From The Archives Site News

Summer Styles ’06

As a programmer I’m not expected to have a good looking site, in fact i’m probably expected to have an ugly website. It took me a year to recognize this, but now that I have I can focus on adding kewl functions to my site, rather than stressing about how ugly it is. That said, I thought it was time for a new style. Here it is. Thanks to my lovely wife for the font suggestion and logo creation.

CSS is awesome. The only tools I used for this redesign where: the web developer extension for firefox and notian’s online CSS Tidy Tool (because the web dev extension doesn’t let me format my css very well); and photoshop for the logo creation.

You’ll note that the comment system is currently none-functional. It will remain disabled until I implement a Human Verification System.

That’s all for now folks, I’ll try to update more frequently.

Design From The Archives Site News

oh my sweet domain…

…how i’ve been neglecting you.

First order of business. Everyone’s favorite British Columbian, ms lkvy has been hounding me to create some link banners. So here they are. Spread the love:

ohryan ca

i heart

Actually, that’s all I’ve got for right now.

From The Archives Google Site News

Notres Langues Nous Trompent

Gmaps. It’s taken google too bring satellite imagery to the geek masses. I recall mapquest using microsoft’s terraserver maps a few years ago. Evidently that didn’t pan out, at present I can’t seem to find a satellite map anywhere on mapquest. Gmaps is a blog compiling interesting sites as seen by “google’s” satellite.

Two minor site improvements.
First, I’ve fixed a bug in the comments form and increased the textbox size – now you can see what you’re typing as you’re typing it.
Second, I’ve added a couple of links. If you’d like your site linked please email me. As you’ll note by the third link, i’ve jumped on the www. deprecation bandwagon. I added some url rewrite to my .htaccess file causing all traffic headed for to be silently redirected to Essentially, the no-www movement feels that www. is no longer relevant and completely redundant. Check the website for further info. No it’s not chaining myself to old growth timbers, but it’s something.

From The Archives Site News Web Development

Biggest Geek Ever?

You know you’re a major geek when you start examining the entrances of your appartment for security holes. A little while back my buddy Jon and I decided to make a trek to the building #7 in search of a pop machine. The building is connected to my building via a whinding underground hallway and the temperature outside was easiliy -25C, cold enough to make going outside uncomfortable. To make a long story short, the other building appears to a) lack a decent entry system or b) have sophisticated entry security, as there did not appear to be a locked door between the elevator and the entry pedestal. I immediately thought “wow! what a major security flaw.” I should investigate further.

In site news.
Sometimes I amaze myself, early today was one of those times. I whipped up some awesome rss code. This code allows me to enable an rss feed for any section with the click of a button. After familarizing myself with the rss 2.0 specifications it took me an hour or so to write the code. I am teh awesome. You should be seeing an rss icon in your status bar if you use firefox. If someone with a paid livejournal account would like to add my rss feed for syndication that would be just peachy.
I also preformed a “dirty” database rebuild. I updated a few columns in a few database tables to better co-operate with my new code. I did not feel it was worth documenting the changes in an updatable manner – sorry Gen, i lost your comment 🙁
You’ll also notice a couple of new sections. More content is on it’s way.

I’m not really sure of exactly what that content will be. I think I’ll probably talk about my finds and tell you to digg my submissions in true Kevin Rose fashion. Or something. I’ll see how this evolves.

My good friend Mr dot net is presently attempting to attain a press pass to The Junos for our “indie reporter” video experiment. Once that gets underway it will lend itself to much site content I’m sure. This leads me to ask, what would you do with a press pass to the junos?