exNYCgb website relaunched

I decided that enough was enough and so this week I are been mostly … rewriting the exNYCgb website.

The design is very similar to the NYCGB website, which is handy since the exNYCgb website for ex-members of NYCGB. The whole site so far has only taken about 10-12 hours to build, which is remarkably quick for a site of that complexity. There is much yet to do, including somehow building the phpBB forum into the site, and tweaking the Flickr plugin, FAlbum, so that it appears the way that I want it. What fun…

One day I’ll get round to updating this website.

Blog down

Odd, both my email and my blog went down this afternoon. They’re both back for now, albeit very slow.

Server problems I fear at Pipex, although their system status page is next to useless. It appears to only advertise the planned outages, rather than what’s actually happening. Which isn’t any use.

I had a much better service when HostEurope owned WebFusion. It all started going downhill when Pipex bought them out. I would move if it wasn’t such a hassle, and I do find the MyServerWorld admin backend more useful than many I’ve experienced.

I’d host my own, if I could be bothered. It may come to that once Telewest upgrade our broadband connection to 10Mbps. According to that website we should be upgraded by the end of October. How exciting.

Browser updates

Time to upgrade again, folks.

Mozilla Firefox is now at version 1.0.7 — the latest version being a security update.

And Opera is now at version 8.5 — but this time the full application is now free. And it’s a great application; see my review of version 8.

If only someone would either update Opera for EPOC beyond 5.14, or port Firefox to EPOC R5. If I could, I would.

Mozilla Firefox 1.5 Beta 1

Firefox 1.5 Beta 1 is now available for download.

Firefox 1.5 Beta 1

This is the first Beta release of the next major Firefox upgrade, which is due to be released sometime later this year. (Not bad considering that 1.0 was launched in November 2004.)

This isn’t the final release of Firefox 1.5, it is the Beta 1 version, still in the development stage and has been made available for testing purposes only. A quick test as to whether you think you should download and install it: if you think you are a geek, then yes. If you have trouble finding how to open a graphics file in Lotus WordPro, then you’d be better sticking with Firefox 1.0.6.

I’m a bit of a geek! So I’ve downloaded and installed Firefox 1.5 Beta 1. I’m impressed with it so far. It feels much faster (but that could also have something to do with my having very few extensions installed). I like the drag-and-drop rearrangement of tabs feature. It supposedly has better support for web standards (always a good thing in my book), and has a new button: “Report Broken Web Site” which reports web sites that are not working in Firefox so that Mozilla can work with their web designers to iron out any problems.

A couple of improvements I would like to see.

  • I would like the option for new tabs to automatically open with my Home page. This is available as an extension for 1.0.x, but I’d like to see it built in.
  • I really like the “tab x” extension, which allows you to close tabs quickly by clicking on the ‘x’ that appears in the top-right of each tab. That would make a great built-in feature.

But apart from those, and the fact that most 1.0.x extensions won’t work with 1.5, it’s a pretty good browser.

WordPress 1.5.2 now available

WordPress 1.5.2 now available for download from the WordPress website.

Upgrading from a previous incarnation of version 1.5 is simply a case of backing up the MySQL database, backing up the current WordPress installation, deleting everything apart from \wp-content and wp-config.php, and then uploading the new files. That’s it.

WordPress 1.5.2 contains a number of security fixes, bug fixes, and a new “Save and Continue Editing” button for Pages (although I’ve just noticed that this is only available once you have actually created a new page, which I guess makes sense).

I love WordPress. It’s simple to install, use, develop, and upgrade.