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Ever since I first was exposed to the Internet and the World Wide Web(WWW), I've been a big fan. It was a way of sharing information with everyone that was simple and easy. Since that time, I've taken it upon myself to learn the ins-and-outs of publishing on the WWW.
Below you will find a collection of URLs (web site addresses) of web sites that I've written and try to maintain (there are only so many hours in a day). Each site has the URL, a brief description of the web site, and a small thumbnail of the site. I encourage you to visit my other sites and enjoy them.
If you are interested in contracting me to do a web site for you, I do occasionally do work for others. All I ask is that you realize that I don't do this work for a living, so have patience. Work and school tend to get priority over my side jobs, but I do try to give you my best professional effort. The people who've hired me in the past have been very happy with my work and service.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I enjoy talking about these projects, as I put a lot of hardwork into them.
Tuna Can Web Productions
I created the Tuna Can Web Productions web site as a way of sharing with people my philosophy of web design and to share my work. Tuna Can Net was also intended to provide me a central place to locate my first web sites and to provide a simple URL for my visitors to share. I also wanted a web domain that was mine for email, so I would have an email that people could always reach me. This web site has undergone one facelift in all of the years, and it will constantly provide visitors a way of getting a hold of me and my web talents.
Tom's Type 4 Corner
After I first got Internet access at home (about 1996), I was browsing the web, looking for information on the VW 411 and 412 series of cars. What I found was meager. I decided that since I had done a lot of research on the 411/412 series in the previous years, I should create a series of web pages about this unloved car. It has been well received and has even received a face lift from those early days. A lot of people have learned about this car from this web site, and I've met a lot of really great Type 4 fans from it.
Type 4: Secrets Revealed
While working for a local VW shop, I got interested in the engine that came from the VW 411/412 series. I'd heard of European VW people who used this engine in Bugs, Karmann Ghias, etc., but everyone I talked to had no clue. So that started my journey into the Type 4 engine realm. This web site is a journal of that ongoing journal. It's a central repository for information of the Type 4 engine.
As a result of this web site, I've made many friends and contacts over the years and helped many people to get Type 4 power in their VWs and Porsches. This site was a featured site in TotalVW (a British VW magazine) in 2000. One of the tech articles (CT and CZ engine code VW engines) was also featured in a car club magazine, Zeitschrift, a Club Veedub Sydney Publication, October 2001 issue.
EMPI Imp Homepage
Once again, I was doing research on the web, looking for more information on the EMPI Imp, my all time favorite dune buggy. Not finding much, but I did find was riddled with mis-information. I like to collect original EMPI literature and parts, so I had in my possession an original 1970 EMPI Imp assembly manual, a EMPI parts catalog from about 1968, and my brother's Imp (which I now own). I wasn't happy with this bad information, so I decided to consolidate my resources and put together a web site to share the correct information. Since that time, I've added a page about the other EMPI dune buggy, the all metal EMPI Sportster. It's a simple site, but it's still the only site on the web with a lot of Imp, Sportster, and EMPI information.
Girls' Water Polo - Yucaipa High School
A former student of Yucaipa High (who was also a member of the water polo team) created this web site in her senior year. Upon her graduation, there was no one to maintain it. I was going to the home games anyways, taking photos to get some practice shooting sports, so I decided to take over the site and keep it up to date.
The first order of business was to restructure the site and layout. Although the look of the site was very appealing, the site's layout was anything but. It was a mess of tables that made expansion and templating difficult at best, and impossible at worse. Using her Adobe Illustractor files, I was able to restructure the graphics to make a visually identical Macromedia/Adobe Dreamweaver template.
Using those templates, I adjusted the navigation graphics and reorganized
the site into something that I could easily manage. I managed this
site from January 2007 through August 2008. The school has then gone
with the SchoolFusion solution for school related web sites. I
provide the team with photographs and a gallery of those photos.
Hoffmann Automotive Machining
Len Hoffmann, the man behind Hoffmann Automotive Machining, hired me to give his business a presence on the Internet. I worked with Len to get him a site that was simple (as that what he wanted), but easy to read and give his customers an online resource. It has helped Len to move his business into modern age.
Len specializes in Volkswagens, actually Type 4 Volkswagens,
including the Porsche 914. He also does work on BMWs, other VWs, other
Porsches, and is very skilled at custom work. My upcoming 2056cc VW Type 4
engine for my Bug will feature a set of HAM cylinder heads.
Nathan Westwick's Class
This web site started out as an assignment for a college class with Dreamweaver (CHC CIS161, spring '06) and I earned a scored perfect with it. I thought since I knew my friend and co-worker Nathan could use a fresh new web site, I based the site on him. He's a big Napoleon Dynamite fan, so the theme seemed very appropriate. If you are not familiar with the movie, the web site is based on the movie's poster, with the color stripes and the piece taped across the top.
Nate is a math high school teacher, so having a web site for students and staff to learn more about his classes and himself is important. Once the site went live, I've left updating to him. The site has since been made obsolete, as the school now uses a CMS service provider for web management.
Other web projects
I took a college class on web design and HTML (CHC CIS111, fall '05) and we were assigned a mid-term to create a web site for an animal rescue organization. We were to create a fictitious organization and create the web site for them. The assignment was to only incorporate only the tools we were presented in class, so I wasn't able to use more advanced features like cascading style sheets.
My family has long had shetland sheepdogs (shelties), so I created my organization for that specific breed of canine. I used family photos of our dogs over the years as the needed photographs. We were also required to put together a portfolio of the site, with a written background, color scheme, layouts, etc. I'll post that portfolio in Adobe Acrobat form (PDF) when I get a chance.
This web site was created as the final exam assignment for a college class with web design and HTML (CHC CIS111, fall '05). The assignment was to create a web site using the tools presented in class to create a web site having to do something with the music genre. We were also required to work in teams. I worked with fellow student Clyde Stoneman. We decided to leave me most of the technical work, and that Clyde would provide the content and raw images.
So, using Clyde's content on his favorite music group, Canadian Brass, I assembled the site and made it a very unique experience. The site is completely laid out using cascading style sheets, using positional elements. A visitor can visit the site with a text only browser, or with a text reader like the visually handicapped use, and the site still works as we intended.
Due to shortcomings in the current Internet Explorer web browser, some features of the site are not what I intended. It seems that Microsoft hasn't kept up with the rest of the world when it comes to supporting common features. I viewed the site on many different platforms (Windows, MacOSX, Linux) with a multitude of browsers. The only one that didn't render flawlessly was Internet Explorer. Microsoft needs to get with it.
Flora and Fauna of Crafton Hills
This web site created for a mid-term assignment for a college class with Dreamweaver (CHC CIS161, spring '06). We were given the requirement of creating a web site that highlighted and educated the visitors on the animal and plant life that was native to the Crafton Hills area, which is where the school is located. I referred to a Al Kelley, a local biologist, who'd done a lot of work on preserving the Crafton Hills ecology.
Al gave me a great collection of specie names that I could use. He intentionally gave me names that wouldn't be obvious. A great instance of that was the "Yucaipa onion" or allium marvinii. It is an extremely rare onion that has only recently been named. My research on the web only turned up five reported sitings of this plant. Unfortunately I could not find a picture of it, so I had to include another plant to meet the assignment requirement.
My instructor was so impressed with the assignment that he's submitting the site, with my permission of course, to the college's webmaster for inclusion on the college's web site. My instructor feels that the students of CHC should have access to this site. I am very flattered that he thinks so highly of the site.
This web site created for the final assignment for a college class with Dreamweaver (CHC CIS161, spring '06). We were required to take an existing site on the Web and to give it a makeover. The instructor did give us some requirements, like flash buttons/text, but for the most part we were given free reign on this assignment.
I asked my brother for a really lousy web site that he'd encountered. He said he had the one, Best Electronics. The site is written and maintained with Microsoft Word, the clunkiest word processor of all time!! So using just the first page, I was able to create a six page site, with a theme very appropriate to their business.
This company sells everything to repair, maintain, and enjoy the original Atari video game consoles and computers. I got inspiration from the original Atari 2600 VCS game console and derived the site's theme from that console's look. The instructor liked it a lot and told me it earned the highest in the class.
Well, I hope that you enjoyed checking out my web sites. They are a lot of fun to create and the people I meet through them is great.
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