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The Restoration of Rissington

04 Nov 2013

The Rissington Podcast may be no more, but I’d always intended its site to stay as an archive of the episodes that John and I did manage to record. However when my old web host did a server upgrade, the Textpattern database was corrupted. I was told it was easy for them to fix, but after a year of nagging them I gave up.

This was it’s fate, the CSS would no longer load, and various Textpattern errors were spat out…

I couldn’t even access via FTP anymore. Did I have a backup of the database? No. What an eejit. Lesson learned.

So, using what files I still had locally (which wasn’t much, whoops), and the Wayback Machine, I’ve restored the site, and moved it to its new host at Engine Hosting. All the URLs now work, and all past episodes can be heard and/or downloaded, should you want to!

It was a simple little site, even by 2007 standards, but the Spitfire in the footer drew some interest as an early precursor to parallax scrolling effects. Technology has of course moved forward, but rather than update it, I wanted to leave it as a historical document. That, plus the fact I don’t have time! I have changed the javascript audio player widget though, to use the HTML5 <audio> tag instead.

So, The Rissington Podcast is back, even if there isn’t anything new to listen to…

The New Banter

31 Oct 2007

Armstrong and Miller are back (after what seemed like an age), and they bring with them new, modernised, RAF Banter. (If you want to know what the old banter was like, you need to watch this)

There’s more here (thanks to the Badger )

Why I like working where I do #1

27 Sep 2007

The Rissington Podcast

14 Sep 2007

The Rissington Podcast

Mr Oxton and I have decided that sharing an office isn’t enough, and that we need to share a podcast too. Broadcasting from the ex-RAF base in Upper Rissington, think of it as a geek version of Gardeners Question Time. We will take your questions, be they concerning semantic HTML, CSS, cheese, cookery or whatever is on your minds. We are your expert panellists, agony aunts and general life-gurus. Email us your questions!

We will also have regular spots – jokes from a 1940’s RAF magazine, the typeface of the ‘week’ and any geek/technology thing we care to talk about.

Its our pilot episode, so it can only get better from here!

Tally Ho Chaps!

27 Aug 2007

Back in June, I moved out of my little rented desk with the lovely people at MCC Design. I’d been using a spare desk for 2 years, and the time felt right to move on to the next step – my own proper office. I should say ‘our’ though, as I’m sharing with Mr Oxton. The serviced offices we’ve moved into are in the ex-RAF Rissington base in Gloucestershire, and you can see the new pad in our flickr photos.

More on that another time, but for now, to celebrate our new surroundings, I’ve added an RAFish desktop to the extras section:

Tally Ho!

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