I spent the day catching up on my reading for my Web class and trying to figure out how “the stuff” I’m playing around with in Dreamweaver finds its way to the internet. I have come to the conclusion that I am totally lost! My lack of understanding for the language has me reading words but deriving no meaning from them. Very SCARY! Thank God I have my friend, Marcella, who is just finishing her MIT. We’ll be building Web sites together next month when she gets back from dealing with her own family issue. At that point, I should have an idea of the language because I’ll keep up with the reading and Website reviews. Hopefully, if I follow my usual pattern of vocabulary expansion, I’ll have the lingo by then and stop feeling so frustrated and intimidated!
This week I looked at: http://www.icann.org/ This site bothered me in a couple of areas. As I went though the links I got stuck on the meeting link and had to back up to get out of it. Even though the site is nicely laid out, content wise, I found it to be a failure. This whole site bothered me in that as much as I read and listened to the video links, I learned a whole lot of nothing. It reminds me of the typical political site in which there may be a lovely presentation and a whole lot of bells and whistles, a whole lot of nothing is said. I still have no idea what ICANN does or why it matters.
The next site I looked at is: http://www.internettrafficreport.com/main.htm and found something new and interesting. I had no idea that there was anyone out there keeping tabs on the speed of data transfer around the globe, but it certainly makes sense that someone is! I even got a laugh when I looked at their contact tab and read: “Do not email here asking about why your connection is down or slow, or what you can do to speed things up. Contact whomever you get your Internet service from – that’s what you’re paying them for.” How funny is that? 🙂 I think this site is well-laid out and interesting.
Another interesting statistical page is: http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm/ It provides differrent kinds of statistical information on such topics as global internet/population saturation rates and so forth, but the page is really not very well laid out. It is entirely too long, and it would be better if there were tabs at the top that a visitor could use instead of having to move down over and over. Frankly, I gave up looking after the third time I had to move down. There may be some interesting data at the bottom, but I, like most visitors, can’t be bothered to go all the way to the bottom for it.
More sites to be reviewed. Look for them later in the week!