Restocking fees

Restocking fees is a tool that some online shops use to annoy their customers. When I recently bought something from eBuyer, I was happy to get lots of new stuff but quite unhappy with their “restocking fee”.

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One of the things I bought was a monitor, which was quite expensive (but nice!) The day after I got it, the advertised price dropped by around $200 – and since eBuyer offers a full refund within 7 business days, I was a happy customer.

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Project GIPF

In case you haven’t tried any of the games from [Project GIPF](, I would encourage you to. The games (5 thus far) are outstandingly brilliant 2-player games where only skill determines the outcome, and the rules are all deceptively simple. All of them are played on a hexagonal board, but that is as far as the similarities go…

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How to add a new user

Reminder to self… To add a new “user” to the site (i.e. another Mertner that wants a blog), the following needs to be done:

1. Create a symlink to the root folder named after the user,
2. Edit wp-includes/my-functions.php to add the username
3. Copy config-default.php to config-<username>.php and edit with a new table prefix
4. Go to the new base URL and configure [WordPress]( for the new user

That is it! 🙂

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Styling the site

A nice feature of [WordPress]( is that it doesn’t use a lot of tables to align page items but instead uses Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). With CSS, you can do everything you ever wanted to with tables, and more – if you know how.

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Welcome to my new home page. I have transferred most of the contents from the old site to this one – feel free to browse around.

Note that the picture gallery is not integrated with the new system yet and should be opened in a new window.