Archive for March, 2006

Mar 29 2006

FAlbum With Lightbox2

Published by under PHP,Programming,Software

Lightbox JS v2.0 was released today and, as I liked what I saw I decided to add it into my FAlbum mashup. Now, when you select a thumbnail in FAlbum you will get the lightbox as before but now, if there were other thumbnails on the page, you will be able to go to the next and previous thumbnails using the lightbox controls.

I’ve also fixed a potential bug with the close and loading icons, so please let me know if you have any problems.

Once again, the mashup is available as both the diff files and full plugin from my downloads page. Its only tested with FAlbum 0.6.4 so don’t complain about it not working with other versions of FAlbum. To get the lightbox to work you must enable it in the FAlbum admin control panel and you’ll probably want to clear the FAlbum cache.

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Mar 29 2006

Guernsey Digimap in Google Earth

Published by under Bookmarks,Software

I noticed today, whilst looking for a detailed map of Guernsey, that Guernsey Digimap has released a kmz file for Google Earth that provides higher resolution aerial images of Guernsey than what are normal available through Google Earth.

Layer contains 10m, 3m, 50cm and 10cm per pixel images that are centered around the Digimap Ltd offices. However, ‘m not really satisfied with only having high res images of the Digimap offices, I want high res images of where I live and where I work (and the rest of the island in time). I also found that it is possible to search for high res images on the Digimap website. Admitedly the high res images have got a big copyright logo in the middle of the unless you pay for the image but its better than nothing.

So I have combined the two, I took the base kmz file provided by Digimap and I have added my own selected images from the Digimap photo search site. I have uploaded the resulting kmz file to my website for others to use.

Note to Digimap: I haven’t copied the images, so don’t bother accusing my of breach of copyright.

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Mar 28 2006

Foldlets work with Protopage

Published by under Bookmarks,Programming,Site Work

I’ve been checking the Google Analytics reports for and noticed that there have been a couple of referals from

Protopage is another AJAXed start page like Fold. Although from an initial play Protopage seems to be more advanced than Fold in several respects:

  • Works with IE (I tested with IE 7 beta)
  • Style themes
  • More configurable backgrounds
  • More standard widgets
  • Multiple pages
  • Docked panels
  • Expand panels by dragging

One of the first things I tested was whether or not it is possible to use my Foldlets within Protopage, and I’m please to say that they seem to run just fine, although I am thinking of adding a parameter to the search foldlet to allow you to configure how many search results are returned.

Because you can run Protopage in IE, it is posible to set it as an active background for your desktop (in MS Windows) so you can have your AJAXed start page as your actual desktop. I wouldn’t advise this if you have lots of panels as it is likely to be a bit of a memory hog.

However, for all its advantages over Fold, Protopage seems to be lacking something in its feel. So for the time being I think I’ll stick with Fold as it is still in beta and is likely to be improving in the not too distant future.

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Mar 27 2006

FAlbum AJAX Lightbox V2

Published by under PHP,Programming,Site Work

I’ve released version 2 of my FAlbum AJAX lightbox hack. My previous hack required users to select a photo and then select an image size to show in the lightbox. Now, in version 2, simply selecting an image will show that image in the lightbox in the medium image size.

One of the limitations of this hack is that users can no longer view further information about the picture… but I think thats a fair price to pay. All I want is for users to be able to see a bigger version of the thumbnails, which is exactly what this hack gives. The option is still in the FAlbum admin panel to enable and disable the lightbox (although I haven’t actually tested it with this new version).

As with the previous release I have provided both the modified files and the complete FAlbum source. They are available on my downloads page.

Once again, I should point out that this hack is not fully tested with all versions of WordPress, I don’t provide any sort of warranty, and this hack will not work with any future version of FAlbum (unless I upgrade FAlbum and decided to keep the lightbox).

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Mar 24 2006

Synoptic Charts Foldlet

Published by under Programming,Site Work

I’ve created another Foldlet. This one animates the synotic charts which are provided on the website. Currently the images are reduced down to 300×200 as I didn’t want them taking up the whole of the Fold page but at some time I may make it configurable.

To add this Foldlet to your Fold page simply add a new HTML Container and set its source code to be the following:

<iframe src="" width="300" height="200" frameborder="0"></iframe>

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Mar 21 2006

Search Container For Fold

Published by under PHP,Site Work

I’ve finally finished my initial release of a search Foldlet for Fold. To use the Foldlet, add a HTML container to Fold and set the source as the following:

<iframe src="" width="400" height="200" frameborder="0"></iframe>

For more information about Fold (the Web 2.0 homepage) visit, the developers blog is at and for the beta of fold head over to

Note that Fold does require Firefox or compatible browser. I know that sucks for a web 2.0 web app but thats life.

For another Foldlet have a look at

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Mar 21 2006

Down She Goes

Published by under General

Once again my bike is off the roads. Yesterday whilst heading home I came off my bike whilst going round a corner. It been dry in Guernsey for a while now but at lunch time yesterday there was a very light drizzle… just enough to put a fine slippery film of water on the road.

On the previous corner my back wheel had slipped slightly but on the fateful corner the back end just lost it. As the bike span out the back end slammed into the wall beside me and went sliding off down the road. I on the other hand slid along the road and I either bounced off the wall or a gate post… not sure which.

In my dazed state I did a quick check of body parts: head, neck, back, legs, torso, arms. Luckily there didn’t seem to be any internal parts sticking out. I thought about getting up but decided that I quite liked where I was lying. Fortunately there hadn’t been a car right behind me at the time, and there were people around that warned other cars, so I was in danger of being run over. They also called for an ambulance and a nurse who was passing by check me for broken bones, etc.

When the ambulance arrived they checked me over and gave me a thumbs up, I guess someone was looking out for me. The police also attended to ensure that everything was alright traffic wise and to move my bike. Obviously he had to do the usual routine and question me about my riding and what happened. I also had my first every breath test the result of which, as was to be expected, was that I hadn’t been drinking.

The bike itself is in a bit of a mess. The rear light cluster that hit the wall is smashed up as is the seat surround/fairings. The engine casing on the left side is all scratched up, the bars have been pushed back and there is a dent and chipped away paint where the bars hit the tank, the clutch lever has snapped off and the left indicator is broken off. The belly pan has got some paint scratched off by that is fixable.

After my last accident in Norway I decided to upgrade my insurance policy to fully comp, so hopefully that will cover all the repairs.. assuming they don’t decided that the bike is a write-off!

I have taken some pictures this morning but they are on my sisters camera and I don’t have a cable to connect it to my work computer, so you’ll have to wait until tomorrow before I can upload those.

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Mar 08 2006

FAlbum AJAX Lightbox

Since I moved GrinGod [dot] com to UH Hosting I have no longer had Gallery installed on the server, instead I use Flickr for hosting my images.

To display the images in my website I decided to go with FAlbum, a plugin for WordPress.  This morning I upgraded FAlbum to the latest version (0.6.4).  I also saw in Digg this morning a list of Downloadable AJAX Galleries, Slideshows and Effects.

One thing led to another and I ended up doing a mash-up of FAlbum and Lightbox JS.  Now, when you are viewing an image in my photos, you can click on one of the size links which (if you are using a modern browser) will display the selected image size in a nice Web 2.0 style lightbox.

If you want to use my mash-up I’ve made the modified files available on my download page.  Please note that I am not planning on supporting this mash-up and that I may well make changes to it in the future.  None of my changes have been or will be localised.

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