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Archives for the Month of November, 2004

Could it be any uglier?

What were they thinking… Seriously, is it possible to create a more confusing and cluttered interface. Compared to Firefox, on which this beast is based, this is simply horrific. I never thought much of AOL. Today, this has once again been confirmed in a big, big way.

I dare you…

…to make a mess of the comments of this entry. I’m working on a new plugin for Nucleus, called HTML Comments. It allows visitors to post comments in HTML, without (hopefully) allowing users to post malicious mark-up. If the plugin functions as I hope it does, every comment will still validate properly as XHTML. The […]

XML Plugins 0.11 & Gravatar 0.3

I’ve updated all my Nucleus plugins.

Moving to XHTML 1.1

I’ve just finished the move to XHTML 1.1. For the most part it was pretty easy, because when I build this website I build it to validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional. The difference between 1.1 and 1.0 Transitional are not that big, except for some deprecated tags, such as <strike> and <u> and some deprecated […]

Some updates

If you are a regular visitor you may have noticed I am constantly trying new things on my blog. These are the results of the last couple of days: Gravatars, an archive page, a new background image, updated divider graphics and even more transparency tricks. In addition to this, I’ve also added the ability to […]

Random Links #1

A batch of random links…


A gravatar, or globally recognized avatar, is quite simply an 80×80 pixel avatar image that follows you from weblog to weblog appearing beside your name when you comment on gravatar enabled sites. Avatars help identify your posts on web forums, so why not on weblogs?

Conditional comments

I’ve received a number of questions about the way I promote Firefox on this website. IE users see a large red bar on top of every page that will basically tell them to get Firefox. Most questions were about the way I show this red bar… Well thanks to Microsoft, it is actually very simple. […]


After some initial problems, the Firemonger project is now finally ready. The goal of the project is to create CD images which contain Firefox and which users can download, burn and give away to friends and family. The first CD is now available and includes Firefox, Thunderbird and various plugins, extensions and themes.

FirefoxCD needs a new name…

The goal of the FirefoxCD project is to create a downloadable .ISO CD-ROM image for Firefox users, which they can burn and give away to friends and family.

Firefox 1.0

In case you haven’t noticed yet: Firefox 1.0 is out!

Nucleus RSS/Atom Aggregator 0.10

As promised, today I am going to unveil my third Nucleus plugin. It’s called RSS/Atom Aggregator and is a variation of my previous plugin, the RSS/Atoms Reader. Instead of reading a single feed it can read multiple feeds and combine them into a single list. With this plugin you can simply include a single list […]