And PB, you're like a bazillion years old. You're not freaking 19, what the heck?

Thursday, August 30

Geek

Ceci N'est Pas Une Post

Testing, testing...

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Wednesday, August 29

Geek

Phase Of The Moon Bug

The problem with my Western Digital drive turns out to be heat sensitive: It acts up when it gets cold.  Because when it gets cold, my heating kicks in (actually a reverse-cycle air conditioner) and the voltage dips for a moment.  The baby power supply that came with the drive doesn't have enough smoothing to cope with that, and the drive goes bye-bye.  The weather has warmed up over the last week or so, and I've stopped having problems.

Of course, in a couple of months I'm going to want to run the air conditioning the other way, so before then I'm going to invest in a small UPS.

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Monday, August 27

Anime

Potelated

Oh man.  No question, Potemayo is the pick of the current season.

I worried after the first episode that the joke would get tired.  But Potemayo turns out to be so not the one-joke series.

Highly recommended.

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Sunday, August 26

Cool

Switchomatic!

A quick demo of the new layouts and automatically generated banners and footers.

Clicky:

/images/switchomatic.jpg?size=500x&q=95

The annoying thing about the theme switcher is that it only works in Internet Explorer in strict mode, and only works in Firefox and Safari in quirks mode.   (Opera works either way.) The themes themselves work fine in any browser in either mode, but the Javascript switcher exposes some interesting issues.

Actually, there's one Javascript function required to make the themes work if you have a footer; I'll have to make sure that works in strict mode.

Now I just need to sleep for about twelve hours and then bundle everything up and install it.

Update: Bah.  The footer controller doesn't work in strict mode.  The banner switcher works fine, but you'd expect it to.

Bumped and updated: Now works in strict mode in Mozilla and Safari.  Yay!  (I was doing something dumb.)

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Saturday, August 25

Geek

Not The Way To Do It

Ubuntu Studio is a new Linux distro, based on Ubuntu and packaged with a whole suite of audio and video editing applications.  This is great, because while some of these applications are very powerful, they are also a huge pain in the arse to install.

What's not so great is that their web site has been down for the past two weeks, and possibly longer.

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Geek

Wrapping Up

Tick - autocrop function works.  (This does some reasonably intelligent scaling and cropping of the source image for your banners and footers, rather than just stretching them to fit.)

Tick - new image macro form.  (Banners, footers, lolcats, motivators, and simple captions currently.)

Just a few more boxes to tick off and I can get this whole huge bundle of stuff out the door.  Look for it very soon.

Tick - applets work.  You can create an applet and share it with other meenuvians.

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Friday, August 24

Life

The Bunny Returns

I turned off my old Firewire external drive to see if the power supply is compatible with the flaky Western Digital drive.  It isn't.  So I turned it back on, and it went skwik skwik skwik skwik skwik skwik skiwk.

Bah.

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Geek

Code Speaks

I think this line is hungry:

m.rect((r,0,w-r,r),color='white',opacity=100)

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Thursday, August 23

Rant

Dear Microsoft IE Team

Fire, die in a, likewise.

Update: Okay, I'll withdraw that.  You can just get unpleasant blisters in your sensitive parts.

Two things in your favour: While zoom mode breaks automatic reflow, turning off zoom makes it work again.  Second, the doctype HTML PUBLIC "IE-IS-A-COW" works to turn off quirks mode.

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Geek

Got You, You Bastard

CSS remains as retarded as ever, but I've managed to more-or-less defeat it.

The new layouts will break under certain specific circumstances:
  • You are using a footer, and
    • You are doing custom DOM manipulation with Javascript (and fail to call the provided function to update the layout) or
    • You modify the CSS to be variable rather than fixed width and the user resizes the browser window.  (I can fix this one.)
Also, if you are using a layout with two-column content, the second content column must come after the first one in your template.  Sidebars can be generated before, after, or between the content, but content columns must be in the order they are to be shown, left-to-right.

Apart from that, I think they work pretty well.  I'll have to test them some more and maybe add a couple of event handlers; I'll post the results tonight so you can see them.

I'm not going to make tomorrow's meeting now, since I still have to install the whole thing and parameterise the CSS, but there are no more roadblocks.  There can't possibly be; there's no more road.

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