A few days ago I was going through the error log for the webserver and
noticing the rather large number of Internal Server Errors
getting for this site
That was easy enough to solve: my software wasn't handing not-found pages
correctly; it was aware that the files weren't there, it just wasn't
bothering to send back the proper response to the webserver. I hadn't
bothered to actually write that part of the code.
noticed. So had about a dozen robots (who so far had
made about 700 failed requests this month).
I fixed the problem (although the error pages themselves are rather spartan)
and then spent some time going through the error log seeing what problems I
could fix. One typo on the template page probably accounted for half the
failed requests; the rest were typos in individual entries and missing files
from way back. For instance, an entry over two years ago when I was still playing
around with formating entries. It pointed to some mockups I had done that I
had neglected to actually copy over when I went live. It's interesting to
look at those mockups and compare the format
I'm using today (which just
revealved another display bug that I'll need to get around fixing.
Sigh). I actually liked the rounded corners I used originally but
I used a hack to get them and (as the sidebar on those pages show) they
don't always work like I intended them to, which is why I dropped the
I eventually solved the problem I was having with Lynx by using CSS and because of the loss of
historical context for that entry, the opening sentance now
makes absolutely no sense whatsoever. Of course this is the
layout you are looking at right now.
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You have my permission to link freely to any entry here. Go
ahead, I won't bite. I promise.
The dates are the permanent links to that day's entries (or
entry, if there is only one entry). The titles are the permanent
links to that entry only. The format for the links are
simple: Start with the base link for this site: http://boston.conman.org/, then add the date you are
interested in, say 2000/08/01,
so that would make the final URL:
You can also specify the entire month by leaving off the day
portion. You can even select an arbitrary portion of time.
You may also note subtle shading of the links and that's
intentional: the “closer” the link is (relative to the
page) the “brighter” it appears. It's an experiment in
using color shading to denote the distance a link is from here. If
you don't notice it, don't worry; it's not all that
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symbol, design element, et cetera mentioned in these pages is a
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