Archive for November, 2004

“It’s all ungreek to me”

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Ungreek is a tool to generate text filler alternatives to the often used lorem ipsum. Of course, if you want more control (like even more source texts — including arbitrary ones), then there’s the always-fun DadaDodo.

All of the above is pretty useful, especially when needing filler for mockups, website templates, or anywhere else you need to have the feel of text in a design.


Monday, November 22nd, 2004

This post is just a little plug for #photography, the photography channel on

Join us using your favorite IRC client to discuss anything and everything related to photography (film and digital, dslr and point & shoot, etc.).

If you don’t know much about IRC (Internet Relay Chat) but want to chat about photography, check out’s new2irc document.

Some pretty good free, open source IRC client recommendations are:
* Linux / BSD / other UNIX – XChat, Gaim, Epic (a text-based program), irssi (also text-based)
* Windows – XChat for Windows (free, non-shareware version linked), Gaim (Win32 version), bersirc
* Mac OS X – Colloquy
* Firefox (for all the above platforms) – ChatZilla (included in the Mozilla suite also)

Comment spam

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

I had way too much comment spam, so I added a bunch of comment plugins to defeat the spam. They all seemed to work for a while, although I thought there may have been a drop in comments, but just shrugged it off to an overactive imagination.

Unfortunately, one of them (as I discovered yesterday), was causing some posts to be rejected (and the poster’s browser to be redirected). It was called “ThreeStrikesSpam”, and it was sending people to for whatever reason.

Anyway, I have uninstalled the plugin. I have a few others still installed to (hopefully) weed out the spammers. I apologize for some of you missing out on commenting. If a comment doesn’t go through, please let me know and I’ll try to get it to work for you.

New Evolution website!

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

I have updated the Evolution website. For those of you reading this who don’t know, Evolution is a groupware client, meaning that it provides mail, addressbook, and calendaring functionality.

See the old versus the new below:

The old Evolution website The new, spiffy Evolution website

It uses simple, structural HTML 4.01 w/ a massive helping of CSS for both style and layout.

Why HTML 4.01 and not XHTML? Good question — I have a good answer too. Basically, it’s not driven by a CMS of any sort and I know that it will be hand-updated over time by a ton of different people, therefore it’s easier to have it validate as HTML 4.x (or come close to validating) versus something stricter like XHTML. (:

Note: It seems that is pulling in the live css file, so what you see isn’t exactly the old web site (it has the new fonts, new h2 treatments, etc. — it’s still pretty close though.)

Firefox 1.0!

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

Firefox is now 1.0!

* There’s a new start page over at Google.
* I’ve updated the Firefox Industrial theme to 1.0.6.

Industrial for Firefox: 1.0.4 1.0.5

Friday, November 5th, 2004

This version of Industrial for Firefox should work much better with the latest version of Firefox. It should hopefully fix problems with the previous version of Firefox and it has a few new little features as well.

Please note that you must be running one of the latest builds for this to work properly. As a result, I have kept the previous version on the website.

Go to the download page for “Industrial for Firefox”

Update: 1.0.5 is now available — the file selector is fixed (plus a few related tiny tweaks to make it better went in).

Industrial for Firefox update: version 1.02 1.03!

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004

Version 1.02 1.03 of Industrial for Firefox is now available!

Screenshot of Industrial for Firefox, v1.02

There have been a ton of changes; here are a few recent ones:
* Lots of icon changes
* Updated to work with a more recent Firefox build
* Changed close icon to use GNOME style instead of GIMP style “x”
* Better RSS/Atom feed icon
* More accurate GNOME-like disabled states for icons
* Changes to various UI elements (such as the sidebar title area)
* Menus work in Windows

Thanks to Jaap Haitsma for pointing out a few things earlier, and also for a nice insensitive script and GIMP plugin. (:

Go download Industrial for Firefox v1.03!

Update: It’s now version 1.03, as it fixes the find toolbar bug. Enjoy!