Easy Ajax Album 1.0.beta-1

My easy online photo gallery software is now complete enough to be given a version number. Please welcome version 1.0.beta-1. Browse the example site to get an idea of what it looks like.

Easy Ajax Album is an open source PHP script that enables you to create an online photo album in seconds. Just copy the index.php file into the image directories on your web-server. That’s it! Download it here! [source]

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Iraqi deaths survey was robust, says MOD

Last year I wrote about the Lancet study that estimated 654,965 Iraqis had died as a result of Tony Blair and George Bush’s invasion. At the time, the Prime Minister’s office attempted to rubbish the estimate, saying that it was nowhere near accurate. Now the BBC has discovered that the Ministry of Defence’s own chief scientific adviser said that the survey’s methods were “close to best practice” and the study design was “robust”.

I hope that the architects of this tragedy will eventually stand trial for their crimes.

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Easy Ajax Album

My easy online photo gallery software has taken another big step forward. Browse the example site to get an idea of what it looks like.

Easy Ajax Album is an open source PHP script that enables you to create an online photo album in seconds. Just copy the index.php file into the image directories on your web-server. That’s it! Download it here! [source]

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Flood Maps on your Web-Site

I’ve had loads of requests from people who want to put Flood Maps on their own web-site. Well, I’ve finally found a way to allow it, and still pay for my server.

Just place the following IFRAME code on your site, and voila!

  <iframe style="width:600px;height:600px"
   src="http://flood.firetree.net/embed.php?w=600&h=600"
   scrolling="no" frameborder="no" marginheight="0"></iframe>

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Prettier Flood Maps

I’ve been meaning to get rid of the awful chequerboard pattern on my flood tiles for ages. Today, I’ve finally done it. The flood maps should now look much better on LCD monitors, or when printed out.

Update! I reverted it.

I was overloading Google Maps’ getOpacity() to set the whole GTileLayerOverlay to 50% transparency. It did look a lot prettier, but it also ran much more slowly. I could drag the old chequerboard style maps around the screen as fast as the mouse would move. The new maps moved like molasses. The whole user experience felt awful. Only Safari bucked the trend – it managed to handle the alpha channel with ease.

I had another go. This time I changed the tiles so that they were inherently semi-transparent PNG files. That was quicker (but not as quick as before), but I couldn’t get it to work in IE6.

So, sadly, I’ve reverted the change. We’re back to the ugly chequerboard patterns, but at least it’s still quick and fun to play with.

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Fix Iceweasel Sound on Debian

My sound disappeared after upgrading from Firefox to Iceweasel. Irritating, but the problem is easily solved:

Ensure that alsa-oss is installed. Then, edit /etc/iceweasel/iceweaselrc and set:

ICEWEASEL_DSP="aoss"

(Thanks to macewan.)

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Why Safari Sucks: 3. Close Button on Every Tab

Don’t get me wrong. I like Safari. I use it almost every day. But some things about it just irritate me again and again and again…

Next, the close buttons on every tab.

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Easy Ajax Album

I’ve finished the first version of my easy online photo gallery software.

Easy Ajax Album is an open source PHP script that enables you to create an online photo album in seconds. Just copy the index.php file into the image directories on your web-server. That’s it! Download it here! [source]

Browse the example site to get an idea of what it looks like.

Features:

  • Simple to install.
  • Smooth modern user interface, using Ajax technology.
  • Slide show.
  • Captions.
  • EXIF data display.
  • Support for themes.

I’ve not yet implemented visitor comments, but that’s coming along.

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E-petitions Get My Vote

Tony Blair’s “Number 10″ web-site has opened an online petition engine. I wonder if our luddite Prime Minister has even been told about this? Anyway, here are the petitions that I’ve e-signed…

Scrap the proposed introduction of ID cards. Of course!

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Flood Maps Upgraded

Google have just withdrawn the old version of their “Maps API”. That broke Flood Maps and sent me into a tizzy of reading up on the new version and recoding my JavaScript to use it.

The site was down for a few hours, but I’ve now restored it. The positive side-effect is that it now benefits from all of the improvements made to Google maps over the last year. The most obvious upgrade is that there are maps of the whole world, rather than just the USA, UK and Japan.

That makes the potential threat to the Netherlands (for example) all the more striking.

Thanks to Mike Pouy, who spotted the problem.

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