I have occasionally commented/complained that updating parts of this site are manually intensive. The major piece to that is the â€œWhere are they nowâ€ section. Also, as that section grows, it gets more unwieldy to use and in the size of the page itself. It is approaching 1/2 Mbyte which must be painful on a dial up connection. The problem is that I maintain that information in a standalone, offline database and generate static web pages from it when I do the updates. This static nature leads to both of the above mentioned problems. As the next enhancement to this site, I am working on bringing the database online and writing a better interface to it that allows you to directly interact with it in order to get a dynamic presentation of the data that has been collected. You wonâ€™t have to deal with the whole list at once as it will be presented with a fixed number of entries per page and there will be a better way for you to â€œdrill downâ€œ to a specific set of entries. Here is a screen shot of the current “working model”:
After that, the registry will get a similar update for it uses the same offline database concept. And, it requires my manual intervention every time someone registers a car. You will probably not see any visible changes after this update but it will make my life easier.
I donâ€™t have a timeframe on any of this but, as you may know if you have emailed me lately, I have been spending most of the little free time I have on getting it up and running (and subsequently not on email).