June 21st, 2005

Released a new version of Retrospect-GDS earlier today. What’s new you ask?

  • Polish language translation by Michal Rudolf The addition of the Polish language translation required me to rewrite parts of the language handling functions because they weren't working well with the UTF-8 or 8859-2 character sets needed for Polish. I also uncovered a problem with gettext when its compiled against certain versions of libiconv. This has caused me some headaches on my development box. Oh yeah, and PHP's built in htmlentities function doesn't like some of the 8859-2 or UTF-8 character codes, so I had to stop using it. This means that some pages may not validate as strict XHTML 1.0, but there is no easy workaround for this.
  • More CSS cleanup
The CSS has been simplified a little bit more. This is an area that is undergoing constant tweaking as I get time.
  • Added error handling for unwritable directories
There are several directories that need to be writable for Retrospect-GDS to work correctly. Two of them are critical, so if they are not writable you will get a blank page when trying to run the program. I've added some code to make sure these directories are writable. If they aren't, then Retrospect-GDS will die with an error message instead of just choking and giving no output.

Mixing It Up

June 10th, 2005

It’s a slow Friday, so it’s time for another music update. According to iTunes, my top 10 songs are:

  1. Where Is Your Heart from the album “Breakaway� by Kelly Clarkson
  2. Mysterons from the album “Dummy� by Portishead
  3. Glory Box from the album “Dummy� by Portishead
  4. Walking With a Ghost from the album “So Jealous� by Tegan and Sara
  5. Roads from the album “Dummy� by Portishead
  6. Since U Been Gone from the album “Breakaway� by Kelly Clarkson
  7. Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own from the album “The Complete U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb� by U2
  8. Lebanese Blonde from the album “The Mirror Conspiracy� by Thievery Corporation
  9. Sour Times from the album “Dummy� by Portishead
  10. Island in the Sun from the album “Weezer� by Weezer

It’s funny to see how my music listening habits change over time. Late last year was almost totally electronic music. Early this year was all cheesy pop songs. Right now there’s a little of everything…

Photos, CDs, and DVDs Oh My

June 9th, 2005

The last of the Kauai photos has been added to the Kauai photo gallery tonight. I also burned a CD with all the photos for our Kauai decompression party tomorrow night. While I was at it I created a cool slideshow in iPhoto with a cool Iz song playing in the background. iPhoto lets you export to iDVD, so I tried that out and now I have a DVD which I can take to the party. No need to bring the Powerbook. Slick.

More Photos From Kauai

June 9th, 2005

I uploaded more photos from Kauai early this morning. I just realized that they weren’t showing up. I’m not sure why the site hasn’t refreshed, but I cleared out the Flickr plug-in cache and voila.


June 9th, 2005

I just added a new feed for all of the “Asidesâ€? that I post, since they aren’t included in the normal RSS feed. I’ll find someplace to put up a permanent link, but for now here’s a link to the asides feed.

In case you don’t know what “asidesâ€? are, they are usually just quick one line entries that don’t really rate an entire blog entry. When viewing the website, they are grouped into three’s and shown in the bubbles between posts.