Norfolk, Here I come.

Don’t expect much here ’til after Christmas now. The wilds of Norfolk are not known for their internet connectivity…


Aaargh – Manic moments. Why is it that no matter how well planned everything is, there’s always stuff that needs to be done in the last 30 seconds?

Happy Happy Day

And that’s it, I’m no longer working in Oldham. Eighteen months, gone not with a bang but a whimper.


In general, I must say I’ve been pretty impressed with how WordPress works. The log-in thing is a pain in the arse, and still no-one seems to have figured out what’s going wrong with it. Still, once I’m sorted today, I’ll simply sort out new admin passwords for the two home PCs, and then leave any other hassles with it ’til the new year.

Over the festering season™ I’m probably going to do some work on getting some more of the d4d™ sections into the new stylesheet. Now, should I have the colour-switcher section on every page? Or should I just leave the others to get the information out of the cookie from the blog page? That little lot likely won’t be uploaded until either sometime between Christmas and New Year, or alternatively in early January. We’ll see.

I’ve been pleased with the way the colour-switcher works too – it was one of those things I knew I wanted to do, and I figured it all out myself. In fact I think the only time I needed the reference books at all was in how to write the cookie to the browser, which was something I’d never done in PHP anyway. But I do love the things that challenge me, and getting the idea and writing the solution was definitely a high-point.

In fact, WordPress is kind of cool on that score – I like the fact that if something annoys me, I can write/edit one of the files, and get it to do things how I want them done. But sometimes it’s a complete pain in the arse, and things that should be obvious somehow aren’t.

One example is the sweary/non-sweary filter. I know how it should work, but it’s not quite there yet, because of the way WP handles things. Again, I’m probably going to spend some time geeking around when I get the chance, and see what I can figure out. And yes, that does mean I’ll have a PHP book with me over Christmas. Pathetic, isn’t it?

In general though I’ve been pretty pleased with the way it’s all worked out so far. We’ll see how I feel about it after a few more weeks.


Once today’s over, I’m not likely to be updating d4d™ that much ’til after Christmas. Tomorrow involves a journey down to the wilds of Norfolk, and I think I’m being volunteered to help with the Christmas Shop at Tesco. Oh goody, oh lucky me…

Once the Festering Season itself is done with, I’ll be down in Berks, at which point some normal updates should resume (assuming I get the WP login problem sorted at some point).

Yes, it’s all go chez D4D™

Funky functionality

Well, this is – at long last – my final day in Oldham. I can’t wait to finish – this town has proved to be a truly demoralising and depressing experience, and I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy.

I’ve just done a bit of a test with delayed posting, so even though I’m likely to be out of touch for most of the duration of the Festering Season™, there’ll still be some updated on d4d™. How cool is that?

I’ll be writing more today, but in general it’s definitely time for a bit of a celebration…

Moved Linkage

For anyone who has linked to d4d™, while the old link will still get to this page, it might be worth changing your links to