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Internet Explorer and Firefox suddenly show strange string of texts

From a couple of weeks ago, my browsers have been acting up and showing meaningless strings of text on top of the web page or simply did not load the page at all and instead filled the screen with the texts. At first, I thought it was Google-related pages. such as gMail and Google Calendar, but it seems to affect a broader range of pages, such as MSN and Flickr. Some screenshots:

Google Calendar on IE7

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BlueHost growth

BlueHost is growing very fast, and part of that are periodic mass downtimes of various servers, including the PHP5 Box 150. As gleaned from the Excel Sheet below, BlueHost has been growing on an average rate of 400 domains a day. It’s kept this pace more or less since September of 2005, which is when it started publishing hosted domain names. (Past data was obtained from

With its 300,000 domains as advertised on its front page, BlueHost may be making as much as $2m a month. Or possibly less, if most accounts happen to use the multiple add-on option, and BlueHost counts this as “another domain”. Matt, do the numbers of 300,000 correspond to domains (including add-ons) or accounts?

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CHIRLA is using CivicSpace!

CHIRLA just went from the old plain HTML

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to this: (CivicSpace powered).

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Someone in the staff is very, very adventurous.

[Tags]civicspace, website design, content management software[/Tags]

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funky WordPress 2: saved post editing, cat permalink

WordPress 2 (the pseudo official version.. not RC, available under /downloads, but unannounced as of yet under /blog ) bugs/malfunctionings found so far:

  1. When clicking previously saved draft posts, the screen moves automatically to /text/?p=POSTID which obviously doesn’t exist yet, and so it shows an error message.
  2. The new permalinks structure (neat small .htaccess!) seems to be unable to process nested categories as independent categories. Previously, all /de /en /cr /es , all nests of /a (as in ( /c/a/en ) were accessible at /c/en , which now returns There is no “” category (which is funny, as it should at the least show “there is no “en” category”) but they are now only accessible under the logically correct (/c/a/en ) category permalink.
english methodology techie

my thought process doesn't seem to follow a fully rational path (re blog layout)

I like my design. A lot. In particular there are some gimmicks here and there I could use for various related (but not the same) purposes – some of them are technically possible, some of them are possible but not semantically correct (from the point of view of WordPress PHP flow) and some just don’t work. Yet.

On the top left corner I’ve got a position:fixed; DIV item that shows the “post” icon and “Private Notes” link (when logged in) plus the left arrow and right arrow to turn pages while browsing categories. This section is outside the loop. When viewing individual posts, I would like these arrows to instead function as the next post, previous post links (and have the post title as ALT) that currently sit on the bottom of the left column, which are kind of ugly right now.

Also, I would like a tiny print icon for printing mode, when the post is a “paper” category. (shows an alternate CSS set with double spacing etc, which I used for actual papers later in my senior year)

But both features need to lie within the loop.

One way of making it work would be handling separate sidebar.php files depending on is_single() but that will be a heck lot of work, and most importantly, it’s not elegant and any changes in the future will cost tons of time.


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regarding the lack of supports towards in page…

regarding the lack of supports towards in-page markers (e.g. URL#bookmark) in mediawiki, managed to implement them. how? dunno