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Notices for 4th October 2007 to 17th October 2007


Thursday, 4th October 2007

When rebuilding my late friend Steve Katz’s WetInRed site as a dynamic database-driven site, I wrote a tool called Batch-RegEx to perform mass regular expression replacement on FrontPage-generated pages.

While overhauling another site he worked on, Liquid Ladies, I decided I wanted this tool running in Windows. So, my little tool has finally been updated to work correctly in Windows and a new version 1.1 is posted.

This version also fixes a teensy bug whereby an initial blank line in the RegEx box would cause a soft hang (cmd-. would cancel out of it, as I’d put an escape route in previously).

Friday, 12th October 2007

I met fellow drum & bass lover Jacques on peer-to-peer some time ago, and at some stage he showed me a site with the music he and his friend Noel had produced together as Mindcontemplation. This site has since been lost (something to do with a change of Internet service provider) and I’ve found some space here on my site to host their album: Conference With New-Age Music.

It’s quite an interesting blend of smooth and edgy electronic music, yet apparently I am his only fan! It took me a little while to get used to the style, but now I love it. Perhaps things will change from here on. I’ve made a bizarre and perhaps successful attempt at designing it a new page, too.

This is now the third collection of music hosted here, in addition to Ian “Elite” Bell’s Fragmentary Glimpses of Eternity mix albums, and my little MP3.com archive. The former page has now been tweaked to display correctly in Internet Explorer: it’s a whole caboodle of hacks to achieve 32-bit graphics out of JPEG images. (Does anyone else believe that 32-bit JPEG images would rule?)

Wednesday, 17th October 2007

My BBC Microcomputer is fitted with a memory upgrade; I imagine I am long overdue getting one for myself since I forget what I was going to write for this entry.

While I had the computer apart to fix it, I took lots of photos of the upgrade and created a dedicated page for the computer to display them. In the vein of informing the younger generations that software once came on cassette tape, here you can see what people had to put up with before we had proper expansion card slots, memory module slots, battery backed-up firmware memory, and a hard drive to stow away goodness knows how many library files and kernel patches.