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05December2008, Friday

  • Converted the Favourite links page to XHTML1.0 Strict compliant.
  • The W3C validation buttons are moved to the top right of each compliant page for better visibility.
  • Meanwhile, this log page remains as XHTML Transitional compliant.

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02December2008, Tuesday

  • Finally, the home page is now validated as compliant with XHTML1.0 Strict DTD
  • It's associated cascading style sheet is also CSS2.1 compliant
  • Validation can be performed by clicking the two buttons at the bottom of the page

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13November2008, Thursday

  • Added a newer version of the CD Catalog page using XML DOM
  • This time catalog records can be loaded using a Load button.
  • Try it out here
  • Also created a page here that downloads the entire Catalog in a table. Makes use of XmlHttpRequest.

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08November2008, Saturday

  • Created a page that uses JavaScript DOM to load a fictitious CD Catalog from an XML text file into a simple html table
  • The catalog records can be viewed using navigation buttons below the table.
  • You can try it out here

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04November2008, Tuesday

  • I've begun a prototype of a home page which conforms with XHTML1.0 Strict and also CSS2.1 compliant.
  • By now the home page, the Favourites Links page and this log page are validated to XHTML1.0 Transitional
  • In the coming weeks, each compliant page will carry the W3c validation button at the bottom of the pages. You make click on it to verify its compliance for yourself.

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20October2008, Monday

  • At last, I've succeeded in making the home page compliant with xhtml 1.0 transitional standards.
  • As I am writing this log, this page itself is undergoing conversion to xhtml
  • Hope to convert all the other pages too!
  • In the coming weeks, each compliant page will carry the W3c validation button at the bottom of the pages. You make click on it to verify its compliance for yourself.

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20January2008, Sunday

  • Spent most of the afternoon bringing together and tidying up a small collection Java applets linked under an initial Program Codes page.
  • At last, the photo albums of KeatHwee's ATCL Music Diploma Conferment ceremony and of all the Bouquets of flowers which my wife arranged, and bought, are ready for viewing.
  • Also, finished uploading all the photos, including those of EngKiat's convocation at USM in August 07, AND my old, old Hainan and Chongqing trip in May06. To one's disappointment, however, the album and slides pages are not completely ready yet.
  • Finally, the main page is slightly rearranged to accomodate some new items, while several old sets of pages are linked to an archives page.

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18January2008, Friday

  • I have just been on a wild goose chase over the last three or four days, trying in vain to upload files to the vertex using the wi-fi connection in my college canteen. My repeated attempts were invariably met with an "Access Denied" message and trying to tweak some of my FileZilla connection settings failed to get around the problem.
  • And here I am tonight, back at my old dial-up line from home, leisurely writing this entry while waiting for old faithful FileZilla to upload more photos at no less a leisurely pace.
  • As soon as all the photo albums have been uploaded, I will embark on bringing about a new appearance to this vertex, beginning with the main page and perhaps extending a consistent look and feel to all pages. I'm thinking of replacing the various patches of background colours with a pure white background accompanied by fine blue borders and bright spot colours for Titles and Links. Wonder if most of this can be achieved using the current css page to making a consistent appearance "cascade" through all the pages. At present, css is used only to maintain consistency of font appearances.

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12January2008, Saturday

  • Whew! It's indeed been a very long time since last year when I made some changes to the pages. Well, better late than never . . .
  • A few days ago, quite a lot of time was spent tidying up my collections of photos, mainly of my childrens'  graduation ceremonies last August and some collection of bouquets of flowers which my wife arranged for church as well as for the convocation occasions. Some of them were uploaded a few months ago, and the rest is being uploaded starting today. Hopefully, it won't be long before the entire collection is completely made available on this vertex.
  • The main page has been slightly rearranged to make way for newer links, while some older linkshave been moved to an archive named Older Pages.

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02January2007, Tuesday

  • Downloaded some free gif and jpg icons and images, added them to adorn the Home Page as well as to provide alternative links.
  • At last after a year, eight months and twelve days of existence, since its inception on 21April2005, this web vertex has some simple graphics to accompany the plain text !!

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30December2006, Saturday

  • Updated the Home page and Fisherman's main page to include a few new links to Spreadsheet archives, Program Source codes and a folder of photos.

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18November2006, Saturday

  • Added Jesus Spoke To His Own People sermon notes to Fisherman's pages.  To be delivered tomorrow in Ipoh Garden Baptist Church during the English speaking worship service.  This sermon is adapted from In These Last Days, preached in Bidor Gospel Centre on Christmas evening of 1999.

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26August2006, Saturday

  • Uploaded folders Archive, containing mostly archives of my own work with spreadsheets over the recent ten years, and MyCode, containing source codes in C and Java, created through the course of my teaching in TARCollege since April 1998.

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14April2006, Friday

  • Created a page of my favourite links to external sites.
  • Carried out yet another rearrangement of the home page, employing lighter tints to replace the existing shades of colours, particularly the magenta, in an attempt to make the background less distracting.  The colour scheme page came in handy as a reference to a choice of matching tints and shades, it has played its role as a shopping centre indeed this time!
  • Mulling over the idea of putting some images or graphics on the home page, both to serve as adornments as well as symbolic hyperlinks to their target pages.

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12April2006, Wednesday

  • Continued further improvements to the home page and this weblog, mostly by trying out various styles on the css.
  • Rearranged the layout of the home page to eliminate an entire paragraph of text sweeping across the top of the table, putting it as one of the cells within the first row instead.

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08April2006, Saturday

  • Began using a cascading style sheet to facilitate consistency of appearance on these pages.
  • As a start, I've just linked this page and the Home Page to the css. Hope to bring in other pages soon.

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11, 12November2005, Friday & Saturday

  • Changed background colours of several main pages, viz. this blog, the poem and songs main page and the Fisheman's main page to make the masthead appear consistent on all pages.
  • Started an RGB Schemes page to be used as a repository of all the colour schemes used in this vertex, some of which took me much effort to decide upon, and also to be used as a resource for new pages in future.

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09November2005, Wednesday

  • Added "Take Time To Live", a poem to remind Chooy Lin and me that life is more than just making a living.  Instead we should live, as the Apostle instructed Paul in his first epistle to Timothy, that godliness with contentment is great gain.

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06November2005, Sunday

  • Added "Three Spiritual Laws", a sermon based on spiritual lessons which took me more than two decades to learn, mostly by the hard way.  Of all the sermon notes which I have uploaded to this vertex, this one appears to be nearest to my heart.  My yearning is for all who read it to be waken up by the same epiphany which I experienced, i.e. no longer to wait passively for some mystical, spectacular or unexplainable "indwelling" power to help me overcome the insurmountable power of sin working in the flesh, but instead, to work actively by the enablement of God's Spirit, to put to death the works of our flesh, to refuse to give in to "what we want" (Gal 5: 17) and to present every member of our body as instruments of righteousness to God (see my earlier sermon, How Shall We Continue? )
  • Apparently, among our fellow believers, not a few have gone overboard in trying to experience God's power inwardly rathering than to exercise God's purpose outwardly.  Many today, cry out for deliverance, "O God, set me free ...", each week during worship on Sundays, but have not been taught to carry out deliberately, and conscientiously, the commands of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the instructions of His Apostles, by the power of His Spirit who dwells in each of His children.

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04November2005, Friday

  • Added "Dedication of my new Home" pages containing the songs of praise sung by church members at a dedication gathering after I moved in to my new house in Taman Angkasa two years ago.
  • Moved the "Home" hyperlinks on the Songs of Praise frameset pages from top-left to the top-right to make them consistent with the home links of other pages.
  • Added another sermon to Fisherman's pages, "Be Watchful" delivered four years ago in the Chinese Methodist Church, Kampar two days before Christmas in 2001. There are many more sets of sermon notes to add and I hope to get more of them uploaded in the coming weeks. 

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03November2005, Thursday

  • At last, today being a public holiday, I have finally completed the notes for the sermon, "How shall we continue living?" on Fisherman's Pages.
  • Took this opportunity also to tidy up the home page for my vertex by improving on some font and paragraph formats and by adding a couple of direct links to the latest pages.

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01November2005, Tuesday

  • The sermon entitled "How shall we continue living?" on Fisherman's Pages, is still unfinished . . .
  • However, I have finally managed to produce the three-column layout home page which I have been talking about for the last couple of months.  Just a simple borderless 3 by 2 table, with some soft pastel coloured backgrounds
  • Spent most of the early evening today writing the music score for the two songs which I wrote for my wife's birthdays, last year's and this year's.  However the software used in generating the manuscript, lyrics and the corresponding midi file prevented me from copying the score over to another document, neither a graphics or word processor.  Had to print it to a .prn file in postscript format and then use ghostview / ghostscript to view and convert it to a bitmap file. (Took a long time downloading and installing the two ghosts!)

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12September2005, Monday

  • Adding another sermon to Fisherman's Pages, entitled "How shall we continue living?"
  • Began working on a prototype for the three-column layout of the home page which I mulled over on 2Sep05 earlier.  To decide using a combination of <div> or <table> to produce the desired page layout.

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11September2005, Sunday

  • Modified the mast-head of major start pages to make them occupy less space, look more elegant and bring some consistency to the overall appearance of the pages.
  • Implemented a bread-crumb trail beneath standard mast head on start pages to major sections.
  • Encountered another irritating functionality of MS FrontPage :  it inserts references to "theme" background files without telling me so ... resulting in my having to a lot of housekeeping all over again.

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09September2005, Friday

  • Corrected some irritating special characters on Fisherman's pages which kept appearing as question marks in the browser.

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05September2005, Monday

  • Added "In these last days ..." to Fisherman's pages.
  • Removed some fanciful formatting from a few of the sermon pages, as it appeared too gaudy and somewhat childish.  Returned them to my favourite plain red, blue and black appearance.
  • Still planning new home page concept and configuring bread-crumb trails.  The question is to which level of detail ...

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02September2005, Friday

  • Added three sermons to Fisherman's page, viz. Christian Greatness, Examples and Admonishments and a study of Hebrews 1 - 11.
  • Food for thought: consider using a standard mast head on every page, or at least on every start page to a major group of pages, and introduce bread-crumb trails to each page to improve navigational efficiency further.
  • Also KIV a complete renovation of the home page by introducing a three column format with various shades of blue / green as background colour e.g. adapt from the BBC home page concept.

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30August2005, Tuesday

  • Added page of sermon notes, "Three Difficult Questions" to the Fisherman's page.
  • Correct some minor errors on this page as well as on some of the Fisherman pages
  • Downloaded several plugins for managing HTML code layout on jEdit

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29August2005, Monday

  • Whew! At last I'm back.
  • I was "hibernating" for four months, partly because I was on a short holiday in Thailand in May, partly because I was badly preoccupied with work at my college teaching two new subjects since the current semester commenced in June,
  • and "mainly" because it took me a long time to replace my faulty CDMA wireless phone modem with a normal fixed phone line to access the dial-up internet service.
  • I have just added the Fisherman's pages to this vertex, and I had to refresh my knowledge all over again on how to use sftp and ssh to do some house keeping on the web vertex.

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29April2005, Friday

  • Improved on the navigational efficiency of the presentation, viz. providing interpage links to the home page and some intrapage links for long pages.
  • This is my second / third session of using PuTTY's psftp to upload files and to do some simple file administration on the server.
  • Also added some enhancements to PoemSong's main page to improve it's contrast and text arrangement.

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28April2005, Thursday

  • Downloaded and started first session of PuTTY. This is an example of the profound usefulness of simple things in life: just about one and a half Mb of a suite of five executables, and I can carry out secure connection, sftp and many more remote administration tasks on the linux server of webvertices from my Win32 machine at home.
  • A simple invocation of mput on the commandline, with the help of wildcard characters, enables me to upload multiple files, almost as easily as using an equivalent GUI utility.
  • A salutation to the goode ole command-line: it works with small programs, fast to load, quick to run and you can keep your fingers on the keyboard all the time. All you need is some good psycho-motor hand-eye coordination skills with your fingers.
  • Uploaded latest files to MyFamily.
  • Began work on improving the affectiveness of some pages by including some decorations, backgrounds etc

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27April2005, Wednesday

  • Spent half the morning surfing the Net, searching for and browsing through resources about SSH. Looks like PuTTY is most probably the best choice for running on a Win98 Platform. Many of the popular SSH clients run on BSD, Linux or some UNIX OS. I think it is best for me to begin using SSH a.s.a.p to connect to webvertices.com.
  • Did not add any content to the vertex, but did some updating to the "My Family" pages on my PC.

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23April2005, Saturday

  • Spent some time filling in gaps left by some careless uploading yesterday.  Now the Poems and Songs pages look more sentimental and emotional.
  • A little nuisance posed by our smart aleck Win OS was to automatically make long file names, of background theme files, to all uppercase, while the parameter references in the corresponding web-pages were set in all lower case.  After uploading to the linux host of webvertices, these references no longer work properly.  I had to rename each background file explicitly in lower case before uploading each file all over again.  Such WIN behaviour may stand for Wearisome, Irritating and a Nuisance.
  • Began first Telnet session on the linux2 server.  Again, I'm using the telnet client that comes with my Win98 OS rather than download a more functional and more usable client from the Internet. On the whole, this was a test-drive session, using whatever little knowledge I have of Linux OS commands.
  • A noteworthy, and somewhat ironical, lesson learnt was that the mv (move) command is also employed for renaming files!  Had I known this earlier, I would have telnetted in earlier to remotely rename those uncooperative background graphic files into lower case names, without having to upload them all over again . . .
  • And until now I have not yet guessed what many of the other cryptic command syntax mean, like ls (list something ...), vi (visual something text editor...), chmod (is it change mode?) etc, although I am already putting them to some limited use.  Likewise, I still do not know the literal meanings of those numerous switches like ls -l, ls -n, ls -R, ls -m, etc, again although I know their respective side-effects.  In comparison, it is so much easier to guess the semantics of most MS-DOS commands from their syntax!

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22April2005, Friday

  • Accomplished more tasks using ftp, from the command prompt: learned to use the unix chmod command to set user permissions for files and directories in this vertex.  A useful mnemonic which I have devised to help me remember the semantics of the permission settings is "4+2+1" for rwx on "o - g - o" for owner-group-others.  So far, 644 and 755 appears to be sufficient for all intents and purposes.
  • I may consider making use of an ftp utility like ws_ftp, but for the time being I'm feeling rather victoriously haughty over my small incremental successes accomplished with Win98's command-line ftp!  (With ref to Oon Kean's remark in his recent mail, I am very brave indeed, am I not?!)
  • Uploaded PoemSongs and MyFamily directories, and updated the home page of this vertex.

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21April2005, Thursday

  • Using the Win98 ftp client, from the command prompt window on my PC, connected to pengyou.webvertices.com successfully with the appropriate user name and password.
  • Practised changing both local and remote directories, created a new directory for Good Friday's Hymns and Songs and uploaded the necessary web pages to it.
  • Modified the index page of this vertex.
  • Surveyed some useful ftp commands and some remote commands which are accepted by the remote server.

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