Firefox 1.5 and Custom Cursors

So, I’ve come to realise over the past few days (and would have realised sooner had I read the change log) that Firefox 1.5 allows custom cursors (i.e. graphical cursors). This is something that wasn’t allowed before (by Firefox; IE does) and surely should also be classed, like coloured scrollbars, as part of the OS/browser and not to be tampered with? Why are coloured scrollbars proprietary and graphical cursors not?

Surely this is a backwards step and not a forwards one, and will massively interefere with the accessibility of a website? (Imagine it now — black cursors on black backgrounds or white cursors on white backgrounds *shudder*!)

ETA: ..and the Disable Images in the Web Developer toolbar has stopped working. *grr*

On Copyright Violation

It annoys me when I browse the Internet and see teen “web designers” in various forums complaining that they’ve had various “blends” or supposed “original artwork” stolen from them. Said artwork usually contains a sloppily edited celebrity photograph, a few dodgy Photoshop™ brushes or textures, with a few illegally downloaded (yet usually expensive) fonts chucked… read full entry »

quilting bee club

I was updating my qbee quilt last night and it got me thinking: it’s the only online ‘thing’ that I’ve ever really stuck to. I’ve been and gone at forums, often forgetting my login names or forgetting they even exist.. never sticking to affiliate/surfing programs and heaven knows what else. Yet, here I am, a… read full entry »

Remember The Snowman?

Remember when I saw a flashing Snowman in August? Well, I went in to Shrewsbury again with Karl at the weekend and couldn’t see it at all. I think they’ve got their a bit seasons mixed up. Oh, did I mention that my next-door neighbours put their tree up in the middle of November? That’s… read full entry »


PHP Business!

I’ve been thinking about this PHP style switcher business, as well as what I’m going to do with BellaBook3.1 to get it safe and secure, ready for release. I have been trying to figure out the best way to have this PHP styleswitcher without disturbing browsing. I *think* because it’s a server-side language it is… read full entry »

Styleswitcher Flaw

To those who brought it up, yes I am aware that the site loads ‘plain’ (without colour) when you first visit if you’ve not seen the new layouts before. This is to do with the cookies in the JavaScript style switcher, at a guess. Anyway, to get past this simply refresh or choose a theme… read full entry »

New Stuff

So, as you see, December 1st brings some new layouts and a few updates to some older pages. For the most part the new themes are based on what was voted the favourite out of my old ones. They are all fluid and have fully resizable text; some other new accessibility features will be implemented… read full entry »


WordPress ‘flaw’

In a way this post is mislabeled, because it’s not really WordPress and more a case of badly set permissions.. Anyway, to get to the point: I’ve been to several weblogs today based on WordPress which have been exploited because of dodgy set permissions. Unfortunately at the time I’ve had several websites open generally and… read full entry »

Job Interviews, etc.

I’ve actually been putting off blogging for the past week or so because everything I’ve want to write about has been job-orientated, and I didn’t want to go and get myself dooced before I’ve even been given the job. Anyway, I think it’s safe to say that I had two interviews for new jobs all… read full entry »


Some Links.. & Some More Links

Because it’s been a while since I’ve posted a completely pointless plug-only post, and you are probably fed up of my nose-picking post with associated mental-imagery. Threadless.com: Scrabble t-shirt — this is why I wish I had a decent card, instead of just a crappy British debit card that they don’t accept so please stop… read full entry »


You Shall Pick Your Nose

This is the best thing I’ve read all year: Picking your nose and eating it is one of the best ways to stay healthy, according to a top Austrian doctor. There’s medical evidence for this, I swear: “Medically it makes great sense and is a perfectly natural thing to do. In terms of the immune… read full entry »


NaNoWriMo 2005

I was going to take part in the 2005 National Novel Writing Month but dropped out a week into November after realising I had far too much on (what with job apps, etc.) and yet have still been receiving the NaNoWriMo e-mails: I’m too lazy to untick a box on the appropriate page. Anyway, I… read full entry »