June 30, 2003


Cathy's linked to Browsercam, which is a site that lets you see screenshots of your website in different browsers and platforms. Eight hour free trial registration.

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June 29, 2003

Lots and lots of blogs

The Blogcount Estimate: 2.4 to 2.9 million weblogs.

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June 27, 2003


I've been getting this error lots:

"One or more errors occurred when sending update or TrackBack pings. Check the Activity Log for the error."

Anyone else? Is there anything we can do about it? Kim?

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June 25, 2003

Lunch report

There has been a request for a review of the Stonesoup lunch, but I don’t think I’m the person to write it. See, I didn’t actually understand any of it. Someone started talking about breasts with people growing out of them, and my mind went into a massive tailspin. Ysghhwhat?! It took me several minutes to recover, and by the time I crawled back into the conversation, someone was saying “imagine if you were a lesbian separatist and you had male breasts…” At that point I gave up on trying to understand, and just concentrated on holding the pieces of my brain together and not screaming.

But, to be fair, lunch did have some pleasant moments (before people started hurling breasts around). Toni was there, and it was nice to put a face to another blog. Carla was upgraded to blogger status (she attended the last lunch as an official lurker). Kim wasn’t there, but luckily we’re getting better at managing problems on our own. A bottle of beer was accidentally deleted, there was difficulty downloading the smoothie, and the pepper plugins proved hard to remove… but did we panic, run to the nearest cyber cafe and email Kim? No. We remained calm and dealt with the situation. Mostly by hurling good natured insults at each other and anyone else within throwing range. Anyway, where was I? Ah yes, pleasant moments. Eating and drinking and much merriment. Acutally, I’m not sure if it could really be called a Stonesoup lunch, because 1/3 of the people there were not Stonesoupers (unless one of them was Kitty Lifter undercover). Nonetheless I highly recommend it. You should go next time.

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June 24, 2003

Lunch tomorrow?

I put this in comment for the previous post, but to make it more prominent...

Given H and Toni can't make after-work things, how's lunch tomorrow for y'all?

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June 23, 2003

Coffee, lunch or pool?

Another stonesoup gathering? How about Friday lunchtime? Or Thursday evening if people are in for a drink and a game of pool?

I should be more specific:

a) lunch at the CD store in Lambton Quay at 12.30 on Friday.
b) pool and drinks at the Bristol at 6pm Thursday.
c) lunch somewhere else at 12.30 on Friday.
d) other (please specify).
e) none of the above.

Place your bets.

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June 22, 2003

mysterious disappearances - IE6 bug?

(Also, unconnectedly, isn't it about time for another Stonesoup coffee gathering?)

Right, firstly, the bold / italic / underline / URL shortcut buttons disappear with Mozilla. Any way of getting them back?

Secondly… the weird disappearing text thing going on in Iona’s blog… it only seems to happen with Internet Explorer - I *think.* And only with the Chinashop.

Anyway these are the problems I have been having (and it sounds like Reb and Richard have something similar). The whole of the page doesn’t load, it gets cut off after about one and a half screens. A refresh usually fixes this. Bits of the text are invisible, and can only be seen when selected. I *think* this might only happen in posts with horizontal dividers. And lastly, when I open the comments window the comments are invisible until I scroll down and then back up.

Anyway, this is what I’ve found;

invisible text

scrolling bug

display problems

Floating divs bug

If Reb and Richard use IE, then that's probably the problem. Hopefully some of this is useful...

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June 17, 2003

Zipf Distribution and how much traffic *do* we generate?

Random interesting article from Dr Usability regarding niche websites, and traffic patterns. Includes reference to blogs. .carla

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June 15, 2003

New blog: Clockwork Fish

Welcome to Carla, the newest stonesouper to grace our homepage with her blog!

:-) :-)

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June 14, 2003

Getting technical

Here's the Moveable Type plug-in directory. I haven't tried any of it yet and I'm clueless so I'm not sure how it works, but surely it'll mean something to someone. It includes code for things like Comment leaders ("Plugin to create listing of the top commenters for a blog."), Onthisday ("Display the info about the entries which were posted on this day in previous years."), Smartypants ("Allows for transformation of plain quotes, dashes, and ellipses into more typographically friendly versions.") and many more.

Also, for beginners, here's an introduction to blogging with Moveable Type. Haven't checked it. Don't know how user-friendly it is.

There are some downloadable styles here, in addition to the standard ones on the Moveable Type site.

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June 11, 2003

Style sheets

Reb sent me this site that shows some of the amazing things you can do with stylesheets. www.csszengarden.com There's some beautiful stuff there.

Also, I found this site (can't remember how, now) that generates random CSSes. Shame it doesn't filter out the ugly ones...

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June 01, 2003

A notice of interest

Was driving home yesterday and heard that digital life is going to run a program next week on blogging. Might be worth a listen...


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