In May 2009 I ran into the former curator of the
Elders / Elders-GM / Elders IXL / Foster's collection
of Australian paintings, which Foster's sold in
This chance meeting is a spur to begin work later this
year on developing a DVD to show most of the paintings
and information about the collection - started in the
1950's by Sir Norman Giles when he was Managing
Director of Elder, Smith & Co., Limited.
He continued buying more paintings during his term as
Managing Director and then as Chairman of Elder Smith
Goldsbrough Mort Limited (incorporated on 19 April 1962
to merge the businesses of Elders and its main competitor
Goldsbrough, Mort and Company Limited).
As a start on my work to record the art collection, I
created a slideshow.
The slideshow runs for about 8 minutes
or so after it has loaded.
Click on the small photo
to see how this page looked for many years. It was one of
the first pages I made with Dreamweaver about 20 years ago,
before I'd heard of CSS.
The layout was controlled by AP tags (Absolute
Positioning. APs worked when most monitors were set to 1024
x 768 pixels regardless of the size of a CRT tube.
They are not recommended these days because they are an
inflexible layout method, and are not responsive to display
on different sized screens from large monitors to small
Sat, 13 Jan 2018
I wish you
a very happy and healthy 2018.
19 January 2018
Two days in a row over 40C in Melbourne. The heat must be very testing for those playing in the Australian Open during the day, and also for ball boys, umpires and the audience.
And now for Something I recorded in 2013 from an LP track:
It's from a Ronnie Aldrich And His Two Pianos and Orchestra LP and is a Decca Phase 4 stereo recording from the early years of stereo LPs when engineers liked to create a "stereo spectacular" effect. These days those records are nostalgic listening.
30 December 2017
The song "I Drew a Ship" in the previous
post is from an album called The Alehouse Sessions.
In this post I've included another song and as
a corny lead-in, I like to pretend I've asked the
guys in the alehouse whether I should renew Dreamweaver
or leave it, and this song is their answer.
28 December 2017
Today I tried to open Dreamweaver.
So much for the 30 days remaining. I think the free
period must have applied to the Creative Cloud storage
services, not to using Dreamweaver itself.
Accordingly, I have uninstalled Dreamweaver CC 2018. It's the end
of an era for me, and the beginning of another.
27 December 2017
Tonight I received an email from Adobe advising:
Your membership has ended. To reactivate it, please
contact Customer Support.
In the meantime, your account has reverted to a basic,
free level of membership.
26 December 2017
My Dreamweaver subscription expired today.
Last August I cancelled the automatic renewal and also
the subscription itself, but the above notice received
today is treating it like an "issue" with my
payment to renew, and is giving me 30 days to fix it.
26 November 2017
In 30 days time my Dreamweaver subscription expires,
and unless I decide to renew it, I'll uninstall the
software and save 1.59GB of valuable SSD space and
A$343.07 annual fee prepaid.
About a week ago I did lose a bit of confidence in the
alternate software and resorted to using Dreamweaver to
fix the issues. With that in mind, tonight I bought a
couple of cheap HTML5 Kindle books on Amazon, after
reading sections of them online, and confirming they were
published in 2017.
One of the books talked about Microsoft Expression Web
as a useful editor, so I downloaded this free program and
used it to write this post, up to this point.
It didn't take long to work out that the program
was more trouble than it's worth, and I used my
trusty Revo Uninstaller to remove all trace of it from my
PC. I did a Google search and found that Microsoft
Expression Web was last updated in December 2012 and is a
discontinued product with no support, but can still be
By the way, Revo uses an application's own
uninstaller to uninstall an application, then gives you
the option to scan for what is left and select what you
want to delete, then scan for folders left and select
what to delete. In this case there was a mass of
leftovers. Without Revo Uninstaller, all those redundant
files and registry entries would be left to clutter my
SSD. With really good software, the application uninstall
leaves little or nothing. Revo can do a forced uninstall
for programs that don't want to be uninstalled.
18 November 2017
A little trip down memory lane on my 80th birthday.
From left - Colin Pearce, young JTH, Andrew
Miles, Karen Tregonning and Christian Sim - at Rosstown
Taken by one of the hotel staff on 16th November 2017.
There are still other diners in the background (above
The gaming area with the pokie machines was busy as
11 November 2017
I've had the above CD of English pianist Benjamin
Grosvenor for several years, but it's only this weekend
that I became interested in the works of a composer of
several tracks on this CD.
Alexander Nikolayevich Scriabin (1871-1915) was a
Russian composer and pianist, who was influenced early in
his life by the works of Frédéric Chopin. Many of
Scriabin's later compositions are characterised by a
highly tonal idiom. In other words, they can be difficult
when first listening to them.
Fortunately, much of his work is simply beautiful. Here
is one such piano piece, from the above CD.
Benjamin Grosvenor playing Valse in A-flat major,
14 August 2017
Well, I just couldn't resist adding Crunchy
Solaris to welcome the return of using Dreamweaver for
this website. The music was recorded in Propellerhead
Reason while I improvised playing on my computer keyboard,
with a software synthesizer and other tracks in the
sequencer including drums and guitar.
The following video was recorded using a Korg 3 octave
USB mini keyboard (mini in this case means smaller keys
The video is best seen full screen, and at 1080p (at
which it was recorded) which can be selected in Settings in
the video bottom.
27 December 2016
Dreamweaver is back, as of this morning.
After using Serif WebPlus Pro for the past 6 months, all
the project files suddenly disappeared without a trace.
I searched the whole computer using Directory Opus, by
name and by file extension, and nothing was to be found,
except a couple of files I created in the first few days of
using WebPlus Pro.
The application itself could not import the existing
file from the internet, because it has no facility to do
so. Unfortunately, the program cannot import, use or show
HTML files because it's really a variation for the web
of Serif PagePlus X9, a WYSIWYG desktop publishing
I tried using HTMLPad and BlueGiffon to reconstruct the
home page (index.html) after importing the code into those
programs, but found it too difficult, because of the
unconventional way that WebPlus Pro deals with content and
converts it to HTML only during the publishing stage.
After several weeks of frustration, I decided life was
too short (especially at my age), to spend my time and
energies on such silly problems, when there was a simple
solution available - good old Dreamweaver CC, now in a new
Yes, it still annoys me that I have to rent Dreamweaver,
now $304 a year, with GST - about four times the price of
each of the other programs mentioned - but what price
sanity and the pure enjoyment I get from using it. It's
like therapy to me.
However, I must point out here, that HTMLPad is an
outstanding program, and it's cheap. But I'm more
comfortable using my old workhorse with which I have 18
years experience and have read several books explaining how
to use it.
1 September 2016
Alas, poor Dreamweaver! I knew it.
21 July 2016
Today I updated Dreamweaver CC to Release 2015.3 which
is a little bit sad because in about 6 weeks my
subscription will expire and I will uninstall
The new up-to date release confirms that nothing of any
interest or use to me has been added or improved. It tends
to confirm my thoughts that Adobe are no longer able to
issue new releases each year with features that users will
need or want enough to pay for an upgrade.
Adobe has made it so that users have to subscribe each
year to be able to use the product otherwise it will cease
to operate. The $000's of dollars that loyal customers
like me have spent over two decades buying the software and
updates will amount to nothing.
Maybe one day Adobe will be taken over by a progressive
company that is more interested in service to users and
21 April 2016
I have moved the main contents of JTHonline to the
WordPress site. If you are a newcomer here, there is a link
at the top of the navigation bar to the left of this
The main reason for doing this is to avoid the monthly
and annual subscription rates that Adobe has introduced for
Dreamweaver - the program I used from version 1 onwards to
create this site.
Apart from that it now seems like a good idea to keep
all my new online work in the one place and focus on the
posts and pages in that place.
By the way, 90th Happy Birthday to you today, Your
Majesty, if you happen to be reading this page.
This is very similar staging to when I saw Dame Joan
Sutherland performing in the Lucia di Lammermoor
when in was performed in Adelaide in the 1970's. This
is the Mad Scene ('Eccola!'), after she has just
come downstairs after killing her bridegroom in the bridal
There's nothing like a Dame
I enjoy this short video clip I made from the first five
minutes of a YouTube recording of the Royal Variety
Performance in 2013.
It has the narrator voice of Mr Carson from Downton
Abbey, and Jessie J, a judge in The Voice (Australia) this
year, in the line-up of artists greeting Prince Charles and
Camilla before the show commenced. I think the video is a
The photo below shows Prince Charles meeting Jessica
Cornish (Jessie J).
Elders IXL/Foster's Art Collection
The slideshow I made some years ago is still available
and the link to it is at the bottom of the sidebar on the
18 August 2015
While looking through my old files today I came across
this video which I had downloaded in
The quality of the video is quite good, so click the 4
direction icon in the controls to go full screen.
16 January 2013
Until this month the last time I wrote on this web page
was on 23 April 2011 with an update on 25 September.
It's so long ago that I'd forgotten how the CSS
code works, and every time I hit Return it drew a green
line across the page.
The thing I like about Dreamweaver CS5 is that when
confusing things happens I can go into Code View (or Split
View) and can sort it out and see the result at the same
I've had a second website for over two years that is
dedicated to WordPress and photo galleries. But it had
never been developed until I made my first real post on 23
December 2012 to show a video slideshow I had made and
published on YouTube.
Since then I've changed the theme for one designed
by Felix Rich who also designed the theme for my WordPress
Blog site. With the new theme, the site is now starting to
(Update: I closed the Pics site in early 2016.)
YouTube is a great way to share videos. But I also like
Flash slideshows, and I used Flash for the Art Collection
Slideshow in the left sidebar of this page (the link is at
the bottom). But it was created years ago and I've
forgotten how to do it.
5 January 2013
Sir Robert Menzies once famously quoted as a function
attended by the Queen at Parliament House, Canberra, in
1963, "I did but see her passing by, and yet I love
her till I die".
It was from the Elizabethan poet Thomas Ford. Here is
the poem in full:
There Is a Lady Sweet and Kind
There is a lady sweet and kind,
Was never face so pleas'd my mind;
I did but see her passing by,
And yet I love her till I die.
Her gesture, motion, and her smiles,
Her wit, her voice, my heart beguiles,
Beguiles my heart, I know not why,
And yet I love her till I die.
Her free behaviour, winning looks,
Will make a lawyer burn his books;
I touch'd her not, alas! not I,
And yet I love her till I die.
Had I her fast betwixt mine arms,
Judge you that think such sports were harms,
Were't any harm? no, no, fie, fie,
For I will love her till I die.
Should I remain confined there
So long as Phoebus in his sphere,
I to request, she to deny,
Yet would I love her till I die.
Cupid is winged and doth range,
Her country so my love doth change:
But change she earth, or change she sky,
Yet will I love her till I die.
11 August 2010
For the past six weeks the home page of my blog has
looked the following screen grab, which I've reduced in
size to fit this column width.
As of today the WordPress blog now looks a bit of a mess
and is a work in progress, or "under
construction" as they like to say.
So please bear with me for the time it takes to develop
my new WordPress theme from the newly released RichWP