New domain

How satisfying to finally get my new website up and running. In the end I did go for the upgrade to Host Europe’s WebFusion Home package (1.5 GB webspace, 10 GB monthly bandwidth, 500 POP3 email boxes, 150 subdomains, PHP4, MySQL, and a whole lot more) and all for £99 p.a.

There was a little DNS-panic over the weekend while my domain name register 123-reg upgraded a DNS name server and my DNS listing reverted to an old entry. Result: my domain name didn’t point to my new webspace.

With everything back up and running smoothly I have been able to try my hand at writing a couple of .htaccess files that tell the servers where pages have moved to (Redirect Permanent is a 301 code; did you know that? I learned that yesterday.) and define the location of 404 Page Not Found errors and the like. Hopefully that’ll help direct users to my new site.

Alt-code Top Ten

In a conversation on MSN Messenger the other day with Silver Joinee (and Friend) James Frost I expressed my like for Windows ALT-codes. You know! The codes you have to enter by holding down the left-hand Alt key and tapping a four-digit number on the number-pad (remembering to have activated number lock first). Yes! that old chestnut.

Here’s my top ten favourite Alt Codes:

1. Alt+0151 Em-dash —
2. Alt+0153 Trademark ™
3. Alt+0169 Copyright ©
4. Alt+0240 Eth ð
5. Alt+0254 Thorn þ
6. Alt+0186 Degrees º
7. Alt+0133 Ellipsis …
8. Alt+152 Tilde ˜
9. Alt+0167 Section Marker §
10. Alt+0182 Paragraph ¶

So now you know!