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You might be interested in this too: --Nad 18:55, 27 July 2007 (NZST)

I'm not sure what you changed, it was working properly before...? --Nad 23:29, 7 July 2007 (NZST)

Just in case you were looking for it under books and clothes etc! --Nad 00:34, 2 Mar 2007 (NZST)

I hadn't noticed but will pick up next time. --Rob 01:10, 2 Mar 2007 (NZST)

I took out the edit section links because when you save a section the article is removed from all categories, and I couldn't fix it. --Nad 02:34, 28 Feb 2007 (NZST)

That "From Organic Design" has always been there - but it seems to have grown larger - I think it's usually small and grey... --Nad 02:31, 24 Feb 2007 (NZST)

The hosting domains in wiki thing doesn't work with that home/domain method anymore, see Maintaining websites with a wiki --Nad 02:34, 30 Jan 2007 (NZST)

Yes I found that one after trying to copy the zenovia config. this is my effort so far. --Rob 02:38, 30 Jan 2007 (NZST)
Do you already have a mintmedia subdomain mapping to here? the domain properties need to have the subdomain in the name if so will only work for naked and www. Also, the nowiki.php shouldn't be in there that only works for embeds, the website.php is the proper one, but may need to be fixed up since the new wikitext skin has changed things, I'll check it out. --Nad 02:47, 30 Jan 2007 (NZST)

Choice! gizza news update if there's any cool project-related technology at the show ;-) --Nad 05:42, 9 Jan 2007 (NZST)

I rang webdrive too to get an update on the situation and I got the guy who found the problem (a very freindly fellow), he was just about to call you I think. He said it should be working in a couple of hours when the changes propagate. He found that a the deactivate field in the database was set which shouldn't be unless the domain has expired. --Nad 01:17, 21 Dec 2006 (NZST)

Lets talk about this "next phase of development" and collaboration, plans etc in the 2007 article... --Nad 06:11, 16 Dec 2006 (NZST)

Rob, got a question for you on OS X, I need to install LWP (which is not on tiger by default) and it doesn't pass the tests so doesnt install using cpan. Have you installed it, and if so what did you do? --Sven 04:30, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)

I've always given up trying to get perl to work on mac. You could try the ActivePerl distro - Aran thinks it pretty good. I have always ended up building things from source on linux, which, while not so convienient, does work. --Rob 05:39, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
LWP/OSX, this could be useful: Chris Shiflett: Installing LWP on a Mac --Nad 06:35, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)
Thanks guys will check out the link. Ive always installed perl fine on linux using CPAN, this comes as a bit of a surprise that OS X has fundamental problems with perl module support --Sven 20:53, 13 Dec 2006 (NZST)

Here is another R tutorial on graphics which will interest you. --Sven 16:15, 1 Dec 2006 (NZDT)

Those headings are just way too big, if you change one you gotta change them all and make them smaller in CSS - and there's heaps to change....

Use and css - that's what it's for.

Did you say a while back that you had that old 16port 3com hub from hopetoun st. or Nick had it...?

Yes, the 100TX only one. I've still got it.
Would you be able to bring it over next time you visit? my Gigbyte one's too small, and my CNets playing up (like every CNet one I've ever come across does)... --Nad 11:50, 6 Nov 2006 (NZDT)

Code Co-op do a p2p version-control system and have a wiki based on it too - I'm gonna check it out soon --Nad 12:18, 5 Nov 2006 (NZDT)

false alarm, its just feebleware - windoze only, closed source, pay stylez...
Actually they do seem pretty cool, a good down-to-earth example of an existing distributed organisation,

Would you be able to come up with a few lines explaining in simpler terms the recent progress talked about in talk:peerix so I can add it to the news? --Nad 12:22, 4 Nov 2006 (NZDT)

Here's that simple version of ex I was talking about before: +alt

Hello Rob, I appreciate the link to the interface pages. As you will find out I have some strong opinions on interface design. Is there any exsiting on discussion on what efficient/effective interface design really is? I have created a topic called Humane Interfaces and would like to gather opinions. Aregularjoe 01:35, 5 Oct 2006 (NZST)

Try editing New Home or LocalSettings.php with a few dummy edits - I still can't edit a lot of articles, some I can - and its happening on a few wiki's! even when I disable XmlWiki it still happens - and on different pc's....?

Seeyou soon, if I'm not there, just getting a coffee with Jane and Xavier, her number is 021 235 4261 --Nad 15:37, 19 Aug 2006 (NZST)

I'm having problems with openGL now, wondering if it works on mac? it uses extra gcc switches in rp and #includes SDL_opengl.h which all compiles fine on Win32/MinGW, but crashes when the SDL surface attempts to initialise with the SDL_OPENGL flag. --Nad 20:37, 18 Aug 2006 (NZST)

You can make urls into proper links within source code by putting them in four-square-brackets, see the GPL comments at the top of interface.c - very useful for referring to docs and pedia references etc in comments. --Nad 16:04, 17 Aug 2006 (NZST)

I had thought of doing that but never knew how. Makes the code much more self documenting! --Rob 16:48, 17 Aug 2006 (NZST)

Did you get my email re sound etc? did it work ok on OSX? I'm working on the file IO at the moment (changed server.c to io.c since the file streams are unified with the socket streams, so that file IO is multiplexed and packet-based too). Hows your C uni-project going? --Nad 15:51, 16 Aug 2006 (NZST)

I did get an email about sound but not today. io.c has a few errors. Maybe #include missing? assignment is still slow going but getting there. Will be a late one. --Rob 16:06, 16 Aug 2006 (NZST)
Those problems are all the current file stuff, I got sound going a couple of days ago so will have to test OSX sound after I've fixed this current stuff. It works fine on pc anyway so its probably fine. --Nad 16:13, 16 Aug 2006 (NZST)
I did test the version from a few days ago. It worked. With the short delay. --Rob 16:30, 16 Aug 2006 (NZST)
Well that delay's a real bugger cos you're already using the prebuilt package so don't know if we'll be able to fix that :-(
We can always statically link the binary with a lib that works, at the cost of size. --Rob 16:57, 16 Aug 2006 (NZST)

Many R resources can be found in the contributed directory. The R Newsletter is also worth looking at for latest developments --Sven 14:39, 6 Jun 2006 (NZST)

Heres a link to the book on visualizing data. It should be available through the uni library. It uses trellis graphics framework available in S-Plus. A port has been made for R, called the lattice package. --Sven 08:39, 6 Jun 2006 (NZST)

Another framework really worth looking at (need to have experience with R) Is the 'grid' package, by Paul Murrell. He has a book available for it. If your keen on upskilling in R, there is an inexpensive course coming up that your department can send you on, R workshop (you just need to do the R parts). --Sven 09:37, 6 Jun 2006 (NZST)

Things to ask about next time we meet up:

  • How does the execution model get around locking?
  • General feelings about
  • Singular approach to as peer and pl peer

New OS ideas/areas of research

  • Minimal OS (bootloader+kernel+busybox+peer)
  • Cross compiling (of OS and toolchain)

--Rob 16:32, 1 Jun 2006 (NZST)

Thought I'd see you crop up after I got some SWF action working ;-)

I'm off for a walk now that all that's sorted! (except still got a PNG problem)

Nad 21:27, 16 Mar 2006 (NZDT)
All pre-compiled foundation-vectors and PNG's are working, so ready to start setting up the persistent environment with a socket to (doesn't really matter whether its swf.php or that compiles it) --Nad 12:48, 17 Mar 2006 (NZDT)

Just noticed a security flaw in the main script which was allowing your edits to properties articles of restricted article to still show publically - fixed now :-) Nad 18:48, 27 Feb 2006 (NZDT)

Sorry, changes to don't dynamically recompile the swf yet :-( but the proper logo text isn't far away, its coming from RC-Summary which is nearly ready (it generates a small compact last five non-minor changes) Nad 22:38, 23 Feb 2006 (NZDT)

I've got the manual fileSync command working from Peer:Gir - it needed to spawn() the command, not just execute it. But anyway I've taken it out of Gir/jobs so we can just sync the file list after we've finished a batch of changes. Nad 13:53, 14 Feb 2006 (NZDT)

Rob, Nad tells me you have GeSHi syntax highlighting working on a default media wiki install. I have made a set of loose instructions in the article, MediaWiki/GeSHi Install. Your experience/additions appreciated.

Sven 11:17, 10 Feb 2006 (NZDT)

Active state have a CPAN module for PERL, so scripts should be able to install and make stuff:

Nad 18:21, 21 Nov 2005 (NZDT)

Dealing with hierachical structures of mixed types can be an intense headache if you haven't read perlreftut - Mark's very short tutorial about references. I was reminded of it today when having trouble trying to make a hash of lists of lists for my half-nodallised sonovapeer.

Nad 22:54, 8 Nov 2005 (NZDT)

Hi Rob, on another topic, I've been trying to share a usb windows printer with a linux machine through the LAN. Got a bit lost in the process. Any good websites or other resources you could point me to regarding linux (esp. printers) driver-howtos?


Milan 15:53, 7 Sep 2005 (NZST)

That's all good but I still need a postal address, cheers!

Milan 12:55, 7 Sep 2005 (NZST)

Gidday, was told you need a video card to test stuff on - give me a postal address and I will send it to you. Just flick me some bucks for the postage. Generally you can route hardware requests my way because I've got access to lots of stuff through work. Also, keep me posted on specific requirements re media centre prototype because we may be interested in putting one together here.

Milan 22:16, 6 Sep 2005 (NZST)

Damn - I have to have a horrible "2" in it afterall :-(


Sidebar Dynamic Width on Organic Design

Rob - Can you please tell me how you get your sidebar to grow to the right when content extends beyond the normal margins? For example click on Site Map, then on The Nodal Model and the right margin grows. Thanks in advance. --Dave Cook

Hi Dave, I believe it's just a table cell. Unless css is specifically applied, TDs will usually expand horizontally to contain the content. --Rob 14:07, 7 September 2007 (NZST)
Would you mind sharing your skin with me? Heh. That sounded wierd. Monobook is cool, but yours works great for a dynamic sidebar. --Cooknn 13:43, 13 September 2007 (NZST)
I'm happy for you to use it if you want - it's mainly User:Nad's work though. The skin on this wiki is implemented with Extension:WikiSkin, but I can't find which article has the code in it. Nad will be able to tell you though. --Rob 14:13, 13 September 2007 (NZST)
Looks like this is the skin, MediaWiki:Common.css, which will give you some ideas, sidebar is set to 165 pixels by default. --Sven 14:33, 13 September 2007 (NZST)
Thanks guys! --Cooknn 14:58, 13 September 2007 (NZST)
The actual layout of the skin is in default-skin, MediaWiki:Common.css is the CSS it uses. --Nad 15:00, 13 September 2007 (NZST)
You might also be interested in some work they're doing on the DPL wiki about visual representations of genealogy data. --Rob 16:49, 13 September 2007 (NZST)
Excellent. Thanks for the information, guys. Off to work :) --Cooknn 23:36, 13 September 2007 (NZST)

Selenium tests

I understand what those tests are all on about now - just had to experiment and read the source of the existing tests etc, check out the small test-suite I made here (you run them from the play buttons on the right) - he was very happy with them so I must have got the hang of it ;-) --Nad 23:05, 21 October 2007 (NZDT)

Cross-browser min/max width

min/max width are ignored in IE browsers and expression is ignored in Firefox and others. In this example the default width of the content pane is 75% of the page width, but can't grow to large than 900px or below 600px. This behaviour can be replicated with expression by basing the width on the clientWidth DOM property. <css>

  1. content {

width: 75%; max-width: 900px; min-width: 600px; width: expression(document.body.clientWidth > 1200 ? "900px" : document.body.clientWidth < 800 ? "600px" : "75%" ); } </css>

Mac email program?

Hi Rob, just at Giffords and having some trouble with the default mail program, XTRA have changed their outgoing server address to and the program won't accept it and resorts back to smtp as the actual address used :-( what program do you use?