6 times 9

What's 6 times 9 for?

6 times 9 is the home of the various tools and whatnot that I've created during the course of designing websites, which currently include:

  • 6 times 9 Web Search - A retired search form that allowed you to search many different websites from one location. It was used as a standalone website or embedded into other pages.
  • CSS Page Layout Templates - A collection of simple page layouts that you're welcome to use. There are examples of each one, and I'm hoping it won't be too long before I add my ideas for more complex additions to the layouts.
  • Galsing Flickr - Galsing (short for 'Gallery Single') is a PHP script for creating single page photo archives (where 'single page' means that the script is a single file, not that all the photos are shown together on one page).
  • JavaScript & PHP Library - Some useful tools I've created using JavaScript and PHP.
  • Warwick Blogs Grabber - A PHP script to take the RSS feed for a Warwick Blog, format it, and output the result to allow the blog to be mirrored on another website.

If you have any questions, comments, compliments, suggestions, complaints, or problems, feel free to get in touch, and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.

Why "6 times 9"?

It's a reference to the fantastic The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy by Douglas Adams - in the story the Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything is found to be "42"; the Question itself is later incorrectly discovered to be "What do you get if you multiply 6 by 9?" In base 13, 6 times 9 happens to equal 42, but this is a coincidence, as Douglas Adams is on record as saying: Nobody writes jokes in base 13 [...] I may be a pretty sad person, but I don't make jokes in base 13.

I highly recommend you investigate the books if you haven't already read them; here's a handy link to Amazon.co.uk.

From Hosting to Google Sites

6 times 9 was originally hosted with a standard hosting company, allowing a great amount of flexibility. Google Sites is, as far as I can tell with the time I've spent with it, less flexible, however I have moved for a number of reasons:

  • The hosting company informed me it would no longer be providing hosting from the beginning of 2013, so I had to do something...
  • Over the course of the site's life there have been numerous disruptions to service. I'm guessing Google's going to be pretty reliable. I don't tinker with the projects much these days, so my priority is availability, and this seems like an excellent solution
  • It's free

Hopefully this means that the projects (particularly Dynupdown, which seems by far the most popular) will never be inaccessible or need to move again.