Wednesday, June 09, 2004


This blog has now moved to a new home at The Watchmaker Project, where tentative new designs can be seen.

It's still very much in the development phase, so expect mucho lorum ipsem for a while.

Bye bye, Blogger!

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Middle finger to the blog community

Aside from the faster rendering, nicer design and less pervasive install, I'm finding that one of the most useful features my new browser of choice has is the 'middle-click to open a link in a new tab' function. I can now browse the daily blog reads in the sidebar by middle-clicking each in turn, then browse through all the open tabs, reading/closing as necessary - much easier than opening and closing a Favourites bar, or 'right-click-open-in-new-window' IE approach.

Of course, I could delve into the wonders of RSS and save myself checking all those that are updated once in a blue moon - maybe I'll add that to the list of things to do when I get this site truly up and running.

In the spirit of witty dual meanings in blog headings, here's a link to an article over at whitespace on the lack of catfights within the design/blog community. Well, sort of - and he's got a point, but if you fancy yourself as a pretender to the Web Standards throne, it's never going to be a smart career move to point out the faults of your [perceived] betters.

Unless of course you think you've coined a smart-ass phrase for doing just that... ;o)

Friday, May 21, 2004

Snap happy

Google/Blogger (why haven't they smooshed their names together yet to re-brand the service as Bloogle..?) have announced the launch of their new blog plug-in (blug-in? Okay, I'll stop doing that now) - Photoblogging.

Snap away with your digital camera, then simply IM the results to your blog using their handy little Hello client, where the photos will be automatically resized and posted along with your chosen caption.

I'm going to have to start carrying my camera with me a lot more (he told himself for the umpteenth time), although of course I won't be able to post any photos from work due to every single port apart from 80 and 443 being closed. Grrr.

Luckily, my camera fits into even the tightest pocket - it's the puny little Gsmart Mini; 600k pixels, 200 picture capacity and ten-second video clip capability, but the results aren't too bad, considering it's smaller than a credit card. I'll have to get round to building that browser-based FTP for my site so I can upload stuff from work.

The other thing I will [almost certainly not] get round to doing this weekend is dragging my old bike out of the shed and getting it road-worthy. I tried some exercise this morning and I still ache, so I need to get back in shape with some regular exertion.

I don't think the showers here are communal...

Thursday, May 20, 2004


Following on from my last post, the Design By Fire errors turned out to be Visual Basic debugger prompts caused by use of the XML [CDATA[ declaration to turn off parsing for a couple of Javascript sections.

(And I must add that I was pleasantly surprised to see that Andrei himself posted a comment to my fledgling weblog - now there's a man who spends a little too much time reading his referer logs!)

Zeldman seems to have done something to fix his bug too, or at least the page isn't behaving in the same way as it was at home (maybe because I'm using IE here and Firefox at home).

Wednesday, May 19, 2004


...or, the feeling you get when visiting a fellow web designer's site and finding a design flaw, typo, or Javascript error. Even more so on a "guru" site - recently I have noticed:

I could go on, but you get the picture. Makes me feel a little better about my own frequent f**k-ups and code-farts if those guys can get it wrong occasionally too.

Monday, May 17, 2004

Big Brother is watching me

The company where I work seems to have upgraded the web monitoring software that watches what we all do on the internet.

While in some ways this is a good thing (like replacing the bright orange "ACCESS DENIED!!" screen with a calmer white one), it now blocks many of my daily reads (including mezzoblue) and in general seems to be a lot more conscientious about what words trigger a lock-out.

%*&!, &!*$ and @$&%%*!

Friday, May 14, 2004

Ultimate tag soup

Yikes - I just had a look at the source code for some of our site; kind of wish I hadn't now:

<font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"> <font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"> <font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"> <font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"> <font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"> <font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"> <font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"> <font face="Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif"> <font color="#000066"> <span class="Text5"> <a href="../index.htm" class=second onMouseOver="MM_displayStatusMsg('Home');return document.MM_returnValue"> <b> </b> </a> </span> </font> </font> </font> </font> </font> </font> </font> </font> </font>

And that's just for one navbar element - THAT ISN'T EVEN ON THE PAGE!!!

Thank you very much, Dreamweaver.

What version..?

I just took a call from a lady claiming to be using "Internet 40" to access the web, and was having trouble installing our security certificate.

"What is this, some sort of new beta browser with poor SSL support?", I thought as I Googled for the answer to no avail.

Uh, no. Turns out she was actually using... Internet Explorer 4.0.

I hate customers.