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October 12 2015: Websites, Windows 10, Frutiger and backups

Posted on October 16, 2015
( 5 minute read )

John H described the work he was doing on the Heath Old Boys Association website; this was a 2003 vintage frame based website which did not play well with modern devices; after he had explored various options, he had decided that the best option was to build a new HTML5 website on the lines described by Dave Fisher in his 2010 talk to BradLUG in front of the old website so that people could continue to access the old website while the new one was under construction.

He outlined the design of the website using the website documentation, key points being:

Mike wondered why he had not used Wordpress and John said that, for the size of the site, Wordpress was a bit like a sledgehammer to crack a nut; also he had been able to design the website to play well on every type of device and to include all the ARIA attributes, something not possible with other software. In practice, adding a new page is simply a matter of copying and replacing the matter between <article> and </article> in an existing page.

He also mentioned the news item that day about Google’s expectations for mobile friendly websites.

John W asked for some help with Firefox privacy settings.

David S showed off this Windows 10 tablet, commenting that the camera ceased to work after sleep and that he hadn’t been able to partition the storage, problems which he could easily have solved had it been Linux, and noted the recent death of Adrian Frutiger, designer of the Univers typeface.

Darren mentioned his visit to the British Science Association.

Mike shared problems he was having with Arch detecting USB disks and asked about backing up. John suggested that labelling two USB disks archive_1 and archive_2 and using something like:

rsync -avz --delete /home/ /var/run/media/mike/archive_1/


rsync -avz --delete /home/ /var/run/media/mike/archive_2/

as appropriate. Leaving these in .bash_history meant he could plug in a USB disk and call up the appropriate command.