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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 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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Oct 19 2005

Benefits Of Moving

Published by under Site Work

Having only had my website hosting service provider changed on Monday evening I am already reaping the benefits.

The things which have impressed me so far include:

  • Much faster IMAP mail access
  • Faster webpage load times
  • PHP modules required for JPGraph library
  • More than 3 simultanious FTP connections
  • Much improved customer support

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Oct 18 2005

Site hosting moved

Published by under Site Work

If you tried to access my site yesterday afternoon you may have received the message:

I’m in the process of shifting my website to another hosting company. Please bear with me and I’ll get my site back online asap.

This is because yesterday I change my hosting company from to, which is the hosting company that my good friend Phrixus uses.

Luckily I was able to get everything set up on the new servers before I changed the domain name servers. The only reason I put the above message on my old server is so that nobody posted any comments after I had copied the wordpress database over, as that you have been a right royal pain.

But we’re all back online now. Now after months of submitting support requests to hexhost to get TTF support in PHPs GD library I don’t have to worry about it.

I’ve also signed up for a Reseller account, so if anyone wants some PHP hosting space you can drop me a line and I’ll see what I can do (I’ve already got a couple of takers on the cards).

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Oct 07 2005


Published by under Bookmarks,Site Work

Thanks to Phrixus for pointing me in the direction of the FAlbum plugin for WordPress.

I’ve only just installed it and already I’m really impressed. It was litterally a two second install:

  • Upload the files.
  • Authorise the plugin with Flickr.
  • Create a dummy page that redirects to the plugin.

It ties in really neatly with the site, I didn’t need to make any modification to the plugin… it just uses the current theme. Even the list of tags is using the right theme colours.

So far I have’t uploaded many photos to Flickr but that was because it was such a pain to try and get the images tied into my blog. Now with this plugin I’m sure I’ll be uploading a whole load more pictures.

You check out the photos that i have uploaded here, they’re mostly of my Bandit at the moment.

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Jul 21 2005

Google On Over-drive

Published by under General,Site Work

Having posted an entry yesterday, about googles proof that the moon is made of cheese, I got my first hit from Google today for someone searching for “cheese moon google“.

Hats off to google for such a rapid update of their search index. :)

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Mar 18 2005


Published by under Site Work

For the last couple of days I have been playing with MathML on my website to allow me to post Mathematical notations in my blog. Those people viewing my site with Mathematica fonts or the MathPlay plugin should have been largely unaffected and would have seen nicely rendered Mathematical notations. Those of you without the above fonts or plugin would have experienced any or all of the following problems:

  • XML parsing error messages.
  • Warning messages about missing fonts
  • Viewing my pages as XML output.

In the absence of any sensible solution to these problems I have removed the MathML from my site until I can find a sensible solution (possibly along the lines of dynmically generated PNGs.

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Mar 04 2005

Htaccess filtering works!

Published by under Site Work

Since setting up filtering using my .htaccess file I have managed to block 3308 comment and referal spammers. Also, Spam Karma is now only producing around 1 digest a day of comments it has sent to hell, rather than the five or six that I was getting befroe my .htaccess filtering.

I have noticed, however that a few spam comments have slipped through the net. These seem to be based around cartoon pornography, so I think I’ll have to dust of my regular expression knowledge and get some new filters set up in Spam Karma.

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Mar 01 2005

WordPress Upgrade

Published by under Site Work

You may have noticed that the look of my website has changed. That is because I have just upgraded to WordPress 1.5.

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Feb 08 2005

Better Spam Blocking

Published by under Site Work

I’m upping the ante on Comment Spammers.

I’ve ben reading through the documentation for Apache and have come up with a better (I think) approach at blocking comment spammers. It may result in a few more people incorrectly receiving ASBOs but until I receive a complaint about it my new system ius staying in place.

The new system uses apaches mod_access and mod_setenvif to check if a referer has been set and block it if it conforms to a Regular Expression. The code that I have got in my .htaccess file is as follows:

SetEnvIf Referer ((holdem|texas|poker|casino|online|gambl|blackjack|game|free).*){2,} deny_me
Deny from env=deny_me

This is only a first version Regex and will probably need to be changed at some point, but it will do for now.

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