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HTMLfixIT Archive for November, 2008

Sunday, November 30th, 2008 by Don

I recently decided to create a quick and dirty php form to insert data into a mySQL data base. It seems simple enough of course (and I’ve done it hundreds of times). As with all programming issues, something goes wrong and it’s simple and yet you stare at it for hours! (That’s an exaggeration, its only been ten minutes 😉 but it sounds better that way).

So here are the steps I followed:
1. I created a database using php my admin and then created a table in it:
CREATE TABLE `databasename`.`tablename` (
`title` VARCHAR( 100 ) NULL ,

I have already caused my own problem … but I don’t know it yet. Can you spot the problem? Read on to find the answer! (more…)

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Saturday, November 29th, 2008 by Don

I just find Ebay difficult. Recently my kid bought an item on Ebay, a clear plastic phone case, and it was not what it was supposed to be. It just did not fit the phone, not even a little. We tried three times to contact the seller to request refund/return information. We heard exactly nothing!

What else can you do? We opened a dispute on Paypal and they eventually issued a refund for the item and we did return it. Of course they want you to return a $10 item in a fashion that allows it to be tracked … and of course it would cost about $8 to do that, so what’s the point really right? So we just returned it the old fashioned way, by mail.

Next, we get an unpaid item strike from Ebay because we didn’t pay for the item … even though Ebay clearly shows that the item was REFUNDED — hence it must have been paid for. Seems kind of silly.

They did remove the unpaid item strike, but they said this:

Thank you for contacting eBay concerning the Unpaid Item strike you received.

Our records indicate that this is the first Unpaid Item strike you have appealed. Based on your effort to contact us, and the information you have provided, we have removed the Strike from your file.

Of course you should remove the strike, it never occurred and if you paid attention to your own data, you would have known it.

I find dealing directly with sellers or buyers on craigs list to be ever so much more enjoyable to be honest and there seems to be a big trend to Craigs List and away from Ebay among my friends. At least there you don’t expect someone to be helpful to you. It’s too bad that ebay owns some of Craigs List (see very bottom – acquired 25% interest in 2004), because frankly, they might ruin Craigs List first chance they get.

Meanwhile if you are looking at an item by shoparound168 I hope you have better luck than I did.


Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 by Don

I haven’t looked at a site for a bit in Internet Explorer. I just don’t like the program and since Firefox began, I have not used it except when working on a web page to see if it works well in IE.

Today I was working on my own site, — home of Bestfoot Web Design, and so I decided I better check it in Internet Explorer. I have not worked on my site in years. I have done many many website redesigns, but like the cobbler’s kids, my site had no shoes.

I redid the look a bit and thought, perfect, a new top banner that was crisp and clean — until I went to look at the site in Internet Explorer and it was pixelated and looked horrible. I had no idea I had changed settings a while ago. Fortunately I happened on to Ryan McFarland’s right away and it had the answer for me. Turns out my image was crisp and Internet Explorer was the problem.

Now people who need help with their web page may be able to see that I’m not stuck in 1998 with my former page that I had ignored for nearly ten years! The irony of this whole thing is my specialty might be described as taking your web site or pages that badly need to be updated and doing the job for you or your company. About time I did it for myself.


Wednesday, November 5th, 2008 by Franki

Great news! According to Net Applications Firefox has now crosses the 20 percent mark for worldwide browser usage.

Read more at the Mozilla blog.

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