Tuesday, April 12, 2005

v0.3 Beta Is Now Live!

Yes, LastHalo is barely 2 weeks old. To be exact, it had only been out for 12 days. But doesn't it feel like it has gone a long way?

And yes, v0.3 of LastHalo is not a bug-fix only release. A few new features are added.
  1. You can now specify the number of entries to be displayed. Simply use the 'n' parameter to specify the number of posts, from 1 to 10. The default 'n' value is 10.

    For example, to display 5 posts, you would use the following lines of code:
    <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript"

  2. You can now kiss the standardized prefix 'From' goodbye. By using the parameter 'pre', you can now set LastHalo to display each entry with any prefix you like. As you may have noticed, the default value is now "By".

    As an example, to set prefix as "Kiss from", use the following codes:
    <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript"

    Note that you should separate each words with a '+' and not a space.

    To remove prefix, you should set prefix to null.
    ie. pre=null

  3. To complete the release, postfix customization is also possible. Simply use the 'post' parameter. The default value is an empty string, or null.

    An example to set postfix as "said", you would use the following codes:
    <script language="javascript" type="text/javascript"

You can use as many '&' as needed to combine a few parameters.

Thanks for supporting LastHalo!


For new users, please refer to Installation Instructions.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Upgrade of Haloscan Account

Thanks Jeevan, for the upgrade. I really appreaciate it.
To: lasthalo@uzyn.com
From: HaloScan <contact@haloscan.com>
Subject: Haloscan account upgrade
Date: Sat, 9 Apr 2005 15:59:47 -0400
X-Mailer: Apple Mail (2.619.2)


I've upgraded your account to a premium one for free for the nice work
you've done with lasthalo.

Keep up the good work. :-)


Friday, April 08, 2005

v0.2d Beta

This is only a bug fix release.

Version 0.2d Beta of LastHalo fixed the bug reported by Steve Bates, ie. LastHalo would break if a user enters backslash or multiple backslashes in the 'Name' field.

v0.2d Beta now displays correctly the 'Name' and the 'Comment' field even it if contains backslashes and/or apostrophes.

Please note that what is displayed on LastHalo is exactly what the user has typed into the 'Name' field.

There are some discrepancies with Haloscan's comment window. Single backslash in the name will appear as single backslash, double backslash will appear as a SINGLE backslash.

For LastHalo, single is single; double is double.

Have a good day.

LastHalo Installation Instructions for new users.

Last 100 Requests

Ever wondered who have installed LastHalo?
Ever wondered how LastHalo looks like on users' blogs?

Check out the LastHalo Last 100 Requests.

Refresh periodically to see an updated list of recent LastHalo requests.

Have fun blog-hopping!

LastHalo Installation Instructions for new users.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Switching Server

LastHalo has been experiencing lots of down time recently. I have requseted my host to switch it to a more stable server.

You do not have to do anything. Just keep in mind that there will be a DNS propagation delay of about 24-72 hours. LastHalo service should not be having any downtime at all during the propagation process, unless, of course, one of the servers go down during the propagation process.

Thank you for your understanding and support.
I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

Installation Instructions for new users.

Updated at 6 April 11:26PM (+0800):
Server transfer is successful. DNS propagation is also completed from where I'm at. Thanks for your patience.

Saturday, April 02, 2005

v0.2c Beta

Fixed a bug where LastHalo causes the Comments(x) counter to not increase.

LastHalo now works independently of the Haloscan comment script on blogs.

No actions is needed on users part.


Installation Instructions for new users.

v0.2b Beta

LastHalo is now v0.2b Beta.

Quickfix on the popup javascript of LastHalo v0.2.

LastHalo v0.2 popup had some slight display problem on Internet Explorer.

It is now fixed on v0.2b. No actions is needed on users' parts.

Have fun!

Installation Instructions for new users.

Friday, April 01, 2005

v0.2 Beta Is Live

I know this is fast. And I know today's April Fool's Day.

Anyway, some changes in v0.2 Beta:
  1. Clicking on comments now opens a new window with properties similar to Haloscan's. Clicking on comments no longer opens up a default-sized browser window with the toolbar.

  2. Powered by LastHalo acknowledgement is now embeded in the script. You no longer needs to include it on your own.

    If you are a LastHalo user since v0.1 and are nice enough to have included the acknowledgement code in your template, please remove it to avoid double Powered by lines. Sorry about that and thank you for supporting LastHalo since its first ever release!

Please do check out this development weblog from time to time, or you can subscribe to the Atom feed, for updates on future releases. Although it is most often unnecessary for you to alter your code on your blog for default usage, it would be nice if you follow LastHalo's progress. On top of that, you might learn some new tricks on using LastHalo for its future releases.

For new users, please check out the Installation Instructions.

Happy April Fool's Day!