KING OF OBSOLETE.CA
THE STORY OF THE WEBSITE
This story is to tell you about my first attempt at a website after owning a computer for only a year. It is hard to imagine how a fellow known as the KING OF OBSOLETE who had trouble with speed dial on the fax machine could make his own website but I did it.
In March of 2003, I took the plunge and picked up the phone and dialed the 1-800 number for Dell computers in Canada. Of course I used the 1-800 number because I was on a tight budget and didn’t want to cash in my life savings of beer bottles. So after about an hour on the phone with the sales guy, I now had monthly payments on a new Dell computer that was worth more then any of my vehicles in the KINGDOM. But it would be worth it. So the fancy computer came in the mail and everyone in town who went to the post office that day got to see my new computer in the big boxes with DELL on the side. So in a small town everyone knows that you have a computer now, so they figure you are moving on up and also where did you get the money for that. The joys of small town living in the great white north! So once I got it home, I unpacked it and saved those fancy boxes in case this high tech piece of equipment malfunctioned and had to go back. Now I had just signed my life away to the most expensive piece of equipment in the KINGDOM and there was only one little piece of paper in the all of the boxes. The piece of paper only told me how to hook up all the wires and that was it! Now what???? So after wiggling the mouse around and doing a few things I was able to find out what this fancy machine was capable of doing. WOW is all I said. This fancy thing was amazing and I had only touched the surface.
So being a single parent at the time, the computer was an escape from being in the house for a 8:00 pm bath time for Xena and the countless “good nights” and “go to sleep” that it takes for a young mind to actually go to sleep. For those of you who don’t have kids, bedtime is about 2-3 hours of work before the youngest actually goes to sleep. So the new computer was my escape from being trapped in the house when there is so much work to be done in the KINGDOM. After about a month with the new computer the satellite TV was the next thing to go bye bye. The fancy computer was better and I learned and seen what I wanted when I wanted not when THEY told me I was seeing it with all there commercials too. Now I would spend the next year checking out websites and learning the computer because I had to be in the house anyways so I might as well learn. In May 2004 I started bugging my buddy Mark to make me a website. But Mark said that “there is only one KING OF OBSOLETE and that is you, so you have to make the website yourself.” Ok, this is not good but Mark talked me into it.
On June 4 2004 the KING OF OBSOLETE website was on line with (dot).CA because I’m Canadian instead of (dot).com. everyone told me that I wouldn’t get the searches. But I’m Canadian and this website is about a Canadian lifestyle so I stood my ground and stuck with the (dot).CA. I sat at the computer and tried to figure out what the website would look like and I didn’t want anything really fancy or flashy because that is not my style. I want the basic website that people around the world could follow along with lots of pictures. So with Xena trying to go to sleep every night with the 101 excuses, I came up with the website that would be the KING OF OBSOLETE. I thought I did very well since I’m color blind and I chose colour that I thought was easy on the eyes. I later learned that I had picked some really wild colours but that is no problem because it is my website.
So with the website only 3 days old I took a chance and put SOUTHERN BELLE’S birthday picture (picture of her with a birthday cake not her birthday suit) on the website as a joke but it backfired big time on me. SOUTHERN BELLE was living in the south 3000 kms away and we were courting each other at the time. So, putting her picture on the World Wide Web I thought was cool and that it would be a good joke. Problem was I jammed up the computer or something and her picture was on the website for 3 LONG days. Plus I even got a phone call from my mom as to who is this lady with the birthday cake? This is not good when my mom calls me. But no problem, I used the BARNES CHARM to smooth things out and removed the birthday picture once the fancy computer liked me again. With SOUTHERN BELLE living in the south with that high speed internet service compared to the great white north slow, slow dial-up internet, she was able to guide me through the website when I was installing new pages to the website. My computer would show up as everything lined up straight. But SOUTHERN BELLE on the high speed would see paragraghs cut off, pictures over top of words and a few more things like that. That is when we figured out that the slow, slow internet in the great white north was losing some of the details talking to the southern server computer for the website information. It took some time to get it all straightened out, but it was a good excuse to talk on the old fashioned telephone with SOUTHERN BELLE to discuss the website.
When I was in Moose Jaw Saskatchwan on July long weekend documenting a Linn Tractor with SOUTHERN BELLE, I phoned my buddy Mark to see how the KINGDOM was. Well he told me that I had surpassed what he thought I would get for the number of monthly hits and I don’t have any search words installed yet. WOW is all I had to say! What a surprise for a fellow who had took a Dell computer out of a box and almost put it back in the box all because there was not a “big owner’s” manual like most equipment one buys. So I think I did very well for just wiggling the mouse until I jammed the fancy computer up and had to unplug it to remind the stupid thing who is the boss!!
I never realized how many people around the world the KING OF OBSOLETE website touches until xmas of 2004. When the presents and cheese whiz rolled in as gifts to the KING OF OBSOLETE and SOUTHERN BELLE it was truly amazing at how many people took the time to send us gifts. In June of 2005, a year later the website got 150 000 hits in one month which I think is very good considering it was zero, a year before. But I don’t go by the stats on the website, I go by the number of emails and phone calls we get in the KINGDOM as a sign of how well we are doing by touching a lot of people out there in computer land. As my Rock and Roll hero from my wasted youth once said in an interview, “it is not the critics who get free tickets to the show, who get paid to write the reviews, but it is the fans who bought the tickets with hard earned money that show their emotions during the show is what makes it worth while!
THE WEBSITE STARTED IN 2004 WITH MICROSOFT FRONT PAGE. IN 2012 THE HOST SERVER COMPANY WENT TO A NEW SERVER THING AND MICROSOFT FRONT PAGE WAS "OBSOLETE". FROM APRIL TO DECEMBER I COULD NOT UPDATE THE WEBSITE UNTIL I SPENT $1200.00 ON A NEW COMPUTER AND PROGRAM. DECEMBER 23 2012 I WAS ABLE TO UPDATE THE WEBSITE AFTER I LEARNED HOW TO OPERATE DREAMWEAVER CS6 PROGRAM. I WENT FROM AN "OBSOLETE" PROGRAM TOTHIS STATE OF THE ART PROGRAM WHICH MAKES LIFE INTERESTING.
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