Mike & Gabi's Web Page Details

Our web page really came about by neccesity as an easy way to share our pictures of Europe with family and friends. We didn't know where to start, so we did a web search for family and personal web pages. The results we recieved typically resulted in sites that specialize in this sort of activity for a fee or that are free but only allow a very limited amount of space. For example, you can easily set up a free web page that is less than 2Mb on Tripod.com.

We wanted more space and our local German internet service provided up to 10Mb free storage for our web page if we just learned how to make one. So, we bought a book on HTML at a bookstore in the US on a trip back during Easter. The book is called "HTML 4 for the world wide web" by Elizabeth Castro. All I can say is, it worked! You wouldn't be viewing our page if it didn't. We were actually able to write elementary tag code in the first few hours and had the format of our page down pat over the course of one weekend. You can visit Elizabeth's web site at : Cookwood.com.

The web page would not be possible without a digital camera. It is safe to say that Gabi and I both think this (along with our new Dell computer) was the best purchase we have made in a long time. Our camera is a Cannon 2.1 megapixel Powershot S300 ELPH. It is very small and also can take up to 30 seconds of video footage with sound. We purchased a larger memory card, a Kingston 256Mb card, and it can hold up to 400 or so pictures at normal resolution before it is full. If you are trying to decide what resolution camera to buy, I don't know exactly what to tell you except that I think the resolution on the Cannon is more than adequate for most people. All the images you see on our web page have been reduced from 55% to 75% of their original size. Any more resolution (3 to 5 megapixel camera's) would have only limitted the number of pictures we could take on a trip (memory constraints) and resulted in us reducing the pictures even more so our US friends could load the page faster. Some of them still have dial up modems you know! Anyway, that's our two cents . . .

An actual full size scanned image of the camera: