moblog uk








'nother new theme!

whiteish rev ripoff

Inspired by Reverend Dan's theme, Clean Green, pieceoplastic has created whiteish rev rip-off. Nice work, many thanks!

Anyone else want to join the game of design tennis that seems to be starting? Get in touch
March 30, 2004, 9:55 p.m.

new theme

Clean Green

A new theme is now available, designed by new user, Reverend Dan: Clean Green (preview)

Innit pretty!
March 22, 2004, 10:01 p.m.

new comments display

see, down there on the right..

It has been increasingly apparant that the comment links on the front page aren't working very well - one keeps getting sent back to the same page over and over again, which is annoying.

So, they've been changed. What happens now is that each individual post will only ever appear in the list once, with the latest commenter on that post underneath. The latest comment will still be at the top, but the second latest comment may not be the second link. It sounds complicated, but it's dead simple really - you'll see.

Posts that do not have titles will have their date and time of arrival displayed, which should help with keeping track of what's what. The time of the latest comment appears after the commenter's name.

We're going to keep tabs on things and see if this system works better, but we're confident it will. Comments are welcome, to the forum or by email, as ever.
March 8, 2004, 9:04 p.m.

WELCOME BACK!

to shiny new server!

Hooray!

That was fairly painless. We're on the new server now, and it's a lot faster, as you can probably tell.

Everything (apart from the forum) seems to be working ok, but if you have any (abnormal) problems, please let us know and we'll get on it right away.

The forum will be fixed as soon as possible, but we wanted to get the main site back up as fast as possible.
March 6, 2004, 8:35 p.m.

IMPORTANT ANNOUCEMENTS

please read. thankyou.

-- FIRST IMPORTANT ANNOUCEMENT --

As you may have noticed, we've been having some trouble with our server, and we're going to be be moving to a new machine very soon. This will, sadly, involve some downtime for the site as first the content, then the domain is moved over.

The timeline (GMT) goes something like this:

Sat Mar 05, afternoon:

- data transfer to new server

- the site will NOT be accessible in any way during this time.

Sat Mar 05, evening:

- data transfer complete, and tested

- site is available on m3log.net - you may send mail to m3log.net to submit at this point.

Mon Mar 07, afternoon:

- the transfer of the moblg.net domain (and any others) should be complete by this point, and moblg.net will (hopefully) be functioning normally. Or better than normally, we're hoping!

m3log.net will continue to work indefinitely.

There are a few minor improvements on the current site, just a few little tweaks and polishes. We'll be looking over any current problems with the site as soon as things are stable on the new server, and hopefully we'll be able to improve on the current rate of successful posting (we're getting around 80-90% of images correctly now, but that can certainly be improved on!)

-- SECOND IMPORTANT ANNOUCEMENT --

The way latest images work have changed - please check the link on your blog (you must be logged in, and you must have donated) to get the new link target (from m3log.net, or moblg.net after March 7th). Everything else works just as before. The old target will continue to work for some time after the changeover, but no more than a couple of months. You should notice that if you post an image, then delete the blog entry with it in, your latest image will still be that image. This will be resolved once the server move is over.

Thankyou for your time, and we apologise for the inconvienience, but a new server should dramatically improve the site's uptime and performance.
March 5, 2004, 12:35 a.m.

WAP access

http://wap.moblg.net

Rudimentary wap access is now available - point your phones at http://wap.moblg.net to get to a handy list of shared moblog names and submission addresses, and also to catch up on the latest images submitted.

More to come in time, your suggestions are, as ever, welcomed.
Feb. 8, 2004, 1:41 a.m.

testers required

to test the new multimediamoblog

Hooray! It's nearly ready - the ability to both post video or audio clips, and to be able to post more than one file in a single email. We'd like to call it a multimediamoblog, but it hardly trips off the tongue. If you have any ideas, drop by the forum and let us know.

We just need a few people (the more the better!) to test some of the features for us, if you'd be so kind. If you want to help out, send a multi-file and/or audio or video message to:

dev-[username]-[password]@moblg.net

We'd really appreciate it if you mentioned what handset and provider you're using in the email, just so we know what works (and what doesn't)

Once we've got some test results in, we'll put the system live as soon as possible.

NOTE: to play .3gp video on your desktop, you'll probably need the latest (6.5?) version of Quicktime

Linux users: xine has been known to play 3gp, but then sometimes it doesn't. You feelin' lucky? Any advice, forum it, ta.
Feb. 2, 2004, 11:52 p.m.

site update!

moblogUK forum launches

OK, OK, it's just a bogstandard phpBB board right now, but we thought it would be a useful addition to the site, so that people can share information, and get in touch with us easily.

You can get to the forum here
Feb. 1, 2004, 10:57 p.m.

important news

regarding the site

OK, now that the site has been running for a while, the little bugs that didn't show up in the beta test are coming through. Something else that's showing is how badly written the help files are - there's a lot of things we should have mentioned, like the fact that you can't send messages to more than one recipient:

to: mat@moblg.net, mat@textamerica.com

will fail, but:

to: mat@moblg.net
cc: mat@textamerica.com

Should work. it's all to do with how moblg's backend checks your 'to' and 'from' email addresses. It's a simple enough thing, so simple we forgot to mention it. It's very easy to assume everybody else knows the site as well as we do, and we're not great at writing help documentation. Sorry, we are learning as we go : )

Also, some images are randomly failing due to having corrupt headers - there's nothing we can do about this - if you have an image fail, try opening it in Photoshop/Paint/etc and resaving it - that should sort out the corrupt headers.

However, the good news is that the new version of the mail handling magic is nearly ready, and that should fix a lot of the little problems, plus it should let you know when something has gone wrong, and what, if anything, you can do about it. It will also add some super-cool features to the site as well, but more about that when it's ready...

Finally - volunteers wanted - if you can write a help page (ie, a question and an answer), or you would like to help out with writing the newsletter, please get in touch.
Jan. 29, 2004, 4:46 p.m.

spin spin sugar..

you can now rotate your images after uploading.

On the 'edit' page for each blog entry, you'll find two new buttons underneath your image - simply press one, and your photo will be rotated 90 degrees that direction - if you want more, just press again.

Note: many browsers cache images. If your image looks wierd after rotating, or doesn't appear to have changed, just press reload - that should sort it out.
Jan. 25, 2004, 2:56 a.m.

new stuff!

better pagenumbers, latest posts page

There is now a latest posts page, so you can review back the posts you've missed.

Also, the page numbers have been improved so they don't break the page when they get too long.
Jan. 23, 2004, 2:09 a.m.

several updates

some messages are failing + Important news about donations.

Some email clients (LycosMail, for one) appear to be delivering images encoded in wierdy ways, which php doesn't like (we rely on php's getimagesize() function a lot), and are therefore causing the main email parsing script to fall over.

We're looking into this, but in the meantime, if you're having problems, we'd appreciate it if you could send the message again, but with the name of your email client in the subject line - then we can try to replicate the problem and work on a fix. thanks.

Finally, big big lovely thanks to those smashing people who have donated - you should have your bonus bits now...

NOTICE: if you're donating, and we know you will, you lovely people you - please make sure that you use the email address you registered here with, or let us know your username when you donate - otherwise we don't know who you are - thanks!
Jan. 22, 2004, 9:39 p.m.