagged with an under construction icon below the article title on the navigation pages. Such articles may have sections missing or may contain obvious errors having not yet undergone a peer review. These articles have been pre-published because they contain information that I believe may be of some use to other ATMs in spite of missing sections.
Check back occasionally to see if the article has been finished. Some articles covering ongoing construction projects may remain under construction for very long periods of time. Those articles will usually have a status update near the beginning of the article.
||You will find some articles listed on the navigation pages that do not have a link to the article text. These will also carry the under construction icon. These are articles I am planning to write but haven't gotten around to just yet. Most often, they represent projects I am currently working on, but have not completed yet. Construction techniques articles, in particular, may be planned but not written until I have a chance to take photographs or work up detailed CAD drawings to be published with the article.|
About The Images On This Web Site
|Embedded Images||To ensure that users of dial-up Internet connections will be able to view the articles on this Web site easily, only thumbnail sized images are included within the articles presented here. These images are almost always about 200 by 150 pixels and have been optimized so that they are rarely larger than 10KB. I usually strive for a thumbnail size of 3KB to 5KB to allow relatively fast download times.|
|Linked Images||In almost all cases, the thumbnail images in articles are accompanied by a larger image that may be viewed in a separate window. By clicking on the thumbnail image, the larger 800 by 600 or 600 by 450 pixel image will open in a separate browser window. This larger image will obviously show more detail than the embedded thumbnail versions. These larger images are generally less than 150KB each in size. The size of the image to be loaded is indicated in the caption of the thumbnail version. Point the mouse at the thumbnail image within the article and the caption will pop up. The size of the larger image will appear in brackets at the end of the caption. In this way, users of faster broadband connections have access to better images for the articles while allowing the dial-up users a choice of viewing only those images they are most interested in.|