Shift to new server

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Recently we moved to a new web server.  There have been a few hiccups as a result of this (like the current time being 12 hours ahead) but most of these should be sorted now.

If you spot anything wrong, we'd really appreciate a comment or email, and we'd like to thank all those who've already done so.



A tide graph for your web page

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This went live recently; if you have a webpage of sorts you can embed a tide graph similar to the one on the TideSpy site.

I can't keep doing stuff for free, so it comes with a small Google ad strip at the bottom.

If you're interested in the graph or in other linking information, visit the Webmasters page for details.



The work goes on, but meantime...

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We're finally starting to get some interesting traffic, and the number of visitors is steadily going up.

Recently, I came across a nice review on northernfly.com, another at programmableweb.com, a third at killerstartups.com, and then a fourth at aweigh.com - it never rains, but it pours!

And as the title says, the work goes on.  Sometime soon we'll be offering a tide chart service for websites.  With a couple of lines added to a web page, you could have wonderful tide graphics for the place of your choice.  It won't be free, but for a few bucks a month - or if you prefer - a small google ad block, it'll be yours.

We have a couple of test sites running - Surfwatch bed & breakfast (Kaikoura), and also the Mangonui Waterfront Motel.  Check them out if you're interested - or if you want somewhere gorgeous to stay in Kaikoura or Mangonui.

If you're interested in tides for your website and don't want to wait, you can always email me for a demo at linz@techsol.net.nz



Tide Planner feature added

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For those of you who what to see more tides at once, or wish to filter on various conditions, we have added a Tide Planner.

To get there, either right-click a place (blue marker) on the map and choose Tide Planner, or from the places list click on the small calendar icon.

Either way, you'll get a page that allows you to choose which tides (high, low, or the highest/lowest 25%), the time(s) of day, which days of the week, and the months.  There is a result limit of about four months worth of tides.

When you click "Find my tides" you'll get a list of all tides that match the criteria.  Highest or lowest tide heights (if selected) will be shown in blue or green.

We hope you'll find this useful.  Remember if there's anything you want to say, just add a comment to this blog.



A bunch of bug fixes today

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In particular, some problems when using certain versions of Internet Explorer.  These included:
1. On the map, changing the default tab with the radio buttons had no effect.
2. In the place index, selecting a new state for the USA had no effect.
3. On the full page place chart, the moons covered the info box, and hovering the mouse over a moon did nothing.

I also added date navigation so you can go back and forward five days at a time.



Significant changes today

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We added significant functionality to the site today:

There's a new full-page tide graph for one place.  If you like a nice big graph with everything on it, this is the one for you.  There are two main ways to get to it - either right click a blue marker and choose one of the full-page options, or in the Tides panel on the left of the map, there is the same set of options which are used to customise what happens with a click on a blue place marker.

The place index page is also enhanced. Clicking a place name goes to the new full page, and clicking the little globe icon goes to the map.

Underneath the graph on the full page there are instructions on how to drive it, and also a quick feedback form if you want to tell us how we're doing - either good or bad.




This blogging thing...

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It's called KubeBlog (a name I kinda hate, but don't really care either). I like it because it's dead simple.

It has a few cute features and is missing all the rest, but I can live with that, and furthermore I customise it however I like. This means it'll slowly change at time goes by, maybe for the better.



Real programmers don't eat quiche

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Real Programmers....

  • Don't eat quiche. They don't even know how to spell quiche. They like Twinkies, Coke, and palate-scorching Szechwan food.
  • Don't write applications programs. They program right down to the bare metal. Applications programs are for nongs who can't do systems programming.
  • Don't comment their code. If it was hard to write, it should be hard to understand and even harder to modify.
  • Don't use FORTRAN. FORTRAN is for wimpy engineers who wear white socks, pipe stress freaks, and crystallography weenies. They get excited over finite state analysis and nuclear reactor simulation.
  • Don't use LOGO. In fact, no programmer uses LOGO after reaching puberty.
  • Don't use APL, unless the whole program can be written on one line.
  • Don't use LISP. Only effeminate programmers use more parentheses than actual code.
  • Don't use Pascal, BLISS, Ada, or any of those sissy-pinko computer science languages. Strong typing is a crutch for people with weak memories.
  • Never work 9 to 5. If any real programmers are around at 9 a.m., it's because they were up all night.
  • Don't play tennis or any other sport that requires a change of clothes. Mountain climbing is OK though, and real programmers often wear climbing boots to work in case a mountain should suddenly spring up in the middle of the office.
  • Don't like the team programming concept. Unless, of course, they are the Chief Programmer.
  • Have no use for managers. Managers are a necessary evil. Managers are for dealing with personal bozos, bean counters, senior planners, and other mental defectives.
  • Don't drive clapped out Toyotas. They prefer Ferraris, or utes with floor shifts. Fast motorcycles are highly regarded.
  • Like vending machine popcorn. Coders pop it in the microwave oven.
  • Real programmers use the heat given off by the CPU. They can tell what project is building just by listening to the rate the corn is popping.
  • Know every nuance of every instruction and use them all in every real program. Puppy architects won't allow code to be written in assembly language. Real programmers despise such petty restrictions.
  • Don't bring brown bag lunches to work. If the vending machine sells it, they eat it. If the vending machine doesn't sell it they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.




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I'd love to provide the perfect site but we all know that's impossible.

Having a problem with your browser?  The data is wrong?  Something doesn't work correctly?

Add a comment here and I'll look into it.



So, let's get started

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So here we are with yet another tide data website.  "There are already dozens, what's the point?" you may ask.

From my point-of-view, the dozens of sites out there that provide all sorts of information for boaties, fishers and such, but most are poorly designed, have far too much information making them cluttered and hard to use.  They tend to be unfriendly because they don't remember who you are and your current places and options.

My intention is to rectify that, to make a site that's reliable, useful, clean and simple to use and looks good.  Have I succeeded?  You can tell me by adding your comments.

I'm continually developing the site, and your suggestions would be welcome, to see what people do with the site and what shortcomings you may find.

btw, just use the comments to provide feedback.