Since I started this blog in Dec 2005, I kept finding myself wanting to do more and being frustrated with my inabilities to accomplish the changes I wanted to make. For those of you who have been here before, the template has slightly changed from minima with white background to the neo template.
I am usually very reluctant to make changes to this site because of my lack of knowledge and the fear of losing something in the process. I like to blog but I hate all the CSSing or HTMLing behind it. Like most things in life , I detest them because I don't understand them ( that sentence could the theme of the elections around the world lately but I digress).
However, my family in Ethiopia and Madagascar notified me that they are having hard time accessing the blog because it was loading too slowly (I should have known this because I fell asleep waiting for my page to load when I was in Nairobi) . That was a reality check because the original reason for starting a blog was to keep in touch with the family and update extended families on everyone's whereabouts.
So I gave the fast uploading neo template a try and it looks good so far (m uncle in Tana seems happy with it). So here is big thank you to Ramani for Neo. The idea behind Neo is that the uploading of the site is faster because columns are loaded separately. Therefore if you click on one link in one column, only the right column should reload. ( hey, look at that, I sound like I would actually understand what I just wrote).
Sadly, I am still so computer-challenged that I frequently make blunders such as sending a private mail to a public list or losing work because my laptop was unplugged :D.
The latest example of such inabilities was trying to "skype" with my family. Anyone with relatives overseas know the routine of starting of skype and waiting anxiously for familiar faces to show up on you screen, looking like the astronauts of Apollo 13 with unsynchronized speech pattern :). It's mostly: "Can you hear me now ? " " Why is your face so dark ?" "Change the settings on your mic or webcam... " "Oh by the way, I am doing fine..."
Eventually, I picked the phone and turned off skype. There is only so much of my computer ignorance I can stand.