Archive for the ‘Techno’ Category

Under Destruction

Monday, October 26th, 2009


It’s hard to shed a tear for the demise of GeoCities, even though I should as it started my web design career.  It’s difficult to mourn that which is long-forgotten, though – it’d be like becoming upset about for my cat who died years ago.

ma_geo_1The truth is that I once had a GeoCities site, but all I recall about it was that the background was black, the URL was impossible to remember, the web FTP interface was unbelievably bad even for those days, and they had some Javascript that stuffed a shuddering GeoCities logo into the bottom-right corner.  I have no idea what it was actually about, and slipping peacefully away into history is the best thing for it.

The Archive Team are to be applauded for their efforts, though.  They’ve rescued all the under construction GIFs that they could possibly find and whacked them on one eye-bleeding page for posterity.  I haven’t seen so much irritating crap in one place since I was last in a Starbucks, so naturally I picked out a few of my faves and archived them here too, y’know, just in case…

MoMotorCity4109construct“More updates to come once I’m back from primary school”

AtAthensTroy1330underconstructodoecran“Who turned out the lights?”

CaCapitolHill1114Under_ConstructionNothing says class like a 3D rotating construction sign (with only one side)

SiSiliconValleyVista2013constructor-indexNothing says “we’re not quite sure what we’re archiving” like saving ancient Javadoc .gifs for posterityTokyoFuji7118constructsonic

Hey, quit ruining my childhood memories!


This is just a little bit like that Catchphrase episode.CaCapitolHillLobby9717construction

I seriously have absolutely no idea what is meant to be going on here.


Believe it or not, this was actually about as reliable as Mac OS 9 dialogs got in my experience.

CaCapeCanaveralGalaxy8999construction1 Achtung!  Awful designen!


Actually, I know a couple of people who could use this.

Blimey, that looks nice

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

n900_features_main_490x258Could this be the phone mobile device to make me forego my trusty yet ancient Nokia 3xxx? (It’s so old, the numbers have rubbed off.)

Stranger things have happened.  Runs an impressive-looking GTK/Linux OS, has a slide-out keyboard, nice (not grey!) UI,  and appears to generally not suck.  Looking forward to seeing some real-life demos, to see whether it lives up to its promises…

Thanks to OscarTheGrouch for the heads-up.

Nokia N900 Product Page

Nokia N900 Features

Have your Feedburner Feeds died?

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Mine have.  About half my enormous RSS list in Firefox* just randomly stopped working last week.

Turns out that a typical customer-service masterstroke by Google meant that – which they acquire a couple of years ago – disappeared sometime recently, and thus everything broke.  I wondered if it was just me being thick, but then I noticed that some of the actual blogs are still giving out the knackered URLs, so they probably haven’t noticed either.  There don’t seem to be any redirects, so any Feedburner feeds I had were now completely broken.

Anyway, here’s how to fix it:

1.  Find any of your RSS feeds that have in them.

2. Replace this with

3. Refresh.

4. Relax.  Make tea.

* Sage-too is excellent, though turn off “Render Feeds in Content Area”, which isn’t.