Ding Dong

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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

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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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Firefox 1.0

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Well, it’s finally here. The first full release. I’ve yakked on about this browser enough in the past I think so I’ll say no more other than don’t just sit there, go get it.

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Igniting the Web

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UPDATE: All of the extensions have been checked and are compatible with Firefox 1.0. Thanks to Adrian and Thom for some additional suggestions. I’ve recently introduced a couple of people to the Firefox browser. I have to admit to getting quite a buzz watching their faces light up as you show them the basic features (efficient popup blocker, tabbed browsing, excellent FIND function) and how fast it is compared to IE. The next thing I do is show them the extensions I have installed, and I figured some of you guys might appreciate these too – you HAVE switched to Firefox, haven’t you? On with the extensions then, and I should note that there are many many more extensions available, …

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Backtracking

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HTML Design: If you are aware of the movement towards CSS and away from tables and frames for site structure, read on. If you don’t, I would skip this. A List Apart and WaSP. Two sites campaigning for the same thing, a move towards acceptance of the standard (as defined by the W3) CSS and XHTML definitions. The suggestion was that browser makers would try and implement proper support, and we (the designers for want of a better term) would follow and code our sites in nicely degrading XHTML and CSS. So if you used an older browser, you can still access site content without any major issues. The main man, or one of them, behind this push is Zeldman. …

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The end of the world is nigh

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OK, not quite, but I’m still amazed at the number of people who get caught by email viruses. If in doubt, don’t open the attachment. Simple, or so you would think. These worst case virus scenarios are a bit scary though, I might have to revise my working practises.

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