The moving and redecorating continues apace. Mum moved her computer downstairs to a corner just outside the sitting room. It’s very cosy and she can check her email on the way back from putting the kettle on. I said warningly that she would have to be prepared for people stopping on their way past and tapping casually at the keys. A few minutes later, my sister wandered back from the kitchen and did exactly that, probably under the guise of checking that everything was set up correctly, while Mum gave me a hard stare. I always want to know which wallpaper is on the display, so if the computer has gone to sleep, I nudge the poor thing awake.
Something odd happened today – I got an email from my sister with the subject heading, ‘Do you see something familiar about’ and all that was in the text was a URL. I found myself looking at an amateur website wearing one of my backgrounds. Just to be sure, I called up our own website in another tab, and it WAS my background – identical in every particular, though with a generic name instead of the one I gave it.
It’s nothing to get excited about, as all it is is a simple customized gradient garnered from Paintshop Pro. With a few minutes’ work, anyone could achieve a similar effect, and probably do. I was more bemused than anything else, though it felt strange when I noticed the the footer ‘Copyright. All rights reserved. Designed by [the owners of the site].’
Don’t believe them for a minute! It felt as though they were saying I wasn’t allowed to use my own background and they would get stroppy with me if I did.
In any case, our own website is due for a drastic overhaul. Most of the work has already been done by a semi-professional web designer and it will look a lot better once the new look has been launched. The background will be better too – brighter and cleaner. The old background is falling by the wayside. Just remember – even if a site says ‘everything here was designed by us,’ it ain’t necessarily so…