January 19, 2005

Another Pretty Blog, and Why I like Firefox

Amanda's blog has officially been "re-beautified."
What do you think about the changes?

I was going with the template that she chose here, and this is what I was able to incorporate. With the directions given on that particular site (which I have used before in "skinning" sites), it's advisable to -not- directly copy and paste the stylesheet and index templates straight into your files in MT. (Reasons: the version of MT that we're using here in the SHU blogosphere isn't that recent, the stylesheets use elements that aren't in your original index, and (for me) it was much easier to just slap things into a previously existing, working template.)

And now I'll move on to my reasons for loathing Internet Explorer.

Exhibit A:
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Amanda's snappy new blog design in Mozilla Firefox.

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The same snappy design, minus a few utterly great elements, in IE.

This should be enough evidence for me to rest my case, but I'll provide more (and you knew I would!).
Working on IE to test the blog, since I know that's the browser most everyone uses, the thing closed on me--without saving or rebuilding--several times. It happened enough times that I was driven to stop for today; hence my thwarted anger in not presenting the final design...

I recommend Firefox. I downloaded it before the holidays, and I haven't looked back. I've had fewer problems with the internet, in general. I've not had a virus since. There's a handy "tabs" system to cut down on the number of windows on your screen (see above illustration of Firefox), and the "bookmark" feature makes more sense than making something a "favorite." You don't have to hold the CTRL key when you want a pop-up to open (such as the window for uploading a file, or the comments box) if you have a pop-up blocker installed. This isn't even getting into all the customizable features nested beautifully in Firefox...

What with all the nonsense contained in IE (including that wonderful, malicious Service Pack 2 for XP), I have no reason to need that silly, fallable browser again.

The only thing I can tell SHU bloggers to look out for if they would like to switch to Firefox is that the nice little toolbar
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will disappear (or at least I haven't figured out how to get it back...). But adding bold, italics, underline, and links isn't that hard--use the HTML when you're typing.

Despite all that, I hope you enjoy Amanda's new look. I hope to finalize it after you comment on it with suggestions and/or praise :-)

Sincerely in style,

Posted by Amanda Cochran at January 19, 2005 2:20 PM

I LOVE IT! It is snazzy and yet definetly professional enough to show to the Trib. Plus it goes along with her style tremendously!


Posted by: Tiffany at January 19, 2005 3:06 PM

I have been checking my blog all day for your changes, Karissa, and I am viewing it in Firefox, which I LOVE,

THANKYOU. It is beautiful.

It is going to take some time to get settled in to this new blog; I mean, it is me, but it isn't yet. I need to write something.

I don't know about adding a photo of me somewhere. Any suggestions? Under the calendar?

Posted by: Amanda at January 19, 2005 4:40 PM

You were checking all day, eh? Well, I'll bet you saw some interesting stuff, considering that I didn't re-insert your old stylesheet and index after each goof like I sometimes do... haha...

A photo? Sure, I think something above the calendar with your "About the Girl" link underneath it would be classy. I could do something unique with that little bar to off-set the pic, and we can put a caption and everything with it :) You tell me what you want.

I am so glad that this is to your liking.
(I know the achived pages aren't perfect yet, but I had a headache since I started working on it at 9:30 this morning. When I knew I wasn't going to work today because of the snow, I just kept fiddling with your blog until, what, 2:30? Yeah... I'll get around to it. Promise :)

Posted by: Karissa at January 19, 2005 5:15 PM

So I got the archive pages working in a decent manner (for now). But somewhere the comments feature got screwed up.

I'll get to it.
Until then, I'm taking a break so I don't flip my lid. Again.

Posted by: Karissa at January 19, 2005 8:19 PM

Those editor buttons (the URL, Pic, etc) that you say disappear with Firefox, also disappear with Safair, Apple's web browser. I dunno what it is exactly, but now I've forgotten all about them.

There is a way to make IE totally (sort of) disappear from Windows XP and make Firefox be the default. That's what we have on our Windows machine. Unfortunately, you still have to contend with the just-as-buggy Windows Explorer. I wish it all could be Firefox. Wait... I have a Mac, mwahaha.

Anyways, the blog looks awesome! Congrats! And good work Karissa

Posted by: Mike at January 19, 2005 11:17 PM

I like it, Amanda. It's you! And congrats on going to Firefox. The amount of customization and extensions that you can add are truly amazing (and well worth the price)

Posted by: Paige at January 20, 2005 7:41 PM

I can't help praising Firefox. I just told my boss at the library about it today. I showed her the download page you listed on your site, Paige. She said she was downloading it tonight. Thanks for sharing your success. :-)

Posted by: Amanda at January 20, 2005 9:02 PM

Woot! I'm so glad I can propagate Firefox--Thanks to Paige!!! I got that from him, I chatted about it here, and it's taking off again, I see... Thank goodness, because everything is like rose-colored glasses in Firefox :) Eh, it's better than IE by a ten-fold.

Posted by: Karissa at January 20, 2005 10:34 PM

Nice design! I'm just curious why the BIU buttons don't work on Firefox? I smell a conspiracy!!!

Posted by: Evan at January 21, 2005 10:07 AM

I don't know the techical details, but there is a way of displaying buttons and other materials (and I think it is called ActiveX but I could be way off) that Firefox does not support. But there must be others using MT and Firefox, you might want to search around and see.

Regarding Amanda's lovely new blog design, as I am older than most of you Setonians by about 30 years, I find the text too small. Now I know that in Firefox I can increase the text size with CTRL + but I would like it even more if Amanda increased the text size for everyone. Just my $0.02.

Posted by: Paige at January 21, 2005 12:33 PM

Oh yeah, if you read lots of blogs, check out the Sage Newsreader extension that I talked about here.

Note the nice picture of how Girl Meets World appears in the Sage Newsreader on October 10, 2004. You lose the formatting of the blog temporarily, but you can scan all of the recent posts to see if there is something interesting, and then click on an individual post to read it, or click on the blog name to go to the blog.

Posted by: Paige at January 21, 2005 12:37 PM

I'm just under twice the age of most SHU students, and I agree with Paige. If you increase the default font size by a notch or two, but decrease your own browser font settings a notch, you won't notice the difference. (Besides, if you do like text this small, then you probably think most other text online is a bit too big... if you adjust your browser you can change the whole world.)

I've been using Firefox for several months now, and I'm also thrilled by the ease of the plugins feature.

I was missing the URL buttons in MT, too. Earlier today (or was it yesterday? I've lost track) I implemented a fix that someone much smarter than me figured out. Now Firefoxers will see their buttons back. There's also a Firefox plugin that adds a "View this page in IE" to your right-click menu.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at January 22, 2005 1:14 AM

All fabulous news! Good to know that there's a way to fix that inconvenient poltergeist of the formatting buttons.

I can make the font a bit larger--let me see what I can do...

Oh, and a warning: my design on Sugarpacket, Amanda's new design, and others that I've done recently with the chic 3-column look appear really goofy on certain odd-sized old monitors with (of course!) IE. I'm not sure what to do about that, but if anyone has any suggestions, I'm all ears!

Posted by: Karissa at January 22, 2005 9:59 PM
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