April 1, 2002: The Internet is dead (again), or at least the free Internet. Recently, within a week of each other, I received messages from Geocities, Yahoo!, and iName detailing essentially the end of various free services.
Geocities is discontinuing FTP (which has been a part of their service since I joined in 1996) unless you pay a yearly fee, roughly $20 if memory serves; Yahoo! is discontinuing forwarding on Yahoo email addresses (the ones that that they make you set up to use any of their "services") unless you pay a yearly fee (again, roughly $20); and iName is also discontinuing forwarding unless you pay a yearly fee ($20). Apparentlty there was no value in the "pro" services they've been offering for similar fees for several years, so now they've decided to make these free services "pro" fee-based services. (Not that these fees will make the annoying ads decrease....)
So, please note the new email address on these pages <firstname.lastname@example.org>, and in the future, this webpage will probably be relocating. But for now, it's still here. <End of today's rant>
I've almost finished my third year of graduate work at Georgetown and have no illusions that this site will receive lots of attention. Perhaps, like most of my friends (those against whom I "competed" for the "Best of CGHS Class of `95 Websites" award), I should just take my website down (the Internet is dead), but I seem unwilling to do so. I do, however, hope to continue to make minor updates from time to time. Thanks for visiting (all 19,000 of you to this main page since June 1996!), and please stop by from time to time.
Also, the semi-official Berry MAL website has completed the first phase of its transformation into Smokey's MAL Memories. Not a lot is new in terms of content, though I have updated the MAL Resources & Links and the Where Are They Now? pages; I will be adding more of my photographs as time goes on, too. Stop by and visit the new section, and let me know what you think. (Remember the official Berry MAL website is now here.)
I have just my third year of graduate work at Georgetown and have no illusions that this site will receive lots of attention. Perhaps, like most of my friends (those against whom I "competed" for the "Best of CGHS Class of `95 Websites" award), I should just take my website down (the Internet is dead), but I seem unwilling to do so. I do, however, hope to continue to make minor updates from time to time. Thanks for visiting (all 15,000 of you to this main page since June 1996!), and please stop by from time to time.
July 25, 2001: Not much has happened over the past year, at least on this site (due in part to my new web work at Georgetown). Much has happened in the world, of course, and on the Internet.
The Internet is dead, or at least affiliate e-commerce is. July 2001 marked the closing of the Borders.com Friends & Associates program, less than a year after I joined and remodeled the al-Qâhira fî Amrîkâ Bookstore. However, the Bookstore will remain online and functional, and I may eventually get around to adding the new books I had planned to add during spring 2001. I may decide to join Barnes & Noble's affiliate program; we'll see (not that I earned more than a few dollars from the bookstore anyway).
In addition, there is now an official Berry Model Arab League website, after about two years of my hosting a semi-official one (kudos to Scott McIntosh for the stylish new site!). This roughly coincides with my retirement from an active role in the Model Arab League program after a decade of participation and service. In the coming weeks, the former semi-official site will metamorphose into something along the lines of "Smokey's MAL Memories;" I will, however, continue to maintain and update the MAL Resources & Links, Where Are They Now?, and Intro to the Arab World pages and will be adding more of my photographs as time goes on.
I begin my third year of graduate work at Georgetown in the fall and have no illusions that this site will receive lots of attention. Perhaps, like most of my friends (those against whom I "competed" for the "Best of CGHS Class of `95 Websites" award), I should just take my website down (the Internet is dead), but I seem unwilling to do so. I do, however, hope to continue to make minor updates from time to time. Thanks for visiting (all 15,000 of you to this main page since June 1996!), and please stop by from time to time.
The September 24, 2000 update marked the grand re-opening of the newly-remodeled al-Qâhira fî Amrîkâ Bookstore, now a member of Borders.com Friends & Associates. The newly remodeled bookstore features more books on Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and the Middle East, as well as a small video and DVD section. Other, minor updates also were performed.
The July 1, 2000 update returned the normal index page and added a new site, the massive Latin compendium Forum Romanum, to the CGHSLC web site! A definite must visit for anyone with an interest in Latin or ancient Rome!
The June 2000 updates focused largely on reflecting that another year has ended, more-or-less, and that people have moved, changed jobs, graduated, and so forth. In addition, a new index page marking the death of Syrian President Hâfiz al-Asad debuted, and I listed The Harafish, the most recent Naguib Mahfouz novel I've read, in the Bookstore.
The President's Day Weekend (February 19-20) updates were mostly minor tweaks and revisions. However, two new Egypt pictures went online and I recompressed a few of the older ones. Future updates will bring bigger sizes and better quality to all remaining "original" Egypt pictures. The Berry Model Arab League website received a major update, with a new version of the introductory article and the first pictures both coming on-line.
The January 2, 2000 update fixed minor things and extended the adopted transliteration system to more areas of the site. I reconstructed some more of the early history of the site. It also promised that the long-delayed site redesign would be complete by the millennium, giving me three hundred-sixty-odd days. (The new design will probably actually adopt some modern internet technologies, like server-side includes and cascading style sheets, but users of 68k machines with older browsers don't fearif iCab doesn't support it by then, you won't see it here!)
Updates in May, June, July, and August of 1999 consisted largely of efforts to reflect the fact that I graduated from Berry College and began graduate studies at Georgetown University, with a corresponding change in activities.
July 18 marked the first "substantial" update in quite some time, since much of my limited coding time has gone into the GSCL site. This update included rewriting the text on the About Me page to reflect the fact that it is now mid-1999 instead of mid 1998!
February 7, 1999 saw the replacement of the Malcolm Kerr index page with one in memory of the late King Husayn of Jordan. Plus, the QuickTime plugin returns to play the Bismillah on this page. The March 4 update returned the old index page.
January 1999 marked the introduction of the Malcolm Kerr index page, in memory of the 15th anniversary of Dr. Kerr's death. The February 6 update returned the old index page.
On October 12, my Macintosh Enhancements page was featured by ResExcellence, the premier Macintosh resource editing site! All links should now work properly, so if you find a bad one, please let me know.
August 8 marked the first update written on my new Macintosh PowerBook G3 Series laptop. Not that you really need all that speed to code HTML, but it makes the rest of my life easier, and more portable.
However, there were many more changes which took place in that update. The Macintosh software page debuted, more broken links caused by the switch to subdirectories were fixed, and, sadly, I had to announce that one of my first featured sites, the GHP directories from my GHP roommate, has gone off-line forever. If you need GHP info, check out the official site at VSU . . . and long live the Soc Studs!
Finally, all sites on GeoCities can have subdirectories (July 18, 1998)! This will make it much easier for me to update and grow my site. Please bear with me as I begin to move the site into various subdirectories.
The al-Qâhira fî Amrîkâ Bookstore, an Amazon.com Associate, opened its doors on June 21, 1998.
I replaced the Sun Audio version of "Habîbî" with a RealAudio version on February 11, 1998. The new version is considerably smaller and has better sound quality, and streams much better, though it no longer uses my favorite plugin, the Internet standard QuickTime from Apple Computer, like the Sun Audio did.
I replaced the annoying Java applet with a nice, still, small GIF file on September 30. Alhamdu lillah, nothing moves on this site anymore!
On September 28, I added several more Egypt pictures. I also tweaked the layout of the page. Please stop by and have a look.
I added the long-overdue "navigation bar" to the bottom of each page on September 19, 1997. I also remade the non-frames Egypt pictures page so that it will truly be more modem-friendly.
The Summer in Syria 1997 Web Page debuted on September 15, 1997. There's not much there yet, but more will come in the coming weeks. Please check it out and tell me what you think.
I also decided to adopt a system modeled after the conventions of Marshall Hodgson's The Venture of Islam for Arabic transliteration, at least as far as I can. Updating all of the pages to this new "standard" will be ongoing.
I converted the Egypt pictures page to frames, which will hopefully ease the download time (although it increased my coding time the first time around!). If you do not have a frames-capable browser, you can still see the old version here.
The Webcounter began recording visitors on June 2; it took less than a year for the site to receive 1000 visitors.
al-Qâhira fî Amrîkâ debuted on the web on February 13, 1996, as a one-page site in the Athens neighborhood of GeoCities (back when there were only 8 neighborhoods in GeoCities!). It was also one of the first two dozen or so sites on Egypt and one of the first couple on Cairo.
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