The ISA-Bus

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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Reeferss! Madness

Remember Reeferss? That was a fun, free service I discovered six years ago. You would put a link to their script on a page, and their website would show whenever someone came to that page from an outside link. At some point the website went down, and that was that.

Well, it seems that someone else has now taken over that domain and and has put up a different script. Any pages still linking to it will redirect to a search engine within a few seconds. So, if you still have a link to it somewhere, remove it. I just did.

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Onswipe for iPads

I just activated Onswipe, a special theme for iPads and similar tablets, for this blog. Since I don’t have a device of this kind, I can’t test it. I’d be happy about any feedback concerning the launch screen and logo, which is pretty much the only thing that lies in my power to change.

Scrapbook Themes for WordPress

If you’re on WordPress.com, pretty much the only real scrapbook theme available is Adventure Journal, which I used for a while. If you have your own WordPress installation, there are several. Here are a few that I found:

Scrapbook themes in general tend to be rather graphics heavy and might be slow to load.

Malware: All Clear

I have removed the script from the last nooks and crannies, Google has lifted the malware warning. Nevertheless probably time to burn some bridges.

Digital Pegasus

A Macintosh Paint image from around Christmas 1986, converted to PNG and cropped a little. Macintosh Paint supported only images of 576 × 720 pixels size.

Two Months on Tumblr

2,267 posts, 101 followers. My first post was Raphael’s portrait of Julius II.

Old Digital Art

Michelangelo's Creation from the Sistine Chapel, digitized in or before August 1992

Botticelli's Birth of Venus, digitized in or before August 1992

A Malware Warning and Some Consequences

A couple of hours ago I wanted to check something on my old site and got a malware warning from Google. Someone had hacked the site and put some sort of script (no idea what exactly it was supposed to do) on every page. I reuploaded the site and changed the FTP password, so there shouldn’t be any more problems. I asked for a review, but it was a bit premature, I had overlooked some quaint subfolders. In the meantime I hope I’ve really reuploaded, or deleted, everything that was infected, but it might take some time for the warning to go away.

The annoying thing is that most of my newer sites still link back to the old one, especially Download Central. Most of the game concept links went back to the old site, and all of the flags, as far as they were linked at all. I have now un-linked the flags and started building an index of game concepts right on Download Central. So far, it has eighteen entries. There are more than a hundred game concepts, so it may take a while till it is complete, but most of the links back to the old site should already be eliminated.

In any case: Download Central itself was never affected, nor any downloads, no matter where they are hosted. It was merely a script on the HTML pages of Astoria, nothing more.

New Theme, New Start

I changed the theme again, from Adventure Journal to Manifest. This is part of a general restructuring. I’ll be moving most of the game-related stuff elsewhere and use this blog mainly for updates and more general topics, so I no longer need a theme that can display 640 px wide images. I’ll go into the details when things are smoothed out.

What people on Tumblr like

After two months and more than two thousand posts on Tumblr I notice that just as before with the games, it still comes as a surprise to me what gets lots of reblogs and likes and what doesn’t. Tumblr does not list posts by popularity, or I haven’t found the way yet, so I checked those where I remembered manually.

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