Still haven’t heard back from Pensaworks (the Spd E-Letter authors). This is strange since they’ve always replied in a few hours when I have previously contacted them. In the meantime, I came across yet another problem (a somewhat different one) that their program causes me.
Their program runs on my web hoster’s computer. Every time I use it, the webpages it generates has a menu at the top with all the possible commands available. Now this menu looks very nice and is well laid out. But the trouble is that every time I load a page or even bring down a submenu, about 12 graphics are loaded. These 12 graphics each add a line about 700 characters long into my server log file. Using the package for about a half an hour the last few days added 3000 lines into to server log file totaling about 2.5 Megabytes a day! Instead of my log growing by 2.5 Megabytes, it grew by 5 Megabytes a day. I developed a database program a long time ago to analyse my log files, and I usually download them once every couple of weeks. But these extra graphics are adding to the logfiles so quickly that I may infringe on my 100 MB web limit on my account if I don’t download them every 4 to 7 days now.
I know there are a number of possible solutions: Turn off logging, switch hosting plans, buy more webspace, etc. I don’t want to leave my current plan since I’ve been grandfathered with unlimited bandwidth, which is almost impossible to find anymore.
Three hours later, I finally found the right option to add to prevent this. It was a “position: absolute” statement on the CSS style for the drop-down menu. Now that’s learning things the hard way!
So it only took 3 hours and 15 minutes to solve that problem after I was sure I had it cornered in the first few minutes.