by Nathan Hamm on 8/10/2006 · 2 comments

Sorry about the long site outage and not being able to take care of it immediately. I have no idea what happened, but I’ve more or less managed to fix the problem. However, there’s a ways to go yet as far as fixing the sidebar goes, so I may not be able to get to adding any new content other than an interesting letter regarding the Andijon refugees in the United States.

Which reminds me… Contributions from readers are always welcome and if anyone is interested in becoming an occasional or regular contributor, contact me.

UPDATE: On the importance of backups… Whatever caused this foul-up chewed up my design templates. (And now that the people who make the template I use only have a new, far more complicated version, I’ve switched to this new one.) So, now I’m without a ton of sidebar code that I thought I had. Looks like it’ll be a while before I’m fully up to speed. Any feedback on the design is welcome.

UPDATE II: Daily links. Do people like them? I don’t quite like how they end up being displayed as posts. I have the option of displaying the most recent 10 or so links on the left side. Would that be better?

UPDATE III: Anyone have a clue as to why the text sometimes won’t appear?

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Katy August 10, 2006 at 2:58 pm

SWSEEL’s Azeri I and II classes broke it.

Andy August 13, 2006 at 1:52 am

My hard drive failed recently, taking down pretty much everything I had, and my backups were a few years old, so I didn’t get much back. I feel your pain!

Does your host have a backup of your site from a week or two ago that you could use to dig out working copies of the template from?

Daily links – I use them occasionally, but I personally would prefer them in the sidebars. To me, they look a little odd interspersed with the regular posts, especially if you’ve not posted anything substantial for a few days.

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