Updating TW

Me again!

As i have said previously the theme used on TW is out of date and full of holes. We also need to add things like an SSL certificate os makes sense to do it all together.

You can check out the new site: here

Its just on a temporary server for the moment. Take a look around and let me know any suggestions, changes and all that.

Rich

43 comments on “Updating TW

  1. Too much white space left and right of the comments. This squashed up the text so badly that when viewed on my phone, there are barely two words per line.

  2. Seems OK. A bit harsh-looking – perhaps back to green rather than black? But no problems; would happily use that.

    It would be a pity to lose the “vainglory” list in the bottom right – perhaps add them to the “About” page? Especially the squirrel.

  3. Between the item and its comments the ‘next’ and ‘previous’ are reversed compared to old site, ie ‘next’ leads to an older item not the newer.

    “Snippa’s got himself into a tangle” article gets cut short with a ‘read more…” but it is already quite a scroll with the new larger font and the missing part is only one more paragraph. If it is too long cut it much shorter than the max length that triggers the cut. eg if over 500 words, cut to 250 and the rest as’read more’

  4. Oh, and if it helps, I’m using it on an antiquated version of Firefox, running on XP, and it seems to work, so you seem to have us dinosaurs catered for.

    The only thing that may be a minor glitch is that the adverts extend over the right-hand sidebar, but that isn’t a significant problem.

  5. If possible, perhaps give more space to the main text and less to the right sidebar? That would mean less scrolling.

  6. @RichardT you are dangerously exposed on the internet if you still have XP and an obsolete version of Firefox. Even Windows 7 goes out of support in Jan next year.

  7. What djc says. Otherwise, it seems fine. Nice to see an upgrade that doesn’t fuck everything up, and to see users asked what they think before the upgrade is baked and unchangeable. Well done on both counts.

  8. Richard,

    You are still not going to include this link, are you!

    http://www.timworstall.com/comments/feed/

    Don’t worry, I’ve now been forced to adjust bookmarks so that it comes up as my TW first page now, rather than the home page (as it’s what I follow first off, rather than anything else).

    [ The point is that, if it’s not a link, no one will ever know it exists? ]

  9. Changed the comment format. Let me know.

    Looks great, thanks for the quick turnaround.

    Also, glad to see you’ve used type=email for the comments email text box. Can you set type=url for the website field too?

  10. A couple of things about the comments section.

    Under the “Join the Discussion” box you have “comment authors” showing the number of people commenting and to the right of that a number of placeholders for “recent comment authors”. These are blank despite there being comments and authors below.

    Up/down voting has played merry hell with the Speccie, especially since Disqus introduced the anonymous downvote. If you must have voting, then please make sure that this can’t be done anonymously which will only encourage nuisances to make mischief.

    Otherwise fine here on a desktop Win10 64 PC and firefox

  11. All the good names

    “you are dangerously exposed on the internet if you still have XP and an obsolete version of Firefox. Even Windows 7 goes out of support in Jan next year.”

    Are you suggesting that implementing (for example) LUA, SRP, sandboxing, various browser combinations of controlling scripts, frames and all the rest and by site (u-matrix is good on that score if using Firefox?), and lots else – on an older OS – leaves one dangerously exposed?

    I’m curious as much as anything? I read so often the automated doctrine – update or die – it would be great if someone could authoritatively proscribe? Or to put it a different way, a) update the OS and perhaps click loosely, or b) take loads of other precautions, the mindset of which tends on average towards clicking less loosely – which is most likely safer?

    [ btw, unless someone can demonstrate why not, I’ll be sticking with W7 Pro… ]

  12. Looks OK on my iPhone, though I can’t access the new site on my work computer!

    Please reassure me this is not permanent.

  13. Richard,

    Times on posts – people sometimes refer to a timed post, it can be useful.

    There is no need to “bold” all of a blockquote. It adds nothing and you are simply removing the ability to bold within the blockquote.

    Bigger gaps between paragraphs, the new format is not distinct enough (to my eye).

  14. Good names

    Is the NCSC authoritative enough?

    Not in this context.

    For example, nowhere in this link below – referenced from the above and closer to the context that I was querying above:

    https://www.ncsc.gov.uk/guidance/obsolete-platforms-security-guidance

    did I read words similar to “dangerously exposed”, or even close..;) or for that matter focus on the nuance of the question I asked. These articles are aimed more widely, as you know, and my question was a little more specific?

  15. ‘TW is out of date and full of holes.’

    No. Most of the ‘holes drop off after we straighten them out.

  16. @PF, you are not being nuanced, you are being obtuse. There is no way to run a secure system on obsolete software, which is why all the advice is to upgrade.

    Very soon parts of the internet will be closed to you as TLS 1.0 and TLS1.1 start being removed if your browser / OS are not capable of running the latest security protocols.

    You also will not be able to run the latest browser plugins and given the number of ‘drive-by’ attacks no amount of trying to be clever with what you click on will help you.

    But hey, if you think you know better than everyone else IT security, crack on.

  17. “…you are being obtuse.” “But hey, if you think you know better than everyone else IT security, crack on.”

    Not really. FWIW, I know perfectly competent IT specialists who (at least with their own personal systems) are far more interested in “setup” (threats, risks, mitigation) than following mantra (and, to be quite clear, are perfectly happy running XP in places and / or will maintain W7). Don’t worry about it, it’s probably the wrong place for such a discussion!

  18. I could name several organisations still running PCs on XP. They don’t use them for browsing the public web, though.

  19. @allthegoodnamesaretaken November 18, 2019 at 11:43 am

    Wind your neck in. Nothing wrong with XP – you’ve fallen for the fear mongering.

    ‘drive-by’ attacks? One about eight years ago – a dns redirect and easy fix after reboot in “Safe Mode”

    Do you believe AGW/ACC too?

  20. @Richard

    Looks like copy of the Con Tel blog minus pics. Not as clean & easy as current site

    ‘TW is out of date and full of holes.’

    No, it’s fine. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

    Is Tim paying you? Are you bored? Or is it the techie failing of “I can make it better” aka “What I want”

  21. I’m shocked that my old blog will no longer be listed in the sidebar. I mean, it’s true that hardly anybody uses sidebar blogrolls any more. And yes, I will concede that the blog in question was itself deleted 15 years ago. But I will still be applying to the Historic Buildings and Monuments Commission for England for a preservation order on the Tim Worstall blogroll, which is, after all, the oldest surviving unchanged blogroll in the world.

  22. Wind your neck in. Nothing wrong with XP – you’ve fallen for the fear mongering.

    ‘drive-by’ attacks? One about eight years ago – a dns redirect and easy fix after reboot in “Safe Mode”

    Do you believe AGW/ACC too?

    There’s everything wrong with XP. It’s a heap of festering bugs and security problems.

    But feel free to keep on using it, and ignore plenty of good, free, professional advice.

  23. Second thoughts.

    Put the comment box at the bottom not the top. easier to follow who you are answering.

    Get rid of the “read more” crap on each comment and let the comment show its length.

    Get rid of the “show more comments” box and have comments roll be full length.

    All ways that the old blog is BETTER than your new crap. You seem determined to waste both time and money on fixing what is not broken.

  24. “You seem determined to waste both time and money on fixing what is not broken.”

    Ah, a frustrated politician….

    “Put the comment box at the bottom not the top. easier to follow who you are answering.”

    Strange, I can’t even see a comment box, hopefully that’s just because it’s not yet final?

    “Get rid of the “show more comments” box and have comments roll be full length.”

    I hadn’t spotted that. Richard, that is just dumb. Some of us, when keeping specific posts open, simply come back later and hit F5 to see if and what is new (it reloads at the same place x comments down, so it’s easy to see what’s fresh). I could possibly see some logic if most posts ran to many hundreds of comments (like Guido, and many people never get very far into the comments). On here, where the comments are actually the useful bit, that’s just daft.

    If you are “correcting” things like this, it makes me wonder what other restrictions you are introducing?

    And btw, unless you let people actually comment on that beta site (ie, practise on it properly), you are not going to get a complete response to all of this?

  25. “crap” ah yes…..

    OK. Its crap. We’ll stick with a three year old design and code and when it goes tits up you can blame….well…oh ME!

    No. You dont seem to understand.

    The template this site uses is THREE YEARS out of date. The publisher no longer offers security updates. Meaning we have to move to a new design.

    Im not doing this to be a dickhead, im doing it because its needed.

    Otherwise you’ll wake up one day and the site wont be here! – then who gets the blame?! Tim?

    Stop being a dinosaur. Jesus fucking christ.

  26. Otherwise you’ll wake up one day and the site wont be here! – then who gets the blame?! Tim?

    Hardly! Now we know that you’re responsible, you’ll get the blame, obviously…..

    🙂

    (understood re comments etc)

  27. @BiW November 19, 2019 at 7:22 am

    Rofl – I am an IT Professional (MBA, BSc Computing) – first computer I used was a Rockwell AIM-65 coding in assembler

  28. @Mr Ecks November 19, 2019 at 8:34 am

    +10

    Get rid of the “read more” crap on each comment and let the comment show its length.

    Agree. “Read more” requires JScript enabled

    old blog is BETTER than your new crap. You seem determined to waste both time and money on fixing what is not broken.

    Spot on – uneconomic, unnecessary waste of a resource (Richard’s labour)

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    @PF November 19, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    Agree

    Richard, that is just dumb. Some of us, when keeping specific posts open, simply come back later and hit F5 to see if and what is new (it reloads at the same place x comments down, so it’s easy to see what’s fresh).

    Yes. Even shutdown & restart reloads tab at last place – another reason threaded comments are sh1t. If threaded really needed have Flat/Threaded option with Flat default

    If you are “correcting” things like this, it makes me wonder what other restrictions you are introducing

    An OCD techie running wild – Tim should know better

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    @Richard November 19, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    “Unsupported”, “No Updates” etc does not mean “doesn’t work, will crash”

    Most ISPs don’t support Linux, most email providers don’t support Pegasus

    PS Your spelling, punctuation etc suggest you are “a dickhead”

  29. @Mr Ecks November 19, 2019 at 8:34 am

    +10

    Get rid of the “read more” crap on each comment and let the comment show its length.

    Agree. “Read more” requires JScript enabled

    old blog is BETTER than your new crap. You seem determined to waste both time and money on fixing what is not broken.

    Spot on – uneconomic, unnecessary waste of a resource (Richard’s labour)

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    @PF November 19, 2019 at 4:19 pm

    +1 Agree

    Richard, that is just dumb. Some of us, when keeping specific posts open, simply come back later and hit F5 to see if and what is new (it reloads at the same place x comments down, so it’s easy to see what’s fresh).

    Yes. Even shutdown & restart reloads tab at last place – another reason threaded comments are sh1t. If threaded really needed have Flat/Threaded option with Flat default

    If you are “correcting” things like this, it makes me wonder what other restrictions you are introducing

    An OCD techie running wild – Tim should know better

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    @Richard November 19, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    “Unsupported”, “No Updates” etc does not mean “doesn’t work, will crash”

    Most ISPs don’t support Linux, most email providers don’t support Pegasus

    PS Your spelling, punctuation etc suggest you are “a dickhead”

  30. Rofl – I am an IT Professional

    It certainly doesn’t show. I hope you give your clients better advice than you display on here.

  31. This is the site I tend to use to force a redirect to a hotel/airport/coffee shop login page without getting blocked by an untrusted certificate error precisely because it’s still http only… Imma have to find something else if you update it. Noooooooooo

  32. @BiW

    They’re all very happy with our pragmatic advise and none have been hacked, drivebyed etc

    We would make more money if we scaremongered, we value honesty so don’t

    .
    @bloke in India

    Email me (via TW) for some http sites

  33. @Richard

    Con Tel comments

    Turn OFF italic in quotes please

    Italic default ruins quote if words or FTFY italised for emphasis

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