Against all the odds (ie. my amazing laziness) I have also managed to get the comments system for this site up and running, and now it looks like the few teething problems (my shoddy coding) have now all been ironed out.The latest addition is the 'Hot Gossip' board which lets you see all the latest comments in one place. Not much of a feature, and pretty darn hard to make it look visually appealing (I'm still not that happy with it), but I was getting a few posts on older articles which were hard to track. Well when I say hard it just invloved me writing a couple of simple SQL queries on the site database, but I'm far too lazy to do that all the time, so the gossip board was born.
The gossip board gave me the idea that a bulletin board/chat forum wouldn't be that hard to code based on the same structure, but I'm not really sure that's a feature I want to add, as interesting to code as it would be. Maybe my next project will be something like the modem emulator which was one of the big hits for 2003. I just don't have any ideas at the moment. Are there any features or special projects you'd like to see on Lazylaces this year? Leave a comment or drop me a mail and let me know.
For now I'm quite busy at home working on a disturbing project that arrived by post this week. It's on behalf of the SKL Network who are enlisting all the help they can in the hunt for their missing employee Jack Lorski. The key to his disappearance seems to be locked within a mysterious CD Rom (a copy of which was what arrived in my post this week). The trouble is the data is locked using puzzles that can only be solved by searching the internet for clues, and corresponding with other SKL helpers by mail. I'm hoping with my extensive internet knowledge I'm going to be some use in their search, but it's only early days yet, and so far I've only managed to unlock the CD Rom's user interface. I'll post more on this soon as although it is disturbing it is quite fascinating [huh?].