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November 2007

/me is...

It was in fact possible to make more green. I made some minor design changes whilst notblogging, and added a box to the home page saying what I'm doing in a few categories that I'll try to keep up to date. I'm fairly sure it's now too green, but I'm equally sure nobody really cares anyway.

To go with that, I fought PHP and won to produce images based on that data so I can hackishly embed it into other pages. What possessed me to write my own word-wrap code, I'm not sure, but it works:

The code generates an (admittedly inaccessible) image matching the information at the top of the home page.

I probably, no, wait, definitely watch too much telly. It doesn't really help that I found a torrent tracker recently with loads of good stuff on it.

In my defence, I'm only half-watching "I'm a Celebrity..."...

ChatZilla 0.9.79, stuff

ChatZilla 0.9.79 was released recently. It's mostly minor bug fixes, and I only contributed a few tiny patches, but I thought I'd mention it here anyway.

Releasing software without testing it at all is a bad idea. But that's exactly what I did with the ChatZilla/XULRunner package for 0.9.79. Luckily, Gijs pointed out there was an error message on startup, so I fixed the builds, actually tested, and uploaded them again. Two users got the broken builds via automatic update, then got the fixed builds within 24 hours, which made me feel a bit better about the whole thing.

0.9.79 adds support for Netscape Navigator 9, but the version on won't work. To install ChatZilla in Netscape 9, get it from

Gijs has been working on accessibility improvements to ChatZilla. This version adds some ARIA attributes to the chat output so hopefully screen readers will understand it a bit better.

Oh, and in vaguely related news, the W3C HTML WG actually published something. There's hope yet...

Things I learnt whilst notblogging

  • Buying music is still somewhat worth it.
  • It was in fact possible to make more green.
  • Awesomebar is awesome.
  • People don't look at the sky enough.
  • Halloween doesn't necessarily suck.
  • Thunderbird plus Lightning is a decent calendar app.
  • I don't do much that's useful to record on a calendar.
  • Fridays are fun.
  • Thursdays are funny.
  • I probably watch too much telly.
  • Drama makes the world go round.
  • Dark chocolate KitKats are nice.
  • There might be something to this movie lark after all.
  • We're doing two maths exams in January instead of one.
  • People are idiots.
  • The Government employs people.
  • HTML is hard.
  • Drag and drop in Firefox 3 is pretty.
  • Releasing software without testing it at all is a bad idea.
  • This is one of the best xkcd comics.
  • I need kyphoplasty of my 9th thoracic vertebrae and vertebroplasty of my 8th and 10th.
  • Celebrity magazines are strange.
  • I have good teeth.
  • One sentence doesn't do most of these thoughtbits justice.

(notblog, verb, to own an inactive weblog.)

This is not a blog post.