Monthly Archives: May 2006

ocPortal 3 public beta out!

Well, we finally managed it. :) After months of work, we've let ocPortal 3 public beta 1 loose in the wild, for public beta testing.

It's been improved a lot from version 2; most notably with a new and even-more standards-compliant theme. Lots of new features (such as instant messaging, OcCLE, and improved statistics) have been added, standards verification and support has been improved no end, with ocPortal now optionally checking submitted content for standards compliance.

I probably haven't spent as much time working on it as I should've, and my work isn't half as far-reaching as Chris', but he's employing himself full-time to work on it, while I'm technically only an intern. :P However, I have designed and built the OcCLE system from the ground up, and it's a beauty (even if I do say so myself). It's certainly original (thanks to Chris and some alcohol for that).

If you've been reading the developer blog, you'll have seen all the posts in the May countdown, and have more of an idea about the features than I can write in this blog. Certainly worth a read. ;)

Enough of the marketing pitch, I hear you say! Why not download ocPortal 3 now, and give it a try? If you find any bugs (whether they be visual niggles, lacking documentation, or just plain old bugs), don't hesitate to report them to us. We want to make ocPortal the best! :D

Counter-Strike: Source screenshots

I've been working on StrategyWiki a lot recently, on the Counter-Strike: Source page. I've made loads of screenshots and other media for it, and I thought I might share some of it with the wider world. As well as plain screenshots (which aren't very interesting, so I haven't uploaded them), I've made some panoramic ones using QuickTime's QTVR format, and some backgrounds out of the screenshots with some quippy captions.

You can download it all as one archive, or piecemeal:

Ubuntu Center [sic]

I have come across (courtesy of Digg) an interesting new piece of software called Ubuntu Center (the mis-spelling is "correct"). It's like Webmin, but more Ubuntu-centric, and less advanced.

It's not the best of software, being an amalgamation of several different software products (for galleries, music, torrenting, etc.) and not being particularly well glued together, but it's interesting, and might just evolve into something amazing. (It's only at 1.0 alpha 1 at the time of writing, so there's plenty of time for growth).

I've taken pity on the appearance and markup of the project, and so I've decided to help out a little in my spare time, doing some redesign and cleanup of the markup and CSS. I've started with the system information page, which was almost exclusively table-based, and in desperate need of some attention. I cleaned up the markup (semantics, as always ;)), then added some slightly more advanced and (hopefully) prettyful styling. You can see the solution in which I'm posting progress on the Bounty Source site.

I suppose this is all I can say, but if you're looking to learn how to de-tableise your markup, you could take a look at the current Ubuntu Center system information page, and then at the version attached to my solution. I'm sorry I have no time to do a more detailed writeup, but my exams are next week. :o The project could do with a helping hand or two, too. :)