Archive for the 'Site update' Category

Rearranging the furniture

Posted by on February 13th 2017 in Site update

I'm doing a bit of reorganising here. Most of the posts about AML have been edited to show/hide my unimportant ranting, drivel and charts. Hopefully it'll look a lot neater if you don't click the show/hide link.

The latest blood-test result charts can be found via the sidebar's site nav under "01 Site Nav - Pick a Page".

I may even go so far as to tart the place up a bit by ditching the moody black & grey look and adding a few touches of colour.

But that might be a step too far.

Post updated 28/03/2017

Not so Smug now, eh?

Posted by on June 19th 2014 in Astrostuff, Photo hosting, Pics, Site update

It's taken me 127 days to de-SmugMug this blog, but it's been worth it.

Maybe now I can get back to some serious blogging.

Or maybe some not-so-serious blogging.



Hotwiring the fragment-links and superceding the binary— binary— binary— binary— binary— binary— …

Posted by on May 4th 2014 in Photo hosting, Pics, Site update

If only I could do that, the task of editing all of the blog's image, image-link and mouseover URLs (to reflect the changes associated with migrating all of my pics out of the failing SmugMug and into WordPress) would probably be a doddle. As it is, it's a tedious manual-edit jobbie that's taking me ages.

Two months in and I'm still not a quarter of the way there. It didn't help that a fortnight ago WordPress updated to version 3.9 and the thing fell apart because of the limitations of the bundled "upgraded" TinyMCE visual editor which had been gelded of various features that I need to do the editing. The techies at BlueHost did a restore from a their monthly backup to get me back onto WP3.8.3 with the previous TinyMCE... that put me back in control, but it undid a month of editing and scrubbed a month of uploads.

So, expect this place to be a mess while the transfer is in progress. I reckon I have about 6,000 URL edits still to do, so it's going to take a long time.

FWIW, I did try reversing the polarity of the neutron flow but that had no beneficial effects. The sonic screwdriver...

is helping a bit.

Maybe I need a Doctor.

Reviews – pulling them all together

Posted by on December 7th 2011 in My reviews, Site update

Yeah, I know that I'm not the best outdoor-gear reviewer out there, but looking at the site stats it seems that my reviews get a fair number of visitors. To make things a tad easier to find by those who visit in seek of my humble opinions, I've knocked up a reference page. I'll tart it up and add some pics later as time allows.

Blogroll update

Posted by on January 15th 2010 in Blog on Blog, Blog on Site, Blogroll, Site update, Thanks
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This post by Martin prompted me to update my "GOTO" blogrolls to include a few more blogs and sites that I've bookmarked over the last few weeks.


Links added so far this year include:


They take the total to over 200 links, all supplied free-of-charge, none of them conditional on the target site having a reciprocal link.

I think I'll be having a links sort-out sometime soon - some of the dropdowns are dropping down a bit too much, so they need recategorising rather than culling. If you've any suggestions as to how to do this in a meaningful and useful way, feel free to let me know.

Anyway, feel free to have a mooch through the links - there may be a few that you've not seen before. If you find any errors or omissions, just holler and I'll get it sorted out.

Thanks for the heads-up, Martin 😎


Posted by on August 27th 2009 in Pics, Site update

There's now an option to add pics to your comments, you'll find the relevant bit just above the comment-input box. I trust that you won't abuse the facility.

Spam Reduction update

Posted by on July 9th 2009 in Plugins, Site update

I said that I'd keep you posted, so here's the latest:

The WP-SpamFree plugin has been working perfectly so far - it's caught every last scrap of spam, let through every bona fide comment, and has alerted users when their comments have been too short. Since installation it's had to deal with 352 spams, and none of these have got through to Akismet (although they do seem to contribute to the Akismet Stats graphs).

Now that I have confidence in this plugin, I've disabled the auto-closure of comments on posts/pages that are over 150 days old (the ones which were attracting the majority of the spam). This means that folk such as Piotr can resurrect old posts in order to glean the info that they want.

If all goes well, I'll change the contact page so that it uses the bundled safe contact form, which will mean that I can dump the annoying CAPTCHA process.

Spam Reduction revisited

Posted by on June 6th 2009 in Plugins, Site update

Last month I went into some detail about the measures that I've taken to reduce the amount of comment-spam. Despite all of the protection in force, a few hardy YSMs have managed to get through the barricade. Not many, and not a lot to be worried about.

Nevertheless, there's no harm in strengthening the defences.

The upshot of this is that for the last week or so I've been trying out the WP-SpamFree plugin and I can confirm that it's caught every scrap of spam since installation. It's got a few nice bells and whistles such as logging options and the facility to set up safe contact form (I'm not using this yet), so it's worth a look-see.

Just how long it'll take for the malevolents to figure a way around it remains to be seen, so I'll keep you posted.

New theme

Posted by on May 23rd 2009 in Site update

OK, I know it looks pretty much the same as the old one, but this one's easier to adapt and seems to be loading a lot faster. Just in case you're wondering, the theme is Mike Little's Journalized Theme Version 2, with a skin that I've copied and hacked to get the colours and placements that I wanted.

There are still a few minor changes to be done before it looks and acts as planned, but I'll have to sort them tomorrow. The "to do" list includes:

  • Add the link to the contact page Done (there's a link in the page nav)
  • Add the Copyright and Creative Commons statements Done
  • Add the Link Badges widget Done
  • Add the IYA link/logo Done
  • Add the Comment Ownership statement Done

For now it should all be working fine, but if there are any serious glitches, I'm sure you'll let me know.

Slow load problem sussed – I think!

Posted by on May 22nd 2009 in Site update

Those of you who've been annoyed with the slow loading of this blog should fare better soon - I reckon I've found the cause, and I'm taking measures to rectify the situation.

Just give me a day or so and we'll see if the fix works.

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