Quiet round these parts

Tumbleweed
[photo via jezarnold on flickr]

My poor little neglected blog. I haven’t forgotten you, but I must admit I’ve been seeing other sites, Google+ and Twitter if you must know. C’est la vie.

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Hello Enterprise

No, not that Enterprise!

Hello to the WordPress theme named “Enterprise” which I’ve just switched to (from “K2”).  Primarily because I wanted a slightly wider design so I can post wider screenshots and pics – such as the above. 🙂

If you notice anything weird after the theme change, let me know.

Sneak Peek Out Back

A week ago WordPress updated to v2.7 with a major overhaul of the backend interface for bloggers.

If you’re curious, here’s a sneak peek at a couple of screens I see and use behind the scenes…

The Dashboard,

And the “Add New Post” page,

For a complete list of features and changes, check out the WordPress.com blog and for a video introduction and some history head over to the WordPress.org Development blog.

Props to WordPress Support

After recently changing to the K2 theme here, I noticed that the search function was only returning a single page of results with no links to get at more pages of results.

After contacting the support team via WordPress.com last night, they had it fixed within 24 hours.

Now that’s awesome. Kudos WordPress!

New look blog

If you’ve visited before you might notice a little change as of tonight. Noble Notes is now sporting the “k2” theme (as used by Russ).

Besides some minor formatting and style changes (including some extra image borders) the basic layout and content still remain.

If you notice anything weird let me know and I look into it.

Picasa photo move complete!

Last night I finally finished moving all my photos over to Google’s Picasa Web Albums service,

http://picasaweb.google.com/noblephotos

The photo upload was actually quick via the Picasa desktop application. The time consuming part was all the link fixing for photos already embedded in this blog and other pages on my site.

Besides reasons I’ve already outlined for choosing Picasa (here and here), there are a few other reasons I moved all my photos relating to personal web hosting. In particular, I’ve decided I no longer want to put time and effort into maintaining and updating my “Gallery” install (still a most excellent, free and open source solution via gallery.menalto.com). Not only does any software you install on your own website need to be updated (eg security patches), but there’s inevitably a certain amount of effort needed to customise the look and functionality to fit your site. Personally I can’t be bothered any more, especially since my personal site is non-profit and funded 100% by me!

Furthermore, host space and bandwidth needs to be paid for – both of which Google now handles for me. Picasa Web Albums are free for anyone with a Google account (who hasn’t got one these days?!) providing 1GB of storage. By moving my photos there I now have more free disk space at noble.gen.nz, and have greatly reduced my monthly bandwidth usage from my web host. Nice. Thanks Google!

So, all my photos and albums are still available, just at a different address. And with lots more available space to fill up, I now plan on getting more of my snaps online. Watch this space…

Site back… almost…

Sometime overnight the server that hosts my site – noble.gen.nz – was brought back online after 42hrs (or more) of downtime. This was (hopefully) the final announcement on this outage from the The Kiwi Web Hosting Company,

Thursday 28 February 2008 – 01:50
Mitosis Update:

All services should now be back up and operational on Mitosis.

Techs will be continuing to work on the server over the next day or two to iron out any difficulties that still remain, but all core services are running.

There will be some delays with mail that has queued during the outage, as remote servers being to reprocess messages for delivery.

Again, we apologise for the inconvenience and thank customers for their patience during this time.

There are indeed some difficulties left. In my case I’m lacking php session variable support meaning some interactive features aren’t working yet, such as my contact form, Matt’s photo gallery and pre-set zooming on my weather station map via Google…

Still, at least basic web services, including ftp and email, are back!