Merlyn is my current Internet machine. It is now usually a PII/300 PC
with Windows 98, MSIE 4,
Turnpike 4, etc., etc.
I also run what remains of old Merlyn, a Tandon PacII 486/33 PC
with MSDOS 6.20, BP7, etc.
Merlyn connects to the Internet via Demon two or three times a day,
usually, for E-mail and News; but rarely in BT prime time.
Please note that BT charges for connection time; so do not mail me
large, useless, unexpected items. Do not Mail duplicates of News articles. Do
not send duplicate E-mails; physics.org is a permanent
redirecting address. True Net Abusers
may get reported.
This Web site is hosted at
Internet Limited; thus access, unlike update,
does not depend on my personal systems.
Pages may be cached, either at Demon or by your browser;
reload as appropriate.
At present, except possibly by way of these links
(which you are not invited to select), there are relatively few
graphics and no sounds here;
and frames are optional.
An external CSS file is used for pages with a coloured body
background such as this one has. Otherwise, your defaults are assumed
compatible with black-on-white.
The main font face and size that you see are the defaults set in your
browser. I use MSIE 4, with default fonts Medium size, Times New
Roman and Lucida Sans Typewriter.
The date at the top of each page should be the UK civil date of the
last non-trivial change.
include files; see js-nclds.htm.
Those who cannot read English may be helped by the
My HTML pages, redirectors apart, should all have "Merlyn Home Page"
near the top and "Surrey" near the bottom. Therefore, asking a search
engine for pages containing both of those, plus topic-selecting words,
should find any relevant Web pages of mine, without finding partial
quotes. It may be necessary to repeat the search with omitted results
Anyone, acting corporately or privately, who finds information on
this Web site useful enough to deserve recompense is invited to
contribute support to the work of my Godson, his sisters, and his mother
(see at Just Giving)
for the Third World, directly or through local organisations.
These Web pages were originally developed largely with the HTML
editor DiDa v1.72; nowadays I more
often use the general editor PFE,
and other tools such as MiniTrue. I
have sometimes used HTML-Kit, a
free HTML editing/viewing system, with integrated Tidy.
The HTML is regularly tested with Tidy (downloaded; from W3 or SourceForge);
and local links and anchors are tested with cheklinx.
The pages are intermittently checked with Web
such as those at w3.org,
UK W3 HTML
or WebLint org,
and as far as I can are made to pass; and possibly with
and the worst faults removed; and maybe with
HTML Validator -
Me. Only validator sites compatible with MSIE 4 are used.
It has been suggested that some parts of this Web site may be useful.
In the event of the unexpected demise of myself, my PC, my connection,
or my ISP, these pages will either vanish or cease to change;
I grant permission for the users of each set of these pages then to
select one of their number to acquire, maintain, and update the set,
provided that the head and foot of each page is suitably altered.
overquotes, bottom-quotes, or attachments;
or HTML / multipart / binary / WP / DOC formats,
or unreasonably large messages,
unless given explicit permission to do so.
Plain-Text Mail Formatting
Configuring MSOE Correctly for Plain-Text Mail
E-Mail must have a suitable Subject line in plain ISO-7
and must be clearly disinguishable from spam.
E-Mail should be sent, in plain text, to either one, but not to both, of
The first is preferred.
The address with only my initials before the @ sign no longer works.
The address spam@... currently works, but may not be
** ** ** ALSO SEE
ABOVE ** ** **
My normal address does not accept E-Mail from
spam-dominated addresses or regions. Individuals mailing from
spamming ISPs should change ISP; those in spamming areas such as
0086, 00886 and parts of 001 should use the first address below,
but with the left part changed to that of the second address.
My normal address does not accept E-Mail using Big5 or GB2312.
Any E-Mail so marked is liable not to be read.