Well, I've just about got my old home page design back. But I ran into a snag when setting up a clone site on my home machine to work out the layout. The home box runs Apache 2.0. If I set use_gzip_compression to 1 in blog.header.php and I have a virtual() call, all Firebird and Konq get is the text from the virtual(), followed by still-compressed gibberish. Lynx, Links and netcat all get the normal page contents. Turning use_gzip_compression off fixes it, and it doesn't happen on my visible site (http://www.rant-central.com), which runs Apache 1.3.
Is this a known issue with Apache 2.0? Anyone else seen this?