2013 Site Update History

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Mar 29 - Perl Script: Simple Folder Opener v1.1
Apr 19 - New Page: Some Puppy Linux Basics       Apr 28 - First Releases of Astroblahhh GLMP-GTK and Astroblahhh PH-GTK  (Software Releases)       Apr 29 - First Release of Eryss Astrology Software and Swiss Ephemeris Extension Package for Astroblahhh GLMP-GTK or Astroblahhh PH-GTK  (Software Release)       Apr 30 - Updated About page and Donations page
Jun 23 - Started (and deleted) a Twitter account
Nov 27 - Zip file of 28 Raphael Demos I saved on 11/24/2013  (JavaScript Software)
Dec 25 - Astroblahhh.Com Font Sample Generator v1.0, in JavaScript  (Software Release)       Dec 29 - Astroblahhh.Com Simple Generator of Many VUE Nodes with Random Colors and Fonts v1.0, etc.  (Software Release)

This page lists many of the major and minor additions and changes to Astroblahhh.Com in 2013.


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Perl Script: Simple Folder Opener v1.1
Friday, March 29th, 2013
11:18:33 GMT


Just a tiny update.

Had to add some quotes - otherwise this script wouldn't work right for folder paths with any spaces in them.


No, this isn't the project I've been working on since late January. :-) The above update took even longer than that - it took me almost two years to notice and fix the above problem. *facepalm*

The project from late January will, I hope, be done very soon.

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New Page: Some Puppy Linux Basics
Friday, April 19th, 2013
20:10:37 GMT


Well, my project from late January is still not 100% done. Actually, though, it's inaccurate to call all that just one project, because it grew so much it ended up being about 4 different, related projects.

I wanted to release all 4 at the same time, but, I recently got a cold, so, I haven't been able to finish them all.

But, 1 of the 4 is done - or done enough for now. (It's the kind of thing that's a perpetual work in progress, so I probably will add more to it eventually.) Here it is:

Some Puppy Linux Basics

Even if you don't use Puppy Linux, the section titled What is free, libre, open source software? might be entertaining reading for anyone.


Minor updates: I renamed the Request Software or Ask Programming Questions page to Request Free/Libre/Open Source Software, Documentation, or Ask Programming Questions, and updated it.

And, added two currently boring and mostly empty pages: Goods and Services.

And, changed the some of the link colors on this website to be more readable.

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First Releases of Astroblahhh GLMP-GTK and Astroblahhh PH-GTK
Sunday, April 28th, 2013
09:35:49 GMT


Software Releases

Here are projects 2 and 3 from late January 2013. They're for Ubuntu-based Puppy Linuxes and Slacko Puppy:

Astroblahhh GLMP-GTK

Astroblahhh PH-GTK

I sure underestimated how long it would take to finish all this stuff.

But, in a way, I'm sort of glad it took this long, because April 28th and 29th, 2012 were some quite lousy days for me, and releasing these nice, useful projects today and tomorrow will give me some good, happy things to look back on on future April 28ths and 29ths. :-)

I'm going to release projects 4 and 5 on April 29th. Yes, 4 and 5 - I miscounted before.

Originally, the 5th thing was going to just be some simplistic demo software, which I didn't mean to take at all long to write. But, after adding so many nice little features to it, I decided it deserved a cool name and to be treated as a full-fledged project after all.

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First Release of Eryss Astrology Software and Swiss Ephemeris Extension Package for Astroblahhh GLMP-GTK or Astroblahhh PH-GTK
Monday, April 29th, 2013
13:45:46 GMT


Software Release

At last - projects 4 and 5 from late January 2013.

Eryss Astrology Software and Swiss Ephemeris Extension Package
for Astroblahhh GLMP-GTK and Astroblahhh PH-GTK

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Updated About page and Donations page
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
08:47:21 GMT


I finally updated the About page (neglected since Dec. 15, 2008) and the Donations page (neglected since Sept. 3, 2011).

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Started (and deleted) a Twitter account
Sunday, June 23rd, 2013
10:18:13 GMT


I started a Twitter account.

Twitter: EryssCom

Maybe I'll end up updating that more frequently than any of my websites.

(Edit, 3:40 PM. I changed my mind about having a Twitter account at all, so I deleted it.)


I still didn't post anything new to the new Eryss.Com Forum. No one else did, either. I haven't gone too far out of my way to draw attention to it, though. I probably should post some stuff, like stuff I'd like to sell, but, I guess it just hasn't seemed likely to help my situation as much as other things I'm doing instead.

Probably all the members so far - 38 accounts other than mine and my test account - are spam robots. Oddly, somehow not a single one has ever managed to post anything (nothing ever even made it to the moderation queue), and I'm only using the Simple-level captcha.

Also to my surprise, the forum was discovered by spambots very soon after announcing the forum on my blogs - less than a 1/2 hour later, if I recall correctly.


I've been falling behind on most correspondence and probably will continue to do so until my situation improves a lot.

As usual, I welcome purchases of goods and services, and donations or microdonations.

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Zip file of 28 Raphael Demos I saved on 11/24/2013
Wednesday, November 27th, 2013
02:55:30 GMT


JavaScript Software

To the Software section, I added a zip file of 28 Raphaël Demos saved 11/24/2013.

If you just want to look at the demos without having to save anything, you can at the official Raphaël site, raphaeljs.com.


Raphaël* (official website: raphaeljs.com) is a really cool free, libre, open source JavaScript library for handling vector graphic images and animations.

Raphaël is by Dmitry Baranovskiy. Raphaël and the demos are under the MIT license. I had nothing to do with authoring Raphaël or the demos in this zip file.

More details are here.

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Astroblahhh.Com Font Sample Generator v1.0, in JavaScript
Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
19:37:19 GMT


Software Release

Happy holidays to all!

I wrote a font sample generator in JavaScript, to make it easier to view and choose between fonts and different font sizes and styles... and I ended up making it a lot fancier than it really had to be.

Astroblahhh.Com Font Sample Generator v1.0, in JavaScript

Zip File of Source Code

It's also a useful random color generator.

Note: Some browsers have problems saving JavaScript pages properly using the typical Save function in the File menu. So, to save this script, you can either download the zip file of the source code, or use your browser's View Page Source function, then copy and paste the source code into a text editor, and save it with the text editor.


The font sample generator is under the GNU Affero General Public License - except for any parts not by me. I copied and pasted (and often modified) some functions and other snippets I found on the web, and I think I usually noted them with comments in the source code.


I began writing it around maybe Dec. 5th. The basic idea was really easy to make - the most time-consuming part was all the polishing.

I went a bit overboard with that, to the point where that unintentionally became my top project this month. I didn't mean it to take more than a day or two, but, I just kept adding and adding to it. I'm not sure I worked on Astroblahhh Desktop at all this month, except for noting down some design ideas sometimes.

Happily, pieces of this font sample generator will definitely be useful in other projects, including even Astroblahhh Desktop. And writing it made me a lot more familiar and comfortable with JavaScript, which will surely be useful to me in the future.


It's nice to have relatively quickly completed something really useful and polished. In contrast, the task of building Astroblahhh Desktop v3.0 seems so wearyingly neverending. I've made enormous progress with it, but it's still not ready to even use, let alone release.

Don't know when that will be done, and it's very possible that other things will take priority.

As mentioned in this post from today on Eryss.Com, I'm going to try to release the incomplete (but useful) AutoHotkey* (AHK) version of the Eryss astrology software before February 2014. It probably won't take nearly that long, but I just wanted to give myself a lot of time to get around to it.


As always, donations and microdonations and requests for free, libre, open source software and documentation are welcome.

Or, if there are other things you'd like me to consider doing, you can let me know via the Eryss.Com Forum or my currently spam-ridden email address. Or even my Tumblr's Ask or Submit pages.

Sorry if anyone sent me mail that I haven't answered (or even seen). I've scarcely even looked at my Astroblahhh mail for quite a while now, since I get almost nothing but spam. It's probably better to contact me via the Eryss.Com Forum or even my Tumblr.

Tumblr is currently my favorite social media website, and so far, I have never gotten a single message at either of my Tumblrs, not even spam. And the Eryss.Com Forum, despite the fact that even unregistered guests may post to some boards, has been free of spam and spambot registrations ever since I upgraded to a stronger capcha for user registrations.

Again, happy holidays to all!

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Astroblahhh.Com Simple Generator of Many VUE Nodes with Random Colors and Fonts v1.0, etc.
Sunday, December 29th, 2013
12:35:23 GMT


Software Release

A couple new JavaScripts. The first one is the nicer one, the second is its primitive ancestor.

Both are sloppy and relatively unpolished compared to the Astroblahhh.Com Font Sample Generator v1.0, in JavaScript (which was actually written after these two were mostly complete).

But, they get the job done fine.


  1. Astroblahhh Simple Generator of Many VUE Nodes with Random Colors and Fonts v1.0         Zip File of Source Code

    A nice, lazy way to randomly choose colors and fonts for your nodes in the free, libre, open source concept mapping software VUE (Visual Understanding Environment)*.

    It generates copy-and-pasteable source code for a .vue file, and using the Raphaël library (not by me), shows you right in your web browser approximately what the nodes will look like in VUE. The .vue source code it generates definitely works with VUE 3.0.2 and VUE 3.2.2.


  2. Astroblahhh Simple Generator of a Single VUE Node with 3 Random Colors v1.0         Zip File of Source Code

    A very primitive version of the preceding. Only generates a single node and three different copy-and-pasteable random hexadecimal colors.

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