Posted on Friday 17th November 2006 at 00:00
I've just finished a few minor site modifications which I want to tell you about briefly before I talk about anything else. Nothing very interesting mind, but it is best that I tell you now and avoid emails from confused users later (not that I object to people emailing me of course). As you can probably see, I've been messing with some of the links to the other parts of the site. They all used to be just below the title banner, but now they are all over the place. FAQs and Text-Only are right up in the top left corner of the screen, About Me, Feeds and Contact Me are on the navigation panel, just above the recent posts and a complete set of links can be found at the bottom of the page. I'm hoping that this layout will make a little more sense. Either that or I'm on crack. Which I'm not by the way.

You may also notice that there is a Search box, positioned at the top on the page, just above the right end of the banner. This search uses the Google search index in order to look through the blog. This is good in that it is a decent search engine which most people trust. It is bad in that sadly it will only list entries that Google bot has crawled through and indexed. Which isn't very many of them.

I've asked Google to speed up the crawl rate from once a month or so, but I've no idea how fast they'll make it. The idea is that hopefully, by the time the posts leave the front page of the site, Google will have indexed them and it'll be easy to search through any posts that you want to read again.

In other news, I got a pen drive through the post today that I ordered from the internet. Despite being about 3cm long and weighing almost nothing at all, for some reason it was delivered in a box that could hold a pair of shoes with lots of room to spare. Total waste of packaging if you ask me, but at least it got here intact and it seems to work ok. Hopefully it'll make the transfer of documents between home and the uni network a little easier. Currently if I want to print anything while I'm there, I have to email it from my laptop to myself, access my emails on one of the uni machines and then print it from there. Transfer via pen drive will be much easier me thinks.

Off to the cinema now to see Casino Royale. Hopefully it'll rock my socks off!

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