This is S. Lott’s “Steve” page. Version 4.6.

The cool iWeb, graphics-heavy pages are here:

For the profoundly bored, my annual holiday letter for 2013 is available. The prior decade+ is here for comparison purposes: 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996. I plead insanity.

Here’s a must-see time-saver, and the Big Picture.

The personal side has sections in decreasing order of use to others.


This started as my web navigation bookmarks (on a Delphi dial-up host). Since I use so many computers (home, office, client site), I had to keep my bookmarks centrally. However, the tale grew in the telling until I wound up with over 5Mb of material in hundreds of files. This became complex and difficult to manage.

Once upon a time, this was lovingly hand-crafted in HTML the hard way.

Later, I used a Python program that generated the .HTML files from simplified files that have the basic content but lacked any “look-and-feel” navigation content. This allowed me to make small changes to the Python program that lead to vast changes in the layout of the site while preserving the basic content.

Then I discovered Cheetah. This generated the site from templates that vastly simplified the content vs. presentation problem.

When Apple provided the service, they offered an on-line page editor that integrated seamlessly with iPhoto. Then. Apple discontinued this service. Then. Apple put a publication tool into iPhoto.

The “older” photo albums – built with iPhoto – are on Pride. It’s very simple to do. But I’m not very organized or disciplined about doing it.

When iWeb came out (as part of iLife), Apple slowly coaxed me into using a slightly different configuration for my photos and what-not. Apple changed their URL’s and branding moving things to a Mobile Me ( site.

Since that’s getting shut down, I’ve moved (again) to the current site, run by A2 Hosting.

My primary tool is Sphinx to generate the text from templates. RST is much easier to use than than Cheetah and HTML. Sphinx offers a bunch more bells and whistles for generating complex structures from a lot of simple files.

Aren’t there always TODO’s? My To Do List.

date:March 14, 2015

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