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Posts about creating web pages and occasionally using the web.

Eng Designed

The newly redesigned EngDesign website (Click for bigger

I thought I’d mentioned something about this before but it seems the last time I mentioned the EngDesign website was when I was surprised by it (and complained of its tag soup). Since then I’ve pretty much taken over webmastering it. I knocked that design into semantic HTML and CSS shape (screen shot here, taken from local archive copy), and just recently it’s underwent another redesign (based on the same underlying mark-up, more of less, as I didn’t have time to change too much). Comparison screen shot for posterity.

It certainly feels more crisp and even, so to speak. Anyway, just thought I’d mention.

Things Don’t Get Dusty On The Internet

Sometimes the internet strikes me as a very strange place, a little like a library full of books which would have been published (if they’d ever seen the light of day) as thick hardbacks put on a shelf to gather dust. Only a few would have been sold, probably to libraries, and there would be no second edition for corrections and updates. On the internet however there’s no such dust. Hence the Lighthouse Directory, which I’ve filed alongside Windmill World (random fact: As part of EngDesign I’m currently involved in the restoration of Ashby’s [AKA Brixton] Windmill). Of course, speaking of libraries, Wikipedia has a list of lighthouses and lightvessels and a list of windmills.

Image No Comment

This is more a note to myself than anything else, but just to say commenting on the photo galleries has been disabled for the time being. It was receiving a stupid amount of spam of late (and unlike this blog has little in the way of spam capture so was publishing said spam). Enabling CAPTCHA didn’t seem to help so comments are off until I look into it further.

Lick Of Paint

Screenshot of the new front pageI got bored of how the front page of looks, so I gave it a quick refresh, because I can. Look, whizziness!

Am I In China

China, land of governmental blocking of the internet to “protect” the populous. Right? Or the UK.

Dear Internet Censors: Naked photographs of children aren't always pornography

(comic by WellingtonGrey, Creative Commons Attribution, Non-Commercial License). Currently the page in question returns a supposed 404 page not found error. Which is interesting because a) I’ve never seen Wikipedia return such a thing. It offers to let you create the page if it doesn’t exist. b) The link from the Scorpions page clearly shows that page to be existing (by default non-existing or broken links are indicated as such) c) Connecting through a non-UK proxy gets me that page.

The complete stupidity is the aforementioned Wikinews page carries the very image being objected to, and is accessible. Oh, and a quick Google Search. And the Google Cache of the blocked page, in case you’re unfortunate enough to live in a totalitarian state. I’m sure there are probably copies of this album floating around with that cover too—is anyone owning such, or a shop selling such, really in need of being locked off from public view?

This is of course obviously the tip of a very large iceberg (particularly, I must say, the dishonest attempt at portraying the page as returning a 404 error). Stand up, while you’re still allowed.

Update: The BBC report that the IWF have withdrawn the page from the blacklist. How very kind of them. The point is that it is not the place of a wholly unelected, unaccountable charity (not even a governmental organisation) with a manifesto and agenda set and overseen by no one but themselves to police what may be illegal. It is for courts of law to decide legality, nothing else. It is also very disturbing that at least one (Be—owned by O2) ISP, and I believe others, chose to return a fake 404 page not found error message rather than at least 403 forbidden or even better redirecting to an explanatory page. Of course, the whole concept of ISP filtering at all is uncomfortable, and it is an interesting point what this does to their justification of merely being a “provider” most often cited in illegal file sharing activities.

One can’t help believe that the IWF have backed down simply because of the publicity caused (and maybe the fact that even lowly Wikipedia were considering legal action; they certainly wouldn’t want to face Amazon or Google). IWF would rather quietly get on with there “work” out of the public eye, in the shadows, unseen, the way secret police normally operate. The scary thought is that there is no obviously simple way to continually discover what their latest addition to their watch list is. What if they’d blacklisted all the pages carrying negative coverage of themselves?

And we haven’t even touched on the obvious futility of attempting to censor such a widely disseminatedimage.

There is undoubtedly more to be said here, but this was supposed to be a quick update. The coming reactions will be interesting.


Other Posts on Web

  1. Encrypted Post 2008-06-23
  2. Reader Diet
  3. Maps Maps Maps!
  4. I Was Wrong About Google Suggest
  5. Logo(error)ed
  6. Music Needs An Audio Only Option
  7. More Tiny Thoughts
  8. MicroformatsThoughts
  9. You'd Think A Library Would Have A Web 101 Book
  10. How To Do Good Public Relations
  11. This Is Why People Like Google
  12. Right, This Time I Think It Works
  13. What's Going On With The BBC??
  14. Train (On)Line
  15. Bloglines Gets Better...And Worse
  16. Disconnected
  17. Does This Mean I'm Famous?
  18. Web Albums
  19. Trendy
  20. It's All Gone Black And White
  21. Off The Rails
  22. More LloydsTSB
  23. LloydsTSB Online Banking
  24. It All Looks Funny
  25. Pass On The Word
  26. Speaking of Accessibility
  27. Web Usability 101
  28. Feed Me Pictures
  29. They Don't Get IT
  30. Marked Kings and Queens
  31. Microsoft Should Sing
  32. Not Tagged Test
  33. Arrg
  34. I Can See The Pub From Here
  35. WTF?
  36. Photographs
  37. Regex The Web
  38. Bathing In The Net
  39. Net Access
  40. English Heritage Does Redesign
  41. Hey, Google
  42. Currency Conversion
  43. Google Failed Me!
  44. Another Extension
  45. Local Google
  46. English Heritage Website Redesigned?
  47. Another Hello World Post
  48. Google Autolink
  49. Googley
  50. Blog Stuff
  51. Not The Odeon Website
  52. Can't Resist
  53. New Netscape
  54. Odeon Still In The Dark
  55. There Be Dragons
  56. Nice Tool
  57. Feed Reading
  58. Marking the Alphabet
  59. stats
  60. Semantic Time
  61. Gmail Improvements
  62. New Site Live
  63. It's the Point of the Net You Fools
  64. Odeon Blackout
  65. More Tantek Hackery
  66. So That's Who Did It
  67. Using IE Win? Your Money Safe?
  68. The Monkey Lives?
  69. And Rambling
  70. CSS Hacks
  71. Standard Compliant Only, Nearly
  72. The Failings of IE
  73. Standard Compliant Only, Please
  74. Bold, Strong, Italic, Emphasis
  75. Woo, Gmail
  76. Accessibility-Some Thoughts
  77. Google Whacking
  78. Website Online
  79. Making IE Work
  80. Further Tweaks
  81. Search Adjusted
  82. SimpleQuiz
  83. Search Added
  84. Aren't Microsoft Clever...Not
  85. Re-Styled!
  86. Styling
  87. Time
  88. Nvu: First Look
  90. IE Bug Fixed
  91. F*$king IE
  92. Blog Up, with Comments
  93. Progress


This Crazy Fool

Dr Ian Scott
Croydon (and Gateshead), United Kingdom
Bullding Services Engineer (EngDesign), PhD in Physics (University of York), football fanatic (Newcastle United), open source enthusiast (mainly Mozilla)

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