Tom Paton's Homepage

Welcome to my homepage. I'm finally finished with uni so can spend some time on it. It now uses CSS, HTMLv4, XML, Perl and CGI...

This page has recently been moved to my YoYo account. Please bear with me (and let me know) if anything doesn't work...

This page is being restyled, check it out...

This page serves four purposes: A personal bookmarks file, a place to share links with friends, (hopefully) a useful and diverse collection of links to resources and most importantly, a good place to play with web programming and publishing :)

If this page does not display very well on your browser, please let me know as I am working on generating different HTML depending on the browser you use. So, if you could let me know what type of browser you are using I will be able to fix it (sending me a copy of this page would be most useful).

Quick Search

Currently Enjoying:

Opera ~ Notetab Pro ~ Macromedia fireworks ~ Perl ~ ActivePerl Help ~ Embedded Markup Considered Harmful ~ Michael Stillwell's Page ~ ~ Stick figure death theatre ~ %20Location ( ~ Jamie Zawinski ~ Cat Scan ~ Cat Scan II ~ Google ~ Geiss Screensaver ~ Leading Edge Kite Co. ~ ~ The Original ~ The Abolition of Work -- Bob Black ~ Anarchives ~ Radio National ~ Asian Welding Tales

Added in the last week:

My experimental frontpage ~ Macromedia fireworks ~ Simulating Waves ~ Lachlan Simpson's Page (Musicman) ~ ~ Anarchives

The Content

Not enough of it, I know, but...


Some real information and content.

CSS Quick Reference ~ Behind the scenes of Tom Paton's Homepage


Some fun stuff...

Tom Patons' Resume ~ Fear and Loathing in Nth Clayton ~ My old homepage ~ My experimental frontpage


Computer and other hardware. I've never bought a whole computer, and enjoy fiddling with this kind of stuff.


Tom's Hardware Guide ~ Computer Connector Specs ~ Webshopper


KitZ ~ Silicon Chip Magazine ~ KitZ - LED Power Meter for FM Bug tuning ~ DSE - Technical Information ~ Electronics Australia ~ Free Plans & Circuit Schematics ~ Datasheets ~ Australian Electronics Webring ~ Interfacing the PC


Currently I'm attempting to control my stereo (including 100-disc stacker) from my computer to overcome it's limitations.

Amplicon ~ AnIR Ergonomic Infrared Mouse ~ IRMan ~ HP48 IR Remote Control ~ Universal IR Receiver ~ ~ ZipLabel.Com Computerised IR Intro ~ ACTiSYS IR 2000L ~ Eon3 X10 Automation ~ ~ IR and Linux ~ LIRC - Linux IR Remote Control ~ IR Receiver Schematic ~ IR Transmitter Schematic ~ Serial IR Transceiver Schematic ~ Texas Instruments IR Transceiver ~ Texas Instruments IRDA Encoder/Decoder ~ JED Microprocessors


My Wacom graphics tablet is just about the coolest thing I have on my computer. I'm a firm believer that it is peripherals that are the important bit of the computer -- software and processing power are pretty irrelevant if you can't do stuff with it!

Wacom ~ Wacom (US) ~ Linux Support ~ BeOS Support


Computer applications and software development.


Some of my favourite applications at the moment. I'm enjoying shareware small apps rather than suites...

Pegasus Mail ~ Opera ~ Notetab Pro ~ Macromedia fireworks


There are more demo programming links on my old page

Simulating Waves ~ Prometheus Truecolour ~ Win32 Demo Programming ~ The Hornet Archive


Software development resources.

Universal Thread ~ Perl ~ ActivePerl ~ ActivePerl Help ~ Perl Recipes ~ Python ~ A Guide to Lex & Yacc ~ Bison ~ STL Programmer's Guide ~ The GCC Compiler ~ Debugging with GDB ~ The Rise of "Worse is Better"


I love fiddling about with digital graphics and artwork...

Corel ~ Draw 8 ~ Metacreations ~ Image of the Day Gallery ~ Tips and Tricks ~ Painter Tips ~ Painter Techniques ~ Painter On-Line ~ Artistry online ~ Fractint ~ Ultra Fractal ~ The GIMP ~ PhotoScopio ~ Soft RATS ~ Alan Suel Gallery


LaTeX is pretty cool, though often too much trouble...

LaTeX help ~ LaTeX 2e Help ~ The TeX and LaTeX Catalogue ~ CSSE Latex Information Page ~ WinEdt Home Page ~ Help On LaTeX Commands


Windows 98 Annoyances ~ Win95-98 Tip Center ~ litestep ~ Windows Refund ~ Microsoft Addresses Privacy Concerns ~ 98lite


I don't actually run linux, but it is interesting...

Josh's Linux Guide ~ The Linux Mall ~ Wine Development HQ ~ XFree86 ~ Red Hat Software ~ The Practical Manager's Guide to Linux


I would love to run BeOS but...



Freedows '98 ~ MUI Homepage ~ What is free software? ~ OsOpinion ~


The following is a collection of links relating to web page development and design and also some miscellaneous sites on the web that don't really fit anywhere else except under the category of the internet.

XML, CGI, CSS, etc

Some resources to do with XML and web page development that I've found useful when making this site. ~ CGI Overview ~ XML.COM - Using The Perl XML::Parser Module ~ XML.COM - Perl ~ Introduction to Perl & CGI Programming ~ How to set up your Home Page on this server ~ Apache Directives ~ The Common Gateway Interface ~ My Cascading Style Sheet Reference ~ HTMLhelp ~ Extensible Markup Language (XML) ~ Perl XML FAQ ~ Embedded Markup Considered Harmful ~ The SGML/XML Web Page

XML Applications

Some starting points for XML development

My <webpage> ~ Precision Graphics Markup Language (PGML) ~ Vector Markup Language (VML) ~ Scripting News in XML ~ The Q&A Markup Language (QAML) ~ User Interface Markup Language (UIML)


This stuff is the kind of thing that only exists on the internet. We'll miss this after the apocalypse...

Tasty Bits from the Technology Front ~ Hotline Communications Ltd. ~ Cool Javascript ~ ~ Internet Traffic Report ~ Cruel Site of the Day ~ Internet Junkbuster Proxy ~ AltaVista: Translations ~ Michael Stillwell's Page ~ Sins of Motivational Posters ~ The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Earth Edition) ~ The Digital Villiage ~ Windows 95 PPP to Monash ~ Computer Science Modems ~ The Darwin Awards ~ Official Home Page ~ Seti@home ~ ~ Stick figure death theatre ~ The Multi-cultural Recycler ~ The Copyright Website ~ %20Location ( ~ ~ Jamie Zawinski ~ DadaDodo ~ WebCollage ~ Cat Scan ~ Cat Scan II ~ Internet Anagram Server ~ Innocent Inanimate Objects ~ iDRINK - the drink mixing web site

Domain Names

One day I'll get a domain name -- everybody else does...

Domain Name Registration ~ Domain Surfer ~ HTTP://.com


Searching the web...

Infoseek ~ Yahoo! ~ Yahoo! Australia & NZ ~ Altavista ~ Dejanews ~ Fravia's Search ~ Fravia's Search 2 ~ MetaSpy ~ Magellan Voyeur ~ Google ~ Useless Pages


My CD collection and links and other information regarding music and my taste in it...

Now Playing

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Powderfinger, Snout, Directions in Groove, The Tea Party, The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, Liz Phair, Skunkhour, Ben Harper, Ben Lee, Blackeyed Susans, Even, Morphine, Nirvana, Spearhead, Stone Temple Pilots, The Cruel Sea, Weezer

Favourite CD's

| Ani Di Franco -- Little Plastic Castles [1] | Ben Harper [1] -- The Will to Live [1] -- Welcome To The Cruel World [1] -- Fight for your mind [1] | Ben Lee -- Breathing Tornados [1] -- Something to Remember me by [1] | Blackeyed Susans -- Spin the Bottle -- La Mascara | Brad -- Interiors [1] | Cake -- Fashion Nugget [1] -- Prolonging The Magic [1] | Directions in Groove -- Deeper | Even -- Come Again -- Less is More | Everclear -- So Much for the Afterglow -- Sparkle and Fade | Garbarge -- Garbage | Hunters and Collectors -- Cut -- Demon Flower -- Juggernaut | Lemonheads -- Car Button Cloth -- Come On Feel | Mark Seymour -- King Without a Clue | Morphine [1] [2] [3] -- Like Swimming | Nirvana -- Nevermind -- Unplugged in NY | Paul Kelly -- Songs From the South | Pearl Jam -- Ten -- VS -- Vitalogy -- No Code -- Yield | Liz Phair [1] [2] [3] -- whitechocolatespaceegg [1] | Powderfinger -- Internationalist -- Double Allergic | Radiohead -- OK Computer -- The Bends | Rebecca's Empire -- The Way of All Things | Red Hot Chilli Peppers -- Blood Sugar Sex Magic -- One Hot Minute -- Californication | Regurgitator -- Tu Plang [1] | Sidewinder -- Tangerine | Skunkhour [1] -- Skunkhour -- Chin Chin -- Feed | Snout -- Circle High and Wide | Soundgarden -- Down on the Upside -- Superunknown | Soundtracks -- Deadman Walking | Spearhead -- Home [1] -- Chocolate Supa Highway [1] | Stone Temple Pilots -- Core -- Purple | The Cruel Sea -- The Honeymoon is Over [1] -- Three Legged Dog [1] -- Over Easy [1] | The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy -- Hipocrisy is the Greatest Luxury [1] [2] | The Foo Fighters -- The Colour and the Shape | The Tea Party -- The Edges of Twilight -- Transmission -- Tryptich | The Whitlams -- Eternal Nightcap | Tool -- Aenima | Weezer -- Weezer | You Am I -- Hourly Daily


Bjork, Crowded House, Jane's Addiction, Jebediah, Live, Pink Floyd, Pollyanna, Rail, Recovery, Regurgitator, Skunkanansie, Smashing Pumpkins, Something For Kate, Spider Bait, The Cure, The Lucksmiths, The Mavis's, The Superjesus, Triple J, U2


Music related software -- mostly MP3 type stuff

The Audio Forge ~ WinAmp ~ WPlay ~ ModPlug ~ ModPlug Tracker ~ ~ CD Copy ~ Geiss Screensaver ~ Nirvis - Slink-e, CDJ ~ TuneBase ~ CDDB


Basically links to CD's and bands that oneday I'll buy...

Us3 ~ Urban Species ~ Henry Rollins: Think Tank ~ Noam Chomsky ~ Public Enemy ~ Sly & The Family Stone - Stand! ~ Grandmaster Flash & Furious 5 ~ Rykodisc Records ~ Australian Music WWW ~ iMusic ~ Triple J ~ Triple J Tours ~ Triple J Festivals ~ Tea Party talks about new album ~ JB Hi Fi ~ The Beatnigs ~ Gil Scott-Heron ~ The revolution will not go better with Coke ~ The Last Poets ~ Car MP3 Player ~ Ultimate Band List


This section contains links to books that I like or want to check out further...

Noam Chomsky

Noam Chomsky Online References ~ The Chomsky Archive

Edward De Bono

Books ~ Creative Team

John Pilger

Land of the Dead ~ The Pilger Archive

Douglas Rushkoff

Douglas Rushkoff

To Read/Buy

How Much Is Enough? : The Consumer Society and the Future of the Earth ~ Stuff : The Secret Lives of Everyday Things ~ A Walk in the Woods : Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail ~ Future Shock ~ Douglas Hofstadter ~ Metamagical Themas


Freud: The Interpretation of Dreams ~ The On-Line Books Page ~ BIBLIOMANIA ~ ~ Top recent Non-fiction


I was studying, here's some info that was useful back then...


Honours ~ Computer Science ~ Monash University

My Project

Kim Marriott ~ Sitt Sen Chok ~ Penguins Project


Library ~ ERD ~ Seminars ~ Forthcoming Seminars


Physical outdoor activities


Australia's Bicentennial National Trail ~ Bicycle Victoria ~ Cycling Links - Departure Lounge ~ CYBER CYCLERY: Internet Bicycling Hub


Currently I'm really enjoying my new kite :)

Leading Edge Kite Co. ~ Kite Surf Central


Y2K Extreme Sports in NZ ~ Monash Sport and Recreation Alpine Lodge


This stuff doesn't have it's own section yet, but obviously some of it will soon...

Alternative Technology

Stirling Engine and Hot Air Engine ~ A Stirling Engine Mecca ~ American Stirling Co. ~ A Compendium of Solar Dish/Stirling Technology ~ SES ~ Ethanol Information Centre ~ History of Ethanol ~ DOWMUS ~ Sunpower, Inc. ~ Alternative Technology Association ~ Sustainability of Human Progress ~ The Environmental Magazine

Movies and Cinema

Hoyts ~ The Internet Movie Database ~ Ticketek ~ Ticket Master


Ithaca Hour ~ The Virtual Library on Microcredit ~ The Official Grameen Bank Website ~ Grameen Foundation USA ~ Adam Smith - On the Wealth of Nations ~ The Adam Smith Institute ~ Adam Smith: The Wealth of Nations ~ New Economics ~ Jubilee 2000 ~ The Consultocracy (RN BB) ~ OECD Public Management Service ~ The End of Ordinary Money (part I) ~ The End of Ordinary Money (part II) ~ Money, Markets and the Economy


Stuff-Art ~ Australian Network for Art and Technology ~ Screenarts

Culture Jamming

World Transformation ~ The Zen TV Experiment ~ Media Trance ~ Turn Off Your TV ~ Adbusters - ? ~ TV Free America ~ White Dot ~ Junkbusters ~ Anti-telemarketing Script ~ Technorealism ~ The Electronic Frontier Foundation ~ The Fraudulent Nature of the Federal Reserve System ~ Adbusters - Economic Inflation ~ Adbusters - Global Scheme ~ Cyphernomicon ~ |d|i|s|i|n|f|o|r|m|a|t|i|o|n| ~ Fifth World, Amsterdam ~ ABRUPT ~ The Onion ~ The Smoking Gun ~ The Slate ~ SlashDot ~ User Friendly ~ RTmark ~ Adbusters ~ ~ ~ ~ Critical Mass, Melbourne ~ Critical Mass, Sydney ~ Fact Pack ~ Reclaim the Streets! ~ Reclaim the Streets! ~ The Social Ideology of the Motorcar ~ Fravia's pages of Reverse Engineering ~ ~ Joey Skaggs ~ Background Briefing - Culture Jamming ~ Idiosyntactix ~ ~ The Original ~ The New Road Map Foundation ~ Real History Archives ~ The Abolition of Work -- Bob Black ~ Lachlan Simpson's Page (Musicman) ~ ~ Anarchives


Cubic Equation ~ MathScript Homepage ~ The Integrator


BilLee's Fabulous Quotes Pages ~ (Henry Ford) ~ Ford Motor Co. ~ Henry Ford Museum ~ Australian Correspondence Schools ~ Mario's Cyberspace Station ~ ? ~ Links about Nomic ~ Nomic FAQ ~ EDCredit ~ Australian Tax Index ~ Seek ~ Melbourne Weather Forecast ~ Ramen Recipes ~ SOAR: Searchable Online Archive of Recipes ~ Cleanup Australia Day ~ Fake ID Resource Page ~ Sun Clock


East Timor links ~ Covert Action Quarterly


Australian White Pages ~ Scary! ~ Consumer.Net ~ Consumer.Net Analyzer ~ ~ Anonymizer ~ Does Your Browser Give Out Your Email Address? ~ People Finding ~ Background Tracking ~ The Lucent Personalized Web Assistant ~ Junkbusters Links ~ ~ Junkbusters: Alert on Web Privacy ~ The International PGP Home Page ~ The PGP Attack FAQ ~ Life Matters - Privacy ~ The Australian Privacy Commissioner's Website ~ Peacefire - anticensorship ~ J. Orlin Grabbe ~ CIA Kids Page

Radio and TV

ABC Online ~ Triple J ~ SBS ~ Laugh Radio 89.9fm ~ Radio National ~ Weekly Highlights ~ Background Briefing Alphabetical Index ~ The Good Citizen ~ Asian Welding Tales

Quick Search

The following forms launch straight to the results of the particular search engine -- saving the wait for their main page to load (including all it's ads).


Welcome to my homepage. I'm finally finished with uni so can spend some time on it. It now uses JavaScript, CSS, HTMLv4, XML, Perl and CGI...

This page has recently been moved to my Yoyo account. Please bear with me (and let me know) if anything doesn't work...

This page serves four purposes: A personal bookmarks file, a place to share links with friends, (hopefully) a useful and diverse collection of links to resources and most importantly, a good place to play with web programming and publishing :)

This page is generated on the fly by a perl script from an XML document. This is massaged into a template created in Macromedia Fireworks which handles the javascript rollovers etc. The end result is a series of pages generated for each section in the XML file.

HTML: The Definitive Guide, Chuck Musciano & Bill Kennedy, 3rd Edition, O'Reilly. is a good book. Other XML and Perl stuff on the web is sort of useful.

If you find any broken links, have any questions or something that you think may be of interest to me, feel free to email me at

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