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Ubuntu-za Planet Update

Planet ubuntu-za readers a post just for you.

A few days ago I announced our new website then yesterday Morgan announced our new planet. We decided to switch away from using a separate planet system in favour of using one of the built in Drupal ones since it would be far more integrated into the whole Ubuntu-za system and allow for easier administration.

How does this affect you??

If you subscribed to the old planets RSS feed you should update it to the new one. We will try to add  redirects from the old urls to new ones but as some rss readers don’t seem to follow redirects we thought it was easier and safer to simply update you guys.

So if you were using http://planet.ubuntu-za.org/atom.xml You need to switch over to http://ubuntu-za.org/planet.rss

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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010 Ubuntu Comments Off on Ubuntu-za Planet Update

Ubuntu-ZA Launches New Website

Some of you might have noticed that our old wiki has been down for some time.  Well yesterday I officially changed dns over to point to our new improved website. We tried to keep some of the most active links alive and we are still in the process of adding content and tweaking the theme a bit but see how awesome it is.

It is a little squashed but you can see an overview or simply go to the main ubuntu-za website.

This is just a standard drupal theme which will be released on Launchpad as an ubuntu-za project. It borrows some aspects from the official Drupal theme which is still under construction. This theme was created by Raoul Snyman.

Our server also changed hosting to make shared use of the clug VPS server that was sponsored by frogfoot.

Thanks to every one that made this migration possible, I know it was a lot of work but I do think the reward is already visible with our great new shiny Lucid matching themed website 🙂

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Monday, April 26th, 2010 Ubuntu 4 Comments

Kfm Joins Mobile Fail

Today I was listening to kfm like I do most mornings on the way to work and wanted to download one of the snippets from the show but more on that at a latter date.

Currently I have noscript installed and all scripts/iframes/flash/java are disabled until explicitly allowed. Seriously I don’t know what I would do with out it.

Firstly when trying to hit kfm.co.za it just times out, but www.kfm.co.za firstly odd but something that surprised me even more wasn’t that the webserver wasn’t configured to handle urls with out the www but rather that the 2 host names resolve to different ips.
www.kfm.co.za – 196.37.145.90
kfm.co.za – 196.2.132.146

Ok what does this have to do with mobile?
Their home page has this content.

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=iso-8859-1" />
<title>KFM - The Cape's No.1 hit music station</title>
<script type="text/javascript">
if ((screen.width<801) && (screen.height<360)) {
window.location.replace('http://www.kfm.co.za/mobilesite/index.asp');
}
else {
window.location.replace('http://www.kfm.co.za/index.asp');
}
</script>
</head>
<body>
</body>
</html>

I seriously have to ask, how does a screen resolution dictate mobility? further more phones that are mobile do tend to not support JavaScript. Another issue why are they doing redirection on the client side are do they not understand the concept of server side detection?

Ok so I thought I would follow the mobile version of the site and maybe give them the benefit of the doubt maybe their actual mobile site wont be as bad….

<script src="http://www.google-analytics.com/urchin.js" type="text/javascript">

They clearly care about stats about their sites (Pity that they wont generate any mobile stats since they tend to not load JavaScript in the first place)

They mobile site is riddled with tables and nested tables images in the places no images should ever go.
Some stats about their mobile optimized site…
kfm-stats

Just thinking but their Hot Jocks page is only 179kb at a current rate of R2.00 per meg 34.96 Cents to load that page…

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Thursday, May 7th, 2009 Mobile 2 Comments