Digital Dave's Ruminations

This is the place...

...where Digital Dave occasionally shares his thoughts on China, Photography, and other various and random subject-matter.

My three most recent posts will always appear on this page (unless you've arrived here via a direct link to a specific article). Use the archive links on the right sidebar to access previous posts. Most images on this blog can be clicked-on to view them in a larger size.

Website Design Notes is written, coded and administered by Dave Greenberg.

The website is hosted by, and mostly built upon, the awesome photo-hosting site, Smugmug. The wonderful thing about Smugmug is that, unlike most other photo-hosting sevices (Flickr, PBase, etc.), the upper two tiers of Smugmug's service allow virtually unlimited customization of the look, feel and functionality of your site. The customizations still have to be coded via HTML, CSS, Javasript and other standard web-authoring languages in much the same way you'd build any website, but the core photo storage and display functionality is already built-in to Smugmug's back-end.

What this means is that you get state-of-the-art photo management on Smugmug's servers, on top of which you can build-out a website pretty much in its entirety. Since Smugmug provides unlimited storage and bandwidth (again, at the top two levels of paid service), it is not necessary to deal with the storage and bandwidth restrictions that are inherent in most standard website-hosting services. This is especially  significant if you're displaying literally thousands of photographs on your website, as is the case on mine.

The Blog page on (the one you're on right now) is actually a free Google Blogger site that I dressed-up via CSS and some Javascript to exactly match the look of the rest of the site (the part that is hosted on Smugmug). Whereas many blogging sites (Wordpress, etc.) require a paid account to customize your blog, Blogger allows virtually full customization with their standard, free account. Though the Blog appears aesthetically to be an integrated component of my site, it's actually on a completely different server and has an altogether different IP address than the rest of

The geo-tag photo map on the MAP page was created with a Google Maps API Key and KML files created in Google Earth. Most of the photos were geo-tagged via a Dawn Technologies N2 di-GPS Mini GPS Receiver (for Nikon digital bodies with 10-pin port), but quite a few were manually tagged after spending hours (days? weeks?) searching around Google Earth and looking for landmarks!

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