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Newsscript update
The new version of the newsscript is coming along nicely. I just added an rss feed option to it.
Paste the following url in your favorite RSS reader *:

http://www.haroldbakker.com/rss.php.

There's still some tweaking to do on other modules but it's looking good. More news as it happens.

*) A comprehensive guide to available readers can be found here.

Update: This rss stuff is kinda cool. I have added a user configurable limit to the rss script, just call the script with the parameter ?rss_limit=n, where n is the number of items you want to view, it defaults to 6 but if you want to see 10 you can do so easily:
http://www.haroldbakker.com/rss.php?rss_limit=10.

Newsscript update
A new version of the newsscript is coming along nicely. I have squashed a small bug in the currently released version that prevents the display in the admin interface when you have just added a newsitem but selected preview first. The item IS added, it's just the admin interface getting confused.

I have added localisation options which should make it really easy to support additional languages, Dutch and English will be supplied in the distribution.
I am also working on some small modules to enable one to search articles or add a sidebar to any php-based page with extracts from the latest three articles, but some work remains to be done on this.

I hope to release a new version later this month, check back and be sure to tell me which feature you would like me to add first.
If you would like to receive a message when a new version is released just use the form on the contact page.

Newsscript 1.1 available
The newsscript has been updated.
The new version will allow quick insertion of bbCode like bold text, email adresses: harold@haroldbakker.com, quotes and the like.

Feel free to test the script using the administrative pages.

The script now also has a preview mode, which was often requested.

Here are the full changes:
Version 1.1.1
- Steamlined workflow in newsadmin.php so much less clicking is required when doing maintenance.
- The email a webmaster receives when a newsitem has been updated is much more readable.
- Lots of code modifications and added comments to enhance readability.
- Fixed a bug that could lead to double entries in the database when updating newsitems.
- Made the dateformats for news expiry and queueing a bit more readable.
- The script now correctly deals with apostrophes ( ' ) in text and titles, like in Persons's Home.
- Fixed a problem with the titles of the user interface.
- Added a much needed preview mode so you can freely change, add or remove text, see how it looks and only if you're completely satisfied commit those changes to the database, previously the item would become available immediately allowing visitors to see all your spelling mistakes.
- The script now not only accepts HTML but also a subset of bbcode, you can easily add hyperlinks, images, quotes, bold, italic and monospaced text. I have decided not to include font formatting like: small red serif words as this kind of thing is deprecated in HTML 4, which the script outputs. If you want to add such styles you have a couple of options: modify the code or write html.
- Almost all options to modify the script to your liking have been moved to configuration.php, you will no longer need to add the database specifications to both the index and newsadmin pages.

Mysterious Fun-App almost here
The mysterious OOOk Default: fun-app for Mac OS X is almost here. We are currently working on the website and the wait will be worth it we hope.
If you want to sign up for the upcoming beta and a sneak peek please do not hesitate, we guarantee you will receive the finished product for free (not that anyone else will pay anything, mind you)!
You can sign up via the contact page, please provide details of your Mac hardware and OS version.

Edit: It's here: Virtual Pet Rock

Central Grinder
I have updated the Central Grinder pages a bit to include information about The Great Digitising Noise Project.
Check it out here.

Newsscript update
Work on the new version of the newsscript is coming along nicely. Here is what I have so far:
Version 1.1.1
- Steamlined workflow in newsadmin.php so much less clicking is required when doing maintenance.
- The email a webmaster receives when a newsitem has been updated is much more readable.
- Minor code modifications to enhance readability.
- Fixed a bug that could lead to double entries in the database when updating newsitems.
- Made the dateformats for news expiry and queueing a bit more readable.

Still to do:
- bbCode (half of those who voted want it)
- Deal with some special characters like and

I hope to have the new version up by christmas, don't expect it sooner as I'm also trying to have a life.

Kapitein Brander
For all those who can read Dutch: I have recently discovered an old writing about the infamous Kapitein Brander (Captain Brander) in one of the darker recesses of my harddrive.
It is an intermezzo between the first series and a second series, of which I have one episode completed with a vague idea of where the stoy is going.
I have put up the intermezzo here (warning: it's in Dutch), I will try to flesh out the story and put it online in the coming months. I will also see if I can the Kapitein Brander stories transated to English as I think there are quite a few people out there who like the absurd writings of R.A. Lafferty and these stories are heavily influenced by him.
For the moment this might be a good time to learn Dutch.

Where next?
QuickPoll for new functionality in the newsscript
I have added a quick poll to see if you would like me to include some code (like the popular bbCode that's often used in various forums) in HB-NS so you can easily add styled text. Please take a moment to vote.

Thanks, Harold.

Newsscript download fixed
I just found out I made a stupid mistake when I packaged the targzip of newsscript, I forgot to include the readme, which is essentially the same as the one on this page. The stuffit and zip archives are not affected but if you downloaded an incomplete targzip you can download it again by clicking here.

Apologies for the confusion.

Newsscript updated
A new version of the PHP newsscript is available immediately. New features include:
  • mailing submissions to the webmaster
  • better customisation of visitor pages
  • security for the admin script
  • ability to queue news items and have them expire at a certain date

See the readme for more details.

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