Archive: May, 2006

Quick Tip: Disappearing Firefox Windows

I occasionally experience an annoyance with Firefox under Windows XP. Sometimes, for seemingly no reason, you will load up Firefox or switch to a Firefox window and no matter how many times you click on Firefox in the taskbar, it just doesn’t appear.

What’s happened is that the Firefox window has somehow gotten stuck off-screen and the only way I can find to get it back is to maximise it (e.g. right-click on Firefox in your taskbar and select Maximise from the menu). However, when you minimise or restore the window, it will disappear off-screen again.

You don’t necessarily want a maximised window, so here’s my simple tip. If you have the Web Developer Toolbar installed (or maybe a window resizing bookmarklet), just run a window resize and the window should reset back to the top left of your screen. Obviously, you’ll need to maximise the browser window to be able to activate the toolbar button or your bookmarklet.

I haven’t figured out the cause of this annoyance yet. It only happens to Firefox and it may well be limited to Windows XP, or to me for that matter! But just in case others find this a problem, this is how I deal with it at the moment.

Need a bookmarklet to help?

If you don’t have the Web Developer Toolbar or a browser window resizing bookmarklet, bookmark the following link and use it when you need to get your window back on-screen as normal:
Browser window position reset

If you need to find a browser window resizing bookmarklet, check out these browser resizing bookmarklets from Nicholas Roussos.

Rebooted: Version 2.0

So, my live redesign went down the pan… Now, it’s all gone stencilled!

Too long has my site sported my extremely minimalist interim design. Too long have I wriitten only half-finished posts and never got around to posting them! So, here’s my May 2006 Reboot effort, and a promise to write more… maybe.

I’ve had this new design in the works for quite a while, adding to it every now and then. I’m still not totally happy with it, but then, I never am!

So, here it is! You may well see little changes every now and then – the transition to the live server hasn’t been as smooth as expected. Anyway, enjoy! Constructive criticism welcomed.

You’ll also notice I’m in the process of rearranging some areas of the site. I made a few shifts after I installed the latest Textpattern release.

Early last year, I put up a very basic home page as minor content
additions that weren’t really part of the blog came about. Having installed Textpattern afresh, much of the site is now run by it, which has given me a chance to do something with the home page.

My hard-coded tweaks to Textpattern got scrapped with the fresh install in favour of installing or writing a few plugins (good plan Pennell!). I’m still working on some of the plugins (making sure they’re fairly solid), but will try to make more of them available very soon in the new lab section.