Breathtaking Coincidence or…

Victor Meldrew’s catchphrase came straight through my lips. I don’t believe it! For I had just received a huge shock when I was  looking at the templates that came with my new website authoring software. because when I just happened to click on a ‘Contact us’ page at random, there was my cousin’s company’s details. Surely not – he lives hundreds of miles away and we have no business ties. I tried another template – same result.

I phoned him with this remarkable coincidence and indignant at the nerve of the software company to use his details without asking. He was nonplussed – I was nonplussed.

Was the world so preplanned that it could stage this  billion to one chance?  After all, what were the odds that I would buy a package that had used details of someone who I not just know but  was related to?

The penny dropped around midnight!

At Christmas my cousin had visited and done some publicity work online for his firm. Somehow, my newly installed software must have found a ‘contact’ file and thought itself being helpful when it loaded it up and showed it in its templates.

Clever certainly but sadly it demolished a proof  of life as a predestined film running before our eyes.  A movie which manufacturers breathtaking coincidences for reasons best known to itself. Instead,we must look for the divine guiding hand elsewhere and surely in the less trivial.

Blog on learning to blog!

Reading Todd Stauffer’s book ‘Web 2.0 Blog’ – now I know what I have been doing wrong! However blogging about blogging seems dangerously recursive; a bit lining two mirrors up and hoping not fall into the space they create. I shall therefore risk it no mor…….

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Thumb on website anvil again

Today I added another rule to the horrors of web site smithing. And is this! If you happen to have two web sites, then if not carefully watched, the software will upload to the wrong one.

In a similar vein, the greater the amount of work you do hammering the pages into shape, the greater the chance it will not save (Serif X4).

Sod’s Laws of Website Authoring

Having tried to split the Church website in two last night for ease of maintenance, I found the following website authoring rules came into play:

1. What you think will take 30 minutes takes 4 hours.

2. The simpler the apparent change, the more likelier it is to bring down the whole house of cards.

3. The software never has the feature you desperately need. This law is best stated by the software manufacturer’s maxim never demand one click when a thousand will do!

5. No matter how good (or otherwise) the eventual site looks in the authoring software it always looks a hash when published.

5. Browsers always show your the attempt before last at publishing your efforts.

6. The more the you want to get to bed
the slower the computer runs.

Are there any more?