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Renovation, Rejuvenation, and What Counts

An Online Journal / Diary


Sunday, May 6, 2001

Those Stupid Broken Links and that Stupid, STUPID Java Coding!

 I was reading Melissa's excellent journal, Thursday and even though I don't know her personally, I emailed her to tell her of a broken link on her website. I know if I had a broken link I'd want to be told, and I'm hoping she wasn't annoyed with me.

But get this: on Saturday I was testing maneuverability on my own site at the new location when all at once I realized that the majority of my links were no good to anybody but me. Now that I think about it, they weren't doing me any good either. In fact, they were taking me for a fool. Stupid links. They led me to believe that any online visitor reading my journal could click on them and go from one page to the next, when in all actuality they were broken. Kaput. Not working. As for me, I'd click on a link myself thinking it took me to another page on my website, when all it really did was lead me back to my website folder here on my computer desktop, and let me travel through my offline pages stored there.

I spent the better part of yesterday morning fixing my website.

Stupid, STUPID links!

It's a good thing I hadn't posted many journal entries at my new domain, or I would have probably spent the whole day repairing even more damage my computer ineptitude may have created.

Ah, my computer ineptitude... if I'm not linking website pages together correctly, I'm screwing up elsewhere. And the damage it can cause may not have robbed me of a whole day's time on Saturday, but it did rob me of the day before. It was on Friday that I tried to paste in some java coding on my site's front page, and for the life of me I just couldn't get it right. I'd paste it in and then check to see the page looked like in my browser, and the browser would tell me the page was plagued with all kind of errors. Stupid java coding. From before the dawning of the day until well after dusk I then studied all the java how-to in my computer books and experimented with mock website pages. I was obsessed. I didn't bathe. I didn't eat much. And I remained pissed off, isolated, and glued to the computer screen.

And everytime I tested any of my efforts, the computer seemed to scream at me, "Error! Error! Error!"

Stupid, STUPID java coding!

I finally forced myself to go sleep about midnight. In my dreams then I must have solved the java coding mystery. For you see, when I woke up the following morning I simply walked over to my computer and pasted in the coding; first try and the page finally loaded right in my browser!

What a rush! Instant brain orgasm. Yes folks, I was quite pleased with myself. Here I rose to such a great height, to take on and win at this geeky nerd challenge that the computer gods, sadistic monsters that they are, placed before me.

It was at this point that I surfed to my website and discovered all those stupid broken links.

Those stupid, STUPID broken links!


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