has the memory of a few
million ZX81s, and you can put CDs and DVDs in it too. You guessed, it's a
bit complicated. Well, I'll be getting onto NTL any time now so we can get
an e-mail thingy hooked up, so do make sure we have current e-mail
addresses for all of you that have them. Then, when we have e-mail, we'll
e-mail everyone we know with e-mail to tell them we have e-mail and ask
them to e-mail us back to say they got our e-mail and know we have e-mail.
Sorted. Oh, and check out...
The intro page of Maaike's
re-boot of the Music & Elsewhere website, circa the latter half of 2000
... we got a website.
Well, apparently. I can't have a look at it yet, not till NTL have been.
Oh, and this is probably gonna mean some new phone numbers too, but we
should be keeping the current one till at least the end of this year. Our
"snailmail" (trendy computer term I picked up) address won't change
though, pretty promise. Actually, Pete Program said I could go in a
Cybercafe and look at our website, but I told him I don't drink electronic
coffee. Um... oh, right, I was talking about the website; well, obviously,
it wasn't me that created it (no shit!), but twas one of our erstwhile M&E
supporters, Maaike De Laat, bless her, out there in Neder-Nederlands, and
we love her muchly for it. Kissy kissy. Lord Litter likes it, we hear.
We're still talking about the website here, trust me. And it'll be the
first Internet address I ever "surf" (getting the hang of this, aren't
I?), of course. Then I'll radion another site, then daz some more.
the Fall '99 edition of the M&E Newsletter - especially in the Courier New
font, in loving memory of my old typewriter. RIP. Sob...
As luck would have it, just recently, Maaike
found that elusive back-up copy of the latter version of the site and sent
it to me. Call me a nostalgic old fool, but I thought it would be nice to
of it on The Magic Net and share some
memories over a nice gin and tonic. I asked Maaike what initially inspired
her to create a website for M&E and how the design evolved from the
"Well, I was in art school studying graphic
design and I was really interested in web design, so I was looking for
projects to work on, to get some practice. I wanted to build a website
that was actually useful, rather than just another fake project. I thought
it was too bad that an international phenomenon such as M&E wasn't online,
so there you go! The original design was made to fit in as much as
possible with the printed M&E stuff. I did the other one simply because I
felt like experimenting with another style, nothing deep ;-) This was back
in 2000 and in those days creating layouts for the web was pretty hard, we
didn't have the tools (such as CSS) we have now."
This was, of course, right at the beginning of Maaike's dabblings in web
design, so I also asked if perhaps she could tell us a bit about how her
career had progressed and what she's up to present day;
"I'm still designing websites. After freelancing as a graphic designer
for some time I now work for a company in Utrecht called Eend ('Duck').
Our tagline is 'Making the internet more human' - we're specialized in
designing sites that are easy to use. This means that besides working on
the computer, I spend quite a lot of time talking to people, interviewing
users etc. Which is fun! But I have never again had a client that was as
much rock & roll as M&E :-)"
Oh, isn't she a sweetheart? Needless to say, those efforts were very much
appreciated, and it's kinda nice to be able to revisit the fruits of her
labours in the here and now. So, pour yourself a drink, get comfy in your
chair and prepare to revisit those years of irritating pop-up ads and the
infamous blue screen of death...