More experimentation…

I’ve been at it again, slaving over a hot monitor, and I can now provide you with a simple method to check your web server, to see if it supports the wondrous Apache module mod_rewrite. If this makes sense to you then great, please take a look, if not then go back to your business and try to forget I said anything.

New words…

New words are a joy, none more so than words that describe perfectly something that’s been hard to describe previously. So, thanks to M@ and Sarah (non-existent online at present) I now present the following:

Gazebay (v)
The act of someone jumping in at the last moment of an Ebay auction with a slightly higher price, in order to secure your winning of the item being bidded on. So if a devious rotter gets that CD you had your eye on, and were destined to buy, by offering an extra 10p for it with less than a minute to go, you can say “I’ve been gazebayed!”. It’s like being gazumped on a house purchase.

Up and down…

Up: I think we’ve found the perfect house. It’s a 150 year old mill that was converted about 10 years ago in a really nice 4-bedroomed house. It’s on three levels, and has real character – the exposed beams and high ceilings in the master bedroom really add an air of old-Yorkshire decadence. Funnily enough the bloke that currently owns it is a Sun UNIX engineer. He’s done most things, technologically-speaking, that I want (TV points everywhere, loads of sockets, broadband, lots of whole points) but stopped short of CAT5 cabling the place. Never mind, I can do that :0)

Down: Yet again I’ve missed a web geeks conference, and seeing the photos of so many people I really respect from all over the world only a couple of hours drive from here is depressing. Never mind, I’ll make it some day.

Online feed reading…

If you’ve read this blog for any length of time you’ll know I’m a big fan of RSS – rich site summary, or really simple syndication – that allows you to read articles on a multitude of websites without visiting each one in turn. While I’ve been using the very good Bloglines for a while now, there’s a new kid on the block, Feedlounge. It looks very good, and is yet another example of an application in a browser that looks good and works well.

Funnily enough, I was talking to Mr Dave about feed aggregators the other day. If I ever work out how to fit more than 24 hours in a day I might have time to work on all these ideas we have. Hmm, but that isn’t likely. Still, watch this space.

And while I’m mentioning things that look good and work well…