I’d been using Marketleap‘s link checking tool for a while, but today began using Yahoo’s query terms because they allow the user to remove internal links from the results.

Here’s what you do:

1. To check the full number of links to a domain use this:


2. To do the same but without including backlinks:

linkdomain:www.mysite.com –site:mysite.com

3. To check backlinks to a specific page:


4. And to do the same without including those internal links:

link:http://www.mysite.com/subpage.html -site.mysite.com

Nifty to know for a quick check.

I haven’t posted in several days – my spare time has been thoroughly occupied with building a new web site for my web design business. I’m changing my look completely and have a new logo that fits my business much better…

I’m having a few issues with the CSS on my prototype site, though, frustrating… The first is that my Faux Columns (which I use all the time) aren’t working. I think I have an error but can’t locate it, so I’m probably going to wind up tearing it down to nothing and working back up to include all the elements. I don’t mind this, but I wish I didn’t have to do it.

Also, I got the footer to stick to the bottom of the screen, but because the Faux Columns aren’t working the main content area appears to end before it reaches the footer. I’m hoping that fixing the first issue will help get the second one under control.

Other than these problems, the site looks great, IMO. I’m very excited to get it up and running – my target launch date is August 1.

I was watching CNN while having lunch a few minutes ago and saw on the ticker that Apple’s released a version of Safari for both XP and Vista.

According to Macworld this release happened about an hour ago.

I’m not a Mac or Safari user but I do test my sites in Safari and it will be nice not to have to pay a visit to Browsercam specifically for that purpose.

Generally I’ve found that Safari’s a bit worse than FF for having problems that need to be fixed when coding XHTML/CSS, and generally better than IE7 or 6 (but with different issues). It’ll be interesting to see how this plays out in the browser kingdom.

In a previous post I related an issue going on with my XP Pro-based machine yesterday, where the system font used in most app dialogs was suddenly larger and bolder. I posted a message on a group I belong to and got a great reference that helped me fix my XP font problem.

I followed the author’s Approach 3 and it worked like a charm. Here it is in shorthand:

  1. Right-click on the desktop then click on Properties.
  2. Go to the Settings tab and click on Advanced.
  3. On the General tab, click the dropdown menu for DPI Setting and change it to 75% in the dialog box that pops up.
  4. Restart the computer when prompted.
  5. After restarting, do the same sequence of tasks and reset the DPI Setting to 100%.
  6. Restart again when prompted.

This worked perfectly and thank God I didn’t have to reinstall XP Pro.

I’m having a weird issue… yesterday when I turned on my machine, the smallish light Arial-like font that shows up in many application dialogs is gone and replaced by a much larger bold font.

I didn’t get any errors and definitely didn’t delete any fonts. I ran a full virus sweep and didn’t catch anything either.

Here’s what WS_FTP Pro looks like now:


I’m using Linotype FontExplorer to manage my fonts, and I checked through there too to see if I’d deactivated something by mistake but no. Any ideas?

It came to my attention over the weekend that the page referred to in this previous post is no longer available. So I’ll just post the script here.

Put this wherever you want the rotation to play, and link to a text file with your quotes, links to images on your server, etc. (mine is linking to a quote file ‘featured_flower.txt’ that also includes images). You can see a bit of the text file here.

I hope this makes sense. It’s a great little script and you can style it by putting it in a CSS div.