Paul Hawthorne's entire site is Copyright ©1999- by Claudia Robyn Mattil. All rights reserved. The site may not be copied or duplicated in whole or part by any means without express prior agreement in writing or unless specifically noted on the site.
Some material on this site is copyrighted by others. Such content is always so marked.
This copyright notice applies to all content located at http://www.paulhawthorne.com and http://hawthorne.fastie.com and any folder or sub-directory within.
Material from Paul's site may not be copied and included on another Web site. You are always welcome to create links from your site to the appropriate page here.
Paul's Asian banjo information is often copied for use with eBay listings. Such usage is permitted provided that only the information relevant to the particular banjo model is copied and the source of the material is cited. The preferred citation is:
From Paul Hawthorne's site. Copyright ©1999- by C. Robyn Mattil. Used with permission.
A link back to the cited page is encouraged and appreciated.
I am publishing the site at the specific request of Paul. We signed an agreement giving me exclusive publishing rights and obligating me to publish Paul's content for five years or until I join him in the great beyond. The five years has expired; I will continue to publish as long as I have a personal Web site.
Paul used a serif typeface for his pages, usually Times New Roman. My technical design preserves this. If you are reading a serif typeface, you are reading Paul's words.
All new pages and most new elements on old pages (such as editor's notes) are set in a sans-serif typeface. You will see either Verdana, Arial or Helvetica depending upon the fonts installed on your computer. It is thus very easy to differentiate new pages, such as this one, from Paul's original content.
All pages contain an update notice at the very bottom. The notice shows the last date Paul or I edited the page. If Paul's initials are not on the page, it is a new one.
On July 15, 2006, Paul uploaded updates to almost every page in the site. Many of the changes had to do with navigational changes he was making at the time. He marked all these pages with that date, as was his habit. We thus cannot know when he actually updated the content on most pages. He took ill just a few weeks later and made very few changes thereafter.
This is what an editor's note looks like. You know, like Post-It® Notes.
Editor's notes have been added throughout the site. Their purpose is to explain what's happening with the site, to clarify something Paul wrote or included, to make some corrections and additions, to add information about why Paul wrote what he did, and, if possible, to give greater insight into the man.
Paul used two software tools to develop and maintain his site and one tool to publish it. All the tools Paul used shared one endearing (to him) characteristic: they were free.
Arachnophilia is the HTML editing tool Paul used. It was written by the very thoughtful and thought-provoking Paul Lutus, creator of the best-selling software program Apple Writer for the Apple II and formerly a designer for NASA. Paul (Hawthorne) used version 4 because it ran well on his older computers. Version 5 was written in Java. Paul tried that version but it ran too slowly for him. Paul liked both the program and the philosophy of its author, so he was quite wedded to it. I agree that is it an excellent tool and I am happy to report that Mr. Lutus has been making updates after a long hiatus. Paul was on the verge of getting some faster computers (but still retro by ordinary standards), so I think he probably would have graduated to the new version.
One of the challenging parts of building a Web site is handling menus. Almost immediately upon deciding to build a site, Paul discovered a rather peculiar little program called WindowHTML, now out of print. Given a list of menu items, it created a bitmapped image that looked exactly like a tabbed, Microsoft Windows 95-style dialog box. This handy tool allowed Paul to build his original menus without much heavy lifting. As time went on, the maintenance of this style of menus became difficult because any change to the menu structure required changing every page that used it and it was a tedious change. That is probably the main reason Paul decided to update the technical side of his site.
Paul published the site using an FTP utility called LeechFTP by Jan Debis. It is no longer available from its author but can still be found on many software download sites. A Python version, called FtpCube, is under active development. In 1999, when Paul first published his site, LeechFTP was not only a very good program but was priced to Paul's liking. Paul used this program despite the fact that Arachnophilia included a built-in FTP capability.
The site is currently developed, maintained, and published using Microsoft Expression Web (xWeb), the successor to FrontPage.
Paul had a dim view of Microsoft's business practices, especially after Windows XP was introduced with product activation. In that sense, my use of a Microsoft tool to manage his site could have been anathema to him. I knew this, so I made sure to tell Paul exactly how I would be handling his content once it was my responsibility.
He probably winced a bit, but Paul was the sort of guy who would not impose his beliefs on his friends. His exact words were "I don't care."
Effective October 1, 2009, all references to pages at Paul's site will be at hawthorne.fastie.com, not hawthorne.fastie.net. This technical change came about because I revised my own sites.
When Paul asked me if I wanted to publish his content after his passing, I said I would be happy to do so for an indefinite time as long as it didn't add to my Web hosting costs. The only way to do that is to make his content part of my site. My hosting plan provides "sub-domains" and that is the method I chose.
Paul's domain name, paulhawthorne.com, still exists and now points to my site. It is registered until 2014. Robyn Mattil, who now owns all this content, will decide what to do with the name then; her current thought is that she will let it fade away.
Paul was happy about this arrangement. But there was something else. True to Paul's frugal nature, his hosting plan was free, part of his telephone service. A problem he faced was bandwidth - his plan limited him to 500MB per month, a lot when he first launched the site but not much today. Bandwidth usage was closing in on him and he had planned to move his site to an economy hosting plan in 2006. My bandwidth is more than enough to meet the demand for his content without affecting my site at all.
When I first published Paul's site in 2007, I took pains to prevent any links or bookmarks to the site from other sites from breaking. I created an elaborate redirection scheme for this purpose. I also placed a note here saying that would cease at the end of 2009. Effective May 11, 2011, I suspended such redirection.
Although paulhawthorne.com still responds on the Web, come 2014 it may no longer do so. It is thus important that any links that incorporate that domain name be adjusted. I have provided a table to assist you with converting links. Please update all your links and bookmarks to Paul's site as soon as you can.
I have not changed Paul's content except as follows:
- I fixed spelling errors. With rare exception, I left grammar alone - it's Paul's voice.
- I usually left format alone unless there was a good reason to make a change, such as for better readability. The New page is a good example.
- I adjusted for reality. For example, there is no sense keeping email links to Paul.
- I adjusted for context. For example, if a link was bad or had changed, I dealt with it.
- I added editors notes (in yellow boxes) as I saw fit.
- I reorganized the Asian banjo catalog pages and added material. This is one area in which I may add material as I find it.
- In December 2007, I unexpectedly made a change to an Asian banjo page to reflect a new model of interest that had been seen on eBay. If there is new information like this about brands that are already reflected in the pages, I have decided that I will add editor's notes to that effect.
- I reorganized to make it easier for me to maintain the site. The biggest change I made was in Effective Learning, where I put each Banjo Psychology article in its own page. See the Links Conversion page for full details.
Of this you can be sure: Paul's thoughts and writing remain absolutely intact.
Paul designed the site with a screen resolution of 800x600 in mind. However, it should render acceptably well at almost any personal computer screen resolution. Small format screens are not supported.
Paul's site did not conform to contemporary Web standards. He knew it and was planning a standards-compliant rewrite. I have done that for him; the new version of the site complies with XHTML 1.0 and CSS 2.0 standards.
The site should render properly in any contemporary browser on virtually any device.
Paul wrote his site to be frugal with a visitor's resources. I have a further editor's note about this near Paul's note about splitting pages to keep them small. Technology and its availability has changed a lot since he first launched his site and bandwidth is abundant except in rural areas. While I will remain faithful to Paul's attempts to be frugal with your bandwidth, I will probably not be as frugal.
The design of the site has not changed since Paul first published it in 1999. It is a simple, clean design that has stood the test of time. I wouldn't think of changing it.
About This Page
The notes on this page were written by Will Fastie.
Updated 04 Apr 2013 by WF