Corporates Embracing Web Standards

Large corporations like Chevrolet and Microsoft are leading the way by embracing web standards (CSS, HTML) in their recent site redesigns as reported by Eric Meyer and The Web Standards Awards. Web developers and large corporate clients can no longer... Read More

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

The first in Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy, The Golden Compass is the best fantasy novel i’ve read for some time. Finally an author adventurous enough to not use stereotypical characters like elves, dwarves, trolls, dragons etc on... Read More

Restoring Palm after Hard Reset

Recently my Palm Zire 21 crashed and reset itself to factory standard mode so It didnt show my personal contacts, datebook, and 3rd party applications. I wasn’t worried because I knew I’d recently Hotsync’ed with my PC so I could... Read More

Basic CSS Optimisation Principles

As an exercise in keeping my skills sharp I decided to see how far I could optimise this website’s CSS (cascading style sheet), and set out a basic set of principles to follow when writing CSS to keep the code concise and with as little repitition of values as possible.

After a mere 15 minutes I reduced the old style sheet from 4,267 bytes to 3,470 bytes in the new style sheet, a 19% reduction. While the size reduction is not a huge benefit in the scheme of things, it does mean that I can change certain values that are common to many page elements like font-weight : bold; to another value eg: font-weight : bolder; in one place and have the change made though all the grouped elements at once, rather than having to change it half a dozen times in different selectors throughout the stylesheet.

Bearing in mind that the CSS had already been optimised to some extent when first coded … these are some of basic principles I applied: Continue reading “Basic CSS Optimisation Principles”

Enabling mod_rewrite in Apache webserver

Enabling mod_rewrite in Apache webserver 1.X is surprisingly easy because it is included in the installation, and just disabled with a # in front of its module configuration lines in httpd.conf So all you have to do to enable mod_rewrite is : Open... Read More

This Land is My Land – Kerry vs Bush

Whether you’re a left wing wiener or a right wing nutjob, if you’ve been following the US presidential campaign, you’ll be sure to laugh out loud when watching the This Land is My Land flash animation poke fun at John Kerry and GW... Read More

Fix WordPress RSS feeds

By default wordpress shows these RSS feed links:

However, Google looks for RSS feeds named:

  • rss.xml – for an RSS 0.92 or 2.0 feed
  • index.rdf – for an RSS 1.0 feed
  • atom.xml – for an Atom RSS news feed

This means that each day when the GoogleBot visits my Blog, it generates many 404 file not found errors in my website logs by asking over and over again for :


After 15 such errors in the last hour I decided to see what I could do to fix this so that WordPress would display links to my RSS feeds which would stop GoogleBot hassling me with errors….
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