..16th ..Corrected typo errors in the ChatCheck control file which in turn removed the errors in the search result list.
..Another Comic Chat Character download site has closed it's doors. Alas it appears that the owners of the "Comic-Sun" website has chosen to not renew their domain name, thus closing the website!
..8th ..Progress on providing resources to the older/original 2.1 characters and backgrounds has ground to a halt. Mainly since there doesn't seem to be any interest to this website nor to the Comic Chat program anymore. After having provided a link to the BGB maker, no one has ever contacted me to aquire it in the past 2 years! Eventually I will continue with this Comic Chat resource project, but for now it has been set aside until perhaps next year. Note: When the project is restarted, the 2.1 version characters and backgrounds will be posted on the Phoenix On-line Foundation website pages!
Happy Christmas, everyone!
| ..7th ..Updating these pages stopped earlier this year due to a discovery that my very awesome "High Def" LED monitor was frying my eyeballs.
9 solid weeks of 14 to 16 hour days while updating these webpages in front of my high def LED monitor was making me go blind. So I searched for an answer and found that the blue light from LED light burns the retina of ones' eyes!
After completeing priliminary research, I posted a warning page for others:
LED - Blue Light Warning!
(Please follow the included links for a better understanding of the dangers!)
The effects were making it difficult for my eyes to focus on anything! I have since replaced most of my new LED light bulbs in the house back to CFL's and Incandescents. Also purchased a used CRT monitor in an "Estate Sale" and will be replacing my LED monitor back to the CRT.
I will not be going LED again until the LED manufacturing community has addressed the ill effects of one using LED lighting from ANY source!
Unfortunately, I still have a LED TV that
I am continuing to fry my eyeballs with!
..15th ..AnneSeeker's Characters are now back to auto-downloading. She had more characters on her site than she had on her pages. My guess is that she just ran out of time to update her pages. So there is a third page that was added to accomodate the surplus that was not visibly there while her site (anneseeker.net) was in service.
..14th ..Seven Seas Comic Circus Characters have been restored. As with all newly added sites, one can find the links to them on the first character page 'cchars.htm'. After about a month or two, they will be relocated to the second page which is 'Restored Sites' link page.
..13th ..Let's take a break and talk founding history of this site:
Mermaid learned HTML in a Comic Chat room caled '#Freetoys'. The room host, 'Dillinger', was teaching HTML in the room. So if you want to blame anyone for this website, you can blame Dillinger for teaching Mermaid HTML! When Mermaid felt it was time to use her HTML for something, she decided to create a link page to all of the different Comic Chat characters. Using 'WordPad' and looking inside each character that would auto download into her ComicArt folder, she would follow that url back to its source and look for others. She was already creating a list for herself, but then decided to share it. Well, what you see now is what the single page has grown into! When sites that had really good artistic characters started disappearing, Mermaid decided to start saving the remaing sites for historical value. It was a shame to see such good art going to the recycle bin. Saving only the character download pages and characters, she now has quite a data base to rival the 'Wayback Machine'. (Wayback doesn't save the download files. You get some kind of HTML file when you try to download a file from 'Wayback'). Some earlier sites are really gone forever from before the time Mermaid started saving the pages. OK, so now Mermaid has decided to create a page with everyone's link buttons. Kind of a nostalgic page since some of those link buttons are a work of art as well. The Wayback Machine does have a lot of them saved.
..Mermaid doesn't like the new HTML 5 and CSS 3. It is a 'calling home' code that allows the CSS folks a tag to every persons' address whenever they open a CSS 3 coded page. A terrific marketing ploy! This is what happens when marketing people take over the code. They can just sit back and gather data as foolish coders use their 'new code' to encode sniffing data into their webpages. It goes against Mermaid's ethics! So Mermaid will not be using CSS 3 for as long as she can before it is mandatory! (Earlier CSS is all local/safe code, but CSS 3 calls back to the CSS3 folks website).
..For all you Windoz 10 people, what do you think Microsoft's 'cloud' is? Another tagging method for marketing purposes! A server records the address to every connection made to it regardless of what is being accessed. Those addresses become valuable sellable marketing fodder for the marketeers in the world!
..8th ..After using yahoo as the contact email account for mermeliz since the beginning, we finally have an email account set up through mermeliz.com. From now on contact Mermaid Elizabeth using email@example.com.
..In the past week, the nav buttons were once again changed on the Home page of mermeliz.com to accomodate cell phone and iPad visitors. The buttons were enlarged and spaced a bit further apart for tiny screens. This was all done after having the webpage html scanned and reviewed by an outside source. Suggestions were heeded to improve the page's navigation.
..The Phoenix On-Line Foundation pages are currently undergoing a face lift. New buttons as well as a different navigation path has been extablished. The naviagation path is actually being put back the way it used to be back in 2001. A link to the Phoenix pages has also been added to the pop-out navigation menu on each page.
..4th ..Kii Kun's Comic Character Page has not be viewed since 1999. English translation was added and then, after restoring his 4 characters, it was uploaded to mermeliz.com. After restoring Kii Kun's page, DarkEye's Character Page was updated by adding 33 more of her characters. A second page was added to accomodate the increase.
..3nd ..Iori's cute and wonderful characters took all day to restore, but they are now available for all to use once again! Kewpie had restored them once before, (CA 2003), but then the characters were once again lost when Kewpie closed her website.
..2nd ..Otoka's webpage and characters were restored as well as adding English translations to the Japanese text. Mermaid's own character have never-ever had a download page. This was resolved to day as well!
..1st ..Beanz download page was restored which gives Comic Chatters 18 more characters to choose from.
..30th ..ChatCheck 'search' control file update project has finally been completed. The next big task its to update the 'replacement' control file! With a ComicArt folder of 12,509 .AVB files, this task is borderline insane!
..27th ..Added the Freeware graphic program 'GIMP' to the 'Cool Programs' download page. Don't know why it wasn't there already! It is a powerful 'Photoshop-like' program without the high cost. Free is better! :-)
..Updated the HTML tid-bits page with information regarding HTML5 and CSS3.
..With the help of the 'Wayback Machine', an archival website, Mermy was able to include lost data from the year 2000 regarding mermeliz.com history.
..25th ..After a battle with the "going out of business" web host, mermeliz.com is back online with a new host! Former host of 8 good dependable years was 'ixwebhosting', they were recently bought out by a very incompetant and very unskilled, untrained staffed company called 'site5.com'. Mermeliz.com was offline for 4 days due to their incompetance. They just couldn't figure out what they were doing wrong! So Mermy fixed it by moving on to a better and much faster hosting service, 'inmotionhosting'!
..Mermy warns to stay away from site5.com. Their staff all appear to be a bunch of buffoons!
..mermeliz.com is undergoing a face lift. Additional new title graphics have been uploaded this afternoon. Including the new title graphic for this archive page. (The last face lift was in December of 2004). Mermy is using the 'Rainbow Font' program to create the title graphics. It is available on the 'Cool Programs' page. (Make out your text in 'Rainbow Font', then use your 'Snipping Tool' to grab the text graphic from the 'preview' window in 'Rainbow Font'! Muahaha!)
..The new format excludes the side menu bar, which has been replaced with a pop-up java script menu.
..A Lite version of Kewpie's Character Realm is currently being restored. Since her site was massive, only the 'comic' characters will be restored. The photo characters will be left "unrestored".
| ..27th ..All restored material that was posted on the now closed 'mermeliz.net' has been successfully relocated here on 'mermeliz.com'! The restored pages and downloads can be found on the 'Characters Page 2', cchars_p2!
..Completed redesigning the web pages here on mermeliz.com to make them lighter to accomodate cell phone viewing.
..15th ..Added a Dominoes game as well as a WinArcade game to the Fun & Games page!
..These past two weeks, 44 restored comic character download sites that were on mermeliz.net when it was closed have been reposted here on mermeliz.com! All .AVBs were repaired to reflect the move from .net to .com and then re-uploaded. Also 3 background .BGB sites have also been restored!
..As the Japanese web pages were being prepared to be reposted, Mermy took the time to use "Google Translate" to translate the Japanese pages. So now we can see what the pages authors were saying! :-)
..The 'Bravheart Memorial' page has been updated and then reposted with additional comments from comic chatters that sent email messages after Brav passed away. If anyone knows his "real" name, Mermy would like to include it on the memorial page. Abby of 'perfxion.com' has a great story on how Brav got his 'Brav the Bloo' name!
Although QDKathy was not part of Soft's Room, she too is missed! She passed November 23rd of 2005. Cause unknown! The memorial page that was for QDK dissappeared when 'comic-chat.com' went offline.
| ..31th ..Good News for Linux Ubantu users! Long time fellow Comic Chat addict, Ryan Sawyer, has discovered a method to get "Microsoft Comic Chat" to Successfully Install and operate on Ubuntu Linux via Wine 3.0! Visit HERE for his details!