• About the Blog

    About the Blog

    Comments on 05/21/2010:

    You’ve stumbled onto one of my new projects: writing a blog.

    Back about 4 years ago, I sold saxpics.com to the good folks at USAHorn.com. After the sale, I thought how nice it’d be to start a saxophone wiki. Why? Well, when saxpics.com was in its heyday, I was getting more than half-a-dozen e-mails a day about sax-related things — and that was AFTER I kept referring people to post on the various sax forums I was at. Additionally, maybe 25% of the e-mails I got were in the form of, “You got this fact wrong.” To cut out the middleman, I thought that a wiki would be ideal: just post your corrections and I’ll come on by later to see what you posted.

    The wiki was a good idea, unfortunately very few folks played with it. I think this was mainly due to the complexity of the Mediawiki software (the same one that Wikipedia uses). While I thought it was easy to use, it wasn’t as convenient as just going the e-mail route. And I’m a computer tech. Sometimes I don’t give enough credit to “ease of use.”

    On the other hand, A friend of mine has been doing a blog for some time now and she’s had very good success with that. When I started playing with WordPress, I realized it was easier to use than the wiki and I could have essentially the same functionality and content. And, because I’m switching servers, it was convenient to make the switch now.

    So, enjoy! Drop me a line if you have any questions.

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    There’s one further question to be addressed: aren’t I ripping myself off — that is, isn’t this about the same idea as saxpics.com?

    Well, no. Not really.

    Saxpics.com already has a ton of makes/models that I wrote on. I have no desire to, say, copy my own Conn pages from saxpics.com. Yes, if I found out something significantly interesting about Conn, I’d probably post here about it, but I don’t want to just re-write everything. That means that I’m going to be concentrating on makes/models that aren’t on saxpics.com. Additionally, I won’t necessarily be doing complete make/model breakdowns like I did on saxpics.com. As an example, in the near future, I’m going to write about a couple of Leblanc models, but not every Leblanc model there ever has been.

    Another difference is that saxpics.com is a website, not a blog or wiki. You can’t immediately interact. I want that interaction here.

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    Comments on 06/19/2010:

    I’ve realized that I really didn’t mention much about this blog’s FEATURES.

    The one that most people will want is the, “How can I make the letters BIGGER?” feature. In the uppermost RIGHT corner of the screen, you see three “A”s of different sizes. Click on a bigger one to make the text bigger and a smaller one to make the text smaller.

    For what it’s worth, my work setup is a 23″ Apple Cinema Display and a 24″ aluminum Intel iMac. At home, I have a 22″ Viewsonic widescreen and a 21.5” Viewsonic 1080p display. I try to use all that real estate when I create the posts.

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    Please note that this blog comprises only 1/2 of my website. Please also check out my PICTURE GALLERY at http://208.95.77.77/thesaxinfo/gallery3/

    2 Responses to About the Blog

    1. May 21, 2010 at 7:58 pm

      In understand what you’re saying, but it’s unlikely that you’d be ripping yourself off. Much of what you’ve written is not there anymore since they’ve managed to corrupt the data base, and have seemingly run out of money (or interest) to have the site repaired. Entire pages don’t exist, and let’s not even talk about the the pictures. :(

      They’ve f’ed it up so bad with their Version 2, that it’s a dog’s breakfast. A simple rule: If it ain’t broke don’t fix it, just didn’t occur to them. Pity.

      • thesaxinfo
        May 21, 2010 at 8:48 pm

        Well, I know it’s been only four years :).

        I think that the new version of saxpics.com could be nice. It’s just that there seems to be a lot of problems with how the text was processed into the “new” format. Beyond that, they tried to convert all the pictures into some sort of database format — I had maybe 25% of my pics in Coppermine and 75% in directories — and that database didn’t quite convert things right.

        *Sigh*

        I can say that, in general, when I get e-mails about saxpics.com, I referr the requestor to the original pages I wrote. When it’s a picture that I need to refer to, I send the person to the directory the pic is in, not the new “picture gallery.”

        My Gallery 3 photo gallery is havening some minor issues, but you can check it out at http://www.thesax.info/gallery3/index.php. I’m still transitioning to another MUCH faster server, but that might take some time.

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