Small changes, corrections, and updates are being made to my pages all the time.
But major changes and additions are listed here.
Quite often, I make major changes to my site. Check them out on this page.
Tue, Feb 20, 2018
Updated my speaker page with talks for 2018 and added a few topics to my topics list.
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
Fixed GenSoftReviews so that it again shows the number of programs selected when one or more selections are made. I think I broke it when I made some header changes for the ads, but I never knew it was broken until I tried to find out how many programs in each category there were for the blog post two days ago.
Changed the GenSoftReviews search page so it would look the same as the main page and include the number of reviews and link to the awards on the right.
Removed my traffic.shtml page. Quantcast stopped supporting the widget to display their nice large graphics of site traffic. Those were basically all that were on this page, and I liked it for seeing a better graph of the traffic than the small widget provides. Now I'll have to click on the small Quantcast buttons on my home page to go to Quantcast where I can see that graph.
Fri, Sept 22, 2017
Removed the Banner Ads from GenSoftReviews. They were there for exactly 5 months and earned less than $3. Not worth the distraction.
Mon, Sept 18, 2017
Added information about Mummies Alive shows being available on YouTube to the Toys and Shows pages.
Added info about 3 Mummies Alive DVDs releated in 2016 (info from Benny) to the Toys page.
In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the airing of the first show of Mummies Alive, I updated the Mummies Behind the Scene page with new information, and eliminated the links to voices.fuzzy.com which no longer exists and replaces them with links to IMDB.
Fri, Aug 4, 2017
Moved the number of reviews over to the right column on GenSoftReviews to make room in the left column if there's new programs listed.
Thu, Jun 22, 2017
On Behold Blog sidebar: Changed Geneabloggers logo and link to Geneabloggers Tribe, removed BetterGEDCOM logo and link, and added Facebook logo and link.
Changed GenSoftReviews to include a Banner Ad at the bottom of the header.
Search functions at GenSoftReviews changed to enable them to all work together rather than independently.
Sat, Apr 1, 2017
Updated my Brute Force page to add a note to a statement made before Kasparov was beaten by Deep Blue and before checkers was solved. Also added a bit more information about Hans Berliner's B* search algorithm.
lkessler, beholdgenealogy and gensoftreviews websites all down for about 3 hours because Netfirms must have updated their scans and found the 8 year old Wordpress Easter Egg file /wp-admin/js/revisions-js.php among my gensoftreviews wordpress code. So they suspended my sites. So I deleted that file, had a frustrating time getting ahold of Netfirms support, and waited until Netfirms rescanned my sites and found them clean and reactivated my sites.
Thu, Feb 4, 2016
Nah! Rotton experiment. Nobody's tried these new products yet, so nobody can review or rate them yet. Took it off.
Wed, Feb 3, 2016
A bit of an experiment as I prompt to "Rate and Review the 12 Innovator Showdown Semifinalist During RootsTech 2016" along with links to the 12 program pages in the header section of GenSoftReviews. We'll see over the next few days how many reviews that prompts.
Put new Quantcast widgets on my home page that includes a 3 month Sparkline of traffic.
Fri, Aug 28, 2015
After developing, hosting and maintaining the JHCWC website for the organization for 16 years, I redirected the JHCWC site to point to the new site being developed for them by Visual Lizard, so the organization will in the future be able to add their content themself.
Thu, Jul 23, 2015
I fixed the pagenation of searches on the Behold Blog and Forum and on GenSoftReviews when the search term is an exact phrase enclosed in double quotes.
Tue, Jun 30, 2015
New version 1.1 of Behold put up, with updates to most of the web pages on the Behold site to include new screen shots and update descriptions.
Finally found a nice weather widget that is non-flash and includes the South Pole from www.theweather.com. Added Winnipeg, Thompson, Churchill and the South Pole widgets back into my home page.
Found some CSS code to make the four widgets dynamic, so that on smaller screens it would switch to only be 2 widgets per line instead of all 4.
Sat, Nov 22, 2014
Changed the web page title of my Behold Blog pages to include the Post title in the same format as used in the Behold Forum.
Changed the web page title of my GenSoftRevies pages to include the software name (ie. Post title) in the same format as done for the Behold pages.
Mon, Nov 17, 2014
The recording of Behold purchases into my database stopped working. Netfirms changed their "mysqlhost" setting a years ago and I missed changing it my purchase recording PHP script. Netfirms just invalidated the old "mysqlhost" setting, so it just stopped working. Because it's 3 years later, I completely forgot that this was done and it took a couple of hours to find the problem.
Then I discovered that the PHP program to manually add a new person in my Behold purchaser/trier database wasn't working. It only took me 3 hours to find that $_POST("email") needed to be $_POST["email"]). See the difference?
Tues, Nov 11, 2014
Added GEDCOM File Finder info snippets and links to its page onto to my Behold site, near the bottom of the right column of the main page, the footer of every page, the download page and the feedback page.
Thu, Nov 6, 2014
My Google Analytics tracking code for lkessler.com was incorrect and was the one for beholdgenealogy.com. So all my tracking got merged there. I've now corrected the lkessler.com code and separate tracking should now start. Bother!
Wed, Nov 5, 2014
Uploaded my new freeware program: GEDCOM File Finder on my Behold site and made it available for downloading.
Added a Behold landing page for those who press the "Try Behold" link in the GEDCOM File Finder application.
Third time's a charm! The Google Analytic download and outbound link tracking I added Tuesday didn't work as well. Both Sunday and Tuesday's code I found out was for the old version of Google Analytics which was deprecated last year. So I found one that actually works at axllent.org that now works!
I became a member and added the Association of Software Professionals logo to the bottom of my Behold home page.
Mon, Oct 13, 2014
Updated my Speaker page with my talk from Gaenovium and with the 2nd paper submitted to FHISO.
Wed, Sept 24, 2014
Accuweather's weather widget stopped working. I looked around for another suitable minimalistic weather widget, but couldn't find any that display multiple sites, including the South Pole, that changed shape well together for different sized windows. So I just removed them.
Sat, Sept 6, 2014
Updated My Family web page with info about the Focsaners coming from the town of Ungureni in Romania, from the Hamburg Passenger records.
Fri, Aug 29, 2014
The country names and flags displayed on the Behold blog user comments were incorrect. I updated to the latest database of ip2nation but they were still wrong. With the Netfirms file manager, I was able to fix it by deleting the cache directory: blog/wp-content/cache/ip2nation
Fixed problem where results from the blog and forum search on my Behold site was giving a full page view in IE 8 and below. The customized search page inadvertently left out the include for the bb header, and surprisingly, that only caused problems in older IE versions. Firefox and Chrome and IE10 were fine.
Improve the login form setup for the Behold blog and forum so that the fieldnames and the corresponding box stays on the same line. This looks better on smaller screen devices.
Sun, Aug 24, 2014
De-emphasized that Mac and Mobile versions of Behold are planned by removing it from the first paragraph of the Behold home page. They are still planned, but a lot of other things are planned first.
Sun, Aug 3, 2014
Updated my Google Analytics tracking code on my sites, as I see there is new code recommended. Maybe it will finally get the tracking on the Behold buy now pages to work.
Sat, Aug 2, 2014
Changed all references on my Behold Buy Now pages from Plimus to BlueSnap, since the company has changed its branding and the old urls soon will not work.
Updated the Google Plus badge on my homepage. The previous tag was centered and I couldn't change it to be left justified. So I picked a new standard tag showing my avatar, background picture, tagline, number of followers and follow button.
Wed, Jul 23, 2014
Added my Gaenovium and RootsTech speakers badges to my speaker page.
Fixed my Behold Comments RSS Feed which wasn't working since August. Another one of those "»" type on entries in the Title of the comment. This also happened a couple of years ago (see May 14, 2012) but I had forgotten the reason until I just fixed it now. If it happens again, I'll have to add something to my Wordpress feed to prevent this.
Sun, January 15, 2014
The Software Industry Professionals site no longer works and my queries to them the last few months have got no response. I've removed them from my Behold home page and likely will not renew membership.
Sun, January 12, 2014
On GenSoftReviews, now Genealogy Software Reviews awards are shown as gold only if they won in 2013. Silver for past winners.
Managed to make changes to my Behold Blog so that I can add or edit posts from the WordPress for Windows Phone App. The app worked fine with GenSoftReviews with no changes needed.
Sat, December 21, 2013
Switched the weather information on my Home Page from the Weather Network for Winnipeg and WeatherUnderground for the South Pole to use a clean Accuweather call courtesy of netweather.accuweather.com.
Added Thompson and Churchill temps as well.
Sun, December 15, 2013
Just to make sure, I've deleted the WordPress installation from the JHCWC site. It was only there to test in case I wanted to eventually migrate the site to WordPress, but I'll have to do that work again now if I decide to in the future.
... and a datemod.php file somehow appeared (maybe before I deleted everything) with the same data as my valid datemod.js file, and the log file appeared again. Deleted both and looking for other differences. Ugh! Hopefully that happened before I finished deleting the WordPress installation. I'll have to check tomorrow.
Fri, December 13, 2013
The JHCWC site was hacked with a backdoor WordPrss exploit, putting a log1.txt file in a log directory causing browsers to report the site as unsafe. The hack fix is described at www.daveexmachina.com/wordpress/?p=5875
It seems like the small index.php stub file, as well as the wp-settings.php file had the closing "?>" at the end of it removed. It could have been the hack that did this, allowing anything appended to the index.php file to be processed by php, and maybe that's how the hack worked.
There also appeared to be a wp-rss3.php file added, with encoded php code starting with "<?php $_8b7b="\x63\x72" and looking it up on the web, it becomes a php create function, that probably creates the log file and maybe does other stuff as well. This makes me pretty sure this is the exploit.
Sun, December 8, 2013
Improved the look of my lkessler.com website pages on mobile devices by adding into each page's HEAD section the meta tag with: name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0". This prevents browsers on mobile devices from resetting all the font sizes. This was not necessary on my other sites which had Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) to define the formatting.
Removed Snap Shots from the Computer Chess, Jewish Genealogy, and Jewish Winnipeg links pages.
Sun, October 20, 2013
The Snap Shots service now has an expired Comodo certificate on its site. I was using it for small website image previews on GenSoftReviews and a couple of pages on the Behold site, but those now will not show up. Even worse, Internet Explorer gives a nasty warning message stating a certificate has expired and the content won't be shown. That's bad, as most users will think it's something wrong with my site. I gave feedback to Snap Shots, and we'll see if they fix it. In the meantime, I've disabled the Snap Shots on my sites.
Thu, October 17, 2013
Improvements to the About.me site allowed me to update my About.me page with links to my Twitter, Google Plus and Behold blog feeds, as well as include keywords. About.me looks like its trying to become something significant.
Sun, June 23, 2013
Replaced the non-working Twitter and Google Plus widgets on my home page with new working ones.
Fixed the header of all the GenSoftReviews pages that was not displaying the Select/Sort forms properly in one line in Google Chrome.
Updated the GenSoftReviews awards for 2012. Took out multiple years in title. Changed "Best Liked Genealogy Software" to "Top Rated Genealogy Software" and changed that line's color from gold to green. Changed the link of the award graphics from previously linking to the awards page to now linking to the software's page at GenSoftReviews. Numbered the winners, and separated out the past winners.
Added some spam prevention on the Behold Forum to prevent some types if spammers from creating an account.
Sun, Aug 26, 2012
Made some improvements to the layout of the Behold Forum, to allow it to respond to a smaller screen size a bit better. But I really like the table setup and I don't want to compromise that - so most people will have to use the main Forum page in landscape mode.
Made improvements to the display of the Login line on both the Behold Blog and Forum, so that words and the person's name won't break in the middle.
Note: Still to do are the Behold Buy Now page, and the User Guide.
Added Responsive Web Design to my Behold site. This allows the site to be "Mobile friendly". Just a few wide images, the forum, and the User Guide have a bit of design work left.
Tues, Aug 14, 2012
Updated the Behold Home Page with less raw-raw and more to the point info about Behold. Included info about it reading GEDCOM, which was somehow missing, and its error checking capabilities. Also foretold of plans for mobile versions.
I don't know why all the Behold headers in the Behold Help file changed to point to the Plimus secure graphics files which made them all missing graphics, but I've now fixed that. Weird!
Changed the Behold CSS file so that list items would have 5 pixels after each entry. That adds a nice amount of white space between entries and makes the Behold Future Plans and History pages look better.
The online Behold User Guide had some references to a UG directory, which didn't exists, so I created the directory with a redirect file to the UserGuide directory.
Sun, Aug 12, 2012
Aaargh! Two graphics on the Behold Buy Now page, including the Behold Header, somehow no longer pointed to the secure graphic at Behold and made them missing. The Buy Now page was damaged. I'm sure that turned off potential purchasers. Don't know how long it was that way, or why that link broke. But it's now fixed.
Purchased the domain names: beholdgenealogy.mobi and behold.mobi
Sun, Jun 3, 2012
Updated my Computer Chess Links adding a Machine vs Machine section and a few new links, including links to the Computer Chess section of the Computer History Museum, as well as the Chess Programming wiki at Wikispaces.
I changed the Adwords Ad at the top of my Computer Chess Links page to a link to Computer Chess Books at Amazon, as is on the Jewish Genealogy links page. Did this because the Adwords ad was not generating ads relevant to computer chess anymore.
Fixed the Behold Blog Comments RSS Feed, which started producing a "This feed contains code errors" message after an HTML entity ampersand-laquo that produces a left-pointing double angle quotation: "«" was entered in an April 16th comment. This one drove me crazy for a while, and I fixed everything else in the feed before I found that.
Sat, May 5, 2012
Updated the GenSoftReviews FAQ, added #1 "What is this site for?", rewrote a few rules such as deletion and developer posting and reordered the FAQs more logically.
Thu, May 3, 2012
Changed the "title" of the Behold home page from "BEHOLD Genealogy Software" to "Behold Genealogy Software". I expect the capitalized BEHOLD has been a bad idea for search engine placement, since the page probably gets penalized for the all-caps. Also changed "BEHOLD Screenshots" to "Behold Screenshots"
Sun, Apr 29, 2012
Modified the display of trackbacks (i.e. other sites that link to my post) on my Behold Blog to be multiple lines with the second line showing the text from the site. I've also hacked the code to allow me to better manage those links and add those that don't get automatically.
For 4 days, there were no reviews at GenSoftReviews. Something changed preventing the display of the comment form. Changing the settings to allow comments wouldn't fix it. This was the old "have to reset each message bug" that pops up from time to time. Ugh. It's been a while. Hope it doesn't happen again soon.
Updated my Quantcast Tag on my webpages to their new asynchronous tag to improve page loading performance by loading the quant code in the background and only on the first pageview per session.
Thu, Oct 6, 2011
Updated my About Me page at: about.me/lkessler with a wonderful picture taken out my back window.
Mon, Sep 5, 2011
A Netfirms migration glitch was discovered that caused the Behold "Send Key" command to result in a delayed response followed by a blank page result, instead of the confirmation page. A solution to this is now being worked on, but until then, a "Yes it is working" message has been added below the "Send Key" button.
Fri, Aug 12, 2011
Added to the Behold download page, an area where Behold Translation files can be downloaded. First file is Dutch.bho, contributed by Hendrik Acket.
Netfirms was purchased by Endurance International Group back in March. All websites were to be moved to a new platform on Endurance's servers. The migration of all my websites were completed on this day, and the migration went reasonably well.
Updated my Behold FAQ, specifically regarding computer requirements (64 bit is fine, and no real time or memory issues any more) and added a licensing question "Can I Install Behold on More Than One Computer?" and the Photos section indicating they'll now come after version 2. Also removed former question 2: "Why has it taken so long to get Behold out?"
Added a link on my Behold Blog to my participation in the BetterGEDCOM wiki effort
Sun Dec 5, 2010
Finally fixed my filter to delete the url spam that has been plaguing GenSoftReviews. Instead of having to moderate each message, I'm now confident that the filter works 99.9% of the time and I can just get rid of them without worrying about them. So I'm good now until something new comes.
Fri Nov 26, 2010
The Behold trial was temporarily unavailable between June 30, 2009 and Nov 30, 2009. During that time, I changed the request a trial key button to a "let me know when the beta is available" button. I changed that back to the trial key on Nov 30, 2009. But I neglected to change the line on the confirmation page from "Your name has been added to the Behold mailing list" to "Your User ID and License Key have been e-mailed" - so it was somewhat confusing for almost a year. That has now been fixed.
Sat Nov 20, 2010
Added the South Pole weather to my home page again. I'll probably make this an annual event and add it every winter so Winnipeg temperature can be compared to the South Pole.
Changed my Google GEDCOM search page to indicate it is just a Google search of GEDCOMs. It no longer is a Google custom search. I had changed that back on October 10, 2008, but not changed the text.
Fri Nov 19, 2010
The GenSoftReviews RSS feed for new programs added was not giving new programs that didn't have a review yet. That has now been fixed.
Also, improved the titles of the two GenSoftReviews feeds.
Sat Nov 6, 2010
Added an RSS feed onto GenSoftReviews to give new programs added. This is now in addition to the new reviews feed and the reviews feed for specific programs.
Wed Nov 3, 2010
Manually entered spam comments, up to 4 or 5 a day into GenSoftReviews has forced me to eliminate the website entry and only post messages immediately if they don't contain a url. Otherwise they are held for me to inspect and approve. They want their spammy websites posted, so making this impossible hopefully get them to slow down.
Thu Oct 21, 2010
Managed to snatch www.behold.asia, and it also now redirects to www.beholdgenealogy.com.
Mon Oct 18, 2010
www.behold.us became live today, and now redirects to www.beholdgenealogy.com.
On April 1, StackOverflow played an April fools joke on all participants and changed everyone's Avatar image to a Unicorn. I liked mine so much, I saved it and kept it for a whole month. Now I'm changing back to my Behold sun. But maybe every year on April 1st, I'll change my Avatar back again to my Unicorn, for the day, or a week, or maybe again the month.
Now put on my home page the Quantcast badges for all 4 of my sites, showing the estimated monthly people of each, and removed the Alexa badge.
Also adde a Quantcast tag to the bottom of the JHCWC home page.
Added an Amazon.com widget to the bottom of the GenSoftReview pages.
Sun, February 1, 2009
Signed up with Quantcast to get additional visitor statistics. I've added a badge on my home page with a link to the statistics. I also signed up beholdgenealogy.com, gensoftreviews.com and jhcwc.org, and I'll add buttons there once the statistics beginning tabulating.
Sat, January 10, 2009
Got my Addams Survey, Mummies Survey, and SOMA petition pages to once again process the forms correctly. They weren't working since the switch to Netfirms and a nasty glitch prevented me from fixing these earlier.
Thu, January 8, 2009
The PHP email problem was resolved by Netfirms. I don't know what they did.
Tues, January 6, 2009
Problems for the last day or two on my new Netfirms account with the PHP Mail command giving an error. None of my e-mails from my websites are being sent. I'm working with Netfirms to resolve this. Hopefully they'll be fixed soon.
July 2008 - Converted the Behold forum to bbPress and customized and integrated it with the WordPress blog.
April 2008 - Converted my Behold blog to WordPress using the new design for the Behold pages.
Jan 2008 - Changed the background color and separators of my lkessler pages to the former Behold page colors.
Wed, December 31, 2008
Moved lkessler.com from Myhosting.com to Netfirms. Removed the page counts at the bottom of the pages and added Google analytics.
Sun, December 28, 2008
Switched webhosting and moved beholdgenealogy.com, gensoftreviews.com and jhcwc.org from IXWebhosting to Netfirms.
Changed all pages at beholdgenealogy.com from .htm SSI pages to .php pages and created redirects so links to former pages would get to the correct php page.
Sat, December 20, 2008
I was awarded a 2008 GeneaBlog Award by Tamura Jones for my Behold Blog. It won the title of "Deepest Genealogy Blog". He wrote: "It does not get more inside than this. Behold is not finished, yet Louis Kessler has been blogging about developing Behold since 2002. Subscribe to witness the birth of Behold version 1.0 real soon now, or just dig into years of posts about developing a genealogy program."
Changed the Behold Blog archive listings (e.g. 2008) so that excerpts from ALL blog entries from each year are shown, rather than only 3 complete entries at a time - which was a pain because you'd have to page to browse them all.
Fri, December 5, 2008
Reformatted the Behold Feedback reviews with a blue box style to make them look nicer.
Thu, December 4, 2008
Tues, November 11, 2008
Moved the Search Box to the top of all the Behold Blog pages.
I changed my GEDCOM custom Google search into a simple form to search GEDCOMs on Google. The custom search never gave full results, so going directly to Google is much better. None-the-less, Google only has about 8500 GEDCOM files indexed. My custom search is still available at: www.lkessler.com/gedcomcustom.shtml for comparison.
The confirmation page after sending a Behold trial key from the Behold download page left out your email address the first time the page is run. This led to confusion by users that the email was sent. I found out that PHP sessions don't get initialized on the first call, so the email address was not passed to the confirmation page. I replaced this code with PHP CURL calls to pass the address as a POST to the page, and that seems to now work.
I've created a logo for GenSoftReviews as well as an associated favicon (the abacus image at the left of the logo) and updated the GenSoftReviews site with it. In the first 10 days, users have entered 214 reviews on the site.
Wed, September 24, 2008
After 11 years and over 400,000 hits, I've replaced my Genealogy Software Links page with my Genealogy Software Reviews site at gensoftreviews.com. This will allow people to review and rate their software by 5 criteria. I've seeded it with 355 programs taken from my Software Links page. It is build on WordPress and has just 6 basic pages: The main page, a page for a program and its reviews, and About, FAQ, Links and Suggest. I've added the last five sections that used to be in my Genealogy Software Links page into the Links page.
I've redirected my Genealogy Software Links url to that site.
Thu, September 11, 2008
Put some antispam code into my Survey pages. We'll see if that helps cut down the spam or two a day I've been getting.
The Behold Buy Now page at Plimus has been updated to use the new style.
Wed, August 13, 2008
I've removed this site's summary page, that gave month to month hit statistics. After 4,000,000 hits in the past 10 years on all the pages of lkessler.com, those stats are less meaningful now that I'm moving the Behold pages away. But I learned a lot from keeping those stats, and it's amazing how randomly stable the Internet is.
Sat, August 9, 2008
Converted most of the Behold pages to their new design. These include the Home, For You (used to be Features), Screenshots, FAQ, History and Future pages. The Blog and Forum were already there. Still to go are the Download, Buy Now and Feedback pages.
The Behold Forum has now been completed. It uses bbPress 0.9 and is totally customized to match my Behold site style and fully integrated to work seamlessly with the Behold Blog, which has been upgraded to WordPress 2.5. Some of the many enhancements include:
I removed from the Blog the custom field where you live. Now I detect the IP address instead and generate the country and flag of where you posted from automatically.
The weather widget was very “expensive” in terms of slowing things down. It was a frill to have it on my blog. The weather icon I added to my personal home page at lkessler.com will do instead.
I took the AJAX comment editor out of the Blog. I played around with all sorts of editing tools since then, including the TinyMCE editor to try to get entries done the same way for both Blog comments and Forum posts. I almost had TinyMCE working, including adding nice little smilies, but I found little problems with the results of the edit, with integration with my style, and with the icons they include. My conclusion was to just allow a simple text box entry as is default in both WordPress and bbPress and leave it at that.
Complete integration of the Blog and Forum. Single registration and sign-in for them both.
Custom date/time display, that lists post time as time elapsed if less than a week old, and gives the date otherwise.
The search is available from both the Blog and the Forum. It is integrated and searches both the titles and contents of all Blog entries, Blog comments and Forum Posts. You can search for multiple words or include phrases in quotes. No words are ignored since it no longer uses the mySQL word index search.
Once on the search results page, it lists excerpts from the found items with the text you searched for highlighted in yellow. You can then subselect the search into only Blog entreis, Blog comments and Forum posts if you want.
The Forum main page shows the Four Forums as well as the most recent 30 topics.
I’ve added four cute icons to represent the four Forums and I use them in many places.
You can click on the headings of the topic list and sort by that item. Click again on the same one to sort in reverse order.
Entries by me are highlighted in light blue. If you are logged in, then entries by you are highlighted in light orange. This is done throughout the Blog comments and Forum Topics and Posts.
Blog Comments and Forum Posts have been made to look the same. For each, the user name, user id, location and flag, date joined, number of blog comments and forum posts, and date posted are shown. The user name will hyperlink to the user’s website if one was added to their profile. The number of comments and posts links to the search tool which will list them. I debated whether to add Avatars or Gravatars (pictures that represent you) but in the end I decided not to.
There is a userlist available (if you are logged in) so you can see all the other registered users, their country, date joined, and number of comments and posts. Each column is sortable and you can click on their number of posts to get the list of them.
The RSS feeds for both the Blog and Forum should all work well now. I found many bugs in the code from WordPress and bbPress that I fixed. This was not debugged that well by them.
It is worthwhile to register and login. If you are logged in you can post, you get access to the user list, your posts get highlighted in light orange, and you get access to another menu on the Forum page that allows you to list only topics that you started, or only topics that you posted to.
Thu, July 17, 2008
The Behold User Forum has been opened. It uses bbPress 0.8 and it uses the new sitedesign. The Forum and Blog share their login and registration system. Still more work to come before this is finished.
Sun, June 22, 2008
Amazon changed the way their Web Services worked, and their custom coded lookups to get book info from their site recently stopped working completely. This affected my Home Page, my Computer Chess books page, and the Mummies Alive Toys page.
On my Home Page, I removed my favorite book listing.
On the Computer Chess books page, there were just three books linked with the Web Services, so I changed those to static links.
On the Mummies Alive toys page, there were a few MA videos linked with the Web Services. I changed those, but also updated the video info, adding larger pictures and finding 3 new videos that now have been described.
Sun, June 15, 2008
After playing around for a couple of months with a weather "bug" on my Behold Blog page, I finally decided to remove it from there, but to put a Weather Network weather button on my Home Page instead.
Fixed the mail program for the Behold blog. It now works, so people can register and reset passwords.
Mon, April 21, 2008
I've moved my Behold Genealogy Blog to be the first official page at the new www.beholdgenealogy.com domain. It now uses Wordpress 2.3 and allows logging in and comments. I've done a lot of customization to make it work the way I want. And it uses the new Behold site design.
I've added a custom login line, that changes to welcome you if you're logged in.
I've designed my own profile page, which is minimalistic and all that's needed.
I've disabled the WordPress "nofollow" policy (I disagree with it) to allow your links to be counted in search engines.
I've added a custom field for where you live, which will be displayed under your name if you leave comments
The Registration and Lost ID/Password functions are very different, as they start with an email to you for verification first - preventing junk from robots and spam engines from mucking up the database. I've tried to make those procedures as user friendly as possible. I'm very happy with them.
Normally WordPress sends you a random password, and you have to login and then go to your profile if you want to change it. But I've fixed it so that you can specify the password you want to use or change to.
I've put recent entries and recent comments and a search and archives in my sidebar in the way that I think is most useful.
The search function uses a really nice plugin that highlights your search terms in the results, and I've modified the way those results look. Eventually, I'll get the one search to also search the comments and the forum as well.
I added all my old blog posts (about 600 of them) to the Archives section, and customized the way the archive pages look. I've also added blog comments that were in the old Behold Forum to the appropriate post as real WordPress comments.
I added a cute litte weather widget that I really like. This wasn't hard, and it fits in nicely on the page. You now will see when I'm freezing or boiling.
I customized all the little icons and graphics and linking between the pages
I've added an AJAX in-place comment editor. This is my first foray into AJAX which is sort of like a live connection between your browser and the site. It does make the task of editing comments much easier.
I've taken out the complexity of assigning categories to posts. I don't see why I should try to categorize, when all my posts have something to do with Behold.
The hardest thing of all was to integrate and get the Blog and Forum logins working together. This involved figuring out how to do cookies, and it's a mess in WordPress 2.3. Version 2.5 of WordPress and 0.9 of bbPress are supposed to be better integrated, so maybe I'll be able to eliminate some of my hacks when I upgrade. By the way, the Forum is almost ready and will be up soon.
And there's many more things I've done both visibly and under the hood as well.
The blog uses my new site design. This includes these important considerations:
I've set up my site navigation in a distinctive line across both the top and bottom of each page, and the current page is highlighted with white text on a blue background.
I had a lot of trouble deciding how to style hyperlinks. I finally went with underlined hyperlinks that are the standard blue when not visited and purple when visited, since most people will recognize these without even thinking. But to make them distinctive, they are highlighted with a blue background when you mouse over them.
I settled on a default font size. It is larger that the original design, but still is somewhat on the smaller size. Hopefully you like the look of it.
For those of you who need larger fonts, I figured out how to allow the site to nicely change size properly when you use your browser's font size changer or zoom tool.
I hate the way some sites look different when you print them, often only including just the some of the text and no structure. So I've ensured that mine will look the same printed as on screen.
I've tried to eliminated inconsistencies in how the different browsers, mainly IE6, IE7 and Firefox, make my site look. This was not easy as I had to track down solutions to dozens of problems.
I've hopefully eliminated all webpage errors as detected by Firefox.
Mon, April 7, 2008
My Home Page reached 100,000 hits this month. Surprisingly, it is only the 10th most popular page on my site, and it took over 10 years to reach this milestone, averaging 800 hits a month. But it is definitely worthwhile noting the accomplishment.
Wed, March 5, 2008
YouTube declared those Mummies Alive videos copyright infringement and removed them. So I've removed the links to them from the mumshows page.
After 11 years, I finally changed the background of most of my pages. Instead of the Aqua color that was very bright, I have toned it all down to the light blue color that I had been using on my Behold pages. Since the Behold pages will be changing, I wanted to keep that color around, and I thought I'd make my site, and especially my links page, a little less garish.
The horizonal bar separator has been changed from a horizonal rainbow gradient to a vertical light blue gradient.
I left some of the pages in their original forms: the Mummies pages (aqua with rainbow bars), the SOMA pages (yellow with orange bars), Cheryl's pages (orange with rainbow bars) and Addams pages (black with grey custom bars).
I changed the look of Adwords, Google Search, and favicon and other graphics to match the new style.
2007 - Highlights of my Web Site's 11th Year
July 2007 - Brenna and Brittany said it's time to remove their pages.
Oct 2006 - Decided to fasttrack Behold and reschedule it to progress towards 2.0 as fast as possible.
Dec 2006 - Started work to redesign my Behold site and move it to www.beholdgenealogy.com.
The SOMA Mummies Alive search that I implemented with the superb Webinator search tool was no longer working. I doubt if my ISP, myhosting.com, will still allow me to re-register the DLL. This was something they used to do, but the last time I had to do it, it took a lot of time to coerce them. They no longer have the will to support that they used to. So webinator searches are no more.
However, I did reimplement it as a Google custom search, just like my GEDCOM search. It is a poor substitute, since it only gives at most 20 results with few options, but at least its something.
Unfortunately, the search bar for people with the SOMA snippet on their pages will now not work. They will have to update the snippet with the one now on the SMA Join page.
Behold's schedule has had a major revision. I'll be working harder towards moving right through to Version 2, hopefully to be done by December 2008. Then Behold will be a complete program. To do so, I had to defer a lot of non-essential features until after Version 2 is done. Behold's Home Page, FAQ Page and Future Plans Page are all revised to include the future schedule and the more direct path to completion.
Mon, October 15, 2007
For years I've only put the date as the title of each of my Behold Blog entries. A bit boring, wouldn't you say? The date doesn't do much to help figure out what the post is about. So from now on I'm putting up something better to identify each Blog post.
Sun, September 23, 2007
Merged all Mobile Handheld Devices into one new section in my Genealogy Software Links page. Previously, I had two sections, for Windows CE and for the Palm Operating System.
Wed, August 22, 2007
On my Genealogy Software Links page, I added Family Historian to join RootsMagic and Reunion as one of the 3 Best Liked and Top Rated Programs. They replace Family Tree Legends, who have not done much in the last few years and are merging with MyHeritage.com.
Fri, July 27, 2007
Brenna and Brittany said its time to remove their pages. So I've replaced them with a bit of an archive of them now at brenbrit.shtml.
Thurs, July 26, 2007
I've removed the "Behold features" from the Behold Features page in preparation of changing it to the starting page for Behold's online help.
Changed the Amazon Book links on my Computer Chess Links page to Google AdSense and moved the Amazon links to my Computer Chess Books page. Added an affiliate ad to Bookup on my Chess Links and Brute Force pages.
A new testimonial on my Behold Home Page. This one is from Stephen McCarthy and is under point 2: "Include Everyone".
Thu, February 22, 2007
I was able to change my Google Custom GEDCOM search so that it now has a page of its own on my site. The results of the search now also get posted right into that page, which is rather cool.
Sun, February 18, 2007
Added two new FAQs: "Will any upcoming version have the ability to open a text document and save it as a GEDCOM?" and "How is it then that there are genealogy web browsers that can convert HTML on the web to GEDCOM?" to my Behold FAQ page.
Updated the top Header of my Behold Home page so it is better aligned and looks better in Netscape with the Verdana font used in the internal tables. Changed the title from "Behold Home Page" to "Behold Genealogy Home Page".
Google has made statistics available for me for the GEDCOM search I added on my Genealogy Software Links page. I'm surprised that it is averaging over 8 queries a day. I didn't think it would be getting that many.
2006 - Highlights of my Web Site's Tenth Year
Jan to Dec 2006 - Work continued on Behold. Version 0.98.7a alpha was released in November.
With the upcoming IE 7.0 accepting RSS feeds, I've updated my RSS buttons from to the more obvious .
Added on My Behold Blog page, a really neat Blog Juice button with a link to show my Blog Juice:
Tues, September 26, 2006
Major changes to my Behold FAQ. Updated how much Behold will cost and System Requirements, and added a "What About Windows 98" question.
Thurs, September 7, 2006
Wow! This was a new one. My SOMA Petition was being spammed by IP Address 188.8.131.52 for the last few days. The petition has been filled out several hundred times with links to bad sites. I've now blocked that.
Added "benefits" after the "problem" and "solution" of each Behold point.
Thurs, August 24, 2006
Removed the Alexa Site Stats Button onto my Home Page. Their server is down too often and when it is, it very much slows my home page from loading, so bye-bye. It ended up showing a rank of 188,129 for my site.
Sat, August 12, 2006
Fixed a redirect bug in the index.htm and index.html pages that did not seem to work properly on some browsers on a Mac. When accessing www.lkessler.com, it would redirect to http://index.shtml which is an invalid page.
Sat, July 17, 2006
Added a very important point, number 2, to my Behold Home Page: Include Everyone.
Sat, July 15, 2006
My site was selected by Seven Wonders, one of the Web's longest running Web Award sites, as the "Anything Goes Site of the Weekend for July 14-16, 2006"
Sat, Apr 22, 2006
I removed the section 15 "Computer Genealogy Books" from my Genealogy Program Links. I decided it wasn't worthwhile maintaining. There are now no more links to Amazon on my gplinks page.
Wed, Apr 5, 2006
Nope. That didn't work that well and was too large and ugly at the start of my Genealogy Software Links page. Instead I added a new section 15 into that page: "Computer Genealogy Books" and give little IFrames for each book.
Sat, Apr 1, 2006
Started a little test on my Genealogy Software Links page with my Amazon links. Up to now, I've included a graphic that leads to a search for "computer genealogy" at Amazon. But over the last six months, noone has ordered from them. I'm thinking maybe Amazon changed the way the clicks are registered. So I want to try a few different things. This week, I'm including 3 direct links to 3 books using my own Amazon Web Services code that gives the picture and full detail about each book. We'll leave that up for a week and see what that does.
Mon, Mar 20, 2006
Changed the graphic links for Amazon book pictures. The old links caused a warning icon on the status line of IE 6 that can show a privacy report listing 3rd party cookies. The new graphics don't have these cookies. Now I'm looking at whether I can do this for the Alexa stats button on my home page as well.
Jan to Dec 2005 - Over 484,000 more hits to my website this year.
Sat, Dec 24, 2005
I registered the Domain name: beholdgenealogy.com for future use. Like behold.ca, it has been set up for the time being to point to my Behold pages.
Tues, Dec 20, 2005
Changed the Behold Affiliates Page and turned it into a friendlier "Link to Behold" page.
Added "Link to" on all the Behold links at the top and bottom of each Behold Page.
Mon, Dec 19, 2005
Found out that when searching for "Behold" on various search engines, my Behold home page currently ranks 4th out of 13,800,000 results on
Google, 2nd on Yahoo, 1st on Alltheweb and also 1st on MSN ahead of millions of other sites.
Sun, Dec 11, 2005
Added a section on Different Languages into the Behold FAQ.
Sat, Dec 10, 2005
Restructured my Genealogy Software Links Page by setting up the first three sections as: 1. The 3 Best Liked and Top Rated Programs (RootsMagic, Family Tree Legends and Reunion), 2. The 5 Most Popular Genealogy Programs (Family Tree Maker, PAF, Legacy, Brother's Keeper and GenoPro), and 3. The 4 Most Comprehensive Genealogy Programs (The Master Genealogist, Genbox and GEDitCOM).
Sometime in the last few weeks, Brittany's picture no longer appeared on the first page of Google's image search for Gilmore Girls. Brittany's hits have been dropping from almost 400 a day to a more normal figure as the picture slowly gets removed from Googles in the various countries. It was a good run from February through September as Brittany's page got about 90,000 hits during that time.
Updated the Behold Buy Now page to be the first page of the Buy Now process rather than an entry page to the first page.
Sun, Sept 25, 2005
Received an e-mail from Carey Bloodworth who was tracing down the source code from all the class computer chess programs from the '80s and earlier. Too bad I never kept the source from Brute Force, or I would have made it available for him. In any case I added his site http://classicchess.tripod.com/ to the head of my Chess Programmers of the 70's and early 80's section in my Chess and Computer Chess Links page, and I also made many other updates to that page at the same time.
Updated my Behold survey page to change it to a Feedback page, which is more appropriate now that Behold is available in alpha version.
Wed, May 11, 2005
Moved my book recommendations up to near the top of my home page. Included Hitchhiker's Guide and its Movie Guide, as well as Godel, Escher, Bach.
Sun, April 17, 2005
Version 0.92 alpha of Behold was released. The Behold pages were all updated to reflect various aspects of the changes, and Web update now will work from the program, which will interact with the Setup program stored at this website.
Thurs, March 24, 2005
Placed an Alexa Site Stats Button onto my Home Page. It starts off at rank 733,925 among the billions of websites. Also rated and reviewed my own site at Alexa so that it can start off with a 5-star review.
Tues, March 22, 2005
Restarted the Behold Blog to begin with the alpha testing.
My site also had 41,339 hits in February, breaking the month record of 40,394 set in October 2003.
Sun, February 20, 2005
I gave all my Behold pages a pleasant new look. They now have pale blue and pale yellow background colors with a Verdana font. Quite distinctive from all other websites on the web.
Thu, February 10, 2005
I wasn't happy with the way my main Behold page looked. I put back in the "It is time to use a Genealogy Program that will help you!" section that I had taken out on Nov 11, 2002, and updated it to reflect other features added.
Moved the features list out of the Behold Home Page to its own Behold Features page.
Sun, February 6, 2005
Rewrote many of the Behold pages to reflect the upcoming release of the Alpha Version of Behold.
Simplified the header sections of most of the Behold Pages.
Moved the short quotes that used to be in the header of each Behold Page into a single randomized quote on the Behold Home Page.
Did a major overhaul to my Computer Chess Books page. It now links each book to Amazon and has more information and pictures of some of the books.
Sun, January 2, 2005
Removed Brenna and Brittany's TV Shows page and Movies page. We used to update them once a year, but the girls are just watching too many tv shows and movies to keep it up. It was fun while it lasted. Those two pages now redirect to Brenna and Brittany's pages.
Sat, January 1, 2005
Brittany added Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events onto her page.
Added the Happy Chanukah message on my home page with a link to Jew-Heyya. As long as that link is there, this will become a seasonal thing that I will put up around Chanukah time each year.
Mon, November 22, 2004
Added a grant of permission to my gplinks, jglinks, jwlinks or cclinks pages, to allow reprinting or reposting of the info as long as full credit is given.
Sun, October 3, 2004
I spent a few months trying to do an extreme makeover on my Behold Forum, but in the end I went back to what I had and refined that. Still the changes here were significant enough to enhance useability of the Forum. I've still got a few tweaks to go that will be slowly added.
Mon, September 6, 2004
I'm amazed that my Genealogy Software Links page now turns up first on all the major search engines (google, alltheweb, teoma, hotbot, msn and yahoo) when you search for "genealogy program". If you change it to "genealogy programs", it comes in at 1st, 2nd or 3rd. Searching for "genealogy software" and it ranges from 11th to 27th place.
Updated Brittany's Page. Out with Card Captors, Dragonball Z, and Abby Hayes. In with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Gilmore Girls, and Pirates of the Caribbean.
Sun, July 18, 2004
Developed an RSS feed for my Behold Blog. Now you can use any News Aggregator program to read the new entries added to the Blog.
Sat, July 17, 2004
Set the default on My Behold Blog to NOT color morph. It just slows down the page display too much. But its too neat a feature to eliminate completely.
Sun, July 11, 2004
Changed the Behold page default icon to match the cute one used in my program. (Has the Behold sun in the top left and the standard "home" house in the bottom right.
Sat, May 30, 2004
Found out that there are dozens of Open Source Genealogy programs at SourceForge. I reworked my Genealogy Software Links page to incorporate the most popular of them and to include a standard format for Open Source projects, showing both the Home page and the Development page at SourceForge.
2003 - Highlights of my Web Site's Seventh Year
Feb 2003 - My CBC Radio Commentary was added to my home page
Dec 2003 - Over 290,000 more hits to my website this year.
Wed, December 31, 2003
Checking the status of my Genealogy Software Links page on Google:
Search for "genealogy program" and it is in 2nd place out of 878,000 results.
Search for "genealogy programs" and it is in 1st place out of 576,000 results.
Search for "genealogy software" and it is in 15th place out of 1,760,000 results.
Wed, December 10, 2003
Another update to the Mummies Alive Full Text Search Index. Found out again that because of a server change, the search tools was not working for a few months. I got that fixed again, but this time the improvement in the Server has made the search tool lightning-fast which is super! Although we lost a few major sites since April 2002, there are still 825 pages indexed on 65 sites.
Major overhaul to my Behold FAQ. The number one question is "When will Behold be ready?".
Fri, August 29, 2003
The annual update by Brenna and Brittany of their pages was done. Brenna changed her Harry Potter picture and removed T*Witches replacing it with Spongebob Squarepants. Brittany added another Neopet, and replaced her Soup Faerie Helpers Guild with Dragonball Z.
Some of the games on my Brute Force Games page didn't track the games properly. I found the problem and repaired it.
Fri, May 30, 2003
I added 19 new entries of German Genealogy programs to my Genealogy Program/Software Links page. I also split up my "Other Genealogy Programs"
section into "English sites" and "Non-English sites".
Sun, May 18, 2003
My gplinks page moved up only to about 86th place (on page 9) from 101st with that last change on April 2. Thought I'd try again. This time, I'm changing the title to "Genealogy Software Links", and we'll see where that leads it.
Wed, April 2, 2003
In Feb 2002, on my Genealogical Program Links page, I changed my wording from "Genealogical" to "Genealogy". This has successfully moved it up into 3rd place when you now search "Genealogy Program" using Google. But "Genealogy Program" gives 468,000 results, whereas "Genealogy Software" gives 638,000 results. My page show up in 101st place (on page 11) when you search for "Genealogy Software". Today I made a change to the subtitle of my page to include the GS words. We'll see over time if that improves the position of the page on Google.
Removed Family Origins (no longer being supported) and replaced it with RootsMagic in my selection of Best Genealogy Programs on my Genealogical Program Links page. I also changed the wording of the section "Other Really Good Genealogy Programs" to "Other Full Featured Genealogy Programs". It's always bothered me that some of the programs I never really thought were "very good", but they are all capable in their own ways at least.
Well the flag and GeoPhrase didn't last long. It is sort of neat but it didn't really add anything and got in the way, so I removed it from my home page. I like the concept, though, and maybe I can use something like it someday in Behold.
Sun, February 2, 2003
Thought I'd try added a Canadian flag and a GeoPhrase: "Special welcome to my visitors from ___" with a flag of their country
to my Home Page. This is a very interesting free service that caught my attention at another website.
2002 - Highlights of my Web Site's Sixth Year
Jan 2002 - I secured the domain name: www.behold.ca for my Behold pages.
Dec 2002 - Over 250,000 more hits to my website this year.
Sun, December 22, 2002
Updated info about the FOCSANER family on My Family Research page. Working via e-mail with newly connected cousins, we have now gone back one more generation and of course have new mysteries.
Mon, November 11, 2002
Created my Behold Blog, a weblog documenting the program development process for Behold. I customized the page design from a beautiful template made by Eric Costello. Read my blog for more info on this.
Completely revised my Behold Pages. Of significance, the concepts were moved from the main page to a new Concepts page. A features and progress list replaces the concepts that were on the main page. Many other changes and links were updated on all the Behold pages.
Moved Behold from the Full Featured Programs to the Utility Programs section of my Genealogy Program Links page. That's where it should have been all the time. Once I do get Version 2 of Behold out, then I can move it back.
Brenna and Brittany updated their pages. For Brenna, Sugar Jones, Christina Aguilara and Beanie Babies are out and Harry Potter, Neopets, Dollz and T*Witches are in. For Brittany, Power Puff Girls, Dragon Ball Z and Digimon are out, and Harry Potter, the Soup Faerie guild, and Abby Hayes are in.
Fri, April 12, 2002
Unfortunately, March and April were very busy for me. Work on Behold came to a near standstill and my "coming in Early 2002" now is not realistic. I changed this to "Coming ASAP (I'm working on it!)".
Sat, Mar 9, 2002
Updated the Mummies Alive Full Text Search Index. Interest is waning a bit in Mummies Alive. 866 pages on 70 sites are indexed. That is down from the 1212 pages indexed last April.
Also, appropriately modified my Brute Force page to make reference to the games on the Games page.
Sat, February 2, 2002
For years, my Genealogical Program Links has been getting a lot of attention. It is currently getting almost 100 hits a day. But ... I just realized it does NOT show up on the major search engines when you search for "Genealogy Programs". So I renamed it to Genealogy Program Links and changed the initial description of the page somewhat. What an oversight on my part! Let's see how popular it gets now.
The World Trade Center site has now defined its purpose as a memorial to those who were killed. I've done my part to help, and have now removed the link from my home page.
Thurs Oct 18, 2001
Implemented a MindIt button on my main Behold webpage so that users can now press the button to use the MindIt service to get free e-mail notices when my page updates.
Sun Oct 14, 2001
WebRings lost a lot of functionality when Yahoo took them over in Nov 2000. But it appears that they now have new (or maybe even former) ownership again. They are just about back to the way they used to be and the customized instructions about how to get around the horrible Yahoo webring navigation bar are no longer needed on the Mummies Alive WebRing page I had to create. So after customizing the Mummies Alive logo at the new MA WebRing Hub Page, I changed my own MA WebRing page to now just be a redirecting link to the Hub.
Also, with regards to WebRings, I readded my Reunion Webpage with an explanation that I took my info down, but this will keep the WebRing linked.
Fri, October 5, 2001
Coffeecup.com removed the redirection of their Sept 11 support banner and their link now only goes to their own site (which is not a nice thing to do). I've removed their banner, and added a ribbon that goes directly to the worldtradecenter domain instead.
Tues, September 25, 2001
I've decided to call the first release of Behold Version 1.0 instead of Version 0.90. I updated my Behold pages and made some major changed to the Behold Frequently Asked Questions.
Sun, September 23, 2001
Updated my Behold pages - now announcing just 2 months to go! The first "month" actually took just over three (since June 16th), but I have got 1/3 to the final release goal. I'll work hard to see how well the "second" month goes.
On the Behold pages, I changed the Behold moniker from: "Behold - the Genealogist's Program and Research Tool" to "Behold - A New Concept for Genealogy - A New Era for Genealogists".
Fixed throughout my site all my incorrect spellings of Gedcom to GEDCOM.
Removed My Desired Features in a Genealogical Program page (created June 10 1997) from my site. With the upcoming release of Behold, the contents of the page are now just too outdated.
Wed, September 19, 2001
I was one of 40,000 to post coffeecup's WTC support banner on my site. In less than a week, we sites raised over $1,000,000 for the cause.
Thurs, September 13, 2001
The horrendous events of Sept 11, 2001 have deeply troubled me. I pray that the war against World terrorism shall one day be won and that people everywhere treat others as they would want to be treated. I added a banner on my Home Page, care of www.coffeecup.com, to support the victims and promote donations to the relief effort.
Added a Behold Screenshot page including a view of the Main Screen and another one focusing on the Name Index.
Sat, June 16, 2001
Updated my Behold pages pages. I'm making the bold statement that Version 0.90 will be out in 3 months (if all goes well). Let's see if I can do it.
For whatever its worth, I've updated the Behold "favicon" to be the Behold sun logo with the "WEB" word at the bottom. But the favicon just doesn't seem to often work anymore. It worked with IE 5.0 but does not seem to with IE 5.5.
Sun, Apr 29, 2001
On Brenna's Page: Out with Back Street Boys. In with Sugar Jones.
Added the "Best Viewed with Any Browser" graphic at the bottom of my Home Page.
Fri, Apr 27, 2001
Concentric removed the redirecting links that were on my old site. It was nice that they left them up for four months. Thus the strings to Concentric are severed for good. Bye Bye Concentric.
Stuart Manning took off the Addams Family wav file from his site. I had said at the time that he could use it and I did not want to duplicate it on the web, but now that he has taken it down, I have added it to B&B's Addams Family Home Page. It starts up automatically when the page is loaded.
Brittany discovered an amazing site called Neopets. I can't believe they've got over 7,000,000 kids registered! A fantastic fantasy world, and Brittany placed her two Neopets onto her page.
Thu, Feb 1, 2001
Removed the separate statistics for my lkessler.com and Concentric sites on my Summary Page. Now only the combined total is shown.
Wed, Jan 17, 2001
Updated the Mummies Alive Full Text Search Index. 1363 pages are now indexed - up from the 1169 in July. But I did notice a few sites got indexed twice (because of a capital/small letter problem) which made up about 60 of the increase. Even so, it is amazing that the Mummies Alive universe on the web is still growing.
The Java search routine added in Dec 1999 on the JHCWC Search page was removed. There were too many user complaints that it wouldn't work for them.
Fri, Jan 12, 2001
My old e-mail address: email@example.com was deactivated. But the old website at http://www.concentric.net/~lkessler still exists for now with its links still redirecting to www.lkessler.com. I believe Concentric may leave them up for another six months.
Wed, Jan 10, 2001
Restructured the JHCWC pages to include a unique navigation and feature column on the right side of each page..
Wed, Jan 3, 2001
Added info about my cousin Elana Nep and her part in the TV Series Edgemont to my Home Page.
Added the Behold Sun Logo as a Favorite Icon for the Behold pages.
Tues, Nov 14, 2000
While at it, I did the same for the B&B's Addams Family Pages using my favorite Batmoon cursor from CometZone and a Brew pot for when the mouse is clicked. Did not implement a different image for links there though.
Sat, Nov 11, 2000
Well, Yahoo has decided that the old Webring snippets will continue to work forever. Therefore I reinstituted my Mummies Alive Webring page and put instructions on how to join and use our nice looking banners instead of the ugly default webring one. A bit of trickery is involved to get them to work for newly added sites. What a pain!
Fri, Oct 6, 2000
Unfortunately, I found out that the CometZone cursors I added on Aug 29th require users to download a java program from CometZone. This is not acceptable to me, so I removed the cursors.
Sun, Sept 17, 2000
More new info about the Mummies Alive Toys including updates about the 2nd set with pictures, a pair of Mummies Alive slippers, and info about the 2nd comic book.
Fri, Sept 15, 2000
Webring.org was taken over by Yahoo. As a result, the Mummies Alive Webring changed locations and a bunch of procedures for it had to be modified. The Webring page I had created back on July 12 no longer works and is no longer needed. I replaced it with a redirection to the new Mummies Alive Webring page that is on Yahoo.
Sun, Sept 3, 2000
Added Favorite Icons to my web pages. These show up as the icon for the web page when it is saved by someone as a favorite, but only works for Internet Explorer 5.0 or later (sometimes). I set up most of my pages with an LK/lkessler.com icon, Brenna and Brittany have their own (with the Addams pages being black-based), Cheryl has her own, and SOMA has its own.
Just for fun, now added the cursor Brenna wanted for her page (Christina Aguilera) and the cursor Brittany wanted for her page (the pokemon Eevee). They'll probably change them from time-to-time.
Added a cute bat-moon-cursor to B&B's Addams pages and a cool sunglasses cursor to my Behold pages made possible by CometZone (Removed on Oct 6, 2000 - see above).
Thurs, Aug 24, 2000
Cheryl's page always looked better in Netscape because the "GET OFF" text only blinked in Netscape. Something I've always wanted to do was to replace the blinking text with an animated gif. Finally I did it, and it now blinks in Internet Explorer as well! Take heed of Cheryl's warning everyone!
Sat, Aug 20, 2000
My site received the 2000-2001 Golden Web Award.
Sun, Aug 6, 2000
Lots of new info about the Mummies Alive Toys. Many of them are now appearing on eBay, and I also have new information about the Official Mummies Alive Annual.
Fri, July 21 2000
To my disappointment, in 2 months not a single person used the Zeal box to rate either our Mummies or Addams Family pages. Also, only 2 people registered to Zeal using the Zeal link on my Genealogical Program Links pages. Because of such poor response, I removed the Zeal links on those three pages.
Finally, after being down for about 12 months, I made a page (removed Sept 15 2000) for the Mummies Alive Webring. The Webring had lost its home page since Sparx Echidna had changed sites. Sparx said I should take over the web administration for her, so I did.
Fri, June 30, 2000
The first part of the Zeal promotion is over. In only a few hours of time, I earned over $150 US for
the National Genealogical Society. I also became one of Zeal's 500
original Zealots and earned an Original Zealot teashirt for my efforts.
Concentric Network is pulling out of Canada as of July 1, 2000. I have had a very nice 3 1/2 year engagement with Concentric as my ISP. During that time, my Concentric-based site of over 50 pages has received over 500,000 hits. It's been a good run ... but now ...
Time to move ...
Today I completed the move of all my Concentric pages over to my domain at www.lkessler.com
The JHCWC pages celebrate one full year on the Web. Over that time, the home page has received 9900 hits (over 25 a day) and all the pages in total have had 38800 hits. Its popularity is continuing to increase.
Sun, Apr 23, 2000
Brittany updated her web page. Out with Hercules and Beanie Babies. In with Power Puff Girls and Digimon.
We've also tabulated another 1000 Mummies Alive surveys and updated the Survey Results page so that it reflects the 2500 surveys we have received to date.
So now that Brenna and Brittany have finished their wonderful pages for Mummies Alive and The New Addams Family, what's next for them? Dragonball Z? Digimon? Monster Ranchers? Powerpuff Girls? We'll have to wait to see.
Generations slipped out of the top 4 and TMG moved back to the top of my Genealogical Program Links Page. A major cleanup also took place as many new links were added to the page and inactive ones were deleted.
Mon, July 5, 1999
Its been quite a while since my last major update to my Computer Chess Links. I cleaned out the dead links and added a new section for the Kasparov vs the World match. I have lots of new links to add which I'll hopefully finish over the next few weeks.
The Search Index List of All Pages Indexed has been fixed to be grouped properly by directory within Domain. The timeout setting has been increased to 60 seconds to reduce the occurrence of time-outs when All Pages Indexed are listed.
Fri, June 25, 1999
A long needed update was done to the SOMA Links Page. Many dead links were dropped into a new category and a host of new links were added. I am amazed that there is still that much action in the Mummies Alive web community!
After extensive work, we put up the first version of Brenna and Brittany's New Addams Family Web Pages. Right off the bat we have what most of the pages of the site set up: Home, About the Show, The Characters, Show Summaries, House for Sale, Behind the Scenes, Other Neat Things, and Survey. There is still a fair bit of content to fill in, which will take some time to complete. We also hope to acquire an interview or two for the site before we are done.
Sun, May 16, 1999
Brittany updated her page. New on her page are Pokemon, Furbies, and Pinky and the Brain. Brenna was happy with her page and no updates were needed at this time.
Sat, May 1, 1999
Finally got the page counters working at the bottom of all the JHCWC pages. This counter is a little unique, showing the hits for the current page as well as the total hits for the entire site.
Wed, April 28, 1999
Removed and added redirecting links for the following pages from my site:
Finally, links to these removed pages on the rest of my site were corrected.
These are the first major pages I have removed from my site. They were all up since my site became active in January 1997. In that time, the two Historical Society pages had achieved 6150 hits; the Genealogical Institute page had 3966 hits; and the five J-GEMS pages had a total of 27337 hits.
The JHCWC site was disassembled from a Microsoft Front Page Web, to a standard text-based Web with server-side includes. No visual changes were made, but this is mentioned only to make note of the significantly laborious endeavor that was required. Microsoft Front Page is a real beast that is very difficult to control, and I just finally could not take all of its idiosyncrasies anymore.
Sat, April 10, 1999
Brenna and Brittany became the very proud recipients of "Armon's Beefy Burger Award". See their Mummies Alive Home Page.
Fri, March 12, 1999
My Domain's Main Page has been cleaned up to prepare it as the commercial site where Behold will be located. Search Tool announcements have been removed, and the development of Alli-getter (a search tool for the masses) has been relegated to my not-as-important list of projects at the current time, as I work on Behold.
Mon, March 1, 1999
I have put up the first web pages for the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada at the new domain: http://www.jhcwc.org
For today's "Grand Opening", there are three pages: Home, Contents (later removed), and Logo (later renamed to About Us).
The Search Index now checks for duplicate identical pages at different urls (usually because of an alias). Only one copy is included so that identical entries will no longer occur in the search results.
Three weeks of hard work has paid off. I have implemented a fantastic Full-Text Search Engine for use by Mummies Alive fans. It is full of powerful and useful features. Go to the Mummies Alive Web Search Page and try it. It indexes all the text from 322 web pages from all the Mummies Alive related sites on the web.
Sun, August 23, 1998
Modified the Mummies Alive survey, updating the questions, and adding dropdown boxes for the State/Prov and Country to further simplify data tabulation.
My Genealogical Program Links page was listed as one of Web Guide Monthly's 800 Best Rated Sites of the year. See the August 1998 and September 1998 issues, page 91. (Note: Magazine and its website ceased publication in late 2000)
We were granted an "exclusive" interview with Seth Kearsley - the Producer and Director of Mummies Alive. We have posted the Interview on its own page in our Mummies Alive section.
Fri, February 27, 1998
We have been involved in the formation of a group called "Supporters of Mummies Alive on the Web" - made up of M.A. fans around the Internet. The group has its own Home Page, as well as a How to Join and Links page.
We have left the Animation Ring in favor of the Supporters for Mummies Alive group.
Since the M. A. Support pages have their own links, the Mummies Alive Links and Toys page had the links removed and the page was renamed.
"What's the connection between genealogy, chess and computers? Well, one answer is Louis Kessler's impressive website, our Link of the Month in November. Kessler was a pioneer in computer chess, and chess/computer chess is a cornerstone in Kessler's Internet home, but there is much more and the site requires more than one visit."
"If you're looking for genealogical programs for your computer, stop right here. This beautifully organized site offers a comprehensive list of computer genealogy programs and related information. ..." "Content:9 Design:9 Navigability:9 Links:10"
Tue, September 30, 1997
Added Top Page Accesses and the Top Web Page for each month to my Access Stats.
Wed, September 17, 1997
On the JHSWC page, added more information about the Fall's upcoming events and lectures for the Genealogical Institute.
Also on the JHSWC page, replaced the "Previous Activities" section with links to "Other Sites With Related Information".
This completed most of the pages I had planned for in the short term. The "What's New/Coming Soon" page was changed back to "What's New". Keep tuned. Some exciting things are still left for the long term.
Thu, August 21, 1997
My Desired Features in a Genealogical Program page (removed Sept 23 2001) joined the Reunion Web Ring.
Wed, July 30, 1997
Made another batch of changes and additions to my Computer Chess Links. Added a number of links, split out "My own Journey into Computer Chess", and added "Machine vs Machine" and "Books Available on Computer Chess" sections.
In addition, Yahoo Canada created a new category for the Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada.
Wed, July 23, 1997
Made major revisions to my Genealogical Program Links. Of most significance, is the acquisition of Reunion
for Windows by Sierra On-Line, and the merging of Family Gathering and Roots V into the Ultimate Family Tree.
Fixed a bug in my BEHOLD survey that caused a "500 Server Error" message when the submit key was pressed. Strange thing that was - there were some soft returns in the CGI script, resulting in the error for Netscape users, but submitting ok for Internet Explorer. Score 1 for IE.
My "Coming Soon" page was put up as a trial, to test the site and get some initial
reaction. Included two test pages, one with a survey, and many "vaporlinks" - i.e. links to
various flavors of "nowhere".