Gizmo is as Gizmo Does!

Ah, the sweet world of gadgets and gizmos. Don’t you agree that we should appreciate the Webmasters who take the time to build better and better means of making our online lives easier in this vast cyberspace of ours? I am referring to the many who strive to make things less complicated and more understandable? These are the men and women of WebTV who find it a challenge to do things that some only dream of doing? It has been a long time since I first signed up with WebTV. The first brave soul I met who built pages and allowed gif linking was Draac. Since that time, I have met many people who dedicated their online time to make life just a little easier for the rest of us. For those men and women, I must say, you have my admiration and appreciation.

One such man who has put forth effort to make our cyber-lives less complicated is a man who goes by the nic, WebGizmo. (Yes, ladies, he is single!) WebGizmo has set up his site for all people, not just the beginner but the seasoned webber as well. He has put together a compilation of exciting tools and pages that can be accessed and used by anyone. He treats us with various ways of making our online homes more comfortable. He goes beyond the gadgets of WebTV and brings us his gizmos. He shares his knowledge and his love of WebTV to those who wish to learn. I hope you will agree with me when I say that this man is well worth checking out.

Welcome to the world of Steve, aka WebGizmo. He is not only a Webmaster, but a seasoned WebTV’er. He is one of those fine people who spends countless hour on his pages so we can make your online experience a whole lot easier. Steve purchased his first Sony WebTV-Plus at Circuit City and officially went online on July 19, 1998. He had been interested in checking out all the information that the internet had to offer for a long time and WebTV seemed to be the way to go. He found that after his first year, he was ‘‘basically satisfied’’ with his decision. He also appreciates WebTV because it has ‘‘laid open access to the world in every was possible. It exposes the best as well as the worst of humanity. It allows you to see the world in a whole new light.’’ He also likes the ‘‘ability to chat and correspond with people on the other side of the world. He likes being able to learn first hand what life is like in other places.’’ He then goes on to explain that this also gives the WebTV’er a ‘‘chance to express who they are via building a webpage.’’ He goes on to add that the possibilities are limited to our ‘‘own creativity and thirst for knowledge.’’ His only real complaints are that it would be nice if ‘‘once and for all they work out that Javascript bug that seems to plague us’’ and that it would be just as nice if they ‘‘ironed out the problems of the past upgrades.’’

Steve has informed me that he learned most of what he knows by reading ‘‘all kinds of tutorials.’’ He studied pages that discussed HTML, CGI (Common Gateway Interface), Javascript, and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). What he didn't learn from these tutorials, he learned by just ‘‘diving in and working with codes.’’ WebGizmo is the result of what he learned since he first got online. Steve didn’t belong to any particular newsgroup or e-mail list, but he does suggest utilizing the newsgroups if you are interested in ‘‘gaining knowledge about all kinds of subjects from personal opinions to tips on building websites.’’ His best advice, he says, is to ‘‘jump in with both feet and don’t worry about making mistakes because I’ve made plenty. Mistakes are the only way you are going to learn anything. You make them and you move on.’’ If you get stumped, there are always ‘‘plenty of people willing to help you out.’’

Steve is always there when someone writes him and needs his help. He has received over 10,000 e-mails since being online and about 8,000 of those have been from people asking for help. He doesn’t mind helping though. Since he ‘‘took to this stuff like a duck in water,’’ he has enjoyed ‘‘helping people out just so they can start to really enjoy being online.’’ His helped has ranged from helping with e-mail signatures to helping fix a problem with HTML on a person’s website. He helps out when a person just wants to know what codes you use to make something on the page do one thing or another. The payment for his help; it is nothing short of seeing the person he is helping learn and become enthusiastic about learning more. It is another way to connect with people from all walks of life.

So what does this man have to offer us in the lines of entertainment and learning? Steve has put together WebGIzmo's Tutorials. You will be taken to places that will help you learn all that you need to know to building meaningful websites. He has created a magnificent catalog of Backgrounds to help you build those grand web pages. So what does this man have to offer us in the lines of entertainment and learning? Steve has put together WebGIzmo's Tutorials. You will be taken to places that will help you learn all that you need to know to building meaningful websites. He has created a magnificent catalog of Backgrounds to help you build those grand web pages. Steve has graciously added a Background Previewer so you will be able to preview the selected background before transloading it. You just click on the name of the background you have chosen from the drop down menu and it is there for your previewing pleasure. If finding the right background overly stresses you out, check out Stressed. It is a great place to go to relieve what stresses you out.

The above mentioned tools may not be what you seek. If they are not exactly what you are in search of, why not try The Tool Shed? At the Tool Shed you will find all kinds of good and useful tools. If you need an HTML test bed, this is the place to come. There is also a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) Machine. Yes! Really! If you get a lot of questions pertaining to your site and they seem to be the same ones over and over, well, here is a wonderful idea. You can use this machine to compose your questions and answers. There are more excellent gizmos. In fact, you may be able to use all, if not some of these. There is an Image sizer, a Meta Machine, and a Frames maker.

There is so much to see when you click on WebGizmo's Main Page. Steve is a H.I.P.P.P.I.E. at heart (Highly Intelligent People Pursuing Intellectual Enlightenment). He has gone back to the 60’s and set up a great array of Hippie gifs for use on your web pages. He has also gone inside WebTV’s cache and has brought us back those wonderful little WebTV Cache graphics we see every time we turn on our machines. If you want them, you know where you can go get them. After you are finished exploring the tools and gizmos, take a jaunt over to the audioscope section. It is a sight for sore eyes. He has got those and much, much more. Enjoy your visit!

E-mail: WebGizmo