Month: January 2003

I just posted a note to the radio-dev list:

“We’ve got a new feature for testing: A user interface for doing a full backup/restore of your weblog posts, templates, stories, preferences and aggregator subscriptions…”

There’s also a new preference page for configuring automatic nightly backups.

It’s a beta — please help us test it out, but only if you’re someone who’s comfortable running beta software…

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How can one lose $100B in one year? — I mean that’s a 1 with not 8, but 11 zeros after it: $100,000,000,000. Ok, so it’s $99B, but we’re not counting pennies here right?

It’s surely an awful lot of money to lose in one year, but who’s going to quibble about 1%?… OTOH, I can think of more than a few companies that would just go gang-busters if they had the 1% of the dollars missed in my lazy-math adjustment above…

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Thanks to "Jorge" for the answer to my question earlier. I’ve got this implemented here, and wouldn’t you know it — it works!

The trick is to detect whether the browser is MSIE on Windows, and if so then to add a snippet of JavaScript to the page that scrolls to the end of the list:

function window.onload () {document.all["status"].scrollIntoView();}

Of course I also had to remove the #status anchor from the URL, but that wass trivial with the way I had the page coded. Thanks.

Now for a little code clean-up, some docs and a beta release…

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I’m working on a new backup/restore feature for Radio UserLand, and have hit a bit of a snag.

The backup/restore operation is initiated by submitting a form in the browser. Since a full backup takes a little time to complete, the page that loads in response to the form submission displays a list describing its progress.

I’ve got an <a name=”status”> tag at the end of the list, and I’m using a meta-refresh tag to reload the status page every 15 seconds to the #status anchor, so that the user will always see the most recent item in the list, which is at the bottom of the page.

So here’s the problem:

The page refreshes just fine using just about any browser I can get my hands on, using MacOS, but Internet Explorer 6 on Windows will only reload the page once with the #status anchor at the end of the URL.

If I remove #status from the end of the URL, then IE will happily reload the page every 15 seconds, but won’t scroll to the bottom to show the user what’s going on.

Apparently this is a bug in IE 6 for Windows, since that’s the only place where I see this behavior. Do any of you IE for Windows gurus out there know a workaround for this bug?

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I just heard on the news about what sounds like a pretty big earthquake near Mexico City. Fortunately at this point, there are no reports of injuries or any major damage.

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I missed this last week: Public policy analyst Iain Murray was fired for writing on his weblog. (via Lance)

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Christopher Crumlish has photos from Saturday night’s bloggin’ get-together in my home neighborhood of Noe Valley, San Francisco. I had a blast! When’s the next one?

Oh — and by the way Lynn, the party’s adoptee, knows some of the same people I do because we used to live in the same neighborhood — in meatspace no less, not blogspace — which is why I invited her to join us.

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Mark Pilgrim has a review of Apple’s Safari web browser. Sounds pretty "beta" at this point.

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Dave likes the new(ish) VW commercial and it’s “Beatles-like” music. For what it’s worth, that’s ELO — the Electric Light Orchestra — one of my all-time favorite bands. You should check them out. They’re a bit chintzy, but that’s half the appeal isn’t it?

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Well, I’m back. It was a 7 hour plane ride from Newark, but no bad weather, and an easy landing.

My friend Dave was very accomodating, and we had a great time in Manhattan and at his place in Jersey City.

Friday will be a work day for me. It’s time to get the pendulum swinging again. In the meantime, sleep is the order of the moment.

(Oh, and my new camera has a full memory card — I’ll post some not-very-interesting pictures and maybe a movie or two soon.)

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