Entangled in the World Wide Web

Written by Thomas Yoon

I am just a learner who likes to delve in websites as a hobby. Hobbies are what make life so enjoyable for me. I have tried many other things - watercolor and pastel painting, organic gardening, kayak making, dinghy sailing, kite making, origami, stock photography, cartooning, carpentry, rock collecting, snake rearing and many other unusual pursuits. Somehow, as time goes on, and for some particular reason, they gradually become just bits of historical and passing interests for me. Amidst these passing interests,repparttar Internet comes along.

Fromrepparttar 116157 first day I learned to surfrepparttar 116158 Internet, I became impressed by it. I could not recall whether it wasrepparttar 116159 incredible amount of knowledge that can be found there, or was itrepparttar 116160 quality ofrepparttar 116161 reading medium that struck me. But it did.

I was hooked. At that time, I was gathering information on how to make a kayak. Well, not allrepparttar 116162 information was exactlyrepparttar 116163 way I had wanted it, but by carefully piecing allrepparttar 116164 bits and pieces of information together, I managed to use them to make a fully functional kayak, custom made to suit me.

Deep down inside me, I was so excited by this technology, that I wanted so much to get involved too.

Then a MLM company that calls themselves SkyX (Not their real name) came torepparttar 116165 scene. They were supposedly going to revolutionizerepparttar 116166 world of online business in Malaysia. They were an American company that operated their business very much like a pyramid scheme, with their main products being a web design software, some learning tool and web hosting for one year that teaches one how to make websites. To me at that time, it wasrepparttar 116167 product I was looking for. Being so very new torepparttar 116168 Internet, I did not try to look at other options.

That's whatrepparttar 116169 company wanted! The trap has been sprung. Sweet talking me with their attractive carrot bait,repparttar 116170 members made me lose my grip on myself and I succumbed to their enticements. Although I was aware that people have been conned into pyramid schemes before, I was somehow swayed by their explanations about multi-level marketing concepts and how their business structure was a bit different from pyramid schemes. They really knew how to play on my emotions and weakness to their advantage.

They had allrepparttar 116171 workings of a well-established network that gives support to allrepparttar 116172 members, organizing presentations and holding functions. What did I do then? Since I was already part ofrepparttar 116173 network, I had to do my part in getting more members. If not, I won't recover my money. So for a very short while I did just that.

Eventually, this American Company was sued and it went bankrupt. That wasrepparttar 116174 end ofrepparttar 116175 chapter. My money just went downrepparttar 116176 drain! It was a bitter and expensive lesson to learn. Butrepparttar 116177 lesson was well learned. I bitrepparttar 116178 bullet, picked uprepparttar 116179 pieces, and behaved as if nothing had happened. I was determined to make full use of what I had purchased. Looking back atrepparttar 116180 situation, I recalled that taking part in MLM activities was never on my agenda inrepparttar 116181 first place. Learning how to make websites was.

And so from that clumsy beginning, making use ofrepparttar 116182 product, and working on it when I hadrepparttar 116183 time, and completely at my own pace, I managed to learnrepparttar 116184 rudiments of web designing. I borrowed books fromrepparttar 116185 library to supplement my knowledge. I learned basic html language, color notations, picture editing and other simple steps. The websites that I created were so very crude.

But it was fun and exciting for me. It's a new toy. And it's magical.

After surfing for some time onrepparttar 116186 Internet,repparttar 116187 knowledge in me gradually grew. I picked up bits and pieces everywhere. Byrepparttar 116188 time,repparttar 116189 MLM collapsed, I was already well versed in html language and I was no longer that fresh. I had also acquiredrepparttar 116190 necessary photo editing skills to make presentable websites.

I bought a scanner and started to generate images for my websites. Unfortunately, most of my photographs were transparencies. So I had to copy and develop them into photo prints before I could scan them.

I searched around for a few web-hosting companies that offer free hosting and decided to try out my new skills on them. It took me some time but I got around getting used to their routines eventually. My first efforts on these free hosting companies were nothing to boast about. (Although I did get feedback from people who said that they were good. Surprise, surprise!)

I also learned to userepparttar 116191 search engines, and I found them very useful. They opened up a whole new way of finding information for me. Almost any subject could be found with just a click fromrepparttar 116192 mouse.

As I dug up more information both fromrepparttar 116193 Internet and also from library books on designing, and handling images, I became more and more proficient. I learned how to use ftp to upload my files torepparttar 116194 host server. This saved me a lot of time. Most important of all, I saved on Internet call charges on my telephone bill.

Reading through whatrepparttar 116195 experts say, I came torepparttar 116196 conclusion that one ofrepparttar 116197 most important characteristics of a good website isrepparttar 116198 content and its loading speed. I have observed some sites that give very flashy and impressive animations, but unfortunately, were rather slow loading. I decided in favor of functionality.

My websites must be fast loading and full of content. I also found out that to makerepparttar 116199 page load fast,repparttar 116200 file size ofrepparttar 116201 images should be small. So I optimized all my web photographs accordingly to jpeg and gif format to make their file sizes small.

Then I looked at other things like making my websites crawler friendly. (The spider atrepparttar 116202 search engines will crawl insiderepparttar 116203 Internet to find your site. This spider is notrepparttar 116204 creepy crawly type that will give yourepparttar 116205 goose bumps, but they work onrepparttar 116206 web just like a real spider)

Although I am aware thatrepparttar 116207 html software editor that I use is not so efficient in generating clean html, and that it adds a lot of extra html tags that are redundant, thus makingrepparttar 116208 files bigger than required, I will leave it as it is forrepparttar 116209 time being. There are still many other things that I still want to explore and develop.

One of them is e-book creation. E-books are one ofrepparttar 116210 most efficient ways to present information to people. They can be published completely with text, images, color, hyperlinks, animation, and sounds on CD's and diskettes. They can also be downloaded throughrepparttar 116211 Internet, or sent through emails. (But first make sure thatrepparttar 116212 email server can handlerepparttar 116213 file size)

Amateur vs. Professional Poker Players

Written by Keith Freeman

I'm sick of these Amateurs! I hope *insert pro player's name here* wipesrepparttar floor with him!

That seems to be a common refrain in poker forums recently, in light of allrepparttar 116156 successrepparttar 116157 amateurs are enjoying. We ran a poll on my web site asking members to predict “Who will win WSOP 2004?" I think “a professional” beat “an amateur” by at least a 2:1 margin, and about 90% gave Chris Moneymaker hardly a snowball's chance at even makingrepparttar 116158 final few tables.

So whyrepparttar 116159 angst? Is it because ofrepparttar 116160 World Poker Tour coverage onrepparttar 116161 Travel Channel where so many ofrepparttar 116162 new players today saw and became infatuated with names like Phil Ivey and Howard Lederer and just can't stand watching their “horse” lose?

Lets considerrepparttar 116163 differences betweenrepparttar 116164 typical amateur and professional poker player at one of these expensive televised tournaments. First,repparttar 116165 amateur holds a regular job, albeit generally well paying. Remember “the Dentist” in World Poker Tour coverage? We probably won't be seeing “The Plumber” or “The Garbage Man” dropping several thousand dollars on a poker tournament inrepparttar 116166 near future. The professional onrepparttar 116167 other hand considers poker his full time job.

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