getting started

welcome to v. 0.95b of the iDanvention

In 1986, I thought I would making learning about networking Macintosh computers by naming all the computers and printers after Steely Dan songs. Since then, I experimented with Email Lists (1993) Gopher servers (1993), Web Servers (1994), keeping the learning experience fun by incorporating a Steely Dan-inspired twist.

After a rough year career-wise, I thought I would learn something new again
--Digital Video using the Macintosh's iMovie with a Steely Dan slant. It turned
into another chance to meld my great passions
for Steely Dan and the Macintosh.

open your eyes and you'll be there...
it's everything they say...

technical requirements
Transmission of Digital Video requires a huge "pipe" on the Internet. You will probably find viewing the following slow if you use a modem. Therefore, DSL, cable modem, or T1/T3 service is what you will need to pleasurably view these. Unfortunately, that rules out about half of Dandom. So come mid-to-late fall, I will make available a CD-ROM of all these videos.

Yes, eventually, I plan to implement this from a "streaming video" server in the near future, hence "v. 0.95b." In the mean time, here's what you will need:

why QuickTime?
As a recent Publish magazine article put it, Real Player and Windows Media player are more ubiquitous, but we professionals all know we should be using QuickTime since the output is so much better. Click the icon above to download
QuickTime 4 for Windows or
.It's free, although if you want the upgrade start-up window to go away,
you need to pay $29.99 or so. You don't have to pay, but I did.

PowerMacintosh running MacOS 8.1 through 9.04 or higher
Minimum 56K Modem; DSL, Cable Modem, or T1/T3 recommended
QuickTime 4.x for Macintosh
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x or Netscape Navigator 4.74

windows pc
Pentium 90 or higher
Windows 95 / 98 / NT / 2000 / Me
Minimum 56K Modem; DSL, Cable Modem, or T1/T3 recommended
QuickTime 4.x for Windows
Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.x or Netscape Navigator 4.74

Again, a CD-ROM will become available later this year if your
Internet Connection is too slow.

I'm not certain what to expect in terms of technical support,
but I'll do what I can as time permits.

a couple of hints
Use the latest QuickTime and browser that you can.
If you have had a lot of applications opened and closed, you should reboot
your computer before viewing to clear any residual TSRs in memory

You can email me at

I'm glad that you are checking this all out. I had a lot of fun and hope you will too!
Special thanks Pete & Shar and Moonflower for encouraging me.
Thanks to all of Dandom for being there with me.


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