Saturday 27 August, 2011
Well, after two years, the new TAS website is almost ready to launch. Dan's set aside this week to work on it and I'll be helping (so that should delay things a bit :-)). Fingers crossed for next weekend - 4th / 5th September.
He's out fencing this morning - just off to take him a flask of tea and some biccies.
Monday 21 January, 2008
We get lots of enquiries at TAS, of all sorts. Most are what you'd expect - people looking for advice, giving feedback on the site, making link requests, that sort of thing, and on one occasion recently dog's abuse (might share that story soon).
Early last year we had a somewhat unusual request: the AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) emailed us asking if they could use some of the material from articles section of the TAS website in an english examination, to be sat in summer 2007. We said yes, on the proviso they credited us and sent us a copy of the examination paper when it was all over. They sent a very formal letter confirming the arrangement, and we heard no more.
Friday 21 December, 2007
There was a temporary problem with the forum registration which has now been fixed. So if you tried to register and couldn't see the verification letters, please try again.
I did a little bit of a server clean-up yesterday because we were running short of space. Now I know what those font files I deleted were for...
Sunday 16 December, 2007
Welcome to any readers of "Country Living" magazine!
We get a mention in the January 2008 edition of the magazine, in "the good life" section. I subscribe, so when the magazine came in last week, I was browsing through it and noticed, to my great surprise, that the website features in it.
So if you've found us from there, hello and welcome and we hope you'll stick around.
Sunday 21 October, 2007
After a long time prevaricating we've finally got around to launching the TAS forums. The kick up the backside I needed to get it done came in the shape of the imminent first meeting of the smallholders' association Rosemary is trying to get up and running locally (date confirmation coming soon) - we wanted somewhere to meet virtually to make communications easy.
There's not much to see there right now, but we're hoping that lots of you will register and participate, and turn it into a valuable resource for smallholders everywhere - although it will have a Scottish flavour they are most definitely open to all.
Friday 26 January, 2007
Tonight I've upgraded our Movable Type installation to version 3.34. This is long overdue, and will hoefully cut out a lot of the spam we've been getting the past few months.
It's also a precursor to some new stuff coming soon. The forums are installed and just need a bit of styling and testing, there are a load of recipes to be added, and the comment system will be changed to get rid of the pop-up windows. If you find any glitches with the diary please do let us know - it looks like the upgrade went smoothly but there might be some gremlins lurking in dark corners. :-)
Monday 20 November, 2006
I've finally learnt how to put photos on the gallery. I'm such a technophobe with a huge streak of learned helplessness but I'm feeling really pleased with myself. My tutor (Dan) is now lying in a darkened room, sobbing quietly.
The real test will come tomorrow night when I try to put more on - we'll know whether it's learning by rote or whether I actually understand what I've been doing.
Anyway, some new photos of Smokey with apologies for the very casual longreining. And some new photos of Felix, Cassius and Meg.
Saturday 11 June, 2005
It's always nice to get away, and usually even nicer to get back. Arriving home last night from the @media 2005 conference in London I have to say I had mixed emotions for a change.
Sure it was lovely to see everyone again, and travelling alone just isn't the same, but the conference was such a fantastic experience I was still buzzing when I rolled in at 9.30pm. The conference was about web standards and accessibility - if you're glazing over already that's okay, Rosemary doesn't get it so just lets me witter on about it, but to those of us who work in the industry the rise of the web standards movement is probably the most significant event since the dawn of the web.
Sunday 30 May, 2004
This morning I got an email from a reader who was struggling with the black text of the site on the green background. I can see why - looking more closely myself it isn't the easiest combination to read.
As a temporary measure I've written a quick style switcher which provides a higher contrast background, does away with the graphical headings and the background images. Use the 'high contrast' link in the left column to turn it on, and 'normal' to turn it off. Something more elegant will follow, plus a print style to pretty up those printed pages and save on that hideously overpriced ink.