Still more roadworks

Tweaking the list of items I’ve listed in my previous post. Life has a way of zooming past you if you’re not looking, and that’s certainly the case with me and otak. When you’re juggling to many things, it’s hard to notice what’s happening in the background – in my case, it’s “What? It’s been 8 days since my last update at otakpim.com?”

One of the things I’m also doing is cleaning up my otak code and repackaging it… this time to make it a step towards portability. Soon, I’ll make it run from a USB thumbdrive, although my idea is pretty experimental.

Another day, another update

Another day has been spent fixing up otakpim.com. It’s amazing how the time goes by when you’re working on seemingly easy tasks.

I’ve added the ability for you to add yourself to the otak Announcements Mailing List, found in the Releases/Announcements link under Contact/Feedback. Users and the curious may now be able to add themselves to the list, and be updated when I have something to announce.

I have a couple of things yet to add:

  1. Closer integration with phpList (what I use to manage the mailing list)
  2. Tweak the website colours
  3. Do up the main page – it still feels wrong, and I will fix that soon.
  4. Add new FAQ entries on USB drive usage, upcoming fixes/enhancements, and using it on multiple PCs (it can’t, btw, unless you do some magic.  I’ll teach you the spell, as it were).

Man, I gotta go sleep.

Phase 1 of Website Refurbishing- completed!

Whoa. I had not idea.

I’ve finally completed the first phase of the refurbishing otakpim.com. After years of using the previous otakpim.com design (which I coded by hand), I’ve decided to change it. I’m using WordPress as the base, and slowly moving in content that I’ve backed up.

When I embarked on this this morning, I thought I’d be done in half a day, max. It turned out to be a full day, with meals and a couple of hours out shopping in between. I’ve used WordPress previously when I set up my wife’s blog, but I had no idea that when I’m customizing it to my very precise needs that I’d have to invest the time to really study the nuances of the software. Granted, it’s powerful, but it’s also not terribly efficient. Takes a long time to get the simplest edit done, and I have to move back and forth menu items to change the CSS. Maybe when I get a little more experience things will ease up.

I’m glad to say the worst is over.

I’ll be spending the next few days putting in my prior blog entries, warts and all, and will continue to update this site more regularly.

On the otak development front, I’m happy to announce that otak is not completely forgotten, although if I’m honest I’ll admit being distracted with a brand new project. You’ll see nothing there at present, but soon… 🙂 In any case, I’ve never relied on otak more in my current work, so I will definitely continue to develop it.

As if it’s not enough, I’ve found out a little about the iCalendar standard, which I hope otak will support in the future. Ah, on second thought, maybe after a short list of urgent enhancements first…

otakpim.com Maintenance

Hello… if you’re seeing this, please don’t fret – otakpim.com hasn’t disappeared.  I’m doing a long overdue overhauling of the site, so please bear with me for now.  I will restore everything as soon as I can.

Well, at least I’d be surprised if this takes more than a day.

To quote the Californian governor: “I’ll be back.”