News Archive for: Sep 25, 2000 to Oct 1, 2000

Monday, Sep 25, 2000

Beginning of the End of the Beginning:

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The last week of September 2000 means that this is the last of the preview strip weeks here at Zwol. Next week I'm going to be resetting Zwol back to a pristine state, rerunning the preview strips (one per day, not all spread out like I have been doing), and generally attempting to drum up an audience for the Oct. 23rd Grand Opening!

I haven't decided if I'm going to make this an official part of the site yet, but you can check out the prototype Zwol Shop. Yes, it functions and you can actually buy this stuff now, should you have that burning desire.

Also, two of my favorite web comic strips are having a cross-over storyline this week: The story starts today in Waiting for Bob and continues tomorrow in User Friendly, then will probably bounce back and forth all week. (Update: the WfB crew claim wires were crossed, so there doesn't appear to be a UF half to this story at the moment. Maybe in the future?)

Wednesday, Sep 27, 2000

More Remodeling:

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Changed the index page slightly by moving the quote down to the bottom and adding the Affiliates section to the right side; removed some pages from the menu bar to prevent it from becoming too cluttered.

Saturday, Sep 30, 2000

Changes Galore:

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But 90% of this is all behind the scenes. I'm transferring the news and quote items into a database! (oooh! aaaah!) I'm darn proud of myself for this. It means that the work I do to keep the site up to date will be even less than before- and I'd managed to get it down pretty low. At this writing, I haven't converted the archive over yet, but should be able to soon.

One of the benefits is that I can make multiple news posts per day- whereas with the previous system I was restricted to one. I've become fascinated with weblogs recently, and this new system is actually a lot like that. But I don't expect to update it THAT often.

Sunday, Oct 1, 2000

Zwol Reset:

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That's right- if you're a regular visitor (and I know who you are), then you'll notice that I've reset Zwol back to ground zero. Very few quotes, news items, and almost NO comics. All part of the big Wonderfulness Countdown! Have faith- all will be revealed.

Site Update:

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Ug. It was a lot of work, but it was worth it. The news and quotes are now fully served by a database rather than the .txt file system I had been using. It works as good as the old system now, and I'll add searching as soon as I get to it. Again- ug! My brain hurts now...