Dusty Tomes

If you look over to your left, you should see a link to the new archive page. At the moment it only lists posts by date but I’ll be updating it in the near future to make it a bit more useful. I’m also going to be converting my old “musings/wordage” bits and bobs into posts and assigning them to a category. Hopefully I’LL then be able to find things on my own site. I’m also switching the Photo Gallery over to Flickr, I’ve upgraded to a Pro account and it should meet my needs. I still have space on my Blueyonder account so I can use that for anything else I need. I think this will be the most …

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IT WORKS!!!

FINALLY. Many many MANY thanks to Adrian and Jann for their sage advice and time. I tried Jann’s advice first – as it was the simplest, namely adding <br style=”clear: both;” /> right before the closing DIV tag. Whaddya know, it worked straight away. I’m not sure which I’m more relieved about, the fact it now works in IE AND Firefox (other browsers and versions still to be checked), or that it wasn’t anything I’d coded but a ‘gotcha’ with the Mozilla based browsers. Seemingly it’s “one of those things”, meaning it’s one of those things you learn once and never ever forget! Now this does mean that my beloved Firefox browser is flawed slightly but it’s still a safer …

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CSS Woe

Can anyone spot what is wrong with this snippet of CSS? Works fine in IE but not in Firefox – argh!! The background image (maincolumn.gif) won’t repeat vertical down the column in Firefox yet it works fine in IE. .rigid-demo { margin: 0 auto; text-align: left; width: 790px; background: url(../images/maincolumn.gif) repeat-y; } P.S. This is NOT a reason NOT to use Firefox! It’s my shoddy coding that’s to blame, and lack of l33t CSS skills, or however the kids are saying it these days. UPDATE: OH ARSE. Still can’t get it to work. Sample page here, CSS here, background image here. The CSS file validates OK. Why oh why oh why… Works fine in IE, no background image in Firefox. …

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Categorical

So I’ve upgraded to WordPress 1.2.2. Pretty smooth. I bet you never even noticed. Right? Anyway, part of my redesign thoughts include making better use of some of the WordPress features. I’m still not overly bothered about using their comment feature, especially as HaloScan will be getting some new features in the New Year. However the category feature intrigues me, mainly because it’s a completely new thing to remember when posting. No categories in Blogger so it was pretty much a case of typing up my usual nonsense and pressing Post. Ideally what I need is to be prompted to choose a category or two, every time I post. Alas the WordPress Plugins Database doesn’t have anything like that. I …

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WordPress users

Just a wee note to say if you are using any version ABOVE (NOT including) 1.2, then I’d have a look at this and this. The latter is probably a better explanation. Ohh and not trying to be cryptic just don’t want to alert the unwanted to this (you’ll understand what I’m wittering on about if you read those links). There is more ‘discussion’ in the WP forums if you dig for it, although it’s getting a bit messy already. Hat tip: wee David for bringing it to my, and now your, attention.

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Thank Allah for backups

If you popped in between midnight and 12.30am the site was down. That’s what I get for trying to install a nightly build of WordPress. But then as the bug I logged is, seemingly, fixed in 1.3 and I’m running.. er.. 1.2.1… well aside from making me a complete ass, it also makes me wonder what the hell some people are thinking. WordPress is compromised of oodles of little PHP files. You edit some of them, others you don’t touch (indeed you can delete some of them). Yet when you download a nightly build you get NADA in the way of indication of what has changed i.e. what files you should upload and what files you should re-edit. But then …

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WordPress help

Right. I’m stumped. As ever several other people. As detailed in this support forum post I have my main index file (this page) outside the directory WordPress is located. WordPress presumably allows this as you specify a different directory for the WordPress URI to the Blog address URI. However, when I edit my template, it edits the one that exists in the WordPress URI rather than the one that exists in the Blog address URI (this is explained better in the forum post). So, anytime I change my WordPress template I need to manually move it from the WordPress install directory, to the root of my site (the Blog address). What’s the point in that? I say it’s a bug. …

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Ding Dong

Completely missed St.Andrews day. But then we don’t get a public holiday to mark the occasion of our national saint. Also missed the vote for our “national bird” (I did suggest Kirsty Wark but seemingly they didn’t mean that kind of ‘burd’), with the fiery little Robin coming out tops, beating the lesser seen Golden Eagle into second place. I’m convinced that if more people HAD seen a Golden Eagle in real life it would have triumphed. It is a soaring majesty of a bird, much larger than anything else that shares it’s skies. Still, what better way to celebrate the passing of time into the month that holds Christmas than to select a bird that will soon be adorning …

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WordPress

Hello? Is this on? Well looks like all is working, so HELLO! Welcome to my new WordPress powered site. I’d expect a couple of days of minor tweaking but hopefully you won’t/haven’t noticed a thing. All in all it was pretty darn easy – once I’d figured out how to get the old Blogger posts imported – and I’ve still to figure out a couple of minor things, Trackbacks aren’t working and I’ll change the Permalink to the Post Title I think, but all in good time. If you spot anything odd let me know.

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