Launching unindexed programs in W8.1

With windows 8.1, my usual desktop metaphor for calling programs and the optimal alternative are less easy to implement; this is especially true for programs that are only occasionally used. I have historically created a folder called “More” and placed favourite’s to the program into the folder. (This is in order to keep my desktop and wallpaper clean.) This doesn’t work so well on smaller screens when you want the whole screen to display the working program. Continue reading “Launching unindexed programs in W8.1”

delicious linkrolls

Time to revise this page. It was originally created to document the runes on how to use the delicious provided javascript linkroll generator, it then covered the slow and painful death of the service and my attempts to postpone the inevitable.  In late 2019, I found my backup copy and posted it to the blog,

Is this my delicious linkroll?

There are some problems with this, most obviously the tags are hidden. I have written some code in python, to parse the html and create a python dictionary, and also some code to build a tag index. I have some code to see if the linked sites are still active but there’s over 3000 bookmarks at it takes some time, and doesn’t distinguish between those that have gone away and those that are being resold. (I need to go through them for continued relevance also.)

The links are held in a pickle database, which could easily be converted to XML or JSON. I have code to delete a record on the basis of a numeric surrogate key. I can build two indices, on has the key and the tags, held as a string, the other has a list of key-tag pairs.

  • Document which sites no linger work and/or are no longer relevant.
  • Define the output formats, html, rss or an active query and if the latter how to host it.
  • Document the delicious date format field
  • Write some restartable HTML status checking code.
  • Amend the index generators ro  write to a file, so there is some persistence

The slow death of delicious’ rss feeds

I originally saved the javascript linkroll code as text in a page, and latterly, from Oct 2013 used Artiss Embeded Code and I located the scripts in code objects. delicious withdrew the javascript. I implemented JP’s Get RSS Feed to fix the withdrawal of the delicious javascript;

I rendered the feed using wordpress. At some time delicious changed their URL from back to At the same time, they decided to insert an advert into the first item of the feed.

This has led to all my bookmark feeds in this wiki breaking, and to asking the question as to whether one wants to fix it as I no longer control the content. I have posted to the wordpress support site to implement a “start from” parameter. I wonder if CSS display:none; properties could be used to supress the first element in the feed.

This wiki has a number of pages which used the feed to expand the articles and to point at my bookmarks. I haven’t decided whether to fix them or not.

I have asked that the plugin is adjusted to exclude the first element and I propose to examine planet to see if I can put a filter into the consumption code lines. See for my planet documentation.

See for my jp-rss-feed documentation and for Jimmy’s documentation.


Google Gadgets

Notes on integrating Google Search and Google Friend Connect to my site. This includes some google code that never worked on snipsnap, and doesn’t work here. 28 June 2013

Google Search

Can I make a google search of the site?

I experimented with the snipsnap field macro and tried to make$, where $query is the results of the text box, and the URL is the search procedure but this didn’t render or work. This solution may need a new search macro which would be fun. If I need to write a macro, see It would only be one word without a macro. Annoyingly I could write the procedure in Python.

However a bit of Googling found this?



Can I leave the config files on Looks like not!

I have registered as a GFC site in implemented the signin, members and comments on I have seen prettier but I have time to work on it.

I have tried to see if the scripts will leverage the config files hosted on It seems not. This might be a bit of a problem because of the amount of redirection involved. NB All references to snipsnap, through the host web server are redirected from port 80 to another port. Where do I install the config files? The webserver root, or the jetty server root or in the snipsnap trees. (Some files are rendered directly, such as the css files, so it may be possible to get jetty to serve it, but probably not necessary. The server root should work.).

I removed the web site static files, and display pages recently 28 June 2013

The google code is google.friendconnect.container.setParentUrl(‘/’ /* location of rpc_relay.html and canvas.html */); where does it constrain itself to the domain.

Snipsnap, RSS & XML feeds

This page was originally entitled “Snipsnap Blog & XML Feeds”. It documented one of the crucial failings in snipsnap, its limited rss feed size of 10 and the blog article naming which means that it considered nearly all the articles to be titled “1”. In 2009, I experimented with using Google reader as a feed aggregator, good choice eh? The final part of this article documented my experiments and gave hints on how to follow me using the google reader feed. This is now no longer available, but neither is snipsnap. Continue reading “Snipsnap, RSS & XML feeds”