NoteFinder – A Sneak Preview

By billn on May 18, 2006 #site updates

a new type of search engine
I’m very happy with what I have sofar – my developer has done a great interpretation job.

Unfortunately I have an even bigger ‘content’ job ahead of me.

The NoteFinder links to lots of other potentially useful things such as appellation factsheets, producer websites and profiles within Burgundy-Report – and that’s not all!

This all means (of-course) that I have no time left to eat or drink!

Note Finder and Outages

By billn on May 16, 2006 #site updates

It all seemed to be going so well – site was migrated, note-finder database coming along ‘swimmingly’ – all was well.

Then last week my ‘hosters’ had some harddisk malfunctions and the site was gone for almost 2 days – then bits were missing and the stats still don’t work. Not really a fine start…

Anyway, I expect a bit of ‘beta testing’ for some poor unsuspecting ‘friends’ at the end on next week and going live at the end of the month. Gotta have a target!

Cheers, Bill

Update Page

By billn on May 04, 2006 #site updates

This update page is now just-about up-to-scratch. Forward to the database for tasting notes (and more!) which is already running on a test-server – scary!
Cheers, Bill

Phase 1 Success.

By billn on April 30, 2006 #site updates

I’m sat in a lounge at the airport, and if you’re reading this, then the server-switch was a success – everything seems okay.

Perhaps not a very challenging phase 1 then! Phase two is the database development, phase 3 is the implementation. I’ll get a few friends to roadtest (crash?) phase 3 as soon as it’s up and running – I’m thinking May…

Now just 12 hours on a plane to Zürich to get through; it was Harry Potter and the goblet of fire on the way out, I wonder what civilisation advancing entertainment I’ll get on the return. 😉

New Reference Pages – Burgundy’s Grapes

By billn on April 22, 2006 #site updates

The page on Burgundy’s grape varieties is finally up here – it was a busy week, so quite slow progress.

Had a meeting with the developers for my tasting-note finder – sounds easy – I just need a new web-host, to develop something in .NET and update it with microsoft access. All very easy apparently…

Now I go to China for 9 days hoping that nothing breaks down in the meantime!

Feeds links

By billn on April 13, 2006 #site updates

Finally got the feed links sorted out (I think!) – they weren’t working before as they should. It’s possible to see the updates via ‘feedburner’ or by-far the easiest route – but only if you use Firefox – is by clicking the feed icon which appears on the browser’s address-line (when you view the Burgundy-Report homepage. This adds a link to the bookmarks that shows if the site has been updated – very elegant and easy.

Must get back to writing about Burgundy’s 8 allowed grape varieties!

New Reference Pages – Segmenting the Region

By billn on April 12, 2006 #site updates

New page that segments by region the areas that together are called burgundy. Also updated (mainly style-wise) are the following:
Wine Making
A-Z of Appellations
The Map Resource
Weights & Measures
Profiled Producers
That’s enough for today!

New Reference Pages – History

By billn on April 12, 2006 #site updates

The history page is up and running – more of an almanac really.
Am at the same time working on the databse info for the ‘Note Finder’ which should find a lot more than notes!
Cheers, Bill

New Reference Pages – Introduction

By billn on April 12, 2006 #site updates

8th April 2006. A short introduction with a few nice remarks from Neal Martin that I will probably expand at my (occasional) leisure.

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