delicious linkrolls

Time to revise this page. It was originally created to document the runes on how to use the delicious provided javascript linkroll generator. I originally saved the code as text in a page, and latterly, from Oct 2013 used Artiss Embeded Code and I located the scripts in code objects. delicious withdrew the javascript. I implemented JP’s Get RSS Feed to fix the withdrawal of the delicious javascript; Continue reading “delicious linkrolls”

Snipsnap Themes

Snipsnap offered multiple look and feels and for the advanced CSS coder, offered many opportunities to manage itl. My changes were relatively simple. In fact it might have been Snipsnap that took me to Blue Robot which influenced me a lot.

Green Robot Theme

On the previous bliki, implemented in Snipsnap, I implemented a Green Robot Theme. This was based on Blue Robot, which rather inspired me as you can see if you read the code and comments of what remains of my static site.

This is documented on the Snipsnap wiki at

CSS

I should also capture some comments on the CSS used by Snipsnap, it is/was a good looking blog in my opinion.

Green Robot

It used Georgia as a serif font, and Verdana as the sans-serif font. It’s basic content was san-serif , and the blog headings and dates used the Georgia font. The full css can be found on the snipsnap site.

The picture above suggests that when the blog comes across, some of the articles there, will document the progress and discoveries made as at the time, which it seems was 2006. It’s getting to be a long time ago.

Bathroom Downlighters

How many Dave’s does it take to change a light bulb? It depends where. We have some down lighters in one of the bathrooms, and they have damp proof enclosures.

Lamp & Collar No 1

Here you can see the internal and external enclosures.

Lamp and Collar No 2.

And here you can see the lamp’s attatchment to the lower collar. The spring is quite stiff so the lower plate needs to be pulled and the upper collar needs to be held so that the spring releases the lower collar.

EXIF and MacOS X

I have listened to Stop 43, and the British Journal of Photography I have read what Tim Bray has to say and decided I may need to ensure that my picture’s EXIF data is accurate.

You can’t give away what you don’t own, and it seems you need to assert ownership of pictures. The way to do that is via image meta data, known as EXIF.

I plan to use reveal.app on MacOS X 10.5, which has its home here.

Dell Laptops, Summer 2013

Checking out another Dell for a friend.

I want a laptop and docking bay.

If a Dell, it needs to be a Latitude, they’re the only machines they ship with the old fashioned docking bay interface. We don’t want to connect a screen using USB and we want the machine to be closed while using the desktop periherals.

Here is the Dell E6530 configure page. Here is the docking station link. The laptop needs the E-Series Legacy Expansion Port added in the “Accessorize my Dell” section.

It also needs the O/S version upgraded to 64 bit. It comes without MS Office, soi this’ll need to be added. Wonder if the still do educational discounts, looks like not, since Office 365 seems about the same price.

Maybe the docking station isn’t worth it. Get a cheaper laptop, with a screen port, and buy a new screen with a newer interface standard.

How big is it, how much does it weigh?

Do Laptop Power sell docking stations?

Mac OS, about upgrades

I need to upgrade the Mac. The O/S version is getting a bit long in the tooth. I have V10.5, Leopard, I need to get to 10.6 Snow Leopard. Here are my notes and links.

Upgrading

This article, How to upgrade from Leopard to Snow Leopard makes it seem easy, and here’s the companion article about preparing for the upgrade.

Snow Leopard is the version with the distributed upgrader, and so Snow Leopard has to be bought and installed from DVD.

Here is a web version of the man page.

Obviously, I need to back up the hard disk, and have used Time Machine. I am a bit worried since I do not know how to recover stuff using the UNIX utilities from a Time Machine Archive.

Legacy apps

The biggest augmentation I have on the Mac is macports, I still have Porticus installed but have pretty much given up on it and use the command line. The Porticus site states it is not 10.7 or Macports 2.0 compliant and points at Pallet, an ‘official’ GUI. The macports site has a Guide.

I know that I have used macports, port command to update WINE, and have used WINE to install NWN.

I have upgraded macports and it’s managed objects

$ port -v selfupdate ; port -v upgrade

 

Liferay

Liferay is an open source, free portal server written in Java.

How to

They have a Quick Start page which illustrates a 4 step how to get started process. Liferay comes bundled with a private copy of its web container, and with tomcat binds to localhost:8080.

  1. I have changed the AWS firewall rules to permit it to work.
  2. I have amended the user list, and changed the passwords
  3. I have uploaded a picture of myself for my profile

I need to

  1. Install SysV init scripts
  2. Work out how to use apache as a proxy
  3. Change to MySQL
  4. Work out how to make it work

There is also Wiki which looks useful and a getting started page which might also help.

Container Version Control

The 6.0.6 version has a .war only at Source Forge. I have downloaded this to the VM. I plan to use it to install Liferay in a version of tomcat maintained by Ubuntu’s apt-get.