Sunday, April 29, 2007

Lunch, glasses, and shopping

Whew, I've just written a small website from the ground up with NVU. I don't recall the Suse version of NVU as being this painful, but on my Ubuntu system it was slow going. The version installed may be from 2006, but it felt like editing with Frontpage 97. It's like the last 10 years hadn't happened. Before I try this again, I'll definitely have to investigate alternatives.

Normally I wouldn't try building a site in html, but it was only going to be a single page, it ended up as 4, and a CMS seemed overkill.

The site's called "Glasses for less" and was inspired by some recent events.

We were going to have lunch with Diana, my sister, on Saturday & Tessa broke her glasses frame. This story is told in more detail on the site, but to summarise, we stopped off at the optometrists in Lynnmall and were told that the repair would take two or three days. Time she doesn't have.

Lunch was as quiet as lunch with a 4 year-old ever gets, especially one covered in face paint, but was great fun.

We knew my sister has used an overseas supplier for glasses & after lunch picked her brain about them. She told the story, and Tessa picked her frames. We then went home to get her prescription and ordered the glasses. With any luck they'll be here in just over a week.

After this I decided it would be a great idea to document the process. As it happened, there was a suitable domain name in the drop auction last night, so I grabbed it.

The rest, as they say, is history.