This site is Made with Macintosh on a PowerBook G4.
Specifically, these pages were constructed first (in the fall of 1995) with an Apple Power Macintosh 6100/66 and a Performa 6200 using Apple's SimpleText and Rick Giles's HTML Editor.
For about one and one-half years (winter 1997-summer 1998), they were maintained on Qâytbây, my PowerComputing PowerCenter 132.
From summer 1998 until fall 2003, the site was updated on Palmyra, my Macintosh PowerBook G3 Series 250/13.3, a real Pentium-killer from Apple.
From fall 2003 until about fall 2007, I maintained and updated (well, occasionally!) this site on Krak des Chevaliers, my PowerBook G4
Aluminium 1.33 GHz 17", yet another real
head-turner of a laptop from Apple, and have used Page Spinner from Optima System since 1997.
I now maintain and update (well, once or twice a decade!) this site on Qalaat Samaan, my circa 2007 15" 2.2 GHz Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro, and I have used a combination of Bare Bones Software's TextWrangler (once BBEdit's free little brother) and Panic's Coda since about 2007.
Photos and slides were scanned on an Apple Color OneScanner with Ofoto on a Power Macintosh 7100/80AV and with a Polaroid SprintScan 35 negative/slide scanner using Adobe Photoshop 3 and 4 on a Umax SuperMac J700/150 and a PowerCenter 132, and edited with MicroFrontier's ColorIt!, Thorsten Lemke's excellent GraphicConverter, and Photoshop 4 and 5 on Qâytbây and Palmyra. Additional graphics were created and edited with ColorIt!, GraphicConverter, Photoshop, and Adobe's ImageReady Preview Release, and recently, Adobe Photoshop 7.
Habîbî was recorded using my
advanced audio setup: my tape player, Qâytbây's audio-in cable, Apple's SimpleSound Desk Accessory, and converted to a RealAudio 5.0 file with RealNetworks' RealEncoder on Qâytbây. As soon as I find a site offering a free QuickTime Streaming Server for small files,
Habîbî goes back to QuickTime. RealAudio is garbage, and the recent Mac players have been even worse!
Introduction to the Arab World and the Arab League PDF file was composed in Corel WordPerfect 3.5 and converted to PDF by James W. Walker's nifty shareware PrintToPDF.
For a long time, the pages were previewed in some iteration of Netscape Navigator (through Navigator v4.08, the last stand-alone Navigator before Netscape lost its mind and company with the Netscape Communicator behemoth) and and then uploaded to GeoCities with NetFinder from Peter Li and Vincent Tan.
Then in the late 1990s, the Internet died. Yahoo! took over GeoCities and turned FTP into a for-pay service, Netscape died, and the
taming of the American West started to look civilized and progressive in comparison. Out of the ashes of the old web came new shoots, the excellent standards-based iCab web browser for the Mac and the promotion of web standards. Eventually the proliferation of Mac browsers created a healthy ecosystem again and adherence to web standards began to take root on the web.
These days, to polish it all off, the pages are then previewed in iCab, the speedy native Gecko-based Camino and Safari (and IE/Win when I have access to a PC), new pages are validated as HTML 4.01 Strict (even if GeoCities then adds a bunch of garbage to corrupt the page; the old
tag soup pages are slowly being brought up to spec, too), and then uploaded to GeoCities. (Though GeoCities no longer supports FTP, Peter Li and Vincent Tan's NetFinder still handles all my regular FTP work.)
If you aren't familiar with Camino, GraphicConverter, iCab, NetFinder, PageSpinner, or PrintToPDF, download them and try them out! They are excellent programs and beat the big names in their market segments in many ways!
For ease of use, graphics and multimedia, and web design, nothing beats Macintosh and MacOS!
The site updates and news section has now moved to its own page; please visit it here.
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