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You are in control

We feel strongly that we want you to have a good browsing experience while you visit our web site. In order to accomplish this, we have followed certain rigid standards set forth by the W3C. These are the people who define such things as how a browser should work, and how web designers should write their pages. The W3C suggests but they can't control.

Most web sites and their dee-ziners define font sizes. They want to be in control. Sometimes the text looks like flyspecks, and you can't easily change it. This site uses the proper technique by setting the base font size to... 100%. (Well, that was easy!) Here in the Finger Lakes, it's your choice. We at FLBMW do not feel that...

"All Your Base Are Belong To Us" 1

If you use Internet Explorer™ 2, go to the View/Text Size menu and set the size to what you are comfortable with. Microsoft, in its infinite wisdom, picked "Smaller" to represent 100%. If you've had it set at Medium due to flyspecks, then the text on these pages might appear larger than you are accustomed to. Note there are five choices. It's the equivalent of a TV set with a volume control from 1 to 10; but Microsoft only gave you settings 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10. You would rather set your volume to 5... Sorry, says Sir Bill.3

"This site best viewed with Internet Explorer at 800×600"

Not here. You all have varied monitor resolutions and different browser window sizes too. Our site will flex as you do. If you should set your browser window or font size to really huge or really tiny, some parts may float "outside the box." Well, we try to do our best. :-) You will probably find that a browser window width of about 800 pixels makes reading the content easier, but it is up to you.

We also feel - if you are using a desktop or laptop computer - that you should have a modern version of a browser for your web surfing. To that end, we are no longer styling this site for the ancient Netscape 4.n.

You will still be able to see all of the content, though it will appear, um, rather plain. You're probably used to this by now...

Become a minority

We can recommend 4 the Firefox ↗ (a stand-alone browser), SeaMonkey ↗ (a suite including email, news and more), or Opera ↗ browsers. All are more "standards compliant" and more secure than Internet Explorer, and all are free. Further, all of them have an option to block popup windows! That in itself might convince you to try one of these browsers. They are easy to install and do not interfere with your operating system. Personally, I recommend Firefox; it has a companion mail and news program called Thunderbird ↗ . If you want browsing, mail, and Usenet news all in one application, try SeaMonkey, the sucessor to Mozilla and Netscape.

If you have any questions about the above, feel free to contact us and we will do our best to explain.

Thanks for reading.

  1. All Your Base Are Belong To Us ↗ , a grammatically incorrect phrase from a video game that became an internet craze.
  2. Approximately 80% of the browsing public uses the buggy Internet Explorer, and it won't be updated until 2007, when you will have to purchase the new Vista operating system to get it.
  3. The Queen knighted Bill Gates on 26 Jan 2004.  <ROF,LMAO> 
  4. These browsers have versions for all the popular operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and Macintosh.

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