Viewing Garfnet

  • This site is designed to be viewed on a nice big screen with as many colours as your computer can muster It is best viewed at least 1024×768 pixels, or bigger @ 16.8 million colours. Personally I prefer 1920×1080 (full HD). However, this is also a so-called “responsive” site. Most of its content scales reasonably well for small mobile devices, as it auto-sizes to fit various screen resolutions. It seems to run OK on Android, iOS, GNU/Linux, Mac and MS Windows in almost any reasonably modern browser.
  • If you are a “night owl” and prefer dark themes, this site also plays nicely with DarkReader browser extension.

Browser recommendation

  • This site is generally quite “standards compliant” (though we had to bend the odd rule here and there). So it should work well in almost any modern web browser. However it seems the best browser to view this site with is Mozilla Firefox. There are versions available for Android, GNU/Linux, Macintosh OS X & Windows. Firefox also uninstalls cleanly if you decide you don’t like it.
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Banner advertisements and pop-ups

  • There are no pop-up or banner advertisements, trackers or other similar irritating malarkey on this site. Cookies are only used to make the site work properly. You may also wish to examine the site’s Privacy Policy.

Measurements

  • This site uses ISO 8601 date format (CCYY-MM-DD).
  • Similarly, this is a metric site and it uses SI metric units throughout. If you have difficulty understanding the metric system then you might find our units converter handy.

Server

  • Site runs on Debian GNU/Linux version 10, AKA “Buster”.
  • Webserver software is Apache version 2.4
  • The back-end database is MariaDB version 10.3 and is used for storing dynamic content.
  • Site uses PHP (Pretty Hypertext Preprocessing) version 7.3
  • Legacy static parts of site use ‘frames’.

Site construction

  • Dynamic content for the main site is mostly managed by WordPress content management system.
  • Mr Goose’s blog also uses WordPress.
  • Site uses CSS (cascading style sheets).
  • Programming, HTML/CSS coding, creation of static content, all undertaken by Garfield Lucas, using fairly simple HTML and a smattering of JavaScript.
  • Newer, larger resolution images are in NextGen Gallery, which is an integrated WordPress gallery plug-in
  • The old media library (GarfNet Pictures+Media) runs on Coppermine. It dates back to 2006, when 640 x 480 pixels was considered a “large image” and it is slowly being  being phased out.
  • I have generally only used JavaScript where necessary and appropriate.
  • I’ve tried to make all links to other sites clearly identifiable as such, by showing their URLs rather than a blind link. External links open on a new tab – or at least they are supposed to.
  • Legacy flash presentations require a flash viewer such as Ruffle. Adobe has discontinued its support for flash.