Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Getting Haloscan to work in Blogger Beta

NOTE: These instructions appear to have been broken when Blogger Beta un-Beta-rized. I have had 2 or 3 reports of people failing to successfully implement them, of course it may only be for one or two template layouts, but I'm not to know

So try the following but try and understand what you're doing at each stage rather than blindly following orders.


Deserves most of the credit for my working solution. The solution above is a bit buggy in that it doesn't handle single and multipost comments very well.

Which is where I come in.

Here is what you need to do to get Haloscan happily accepting 3000 character comments from your adoring blog-readers. WITH TRACKBACK. w00t.

NOTE: Due to HTML constraints and the Planck Constant, the HTML code isn't provided with indentation, so feel free to indent as much as you feel necessary. I would also advise you to use an external tool such as Notepad2, GEdit or Smultron (depending on your OS) when editing and finding stuff

  1. Sign in to Blogger Beta
  2. Goto Dashboard > Your Blog > Template > Edit HTML
  3. Select the Expand Widget Templates marker
  4. Find:
    <b:includable id='comments' var='post'>
    and delete everything after that tag and up to the next
    but keep those two mentioned tags. This will have the effect of stopping Blogger comments appearing. Make sure you don't overshoot otherwise you'll wreck your Template
  5. Delete:
    <b:include data='post' name='comments'/>
  6. Delete:
    <dl class='comments-block' id='comments-block'>
    <b:loop values='data:post.backlinks' var='backlink'>
    <div class='collapsed-backlink backlink-control'>
    <dt class='comment-title'>
    <span class='backlink-toggle-zippy'> </span>
    <a expr:href='data:backlink.url' rel='nofollow'><data:backlink.title/></a>
    <b:include data='backlink' name='backlinkDeleteIcon'/>
    <dd class='comment-body collapseable'>
    <dd class='comment-footer collapseable'>
    <span class='comment-author'><data:post.authorLabel/> <></span>
    <span class='comment-timestamp'><data:post.timestampLabel/> <data:backlink.timestamp/></span>
  7. Delete:
    <span class='post-comment-link'>
    <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != "item"'>
    <b:if cond='data:post.allowComments'>
    <a class='comment-link' expr:href='data:post.addCommentUrl' expr:onclick='data:post.addCommentOnclick'><b:if cond='data:post.numComments == 1'>1 <data:top.commentLabel/>
    <b:else/><data:post.numComments/> <data:top.commentLabelPlural/>
  8. Find:
    <div id='main-wrapper'>
    <b:section class='main' id='main' showaddelement='no'>
    <b:widget id='Blog1' locked='true' title='Blog Posts' type='Blog'>
    <b:includable id='postQuickEdit' var='post'>
    <b:if cond='data:post.editUrl'>
    <span expr:class='item-control " + data:post.adminClass'>
    <a expr:href='data:post.editUrl' title='Edit Post'>
    <span class='quick-edit-icon'>
    And paste
    <a name='comments'/>
    <b:if cond='data:post.allowComments'>
    <script src='' type='text/javascript'>
    <a expr:href='javascript:HaloScan(" + "\"" + + "\"" + ");' target='_self'>
    <script type='text/javascript'>postCount('<>');
    <a expr:href='"javascript:HaloScanTB(" + "\"" + + "\"" + ");"' target='_self'>
    <script type='text/javascript'>postCountTB('<>');
    before the </b:includable> but after the </b:if>.
    Replace XXXX with your Haloscan username
  9. !!!OPTIONAL!!! Only if you have previously tried hacking it with the top link, delete:
    <span class='post-comment-link' >
    <b:if cond='data:blog.pageType != "item" '>
    <b:if cond='data:post.allowComments'>
    <script src='' type='text/javascript'>
    <a expr:href='"javascript:HaloScan(" + "\"" + + "\"" + ");"' target='_self'>
    <script type='text/javascript'>postCount('<>');</script></a>
  10. !!!OPTIONAL!!! Have fun with your Haloscan comments

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Linux, OS X and Windows Woes

This is another dig at OS X, I don't set out to rubbish OS X, but it just needs doing; like washing dirty clothes or cleaning your teeth.

Windows occupies approximately 1.8GB of harddrive space after patching, which is a fair big amount. Just think, 1.8x10^9. 1 800 000 000 Bytes.

This is still 10 times smaller in magnitude than OS X which occupies more than 18GB with alot of program patches not installed. I say this because it ran out of room when I tried to patch it up from the Apple Software Update.

18 000 000 000 Bytes

This is even after deleting the iWork '06 Trial (I spend £1600 to get a half decent laptop, and they give me TRIAL SOFTWARE) which weighs in at 2.6GB from memory; and then they tell me that Windows is bloated.

Where on MIDGARD does all this space get gobbled up?! It can't be all the pretty graphics, though I'm sure they have a part to play, it can't be the applications since they're all a bit small and crap anyway. Which leads me to believe that it's just bucketloads of device drivers, ready to accept the most obscure bit of hardware imaginable. I don't like the fact that space is being taken up by drivers for hardware I don't and never will own. They should make it Linux where it gets stuff as and when it's needed or chosen to install.

This is the main reason why I don't have a dual boot MacBook Pro anymore, since it renders the Windows partition almost useless for installing any amount of games on.

So I thought, "I know! I'll be a right smart-arse and install Ubuntu besides Windows!". How I wish it was as easy as it's supposed to be. I had a working Windows installation with free partitions ready to put Ubuntu Linux and the swap drive partition onto, so I then booted into the Ubuntu Linux CD. After it had loaded it came up that the partition was just 93GB of free space with the 200MB EFI Boot Drive. Obviously this wasn't right so I quit without making any changes (or so I thought) and found that Ubuntu had wiped my MBR so that Windows was now unbootable.

I was pretty annoyed. To say the least.

So then I thought, "I know! I'll be a right know-it-all and partition it with Linux and leave it unformatted but still partitioned so that Windows can read it!". So after partitioning I quit the installer and then booted into the Windows install Predictably for me, Windows didn't recognize the partitions. Overall I've had to reinstall Windows for the 3th time that night. T'was a terrible night, especially waiting for OS X to read and copy its two DVDs (!?!?!?!?) worth of junk so that I could program in something vaguely Linux-like. 20 or so gigabytes is much too high a price to pay just to program in a poofy GUI.

So to summarize, here is the nightmare I went thru:

  • Install attempt 1
    • Had a working Windows install, repartitioned using Partition Magic (which usually works for me) to get some free partitions
    • Rebooted into the Ubuntu installation, it didn't recognize the partitions so I quit
    • Came back to a blinking DOS cursor. FUN

  • Install attempt 2
    • Reinstalled Windows with some free partitions ready for Linux and got it all nice and shiny, (ie drivers installed and Media Center Skin put into place)
    • Rebooted into the Ubuntu installation, it didn't recognize the partitions so I quit
    • Came back to a blinking DOS cursor. FUN AGAIN

  • Install attempt 3
    • Reinstalled OSX with a big partition ready for Windows
    • Read half a book (CS Lewis' Mere Christianity for the curious)
    • Tried to patch OS X, it ran out of harddrive space even though it had a generous 18GB for it
    • Got thoroughly disgusted and just quit OS X, this actually was fun

  • Install attempt 4
    • Reinstalled Windows and took up the entire partition
    • So now basically I'm back to pre Install attempt 1. What an amazing use of a whole evening. I had a lot of fun
Oh, and BootCamp will expire when OS X Tabby comes out. >_<. Apple really knows how to screw the public.

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Auf Wiedersehen OS X

Good riddance more like

I'm sure you will have noticed the numerous recent posts about my irritations with Apple's OS X, and it's come to a crashing crescendo of doom and destruction.

I am typing at 04:46 somewhere in Staffordshire, at the prestigious CentraLAN 14 Lan Gaming event. It would be a tonne (imperial not metric) of fun if it wasn't for the VAST amount of space that OS X took up. Despite accounting for 30GB of music, 5GB of applications and 15GB of system, there was still a missing 10-20GB of space that was taken up by forces as yet still unknown.

So, I attempted to repartition the drive to give a new install of Windows (this hurts me alot, because I had got Windows just right; it's never been just right before and so I was reluctant to start again) the maximum that FAT32 could make good use of (32GB). I ran into trouble right away. I tried using the BootCamp wizard, no dice. I tried using the diskutil resizeVolume command in the Terminal, no ball. I almost tried using the Install Disks to repartition them, but then I noticed it would only do it destructively. These methods complained that there wasn't enough free space to allocate another 32GB partition, which there wasn't. It's just that I couldn't figure out where it had all gone...

At this point I thought, why not just start afresh. I now almost hate OS X, why not try and dump it now. I had really nothing to lose since my Windows installation was up in smoke (along with CSS and numerous other games (like Transport Tycoon)) since I had used the BootCamp wizard to restore the partition back to one big HFS+ partition.

So off I went on my merry way, unknowing whether I'd be able to install ONLY Windows on the beast (my laptop, not Satan). Windows installed fine onto the big partition (of course after a quick NTFS format) and is now running. Sorry I didn't graciously build up to the climax then BOOM unleash it all at once in all of it's magnificent awe-inspiring jaw-dropping mediocrity. But that's just life.

I now have buckets of space available to Windows and don't need to worry about some bloatware taking up all my valuable gaming space. Of course this means I won't be able to program in a Linux/Unix environment, but I'm sure I'll be able to figure something out.

So. In a nutshell. It IS possible to only install Windows on a Mac (a MacBook Pro anyway) answering my previous wondering from a post lost in the dark clutches of lore.

Eddie will be either sad, or apathetic. Damn fanboy... =P

Apologies if this post is slightly disjointed, I had 4 hours sleep last night, and it is now 20 hours since I fell out of bed. Wish me all the luck in the world that I actually manage to stay awake past the 24h mark. I've never been able to accomplish it before.

W00t!!! GAME-AGE!!!


Tuesday, October 24, 2006

OS X Annoyances

Hello happy campers!

I've not posted for a fair bit, mostly because I have actually done stuff worthwhile! I jest I have no meaningful life outside of my computer...

Anyway I just felt the need to tell you of my battles with the evil that is the Apple OS X "operating system". Pfeh. I have managed to fix some of the stupid GUI "features" of OS X but alas not all of it is salvagable, due to OS X's high degree of uncustomizability and unintuitiveness (are those even words?)...

I will label this list with four headings: FIXED, HALF FIXED, WORKAROUND and :'(.

  • iTunes looks as ugly as sin - FIXED
    • Using a program called Aqua4iTunes I have reskinned iTunes back to its former Aqua glory, rather than looking like some ugly thing from Linux

  • I couldn't control iTunes from keystrokes - FIXED
  • Enter doesn't run or open selected file/program/folder in the Finder - FIXED
    • By typing:
      defaults write NSUserKeyEquivalents '{ "Open" = "\U000a"; }'
      killall Finder
      Into the Terminal

  • I cannot disable mouse acceleration without shelling out for a $20 program - HALF FIXED
    • Installed Microsoft's Intellimouse software to give me a more responsive mouse. It still has acceleration but at least it's not a direct transition from snail to cheetah acceleration, more like a tugboat with a turbo

  • I cannot get Terminal commands to edit source files - HALF FIXED
    • Made a file called .bash_login in my home directory which binds the following aliases upon each login:
      alias tedit='/Applications/'
      alias sedit='/Applications/'
      I also installed the mentioned program Smultron which is better than TextEdit since it has line numbers and syntax highlighting
    • It's half fixed because it opens up a new instance of Smultron or TextEdit instead of loading it into a previously open one
    • I also changed the icon of Smultron, because the strawberry looks cack, to an icon by Joerie Mortalmansheimlichfurhrerstadt.

  • Due to the Open "fix" I can no longer rename files with a keystroke - WORKAROUND
    • I can rename files the boring click and wait method or "mv" from in the Terminal

  • Installing GEdit on OS X was a dead loss - WORKAROUND
    • I now use Smultron and TextEdit for all my programming needs, no idea how to get rid of the reams of Linux crap now installed into my OS X installation. I guess that's the price you pay for trying to make OS X vaguely usable

  • I cannot completely uninstall OS X and replace it with Windows and Linux - :'(
    • I would love to. OS X seriously sucks and needs several kicks up the rear end to be anywhere near as professional as XP or as customizable as Linux

  • Closing the laptop lid still sleeps the computer despite using SleepLess - :'(
    • I hate this, especially when I have wireless internet and it stops an unresumable download because Apple can't take their self-righteous fingers out of each others' assorted orifices
Oh, and also I have moved my Dock to the top left, since it looks better there and is a more efficient use of screen real estate, since it's widescreen and most programs tend to look more comfortable in a 4:3 setting rather than the luxurious 16:9 or even 16:10 settings.

I hope some of you come away from this post feeling rejuvenated and enlightened. Because I certainly have.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Exposé on Windows

It brings me great excitement to announce that I have found a program that emulates the OS X Exposé function on Windows! Now this will mean nothing to ALL Windows users, and probably some Mac users too who don't know its name.

Gold Star Award!
Basically Exposé is a cool window organizing application that runs natively in OS X. To view a demo, navigate to Apple Exposé.

I have found this application an absolute heavensend due to its ease of use and sheer neato factor when you see all the windows swoosh about into a nice little arrangement, enabling you to see what you have open.

But F9, F10 and F11 only go so far. In OS X I reconfigured the left and right navigate buttons on the mouse to reveal all windows and reveal active application windows respectively. Obviously I couldn't do without this function in Windows. As sheer luck, fortune and fate would have it, I previously had downloaded a program to allow me to pause, play, skip and previous play iTunes when iTunes was not selected (very useful when Counterstriking or C&Cing). As I said above I reconfigured the mouse in OS X, so I've done the same in Windows!

Here are the links to the two AWESOMEFUL programs that have allowed me to become the smuggest Windows on a Mac user EVER.

And here is my AutoHotKey.ini file
; semicolon, such as this one, are comments. They are not executed.

; This script is a .INI file because it is a special script that is
; automatically launched when you run the program directly. By contrast,
; text files that end in .ahk are associated with the program, which
; means that they can be launched simply by double-clicking them.
; You can have as many .ahk files as you want, located in any folder.
; You can also run more than one .ahk file simultaneously and each will
; get its own tray icon.

; Please read the QUICK-START TUTORIAL near the top of the help file.
; It explains how to perform common automation tasks such as sending
; keystrokes and mouse clicks. It also explains how to use hotkeys.

; Note: From now on whenever you run AutoHotkey directly, this script
; will be loaded. So feel free to customize it to suit your needs.

;Remap Left and Right Mouse Navigate to F9,F10

; iTunes Anywhere
; AutoHotkey Version: 1.x
; Language: English
; Platform: Win9x/NT
; Author: Polyphenol
; Script Function:
; Control iTunes from anywhere with hotkeys

#SingleInstance force
DetectHiddenWindows, on

IfWinNotExist, ahk_class iTunes
Run %ProgramFiles%\iTunes\iTunes.exe ;launch program

IfWinExist, ahk_class iTunes ; toggle minimize/restore
IfWinNotActive ; restores window
WinMinimize ; minimizes windows

IfWinExist, ahk_class iTunes
ControlSend, ahk_parent, {SPACE} ; play/pause toggle

IfWinExist, ahk_class iTunes
ControlSend, ahk_parent, {LEFT} ; previous

IfWinExist, ahk_class iTunes
ControlSend, ahk_parent, {RIGHT} ; next

IfWinExist, ahk_class iTunes
ControlSend, ahk_parent, ^!{DOWN} ; mute

IfWinExist, ahk_class iTunes
ControlSend, ahk_parent, ^{DOWN} ; vol down

IfWinExist, ahk_class iTunes
ControlSend, ahk_parent, ^{UP} ; vol up

I am pleased and/or smug. Also I award a Gold Star to Increment Software AND AutoHotKey for making me such a pleased and/or smug geek.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Useful stuff for Windows on a Mac

Windows on a Mac is most weird. Heresy/blasphemy/anathema even.

But to make the experience as OSX/nigh on perfection as possible, here are some programs I have "obtained".

  • Bootcamp - Contains the needed Boot agent and Windows drivers to get the whole thing going
  • InputRemapper - enables most of the keys on the keyboard; FN, Volume, Eject, Brightness being the more important ones
  • MacDrive - allows read and write operations on a Mac formatted drive; very useful if you want to have your iTunes on Windows if they're on the Mac partition. I would advise searching on torrent sites for it, but I would get my blog closed down, so I will not
  • Microsoft Intellipoint 5.5 - puts a cool onscreen volume control when the volume is changed with the keyboard
  • "Royale" Media Center skin for Windows XP makes Windows XP look a lot prettier with no need for bloatware such as StyleXP or WindowBlinds
Obviously there are the vital programs such as Firefox and MSN but they don't really need to be added to this list.

Gold Star Award!s have been awarded to InputRemapper and the Intellipoint programs because they OWN.

MacBook Pro Annoyances

I have quite a few annoyances with this that I feel I have to vent. Sorry to anyone who doesn't have a MacBook Pro, but if you have one you'll know where I'm coming from, and if you're thinking of getting one read through these before doing it.


  • No delete key, (in OSX FN+Backspace is delete); how inconvenient is that?!
  • There is a processor idle whine, which my sister's computer suffers from, it drives me mental which is why I play music quite loudly to cover it up
  • There is no card reader, but this is solved by Bluetooth
  • There are only 2 USB ports
  • There is no S-Video out
  • The screen doesn't go very far back and as such is quite difficult to use on my lap
  • The bottom is hot enough to fry two eggs and maybe half a rasher of bacon
OSX Mode
  • In OSX it is impossible to close the lid without making the laptop go to sleep; unless you pay a few dollars for a program called SleepLess. The annoying reminder windows turned out to be more annoying than the sleep problem
  • Enter doesn't run the selected file, it renames the file
  • I can't write to NTFS partitions
  • I seemed to have filled my HDD even though I only have 33GB of music. Where has the rest of the space gone?!?
  • I don't know all the ins and outs, nooks and crannies, and all relevant caveats of the OS to be completely confident and to fix weird happenings
Windows Mode
  • Unstable
  • The keyboard backlight doesn't work
  • Windows Live Messenger is highly unstable on it
  • Starcraft won't install on it (but runs in OSX anyway)
  • Had to remap one of the Keypad Enter Key to Delete to get a delete key. CTRL ALT DEL is indispensible in Windows
Don't get me wrong, I love my MacBook Pro; but the above problems prevent it from being perfect.

MySpace emmigration. Blogspot immigration.

I have finally given up with the MySpace blogs, since they were a bit poop. Hopefully this BlogSpot malarky will yield better view results!

I will probably copy and paste my blogs over to here, since I'm pernickity like that. Also I may create another profile to store my religious ramblings on. Ooo! I am quite excited (I hate the word pumped) about the whole project.

I like bracket interjections.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

I have converted to the dark side!!!

I have got a replacement for the hunk-o-junk that was the Fujitsu Siemens Amilo A1667G Athlon 4000+ Mobile laptop.

What's more is that the shop (Micro Anvika) gave me the full amount of what I originally paid for the laptop, even though it was purple (yes I spray painted it), broken and memory-less (they couldn't trade in the unbranded 2GBytes of memory I bought for the laptop)! I think they deserve a Gold Star Award! for this! A Gold Star Award! is a highly sought after award which I have just made up now and will keep track of all the people/companies/pizzas I award it to.

It is a brand new Apple MacBook Pro 2GHz!!! It comes in a really nice case too! Better than the massov case that FSC and every other PC manufacturer supply. So overall it cost an extra £600 when the £999 for the old laptop was taken off the list price. Yes it's VERY expensive but then you're paying for quality.

I am actually quite nervous about the whole business. Edd is telling me "I told you so" meaning that everyone who wants to use their computer will eventually get an Apple Mac.

Time will tell whether I miss using M$ Windows.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

My laptop is dead. AGAIN.

My laptop has decided to die. Again. For the third time. With the same problem. I think I demanded too much from the poor thing.

What I did, seemed to me to be quite acceptable and I thought that the laptop could handle it without frying its graphics card.

Here is what I did:

  • Attach a secondary monitor (nothing too stressful yet)
  • Put MSN, Firefox etc. onto the secondary monitor (childs play up to now)
  • Open up ShiftWindow (alarm bells will begin ringing for those who know what this does)
  • Open up Counterstrike Source (uh oh)
  • Configure ShiftWindow to run Counterstrike Source in a window, covering the whole of the laptop primary monitor (this program is amazing; because normally if CSS is run in a window and you click on anything on the secondary monitor, then it minimizes even there is no need to; this program stops this VERY annoying problem)
  • Play Counterstrike Source, and when dead answer the weirdos who decide to talk to me on MSN and check mail
Now obviously all this was too much for the inadequate cooling available to the laptop, and as such it bluescreened a couple of times then refused to POST.

So now I am in the predicament of deciding whether to get it repaired again just for the same thing to happen, or get some sort of replacement.

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Firefox 2 - IE7 0

Well, IE7 has made up it's previous failings by rendering my latest profile adjustment. The problem of IE7 (and IE6 it turns out) was that it didn't like the page being semi transparent (translucent, or almost opaque if you will). I did not know this but Vickie pointed out that she liked my profile better without the translucent effect. It also runs faster without it. So everybody (excepting my dad, who is suffering alot from a tooth repair gone horribly wrong) wins (also not England FC, but that's old news and I don't care that much).

I have added a custom mp3 player!!! Within it's own box!!! Sorry Cat Zap but my profile obviously has priority over yours, but I will get around to adding your own mp3 player in due course... Marvel at my lack of useful things to, copious amounts of free time but above all my creative, genius-like mastery of the HTML markup language.

Credits for this astounding technological achievement go to:

Humans which made these recent editions to my profile an actuality include:

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Firefox 1 - IE7 -1

Just found out recently my meticulously designed MySpace looks absolutely abysmal in IE7. To the point that IE7 seems to delete some of my content .

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Be warned! Be very warned!


Upgrade to Firefox 1.5!

Monday, July 10, 2006


Hey Kiddies

Following severe coaxing from my bored creative half of my brain, I eventually gave in and created a Deviant Art profile.

For those of you who don't know what that is, it's a website to get free art from. I use it mainly for wallpapers, which is exactly what I have submitted there.

Here's the direct link to my submission, feel free to comment there (if you can, dont know if they allow guest comments) or on my profile.

Btw. You click the picture to make it bigger, I didn't submit a 300x188 picture as my masterpiece...


Thursday, May 18, 2006

Dead Lappie

Stupid expensive waste of space. It's gone and well and truly broken this time. Even the great Dr Fix-It, can't. I was happily playing Counterstrike Source, when suddenly it shut down. So naturally I turned it back on, only to find that when it got into windows, it just switched off again. I tried everything that I could think of and everything the internet could suggest to find out the cause. Nothing.

In case you're wondering what I've tried, or thought about trying but have been unable to so far, since I'm currently at a friend's, here's a list...

  • All the various Safe Modes - almost always a good call
  • Restore Last Known Good Settings - when the above fails
  • System Recovery Console - never actually had to use before
  • USB Flashdrive Boot - tried to reflash the BIOS back up to the latest version
  • Network Boot - briefly looked into it, but I needed a degree in Linux Networking Geekery to be bothered
  • Reinstall - crashed in setup (wtf??!?!) - at this point I am starting to get a little worried, but console myself with the fact that the CD I used was mentioned friend's (Eddie) dodgy all in one Windows copy
  • Shouting at mentioned laptop
  • Switching it on and off repeatedly in the vain hope it might work again

Bearing in mind that I have an up-to-date-recommended-by-various-geek-computer-magazines virus protection I have no idea what it could be. Looks like another return to Fujitsu Siemens support (who btw are a bunch of overcharging, retail box stealing, opportunistic cowboys; they couldn't even reassemble my laptop properly, LOOK)

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stupid n00bs (stupid doesn't quite cut it)

huzzah for Imageshack!!!

Pestilence, famine and death upon Fujitsu!!!

Also rains of fire, sulfur and dead animals upon their sister company, Siemens; who have a retarded name anyway; damn germans...