XAMPP

In my copious spare time I have been known to design and build websites. The first website I ever built was for the first company I worked for, back in 1996, so I’ve been at it a while. However it’s only been the past couple of years that I’ve started to get some larger clients with grander ideas, and that has meant getting a bit more organised. As such I now have a standard questionnaire that I ask all prospective clients to fill in, a standard design proposal document which I use to present back my ideas based on the answers to the questionnaire, and I have a nice little area of my PC which is dedicated to building websites. …

Continue reading

What of Scottish Blogs?

But first, a cat update: Ollie is fine, no cone as, apparently, they don’t use stitches any more? He was a little groggy last night but was up and hungry as usual this morning. And I said this wouldn’t become a ‘cat’ blog. Hmmmm. And so, onto Scottish Blogs. The website lost hosting late last year, and whilst I have a backup of the database that was only a week old, most of the site details in the directory are safe. However I’m now faced with starting over from scratch which, from a coding point of view, is a good thing. When I built Scottish Blogs it was largely done piecemeal as I was learning PHP as I went, leading …

Continue reading

Mooo.. scellaneous

Nature is a wonderous thing, offering us such beauty and inspiration that sometimes it boggles the mind. Be it a particular cloudscape, a shimmering lake or the steaming placenta lying next to a just-born calf… OK, it wasn’t ideal to see such a sight first thing in the morning but it certainly woke me up. Thankfully I hadn’t had breakfast (I’m munching on my All Wheat Muesli as I type this). However as spring rolls on, it seems that new-borns are in the air, so let me pause here to congratulate my mate Bill and his lovely wife Fran on the birth of their son, Gregory. I’m sure that, with the many years of loving and careful nurturing that they’ll …

Continue reading

Post of the Week Launches

As mike says (and from where the bulk of this post has been lifted) Post of the Week is ready, and open, and waiting for YOU.THE MISSION. To highlight great writing on personal blogs. To draw attention to blogs that you might not have heard of before. To point you to one absolute guaranteed humdinger of a blog post, once a week, every week. Finally, and almost a year after the idea was first mooted, Post of the Week is ready for public display. I bet you never thought you’d live to see the day, did you? Absolutely everyone everywhere is heartily recommended to do any or all of the following: Nominate cracking good blog posts for inclusion, via the …

Continue reading

Weekender

Ahhh holidays. Well two days off at any rate.. better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick, right? Busy weekend saw me out on Friday night for a leaving do, always nice to enjoy a few shandies in the sun. Met a couple of interesting people as well, which is always good, one of whom had actually heard of blogging! Such a small world. Or not. Saturday was a bit blurry until the afternoon when I enjoyed a stroll to the station on a glorious afternoon. Thankfully there were no “confrontations” to be had on the train through to Dumbarton where I met up with Louise and headed to her cousins for a barbeque. Sunday was a …

Continue reading

Today…

… I will mostly be meeting met “BritBlog” Mark (he’s organising a blogmeet dahn sarf by the way). It was Be good to finally meet him having exchanged so many, and some heated, emails in the past year or so. We chatted about this and that but mainly, obviously, the plans for the merger of Scottish Blogs and Britblog. Over the past couple of months since the first announcement we’ve been round the house with the design and now we both agree that we’ve got a good model to take forward. We’ll issue an update soon, but I have to admit that I’m getting a little excited about things. Mark’s a great guy, very self-effacing and I think meeting face-to-face …

Continue reading

Damned lies and stats

Blogging malaise? Pah, easily solved. Check your stats! Except it’s not always that easy. Personally I’ve been using Extreme Tracking for quite a while now, but it’s not that reliable as it seems my “hit count” is always lower there than anywhere else. The Sitemeter site appears to be dead – although I’m sure I received my weekly email from them last week – Re_invigorate appears to have stalled, and the details offered as part of my hosting package are fine for raw numbers but don’t include referrers and whatnot (unless I’m missing something, any 34sp customers wanna put me right?). So it was with some interest that I read yesterday’s announcement about a new stats package called Mint (not …

Continue reading

MySQL Help

OK, techie request time people. Those of a non-technical, anti-acronym mindset should look away now. I think I’m getting hacked. Well not here, Scottish Blogs. The Scottish Blogs site uses a MySQL database to store the member details. The submission form calls a separate PHP page which does a little checking (to make sure duplicate URLs and email addresses aren’t added) then throws the info into the database. The database connection details are held in a separate PHP file which is included as and where needed. I’m pretty sure that someone has managed to figure out how to write to the database directly. I’ve taken the submission form offline for the past few hours but I’m still getting new “spam” …

Continue reading

Grayscale this

One for the Lazyweb methinks. Is there an EASY (non-coder) way to make all images that appear in a DIV, grayscale? PHP is the preferred langauge and you can presume access to the GD Library is available on the server. Note: I’m aware that IE users can utilise CSS for this but that’s not what I’m looking for so please don’t suggest it.

Continue reading

PoshPaws

Right, I’m pretty sure one of you clever types will be able to point me in the direction of a solution, preferably PHP or Javascript based. What I’m trying to do is treat an image, and an associated block of HTML (text) as one block. I’d like to be able to swap blocks depending on a mouse click on a navigation link. Clear as mud? Maybe a visual aid is needed: The orange and yellow bits are the “block”, and the “block” should change when I click one of the links. Sounds simple enough, right? Well I’ve been at this since 10pm to no avail. I’ve had enough. I’m off to bed. When I check back tomorrow night there had …

Continue reading