The dlutek.com website is a humble home-made project, whose main purpose is to serve as a link between me, my family and my friends in Poland, Germany, Sweden, Canada, USA and in other parts of the world. The value of the website for people from outside of this circle is very limited because there is nothing for them to see except the PRIVACY page. To get to the main FAMILY section, one must have an active account and be logged in.
For the above reasons, our site is designed in such a way that it is almost invisible to search engines – which is a desirable effect, taking into account the nature of the family portal.
Before you go any further, I recommend that you read detailed instructions on how to best use this website. See instructions on HOW TO USE THE PORTAL page. You can access that page from the top navigation menu, under the LOGIN item.
The German translation
In the present version of PORTAL, I have used the simplest form of translation from Polish or English to German – by utilizing the 'Google Translate' application. However, this kind of translation gives unpredictable and often idiotic results. Because I do not speak German, I have to appeal to the members of our clan, who live in Germany, to help with the proper translation (your children and grandchildren will be grateful to you!).
This project is an on-going experiment,
therefore, it will most likely never be fully completed. I will be trying out new ways to present the content in as cohesive way as possible and to make browsing experience as logical and efficient as possible. This is an experiment…
If you have any good suggestions, please, send me an email.
Our family portal consists of two basic sections:
- General section — for all viewers — no login: PORTAL, PRIVACY, WHAT'S NEW?, SECURITY NEWS and LOGIN;
- Section only for registered account holders: FAMILY and SEARCH.
Before creating an account on the dlutek.com website, it is possible to view pages in the general section only.
The FAMILY section — the main part of our portal
which includes the sub-sections DOCUMENTS, SAGAS & HISTORIES, FAMILY TREE, FAMILY ALBUM, PHOTOS and ABSTRACTIONS — is available to logged-in account holders only.
To be able to enter the section intended for account holders, you must be logged in. If you are trying to use "bookmarks" or direct links to pages residing inside the FAMILY section — except for the WHAT'S NEW? page — before you log in, you will be automatically sent to the login page.
Additionally, it should be noted that the subsections DOCUMENTS, FAMILY TREE and FAMILY ALBUM are only available to members of the family. Friends of the family do not get access to these subsections, even if they have an account and are logged in.
Family members who would like to open an account in the FAMILY section for themselves or on behalf of trusted friends, should send me an e-mail with their first and last name and the valid e-mail address. After this action, they may receive an invitation from me that will initiate the account opening process.
For best results, always use the latest version of a browser. For the 100% compatibility use Apple Safari. For best privacy use Brave or Firefox. I can not recommend Google Chrome as it is a risky business from the privacy point of view. All other browsers should be avoided.
As you probably know,
incompatibilities between computer platforms, browsers and even versions of the same browser, make it very difficult to construct pages that work identically on everyone's computer and at the same time are innovative and attractive to the eye. Some features in MS Internet Explorer and other older browsers were proprietary and they did not comply with standards. Also, colors look differently depending on the platform and screen resolution. Fonts look bigger on Windows machines than on Macs, etc., etc…
In cases where I had to choose between compatibility with Windows or Macs, MS Internet Explorer, Firefox or Safari — I chose compatibility with Macs and Safari — simply because they are closer to standards than the other ones. It is a matter of what works best for this particular web site and it does not mean an endorsement on my part of one company or one browser over the other.
Because this web site
presents a wealth of photographic content, it is best viewed on large computer displays. Images are presented here for the optimal viewing on calibrated monitors set to at least thousands of colors. That's a bare minimum for a decent reproduction of continuous-tone images on the photography-oriented site like this one. However, I strongly recommend setting your display to millions of colors for the maximum quality.
Perhaps the most important element of monitor calibration is its 'gamma' setting. It controls tonal gradation of the monitor.
To help you determine how close or far is your 'gamma' setting to the optimal one, I placed the black-and-white wedge at the bottom of this paragraph. If you can not discern each and every one of the 20 tonal values present in the wedge, it is time for you to get serious about your monitor calibration.
COPYRIGHT + CREDITS
On the one hand,
the dlutek.com portal has an intellectual value. On the other hand, its added value is based on the large amount of time devoted to its creation and maintenance. It requires many months of continuous work from me: research, gathering of all materials, editing texts, correcting photos, building pages, making constant improvements, uploading them to the server (which I had to pay for with my own money). Not to mention purchasing equipment and software – all of the above without any form of financial compensation. In my situation (I am a retiree) all of this had created a substantial financial burden for me.
Therefore, no wonder that the materials contained within the portal (logo, texts and photos) are protected by copyrights.
All members of our clan may view photos and articles through Internet and even download them to their computers (low-resolution versions). Higher-resolution versions are obtainable only on special orders and they are not free.
The logo, images (including photo-backgrounds) and texts:
The content of this online publication is not to be copied, duplicated, modified or redistributed in whole or in part in any way (both photos and texts), without the prior written permission from Robert Dlutek, the owner of the copyrights. That condition also exists in regard to hot linking to any part of the content within any page on this site. However, you can link to the Internet address of one page: https://dlutek.com (PORTAL).
- Materials sent to me with a designation for reproduction on pages of dlutek.com website must be accompanied by the copyrights holder's written consent (not applicable to materials from public archives).
- In special circumstances, when you send me the materials without written certification of copyrights, it will be assumed that you are the owner of copyrights for those materials, or, you have a consent issued by the legal owner of copyrights. Please, observe the copyrights law.
- If you send me any photos, documents, articles, etc. (either physical materials or their digital copies) for publication on dlutek.com website, these materials will be available in accordance with the following rules: DOCUMENTS, FAMILY TREE and ARCHIVE – only for family members; all other pages included in the FAMILY section – for all logged-in persons. Viewers who are not logged-in can access only pages in the top navigation bar).
- All materials published on the dlutek.com portal retain the copyrights of the original creators/authors.
To create and publish
my web site, I have used a Mac Pro computer and several software programs from different vendors. While certain programs I've used have proven themselves to be absolutely essential, others—unfortunately—have not passed all tests of functionality, ease of the workflow, reliability, etc. They were discarded and therefore they are not mentioned here.
The amount of money paid was not necessarily an indicator of how important they turned out to be in the creation process. Also, the fact that I actually use certain hardware or software, does not mean automatically that I endorse this product in any way or for any purpose.
Until the year 2004, I have always used traditional film cameras (35mm or larger) and then I scanned pictures with a film scanner. My scanner wasn't of the highest quality, but still, this procedure gave me (in the past) much better quality of reproduction than I could dream of if I was using an output of a digital camera.
However, that has changed in time. Starting in the Spring of 2004, I switched completely to digital equipment. Finally, the quality was already there. Now, it even surpasses in every respect the quality of film, and it costs much less. Even phone-cameras produce images of quite decent quality.
Here's what I've actually used to create and bring this website to you:
- Analog cameras: SMENA 8, PRAKTICA L, CHINON CE, OLYMPUS OM2n and OM4-T, CANON EOS F2A and various others;
- Digital cameras: LEICA Digilux 2, CANON EOS XTi and CANON EOS 5D Mk II, 5D Mk III and 6D Mk II;
- Film scanner: KONICA MINOLTA DiMage Scan Elite 5400 Mk II;
- Flatbed scanner: CANON CanoScan 9000F Mk II;
- Computer: APPLE Mac Pro with APPLE Cinema HD 23" and Thunderbolt LCD monitors.
Photo & Graphic
- ADOBE Photoshop Lightroom 2 to 6;
- ADOBE Photoshop CS3 to CS6.
- REAL MAC SOFTWARE RapidWeaver 4 to 8 Editor-Generator with various 3rd party add-ons;
- PANIC SOFTWARE Coda 1 and 2 HTML Editor;
- PANIC SOFTWARE Transmit 2 to 4 FTP-client application.
When it comes to programming or coding, I'm a complete self-taught. Over the months and years of developing this web site, I have encountered numerous difficulties and stumbling blocks. On my own, I would probably be stuck forever trying to overcome those barriers. Luckily, I've had a great support from the RapidWeaver Community and some of developers of RapidWeaver add-ons.
I am especially grateful for the wonderful help and support from Doug Bennett (member of RapidWeaver Community, known as "teefers") and from developers listed below. Without their help, our site would likely be much more limited:
- Stuart Marshall
(Shaking The Habitual)
- Andrew Tavernor
(Big White Duck)
- Adrian Jones
- Jannis Rondorf
- Will Woodgate
(Stacks4Stacks & ThemeFlood)
- Gary Naylor
- Isaiah Carew
- Stuart Marshall (Shaking The Habitual)
- Andrew Tavernor (Big White Duck)
- Adrian Jones (Vibralogix)
- Jannis Rondorf (inStacks Software)
- Will Woodgate (Stacks4Stacks & ThemeFlood)
- Gary Naylor (Webdeersign)
- Isaiah Carew (YourHead Software)