The Web is your printing press

Anyone can publish a web page and make their information known to the world. It doesn't take money or an expensive software package. You can spend money if you want to, but you can also publish pages for free if you have limited resources. The only thing stopping anyone from getting their voice heard by putting together a great website is a very small amount of knowledge.

There are a variety of ways to publish web pages. The most versatile way to publish and maintain web pages is to find an ISP (Internet Service Provider), learn a little UNIX, and then construct and manage your pages from either your personal computer or directly in your UNIX account. If you can't afford to have a computer account, you can choose from several free homepage services. The free services have the disadvantage of being less flexible and tight on space, and sometimes require that your page have a header or footer advertising their service. However they usually have the advantage of being easy to set up, and you can often use simply a web browser to edit and maintian your site. Thus, even if your only access to the internet is through a public library, you can still have a web site, and share yourself with the world.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you start: HTML is easy. UNIX is easy. Computers are easy. Lack of money will not stop you from having a cool web site. Content is the key. Content is something money can't buy. The only thing standing between you and getting something done with a computer is a little bit of knowledge, and the biggest thing to fear is fear itself.

I prefer the versatile method of learning UNIX, and using it along side whatever other operating system I happen to interact with on a regular basis. For instance, I might create most of my pages on a macintosh, but if I need to change something on my web site, I can log in from anywhere in the world and edit or create files using UNIX and the free software available in my UNIX computer account, the place my pages are served from.

Why UNIX? It's ubiquitous, it's efficient, it's designed for multiple users, it's (usually) free, it's very powerful, it comes with a variety of tools and software that are free, well supported, well standardized, and free from the licensing hassles and domination of companies like MicroSloth. Unlike MicroSloth's famous slogan, "Where do you want to go today?", with UNIX where you go depends more on how much you know than on how much you can spend.

Simply by typing a few commands, you can create files, edit files, make files readable to the world, talk to people anywhere in the universe, write programs, compile programs, run programs, browse the web, search databases, control other computers, etc., etc., all as standard UNIX utilities available to your fingertips from the moment you log in.

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