Monthly Archives: April 2005


Last night, I installed the Serendipity weblog software on my server; my ‘blog now resides here.

I just couldn’t go on with Blogger – too unreliable and nothing I could
do about it. There are flaws in Serendipity, but at least I can make them my problem; if
I don’t like ’em, I can just go and re-write the PHP code myself.

The main whinge is the
that appears everywhere with no
real purpose.

is all that should be needed to set
out paragraph text. Generally speaking, Serendipity is pretty damn cool.

UPDATE -Serendipity developer, Garvin Hicking, has put me right on the above problem. I am now a happy bunny.

To Begin at the Beginning*

Everyone and his cat seemed to have a ‘blog – except for me; after a fair period of incapacity from illness, I’m scheduled to start getting better tomorrow and what better way to celebrate my new life than to blog it?

Firstly, I have to get my head around blogger and its ‘orrible WYSWIG text editor (give me vi any day). I might end up using vi and doing a cut’n’paste into the ‘blog form. Got to be reasonably careful with my code – Blogger’s content management system is liable to muck up my (supposedly) well-formed XHTML.

First task is to do some heavy editing on the template, so that my blog can pass at least a basic accessibility test, and use an external stylesheet. After I’ve done all that, I’ll read the documentation and probably have to do it again…

So, if you’ve got so far and are irked that there is nothing here to read, may I suggest that you peruse my personal site? I have been told that my Holiday 2000 section (an early blog, actually) is rather droll, although not very accessible to screen reader users.

Ciao for now.

* From “Under Milk Wood”, Dylan Thomas

Fiddlin' About

Well, I’ve made it to my second post without a) getting fed up with the ‘blogging system or b) falling asleep. (Narcolepsy is no fun, I tell yiz.)

It’s interesting comparing Blogger with a crude ‘blogging system I wrote for a couple of clients; I wasn’t too far off the track, methinks. I’m giving serious consideration to setting up the Serendipity (s9y) PHP ‘blogging software on my web server, especially after reading a Wired News article on a recent Blogger outage.

Time to call a halt – getting bitten by mozzies (or one of Australia’s other billion venemous fauna), tired and want a goodnight beer. Besides, tomorrow’s the first day of the rest of my life. Ach well, bedtime for me; good night, sleep tight, use lots of insect repellant.

NB: This weblog entry originally posted on Blogger.

The First Day…

…of the rest of my life. Today should be the day that I pick up myCPAP machine, a baby air compressor which connects to a mask and
supposedly prevents the apnoea events that have been the prime suspect for my incapacity over the last 18 months. I’m trying to remember what it’s like to have energy – but can’t. This should be interesting.

NB – this entry originally posted on