FAQ - Answering the Frequently Asked
Eventhough I don't like to write them I did it anyways. This covers UIA, not Macintosh questions. If you've further ones to add, tell me.
When/Why did the UnOfficial Information Alley (UIA) start?
I began UIA in August 1995 because I really hated .pdf files and these articles seemed to answer so many questions I had and others asked me. In short, I saw a need.
Who does UIA and IA?
Want to make this very clear. Apple produces the actual article content, not me. Both the dailies and the bi-weeklies are Apple's work, that's why the copyright notices appear on the bottom of each page.
I do all the HTML, even iota of it! I don't correct Apple's typos (but they sometimes tell me to correct mine!). I maintain the body of material that is IUA on my Macintosh.
What do the admins do? And how did you find them?
The admins are charged w/ keeping their site running, making sure it is up-to-date. They FTP an update file in .sit format from the FTP servers, then decompress it, read a instructions file, and put the files/folders in the proper places. Sometimes they need to edit a line or two of HTML. It is this process that sometimes generates out-of-date mirrors, if someone goes on vacation, or gets behind, getting them to speed might take a week or two.
The mirrors really found me. I asked for help in newsgroups or on Evangelist and people volunteer. That's how I got Mark White, our first mirror.
I use to use another mirror, what happened to it?
I'm big on having stuff up-to-date, if a mirror falls hopelessly out-of-date and efforts to rectify the situation don't work I remove it, including alerting Internet search engines to delete their entries.
Who are you?
God. No, really, see my shoddy home page for that answer. Yes, I know my homepage sucks, oh well. Wouldn't you rather I do UIA?
What's the official name for this site, I've seen many?
The official name is "UnOfficial Information Alley". I've used "The UnOfficial Information Alley" and "The UnOfficial Information Alley Homepage!" Regardless, it is just UnOfficial Information Alley, no "the."
Why doesn't Apple support UIA
Cause then it'd be official? No, really, here's the reasons, not necessarily in order:
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