…on why I hate multiboot installs….

But first the good news; the database connection woes I was compaining about previously have been solved, and the app is now completed and sitting pretty in several system trays. I’m about to add new fields and possibly even new functionality (in the form of a to do list), to make it suitable for another team.

WHY I HATE MULTIBOOT INSTALLS

Why? Easy – they are an absolute pig to run. I’ve now lost count of the number of times I’ve reinstalled win98, win2000 and mandrake8 – fortunately I’ve given up on beos for now, but – not fun. Disappearing bootsectors, you name it – I’ve still not managed to get mandrake to boot from the nt bootloader – its a crappy bootdisc for me…

NNNNNNNRrrrg.

All this of course means delays on this becoming more than just a pile of drivel…

Bloody VB programming

…and other curses. I’m fighting with a db-aware VB program which is doing my head in. I wish I could remember the db-cnxn syntax for VB as clearly as I can for ASP.

Anyway. Upgrades at home are proceding apace – so with a bit of luck I might be able to start working on the site in the sty. With a bit of luck I’ll be able to really crack on and get some work done…you never know!

Meantimes…although you can’t see it, my local version of the backend has been upgraded again – it now features usernames etc, and the db/code has facilities for bios, userlevels, pictures and further infotype stuff. K

Work patterns!

Hmmm…didn’t achieve QUITE as much over the last couple of days as I thought I might. Still…more good news regarding contributors to the site – Ben’s had some ideas for content.

Fixed! And the start of the upgrade…

Well, its a bit more than a couple of weeks: but I do have an excuse. Would you like them in order?

1) This didn’t work! When it was uploaded, with the first article intact, the scripts that display this page wouldn’t work – they mysteriously did NOTHING! I tried for a while to work it out, but I was tired, heh…and I was too crap and couldn’t be arsed. However, I recently got my hands on a copy of Windows2000 and was able to debug the script on IIS, and discovered that the VBscript syntax I used on my PWS test system didn’t work on IIS. Bugger.

2) I got distracted. So sue me.

Anyway…the good news is that I’ve started the promised upgrades…although you won’t be able to tell yet, the authentication mechanism is now multiuser, and the database ready for the next set of information, about the new contributors. So – the agenda is as follows:

1) Finish the CMS and add additional content tables for the different sections: we’re looking to cover a range of topics, so I’m not exactly sure how to split it – it may be on a New/Classic/Archive basis…but I plan on keeping a section aside for random scribblings.

2) Once a working back-end is available, I’ll then set down to the front end design – but I’ll try to make as many of the features enabled in the ‘undesigned’ version, so contributors can start submitting their work…

3) The next step will be the public BBS/Comment system – to allow visitors to post comments on the stories – and to simultanously start working with Jeff/others to produce visual content.

should be enough to be getting on with…K