Change is inevitable…

…I’m sitting here in Logan Square with one of our crack teams of editors listening to what seems to be Hip Hop remakes of Anne Murray

This website, spanitz.com, has existed as the domain “spanitz.com” since 1996. In the couple of years since its inception, very little has changed. That was sarcasm. At one point, the page count had gotten up to several thousand pages, all absolutely critical to the operation of the overall website. That was sarcasm again…

I’m thinking back to the first version – an evolution of an *earlier* version (if we’re using Lord of the Rings as a reference, think before Hobbit and more Silmarillion) – that grew from the personal pages on CompuServe. I had to ask for permission from the Chicago Tribune to use a half-inch by half-inch low-resolution photo of downtown Chicago at night as a corner image in the upper left corner of the main home page. It was pretty much a black nebulous blob with some floating shiny sparkles. (Eh, see how apt the Silmarillion reference?) The Trib didn’t know what to do with my request and I eventually got a “no” letter from their legal department, so I emailed the webmaster, explained that I’d put a link back to their website, and, you know, that would be cool. He (or she) said yes, and tech-to-tech won out again…

Since then, I’ve discovered the wonders of building parts of the website in frames, embedded pages, layers, JavaScript, Java, PHP… There were many swings and misses, things that worked when they shouldn’t have, and things that just refused to work so had to be reworked. It was always a labor of love

This latest incarnation is because several friends, relatives, and (gasp) customers have been hitting Spanitz Consulting up for advice and assistance with some of the newer technologies. Sometimes I do relate with the Eddie Izzard skit about Jeff Vader and the Death Star canteen, but at some point one does need to keep up with the times. Not responding is still a response. Change is inevitable.

 

 

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