Weblogs.us Stability Issues

All WordPress users hosted by Weblogs.us should disable all plug-ins that have been installed within the last two weeks. Plug-ins such as Akismet, an anti-spam plug-in, or AWStats are known to be buggy and end up crashing Apache on Weblogs.us’ WordPress server. Please cooperate in order to better everyone’s blogging experience. JD is taking a ‘semi-vacation’ this weekend and it will make it much more difficult for him to fix any issues that arise. So please pardon the outages as the new servers are on their way, three of them according to JD on the forums.

-John Havlik

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What Happened?

For a full 48 hours, while somewhere on earth it’s April 5th this blog will be separated from its lovely CSS file. This is about standards, not retarded Digg users, along with some ignorant Newsvine users. This day is to educate those web developers that don’t write code to conform to standards, which is a bad thing. Don’t even think about starting an AJAX/Web 2.0 project if you don’t plan on using web standards, otherwise bad things will happen.

Here is the link: CSS Naked Day

-John Havlik

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Prepare For CSS Nakedness

Tomorrow this site will not look the same as it usually does. In participating in CSS Naked Day I will be removing my CSS file to demonstrate how this site conforms to xHtml 1.1 standards and degrades gracefully due to standards compliance. Well it seems the leader of this has jumped the gun, or is in Europe, because it isn’t the fifth yet here in the USA.

Our track meet scheduled for Thursday has been rescheduled for tomorrow, to avoid expected foul weather. This is just great since we had a hard workout on Monday and we won’t be fully recovered on Wednesday. It really doesn’t matter as it is the first meet of the season.

-John Havlik

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First Annual CSS Naked Day

Spreading awareness of web standards is the goal of CSS Naked Day, a day in which webmasters and bloggers remove all CSS styling from their website and blogs, leaving the xHtml ‘naked’. In his blog Dustin Diaz announced that he wants April 5, 2006, that’s this Wednesday, to be the first annual CSS naked day.

That’s right, I’m starting the first annual CSS Naked Day. In the spirit of promoting Web Standards along with good semantic markup and proper hierarchy structures, April 5th will be a day of nakedness for all webmasters to remove their style sheets from their website for one day. Signing up is not required, just simply comment in this thread with a link to your website and let everyone else know that you’re participating.

Over at Digg some people are having hard times reading the actual article, so I quoted Dustin’s first paragraph.

Dustin is recommending that anyone who participates includes some html that he wrote that explains the disappearance of styling and a link to the CSS naked page.

I will be participating, will you?

Here is the link: Dustin Diaz’s Article

-John Havlik

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April Showers

It’s a gloomy day today. Since waking up, it has done nothing but rain outside. Yesterday was much more pleasant. Daylight savings began today, which next year it’s supposed to change to the great bureaucracy that we American’s call Congress. The entire change is unnecessary and should be boycotted by all Americans, if we were able to resist using the metric system, we can resist the new daylight savings time.

Three swishes of blue, representing the earth, will become the new Weblogs.us logo, or at least for the next few mock-ups that I create. In the Weblogs.us forums we have come to an agreement that the blue swishes logo is generally accepted, even if it needs some refinement (which seems to always happen with time). This means that the new Weblogs.us webpage will have a blue color scheme; I’ve already uploaded two modified versions of my original mockup (Rev 14 and Rev 15) that are visible on the forums, so check them out and either leave me a comment here or help in the creative processes in the forums.

-John Havlik

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