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Comments back online

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Just a general notice:  my commenting system is back!

For a couple of months now I’ve been getting some weirdass bugs with it… for instance, the submit button would jump away if you moved your mouse near it.  Quite funny to watch, but not very practical.

I just re-wrote it pretty much from the ground up, and it seems to be working OK so far.  For now.  For the time being all that I’m aware of is a cosmetic issue with the submit button overlapping the text area in IE7 – if you notice any bugs on other browsers then drop me a line in the comments.

See those cool little avatars next to peoples’ comments down below?  Those are called Gravatars, and they’re basically little display pictures that follow you round the internet on Gravatar-enabled sites based on your email.   They’re free.  The latest release of WordPress, the platform behind, has Gravatar support built-in.  If you don’t have a Gravatar already then they’re about to take off so now could be a good time to make yourself one.

Next step is to re-write the footer and sidebar to actually be useful.  But more on that later.

We’re back

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008

Looks like is back after some down-time due to security exploits.

I’m writing this from Urbis in Manchester on some old Macs – wow, getting some weird bugs on Safari. Looks like they’re mostly cosmetic, though.

[Fast forward four hours]


Back home now, in the comfort of my newly cleared-out room. So what was I doing at the Urbis center in Manchester a couple of hours ago?  I’m one of a team of young people from Derby collaborating with Derby QUAD to participate in the Portrait of a Nation project.

Based in Liverpool, Portrait of a Nation is a creative project that aims to discover people’s perceptions of the cultural world around them.  From the Portrait of a Nation website:

Portrait of a Nation“Portrait of a Nation offers the opportunity for communities – especially young people – to get involved in identifying what it is special about their city and their local culture and what they want to save, share and pass on for the future.

What does being British mean to them and what do they want it to mean in the future?”

It’s an exciting project which I feel privileged to be a part of, and I have similar feelings for the QUAD project.  Great things are going to come out of QUAD.  It’s going to be interactive and fun and relevant to the city and its citizens.  Expect to see more of it around here soon.

The Firefox Submit Comment Bug

Monday, February 4th, 2008

Viewing this blog in Firefox and trying to comment may be a stressful experience for you – the submit button bounces around the page when you try to mouseover.  I’ve only encountered this in Firefox and IE 7 and Opera seem fine, although I guess it might occur naturally in Safari and elsewhere in the wild.  It’s almost as if the site were mocking you.

It’s starting to really wind me up.  Can anyone suggest a cross-browser workaround?

WordPress 2.3

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

I updated my blog’s platform last night.  It was a seamless transition, and there is now tagging support for me to implement.  Apart from that, there doesn’t really seem to be anything different.

Also, these bugs are starting to really irritate me.  In Internet Explorer 6 the post headers are in weird places, and run away from the cursor when hovered over.  The submit button for the comments form is the same.  If anyone would like to debug this for me then I’ll provide some linkage.

The next 12 months

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

You may have noticed that has been offline for 3 or 4 days.  Turns out my hosts had out of date card information, but the site is now back for at least another year.

So what’s happening over the next 12 months?

  • The site will continue to be used for it’s primary uses of online file storage, code testing, and as a host for my mail server;
  • An all-new delicious-looking theme sometime in September (it’s almost done, just a couple of bugs to iron out but it really is delicious);
  • A separate online portfolio;
  • Updated media section;
  • Guest bloggers and regular columns;
  • Some sort of structured direction.

Behind the scenes…

Friday, August 10th, 2007

I was up last night until three coding the sequel to orangeacid-v1. Here’s a sneak preview:

orangeacid-v2 - design preview

orangeacid-v2 - code preview