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I completed the splash page for the site and it is now publically available to one and all! :D

What remains to be done is writing some example tutorials and the usual fiddling with pages to get everything looking spiffy. I believe i have properly locked everything that needs to be locked, so now I will be roping in some of my peers and friends to help me beta-test the site. I also plan to promote the site on Deviantart, WetCanvas and whichever other popular art sites I can find on the Internet :)

I am hoping to get an extension of a few days to allow time for people to experiment and play with the site but i will be discussing that with my advisor tommorow because maybe i should let the profs see the site first before I let people have a go at it heh heh.

Mood:
chipper chipper
Music:
The Who - Bargain (live at San Francisco Civic Auditorium, 1971)
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After way too many hours trying to discover which CSS file references what other CSS file to figure out how the heck to change the layout to the format i wanted, the wiki now looks close to what i proposed in my proposal in terms of simplicity and having a cheerful and clean look. The prototype wallpaper is in place so i have an idea how large to make the tables and i discovered for some reason that when i try to change the cellspacing for any of the tables to anything other than 0, that somehow makes the wiki crash IE which is less than good. So i left that alone heh heh.


Next tasks:

- locking down certain pages from being editted so i don't have people accidently editting the pages that have important instructions. This isn't entirely vital since i have edit logs but a cup of prevention saves a barrel of repairs or however the expression goes

- writing the explanation and instruction pages

- beta-testing edit permissions and browsing
Mood:
good good
Music:
DM vs Glezpik - I want it all (glezpik)
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from Feb 22 2006:

Ladies and Gentlemen, I have now successfully installed PmWiki on my server at sunhawk.ca! It was much easier than eFiction to install due to the fact it did not require me to set up anything in regards to the Apache server or MySQL, though it remains to be seen whether I can actually create any new pages and how they are stored. A lot of the Wiki information on the PmWiki site is fairly foreign to me, but they have a really excellent mailing list that I have joined and the people there are incredibly helpful :)

I just figured out how to install skins (there are a lot of folders within the pmwiki folder on my server that i don't know about) so right now I have a lovely skin called Gemini on the wiki and my next goal is to figure out how to make the wiki look the way I want. It seems the skins can have CSS but there are a lot of premade CSS and PHP files so I have to figure out the right place to put my formatting @_@

Mood:
accomplished
Music:
DM vs Glezpik - A pain that I'm used to (glezpik)
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from Feb 19 2006:

I've been studying the code for Twiki and trying to learn how to effect overall site changes, mostly simple things like changing the layout. It took me forever to get up the nerve to actually try to change the site because I was very confused which page affected what part of the site, since wikis are very circular like that. Especially the Twiki set up for me, it was hard to distinguish when I was still within my own mini-Wiki and when I had wandered into the main Wiki. Of course, there were generally messages telling me "You can't edit that" when i DID wander too far but I have had too many accidental deleting of important information to make me brazen in my editting attempts.

I have been looking over the other Wiki options and I decided to check out PmWiki because they seem to have a lot of skin themes you can apply to the wiki and those skins are customizable! Using the Mac Twiki has been very helpful to give me an idea what wikis are like but I think I need to install something that I have complete control over. After my disasterous luck getting the PHP module eFiction installed, wish me luck getting PmWiki installed on my server!
Mood:
determined
Music:
The Who - Love, Reign O'er Me
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From Feb 2nd 2006 (i have gotten behind with putting my logs on this journal)

I met with Stefan and he was very helpful about wikis since that was what i decided to go with in the end :) We discussed the merits of using a wiki and places like Wikipedia and I figured out that I was being perhaps too far-minded in terms of worrying about things that are far in the future before I get the right-now concerns sorted out (like getting the site set-up period!)

Here are some things he suggested to me:

http://www.opensourcecms.com/
PmWiki
MediaWiki
TWiki

He also set up a TWiki from one of McMaster's for me to play with and try my hand at it, wish me luck!

Mood:
cheerful cheerful
Music:
The Who - Love, Reign O'er Me
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my friend starbright73 suggested this link as a possible solution:
http://webhosting.lycos.co.uk/one-click-site/modules/

i believe McMaster Multimedia program already has a wiki using this wiki software:
http://webhosting.lycos.co.uk/one-click-site/modules/tipiwiki_2.3/details/

I believe my next step is to contact my server provider and ask them to activate Mysql support for my domain, since i appear to have the capability but it hasn't been activated. Hopefully this will be free or cheap and they might be able to give me some assistance setting up stuff.
Mood:
determined
Music:
The Who - Music Must Change
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Here are some links i currently have open as I try to investigate setting up my database. I understand what i need to do on a very basic level, now i am trying to implement some software to get it going. My domain service includes an Apache webserver but i am unclear about MySQL and thus i may need to phone the company. My friend Stine from Denmark, who is a webdesigner in her own right, has blessedly agreed to help me out since she has some actual experience in PHP, i am very excited by her offer to help :)

http://www.planetpeer.de/wiki/index.php/MoreAboutMechanics
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Documentation:Installation#Prerequisite_tools
http://dev.mysql.com/downloads/
http://www.hotscripts.com/Remotely_Hosted/Content_Management/index.html
http://www.efiction.wallflowergirl.com/index.php
Mood:
anxious anxious
Music:
Pete Townshend - Dogs
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Currently I am trying to investigate Wiki and PHP options for the project. I had a discussion with Stefan in my year where he was very helpful and explained a number of issues with what i want to achieve, mainly that i am looking to create something that's very ambitious and complicated. He explained about Remote Hosting and helped me clarify a number of issues I have regarding user submission and authentication.


Websites I am looking at:


PHP
http://ca.php.net/manual/en/tutorial.firstpage.php
http://www.hotscripts.com/Remotely_Hosted/Content_Management/index.html
http://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page



Still unsure whether i can do this all myself or whether to start begging for help from altruistic programmers ;)
Mood:
busy
Music:
The Who - Sally Simpson [Outtake]
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On Tuesday, I met with Professor Rockwell to discuss my current state of mind about the project and what I needed to get done first.


For January, I have set these goals:
- Flesh out the tutorial guidelines and the submission process
- Figure out the specifics of what I expect from the database - what I want it to be capable of and hold, etc
- Investigate likely coding sources that will suit the project's needs
- Consult with Stefan about PHP, Wiki's, etc


Professor Rockwell's comments were, to paraphrase:

- Have you considered how you will get your site noticed?
- What makes websites like these popular? How do you get people to contribute?
- Are text and image tutorials suitable for the audience and the intended education?
- What about using a Wiki for the database?


I have started a tentative layout for the website, something very simple in Illustrator with the intention of the image being easy to modify as the menu list grows and becomes longer.
Mood:
thoughtful thoughtful
Music:
The Who - Join Together
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PTPS has space set aside on my domain which can be found at the link in the Profile section of this community or http://www.sunhawk.ca/painttopixel - right now there is just a short little blurb explaining the project and telling people when the launch date is set for. Also, i put up the prototype drawing of Blix, the mascot for the website!
Mood:
working
Music:
Coldplay - Clocks
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