I guess that means that the MSN Messenger website is down, then!
Look what I found! I’ve been trying to login to MSN Messenger for a couple of hours now, without success and having tried to access the Service Status page and getting an error I checked out the main MSN Messenger website. And that’s what I saw, above.
The current MSN Messenger Service Status is:
The requested URL could not be retrieved
While trying to retrieve the URL: http://status.messenger.msn.com/Status.aspx?
The following error was encountered:
- Unable to forward this request at this time.
This request could not be forwarded to the origin server or to any parent caches. The most likely cause for this error is that:
- The cache administrator does not allow this cache to make direct connections to origin servers, and
- All configured parent caches are currently unreachable.
Generated Tue, 06 Dec 2005 17:52:40 GMT by 184.108.40.206 (Footprint 3.0/FPMCP)
I guess that means there’s a problem.
Screenshot of the excellent WeBuilder 2005 — my new HTML editor of choice. I like my HTML comments to stand out in bright yellow!
I’ve gone and done it. After almost six years of faithful service to Evrsoft’s 1st Page 2000 I’ve finally said goodbye to my HTML editor of choice and said hello to a new one: Blumentals’ WeBuilder 2005.
Having checked out the beta release of Evrsoft’s First Page 2006 I’m now quite convinced that it is not going to be the product that I had hoped it might be, and so I’ve been looking around for a replacement. I found it today in WeBuilder 2006.
WeBuilder 2005 appears to me to be the update that should be First Page 2006. Here’s what I like, so far:
- it loads really quickly
- it has an attractive, highly customizable user interface (reminiscent in places of the Microsoft Office look)
- The Code Inspector sidebar gives both an overview of your code, but with CSS files also offers a rapid way to edit and build your CSS files.
There’s a whole lot more but you know, what I really want is a fast-loading, highly customizable text editor that offers me a load of useful tools that don’t get in the way of my coding. And I think I’ve found that in WeBuilder 2005. I think we’re going to enjoy long nights of coding from now on.
Screenshot of Opera 9 Preview.
Opera 9 is now in Preview release. This is the version before it goes Beta, so it’s likely that there will be some bugs. I’ve just installed it to a separate directory to Opera 8.
There have been quite a few updates since version 8 (as you’d expect from a major upgrade!).
It’s nice to see that Opera is finally having confidence in itself, as one of the changes since version 8 is “Changed default UserAgent string to identify as Opera”. It used to identify itself to servers as Internet Explorer. Which is clearly wasn’t!
It also appears to open much, much quicker than version 8, which isn’t itself particularly slow.
I’m now using Opera 8, 9 Preview and Firefox 1.0.7. And Internet Explorer 6.0 … when I have to!
A screenshot of the free eSword Bible software for Windows.
Next up in my “I’ve been meaning to blog about this for ages” series comes the excellent eSword bible software. I’ve been using eSword for a couple of years now, and it’s now at the truly holy version 7.7.7. (Stryper would be proud of them!) There is also a version available for Pocket PC (or whatever Microsoft are calling their PDA version of Windows).
What I really like about eSword is its variety of Bible versions available. I regularly use The Message, Contemporary English Version (CEV) and International Standard Versions (ISV), as well as occasionally in Hebrew or Koine Greek. Sadly, the New International Version (NIV) and New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) are not available as their publishers haven’t granted eSword a licence.
The user-interface is really quite simple too: Select the version you want (of those you have installed) in the central section, and in the left-hand pane select the book and chapter you want to view. It couldn’t be more simple than that. If you have any commentaries installed you can access information from those in adjacent panes; or create your own study notes.
eSword also has a Compare function, showing your selected Bible verse in each version you have installed; or a Parallel function, allowing up to four versions to be viewed side-by-side.
Searching for a passage is a simple case of clicking Search and telling the software what you’re looking for, and in which version.
It’s certainly worth checking out. But if you want to download everything then you’ll certainly need a broadband connection as it clocks in at over 336 MB.