Dalhousie University launches a new website tomorrow. They've got a preview on the linked article. For the first time in half a decade, it looks good. But what made this blog-worthy was a quote:
With every new Internet explorer release, Microsoft makes many statements concerning their 'commitment to the web'. It's not true. While reading a TechCrunch story, the computer program that everyone refers to as 'Internet Explorer' or 'IE'
iswas called Microsoft Internet Explorer. That's fine: it's a bit long-winded, but it's fine to put the name of the company that makes it in the name of the software.
After much work, I've finally been successful in upgrading this blog to Drupal 6. This is the third attempt, and the first one that wouldn't have had me editing the database to fix the bork-ups that 'upgrading' modules between versions created. All of this caused me to remember why I was hesitant to upgrade before now.
Followers of my blog may have wondered -- around the end of April -- why I never made any comments about 8.04 / 'Hardy Heron'. There are two reasons for that. The first was: It was really really bad. I'm not enough of a zealot to gloss over that and ignore it: I'll speak my mind even on things I've traditionally endorsed, and it was a load of crap. Why? KDE4. That brings me to the second reason I did not post about it: upgrading my main workstation was such a disaster, I didn't have the time to blog about it.
Since upgrading Drupal core is such a pain, I've generated a patch (it's attached to this post: click on '1 attachment' to retrieve it) for upgrading your existing sites from 5.7. If you're not running a 5.7 site, please don't try to use it.
Mozilla Thunderbird beta 2 was released not so long ago, so I decided I'd give it a shot.
I'm impressed. The GUI is much smoother, and much more slick.
Also, it can tag messages and use those, rather than depending on just folders for organization.
The message search is slightly more powerful, but still needs work. It's also not in an intuative location, which is the major drawback.
I didn't have any crashes, but I didn't run it for very long. If you want to test it, the download links are here: