Monthly Archive for January, 2007

It’s All Coming Together

So I’ve implemented the Gallery now, and again I’ve opted to use Menatlo’s Gallery2 script, due to the fact that its incredibly comprehensive, flexible and functional. I’m using the Greypop theme, integrated with Lightbox JS which makes images appear in tidy little javascript windows that look very nice… I’ve also got the ImageBlock on the sidebar there, which I had to do a fair bit of coding to get working properly (some issues with where it linked to conflicting with Lightbox) and removed the crappy comments that just junk everything up.

You can register on the Gallery, but right now I haven’t merged the Wordpress and Gallery2 databases so you’ll still have to register on them both separately, although when I get round to merging the databases I’ll try and merge the corresponding registrations but loss of comments and some accounts may occur, so I’ll send out an e-mail or something.

On another note, I’ve submitted Google Sitemaps for both the Blog and Gallery which will probably improve Search Engine Optimization a bit. Why? Because I’ll soon be writing tips, tricks, howto’s, faq’s and such like on coding snippits, linux, development and so on…

American Stupidity

I was sent this link over in #ubuntu, and was ammused, no…shocked at the sheer stupidity of the American people. But maybe ignorance is a better word to describe the content of this video. You’ll what I’m talking about below…


Direct Youtube Link

IRC Active

After doing a good bit of looking around, I decided to give Outlandz.net a try for a simple IRC Bouner (BNC). A BNC is basically a process that runs off a Unix server, that connects to IRC networks for you, and you simply connect to the BNC. This means you are always online, even when you close your client and shut down your machine!

What’s the point you ask? Well for a start one of the main problems is, and always has been, nicknames on IRC. With the likes of Quakenet, you can register your username but this does not register your nickname, so when you go offline someone else can take that nickname. But, with a BNC you are always connected, so once you have the nickname you want, its always there.

You’ll currently find me on Quakenet, in such channels as #linux, #ubuntu, #tvlinks and so on…

Themes!

I’ve spent some time looking through the WordPress Theme Archive, and after much searching and testing I’m fairly sure I’m going to stick with the one you’re looking.

The theme is called Cordobo Green Park 0.93 Beta 4, it’s a very basic and minimalist design but I like it very much so. There is, ofcourse, quite a bit of modification required before I have it down to the way I want it, but the process has began.

Linux Phrasebook

I’ve been using Linux for a while now, but normally via GUI and never for anything particularly difficult. But I’ve recently started to get to know my way around a Linux Terminal, and as helpful and resourceful as Google is in learning this, I decided to seek a dedicated professional source.

I was recommended a book by some of the people at my old VPS host, SliceHost. The book itself, as I’m sure you’ve already guessed, is called “Linux Phrasebook”. It’s a pocket size book, about 400 pages in length, and is fantastic for getting to know your way around a Terminal, and in general as a command reference book. It is written by Professor Scott Granneman, who teaches at both Washington University and Webster University.

The book itself covers everything from the basics of managing files and directories, to transferring files via multiple machines, to package management and process management. The book retails at about £10.99 in the shops, but you can pick up a copy on Amazon for £7.47. I suggest you check it out if your either very new to Linux or are just looking for a reference book.

A Change of Scene

Hello again!

Well, as you may have noticed, yet again we are experienced a change of enviroment. I have decided to no longer do business with the good people over at SliceHost (nothing against them, they do a bang up job and if you’re looking for VPS hosting, they come recommended), but more for the fact that I did not need that much power behind my simple Blog, and I do not have the time or effort to administer a VPS all by my lonesome.

So, instead I am giving the equally good people over at A Small Orange a try. I admit, that I was a bit put off by the company name as I don’t see the relation to the hosting world, but I read a few very positive reviews on them and their site was everything I like: simplicity, easy to navigate and straight to the point. I signed up, and after a few initial problems regarding my dedicated IP (for SSL) everything seems to be working tip-top.

I cannot be bothered with more switching and starting as far as hosting is concerned, so I imagine (assuming the service isn’t a train wreck) that I’ll be here for a while. Anyway, thats all for now.