My Sig…Back

After a little more editing and other stuff, I found a better way to have my Wikipedia signature: use a template. I got some tips from Eacz12, who uses a template for their signature, and did the same thing. It works fine. WP:SIG says not to use templates in sigs, but it cites cache updates as the reason. Since I don’t plan to change my signature, I don’t think this is an issue. If I do decide to change it (a remote possibility), it’ll update on all pages. Neat, huh?

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One Thousand and Counting

I just hit 1,000 edits on the English Wikipedia! Granted, a lot of them are AfD votes and vandal reverts, but they all count. I made Wikipedia a better project, and all in less than a year. I wonder where I’ll be at by the one-year anniversary of my joining Wikipedia? 1,500? 2,000?

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My Sig…Gone

In a bout of Wikipedia Articles for Deletion discussions, I littered several dozen pages with a four-six line signature. Apparently, MER-C wasn’t too happy with it, since he added a comment to my talk page advising me to shorten my signature. I did, but it now ends up all on one line. It looks like this now: Tuvok^Talk|Desk|Contribs It used to look like: Tuvok^Talk|Desk|Contribs Which is prettier? The second one, of course. And the one I have now, while shorter, makes one long line, and forces a horizontal scrollbar in the edit box. I’ve asked for assistance remedying this.

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Gmail’s Down

Gmail went down a little over half an hour ago. I was signed in at the time, and I checked the status of Gmail when my Gmail Manager extension in Firefox displayed an error. Sure ‘nough, I couldn’t access anything in Gmail. All attempts to load Gmail were met with error code 767, which I couldn’t find any information on anywhere. I submitted a lockout report to Google after trying all the alternate URLs I could think of. Nothing works. I’m stuck with no email. Great. Update 8:48 PM: Gmail is back up again. Why can’t we have a stable…

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Mail Fetcher: Active

I just noticed today that Google added the long-awaited Mail Fetcher feature to my Gmail account. And they didn’t give me a “New Features!” link. Somehow, I feel cheated, but I also feel a great big w00t coming on. I HAVE MAIL FETCHER! YEAH! Now I can start ditching my other accounts’ stupid interfaces and bring everything together under the one account. I’ll be able to search and sort messages from all my other POP-enabled accounts just as I would messages to Gmail. This is absolutely GREAT!

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Rock the Script (Don’t Rock the Script Baby)

While I’ve never fancied myself a particularly good programmer, I must admit I feel I’ve outdone myself with the (almost complete) new version of a website I maintain. I’ve reprogrammed the entire thing in PHP, cutting down file storage needs on the server as header information is included dynamically from separate files when the pages load. It’s a new kind of template system that requires only a simple snippet of code in the actual page. And the page titles are automated, too, with a variable being passed to the header (where the title tags are) on each load.But the best…

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The Propaganda War

I’ve known about so-called “bots” on the MSN (now Windows Live) instant messaging network since, well, I signed up. I recently (several weeks ago, actually) set up a hack to Google Talk that would allow me to use that program with the AIM, MSN, and Yahoo! networks. Which means I can talk to the bots again. And that means they can see me. One in particular, called “Spleak” (no link for you, ad-pushers!) is supposedly a virtual person that you can talk to. I have one word that can describe it: unsophisticated. Say anything more complex than a sentence fragment…

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PHP: PHP Hypertext Power

I’ve spent the last two days learning a smattering of PHP in my spare time. I’m trying to create a more secure login system for my website, and PHP seemed like the way to go. Since it is (nearly?) impossible for visitors to view the source of a PHP script in a browser, it’s much more secure than the client-side solution I use now. Just use a PHP array to store the data and loop through it searching for POSTed input. It’s now functioning as a lookup tool for names in the login database (all I’ve gotten to so far…

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[Drools] Rounded Corners… Columns… Templates… Dang! It’s CSS3 :(

I’ve been exploring the features of CSS3 over the last few days, and I’m loving it absolutely. Too bad it won’t be really supported until 2010. It has so many useful features, like native column support, rounded corners, cross-browser opacity control, and all kinds of other useful and cool things. Too bad none of the current browsers on the market support any of the features. Mozilla and Firefox come close with proprietary -moz commands, but all the other browsers (those not based on Mozilla) don’t display them. It could be a while before CSS3 is turned into a standard, but…

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