Some of you may have noticed that Cybermodeler Online pages were not loading correctly. To use the proper computer science terminology - they were "screwed up". Over the last few months, I've been working to eliminate minor errors in the website using a variety of tools to hunt them down. In the course of this effort, I found that the world of web design had rolled out some interesting new technologies over the last couple of years and I started to experiment with a more precise site layout. The good news is that these new technologies work great and would offer some new features on our pages, BUT (and it's a big BUTT) these new technologies will only work with modern web browsers. That makes sense, but I inadvertently overlooked one group.
I heard from some of you that our pages were acting weird over the last several weeks, about the time I started with the 'new technologies'. Most of you are using Internet Explorer in a variety of environments, most of which are at work on Windows 7 computers. What's the big deal? The last time I went through a major site redesign, I was still running Windows 7 and had Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Firefox to test the site's performance. This time around, I didn't even think about Explorer as I was testing with Microsoft Edge. When I finally broke the code that Internet Explorer doesn't run under Windows 10 and IE has not been updated to support the new web technologies, I rolled back the site design to resume Internet Explorer compatibility.
In my last editorial, I mentioned that model maker Paul Fisher's home and workshop were destroyed in the Paradise fire in California. You know Paul's work under the banner of Fisher Model and Pattern. At that time, Kevin Futter of Large Scale Planes had set up a Go Fund Me account to help Paul and his family get back on their feet. We learned that Paul and his family had been out to Colorado shortly before the fire, so while they were safe, they lost everything in that firestorm. The Go Fund Me account had been set up with a $10,000 goal and in the 29 days since it was established, the account is sitting at almost $30,000. Kudos to all who chipped in!
As we approach the holiday season, stay safe and warm (unless you're reading this from the southern latitudes, then stay safe and cool) and hope that Santa has some nice kits to go under your tree. Merry Christmas to everyone and a Happy New Year!
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