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Welcome to Doodlecat, where we enjoy the pleasures of life (with a slight bias towards the outdoors). This page is regularly updated with news and views plus information about any additions or changes to the various parts of the site. It acts as Doodlecat’s Blog too, so the odd rant considered opinion may pop up from time to time.

I would love to be able to say that Doodlecat is all my own work, but it isn’t. Much of the outdoors content is courtesy of the splendid people who participate in the annual TGO Challenge (there is a section entirely devoted to this unique event) and many others.

To help in tracking down that elusive morsel on Doodlecat, the search facility under the title bar above is tailored to help you find it, either on this home page (Doodlecat's Blog) all the rest of the site (Main Site) or – if all else fails - the internet!

So have a rummage around the old cat basket and enjoy your time with us!

Friday, October 10, 2008


As some of you have noticed, the rolling links to 'recently updated sites' at the top right hand of this page has suddenly gone blank. This isn't because I've deleted all the links - something has gone wrong with Blogrolling.com, a service that I use to display only the recently updated sites, rather than have a huge list.

With any luck this is a temporary outage - if not I'll get a replacement up soon.

So if you think your link has been scrubbed - it wasn't me, and it will be back. I still love you all!


Blogger Phil said...

Just been told that Blogrolling had been attacked by hackers! Anyway, all back now.


October 10, 2008 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Theo said...

I couldn't login to my Fotopic account for much of the day yesterday and several links to my Fotopic-site were out of order too.
Looks like it has been World Hacking Day yesterday.


October 12, 2008 at 8:12 AM  
Blogger Phil said...

Yes - it's all very irritating! And for some reason my Blogroll isn't updating now. Oh well, I'll have to go there and have a tinker with the settings.

Technology - dontcha just love it?


October 13, 2008 at 12:31 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

ell, they're sill having problems - this is the last notice published on Twitter on 17th October,

"Earlier yesterday, we had to take Blogrolling.com entirely offline. Shortly thereafter, we re-started serving blogrolls, but we still haven’t made tools available to manage your blogrolls, set up new ones, sign up for the service, etc. For a while, we were redirecting the Blogrolling home page to our Twitter status page so that we could provide everyone with updates. Now we’re just going to post updates here as they happen. Of course, we’ll continue to monitor Twitter, etc. to provide help, answers, etc.

Drop us a note @blogrolling on twitter if you have any questions.

We’re really sorry for any inconvenience that this has caused, but it is really important that we run with the lights dim while we sort things out."

Well, Blogrolling has worked well for me since I started the revised Doodlecat last year, so I'll stick with them for a while longer. I hope they purge the gremlins out of the system soon....but just in case, does anyone have any suggestions for a similar service?

October 21, 2008 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger Phil said...

Latest update from Ross at Blogrolling.com:

"Thanks to everyone for their patience while we sort this mess out.

The short story is that Blogrolling 1.0 is still mostly offline for security reasons. Serving blogrolls, pinging and a couple of other minor functions are back, but you still can’t edit your blogroll, create new blogrolls, that sort of thing.

This is killing us as much as you.

The service will continue to run in sub-standard mode while we work through the code re-write that I talked about last week. I’ve asked my team to see if we can bring back editing and adding to blogrolls while we work on Blogrolling 2.0, but it doesn’t look good at this point.

Sorry that I don’t have better or more detailed news at this point. I will post more about Blogrolling 2.0 once we get closer to the beta in a few weeks.

Thanks again for your patience and support."

November 2, 2008 at 10:43 PM  

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