Archive for the 'General' Category

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

Having just returned from watching the latest Harry Potter movie, “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” I can’t help being a little disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, it isn’t as if it is a bad movie, it’s just that the book was better, Allot better. The CGI magic effects were impressive for color […]

Hy-Tek Track: Setting the default printer

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

This is always hard to find when you want it. Printer preference: From main screen click on set-up/report preferences/printer tab/select printer for reports/ok. Done and you are now using the proper printer. It always seems to want to go to the printer back at the office instead of the different printer you happened to bring […]

Scramble_Multi Words

Saturday, January 14th, 2006

This clip, when run on normal text scrambles the characters in 4 letter words and above without altering the formatting of the text. It leaves the first and last characters of each word unchanged but scrambles the others. I don’t know who’s responsible for the original algorithm but a writer, he thought it might make […]

Notetab Clip to Search Google For Term

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2006

Okay, I often search Google to find Notetab’s great Yahoogroups messages. I find the search utility in YahooGroups to be fairly limiting. Tonight RP Dooling — the author — suggested that a clip might be in order … and that got me to thinking. Here is the first in what could easily be a series […]

Smart Definition List Creation Clip

Monday, December 26th, 2005

This clip will create a definition list in html coding. Features: it will create a blank list with specified number of dt and dd tags in ratio to each other it will create a dl from a highlighted list using either every other, a set ratio or custom set determination of what is a dt […]


Monday, December 26th, 2005

CIMG0027 Originally uploaded by thefooter. Pat on Christmas worrying about what the Grandkids are breaking NOW!

Image Wrap Clip

Saturday, December 17th, 2005

This clip will wrap images into xhtml pages for viewing. It works like this: 1. all files must be closed before the clip is run 2. you will want to have your image in their own directory on the computer 3. you click on begin new index … it will ask if all files are […]

Delete All <a href> and <\a> Tags from a Document

Tuesday, June 14th, 2005

This clip will remove all and tags from a document. This includes all links, including all mailto: links. The version as written asks if you want to remove each tag. After you are comfortable with the clip, there is a comment telling you to take out the skip if you don’t want confirmation. ;*** Effort […]

Clip to Strip Search Terms From Server Logs

Friday, February 4th, 2005

A list user had referrer logs on his server and wanted to strip the search terms from them. I wrote this: ;effort by don at ;02/04/05 ; to take query terms from lines of stats ;one long example line ;”We are what we know” ;becomes ;”We are what we know” ;turn off wordwrap ^!SetWordWrap […]

Belicove Gets with FireFox

Thursday, January 20th, 2005

My friend Mikal finally (and I mean finally) implemented a Firefox friendly css on his blog. Others should follow suit as our stat show a rapid increase in Firefox users.

Find Matching HTML Tags

Thursday, January 13th, 2005

This works to find a matching html tag. Nesting is fine with this as it will work through it. It will highlight the start and end tags and all content in the middle. There is a find closing html tag in the Notetab Utilities Library, but it is fooled by nested tags. ;*** Effort by […]

Time to Update WordPress Again

Saturday, December 18th, 2004

No sooner do we get WordPress 1.2.1 up and running across our many blogs … and now it is time for 1.2.2 … so here goes nothing. Only problem is that the post file needs manual correction for the image auth hack we use and like.

Making the most of CSS

Thursday, December 9th, 2004

I’m always on the lookout for new ways to tweak CSS for design purposes. The more you can rely on CSS to drive layout, versus images, tables, etc. the faster your site is going to load and the more you’ll distinguish your site from others. Mandarin Design is one such site that is pushing the […]

US Exempts Internet Connections from Tax

Monday, December 6th, 2004

There is great pressure from local governments to tax internet connection services. Several states already tax broadband and/or DSL connection services. A prior ban on such taxes lapsed at the end of November, but President Bush last Friday signed a bill to extent that exemption from local taxation. They allowed states already charging a broadband […]

Blog now an official word

Thursday, December 2nd, 2004

Blog is one of the “top ten” words being looked up and has been added to the dictionary. I am not sure if that is necessarily a good thing, and I am not sure the definition is even accurate at this point as many blogs are no longer simply personal (ours being a perfect example). […]

More Firefox recommendations

Thursday, December 2nd, 2004

In the BBC breakfast new was some advice on how to deal with the latest scam in which a computer user’s Internet dialler is diverted to a premium rate or international number. Amongst the list of advice was to consider changing your web browser and that a popular new browser is Firefox, which is less […]

Open Files in Irfanview

Wednesday, December 1st, 2004

A reader on the YahooGroups Clips List was wondering how to open files in Irfanview via a NoteTab Clip. I proposed the following two solutions:

Calculate Splits for a 5 Kilometer Race

Monday, November 29th, 2004

I regularly have to create target splits for a five kilometer (5K or 5,000 Meter) race. This clip creates even mile splits based upon a target finish time.

Find Sub-string in Longer String

Monday, November 29th, 2004

These may display very funny for some people because of the use of the pre html tag.

Notetab Clips

Monday, November 29th, 2004

I am a big fan of NoteTab, a text editor on steroids. I use the pro version of this software, but there is also a free, no nags or advertisements, light version available. One of my favorite features of Notetab is the clips (and I will save a bunch I wrote/write here)

The ESP Game- fun time waster

Thursday, November 25th, 2004

The ESP Game claims to be labeling the web. It is a “game” where you see images and with a partner have to guess words in common. They disallow certain words for most images, including often the obvious words. The tricks seem to be to guess the word in the top left if it isn’t […]

Marqui Buys Blog Posts

Wednesday, November 24th, 2004

This article from points out an attempt by an advertiser to get regular references to their product/site from regular high traffic bloggers. Unless it is a clearly disclosed situation, I would be offended to find a post I am reading turns out to be a paid ad. The company says that the blogger can […]

Paint Shop Pro 9

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Having tried this new excellent program for a couple of weeks now I have found some super new additions and improvements. Number one for me was that you can now create easy vertical text and borders. The optimisation of images for use on the web is also improved. It loads a lot faster than version […]

Google buys Keyhole Interactive World Maps

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

For just $30 a year for a consumer, or $600 a year for commercial users, you can use Keyhole, an interactive mapping solution that gives you zoomable high definition images of the earth. I can see where a realtor for example, may benefit from being able to show a site to a prospective buyer. I […]

More Efforts to Shut Down File Sharing

Saturday, November 13th, 2004

The recording industry, encouraged by favorable treatment from the most liberal federal bench in the US Appeals system, has filed a petition with the US Supreme Court, seeking to hold file sharing software companies responsible for the sharing done by clients of the company. Among Monday’s petitioners siding with the entertainment companies were the Association […]

Comments on Our Site

Friday, November 12th, 2004

Tired of being blog spammed (or blammed as it is known), we have decided to work on a new method to stop the automatic submission of comments. While we are working on it I have disabled our comment feature. We are getting hammered one per ten seconds at the moment. At least this way I […]

Google Calculator

Thursday, November 11th, 2004

Google has a calculator built into it’s search engine. I never knew that. If you type “meters in mile” for example, it will give you the answer. You can also type typical math problems such as (2*4)+9 and the answer will appear. You can also ask it to return definitions. Type “define: google” for example, […]

Mesh Network WiFi by Big Brother

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

A fascinating article on the use of WiFi networks to relay messages via remote control cameras in high crime neighborhoods. New Orleans reports significant drops in crime. Of course then the question is how much standard monitoring do we as a free society tolerate? Do we have an expectation of privacy when we look around […]

Flu Vaccine – does your nose know?

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

A current study is underway to compare nasal flu vaccine to injections. Ironically, there is a big “scare” in the US this year because the flu shot is in very limited quantity because of a manufacturing problem. What people don’t know is that the mist for nasal inhaling is readily available. Of course, until this […]

Electronic Elections

Sunday, October 31st, 2004

As the US prepares for a national election this week, I wonder how much longer you will have to go to your local precinct to vote. Voting technology is so out of date it isn’t funny. Finally, Nevada electronic voting may move us forward as they are the gaming capital of the world. In some […]

Joke: Windows Icon Wars

Saturday, October 30th, 2004

I seldom pass on jokes on the internet. There are just to many of them and it isn’t worth the traffic. I did find this one particularly funny however. If you ever watch robot wars … this little bit is a good twist on it.

On-line Utility to Split Images

Saturday, October 30th, 2004

This is a very neat on-line utility for splitting images. It will build the mouseovers even. It will only work with proportional images needing splitting, but if you only do one every once in a while it might work well for you.

Favicon Builder

Saturday, October 30th, 2004

This little on-line utility will help you build a favicon. You can build one manually if you wish using irfanview and your image editor, but if you don’t need a lot of control, give this a try.

Find a Missing Font

Wednesday, October 27th, 2004

Find a missing font by answering a few questions. The bigger the sample you have, the more likely you are to find what you are looking for. Hint, if you don’t know say you don’t.

Improve the Weather with PHP

Monday, October 25th, 2004

An interesting bit of PHP from my latest blog I am following, Mike Davidson. His blog has a neat feature, it is skinnable, and one of them has the live weather in Seattle. He took the weather from noaa and then massaged it with php. For a guy in big deal design, he sure had […]

Introducing sIFR: Headlines in Nice Fonts

Saturday, October 23rd, 2004

I am considering adding Mike Davidson to my personal list of web/html heros. He has something called sIFR (flash replacement of text so a nicer anti-aliased font can be used). Or as he puts it: Introducing sIFR, The Healthy Alternative to Browser Text. I think I will try playing with this. If I understand it […]

XHTML/CSS layout generation

Thursday, October 21st, 2004

CSS on the fly at this site. You can try various layouts via drop down and radio buttons and the css is generated for you.

Google: Hard Drive Now Searchable

Friday, October 15th, 2004

Google has done it again, come up with something for free that will make your life easier, and finding what you lost possible. How often do you have to look all over your computer for something? Cannot remember where you left it etc. Google now offers a 400k download that will index your hard drive […]

Thunderbird RSS Reader

Friday, October 15th, 2004

I recently updated to Thunderbird 0.8 from One of the great new features they have added is RSS support. If you click on: “tools” -> “account settings” -> “add” button and then select “RSS news and blogs”. From there is it pretty self explanatory. I set mine to check my favourite blogs regularly and […]

Corel buys Jasc

Friday, October 15th, 2004

Corel Software today (October 14th, 2004) announced the purchase of Jasc, the company that produces the popular Paint Shop Pro program. Hopefully it will lead to more widespread use of the program and will not lead to increased costs for this fine program.

The Earth From Above

Monday, October 11th, 2004

Way cool photographs of the Earth from above. Spend a few minutes looking around this site. I really liked some of the photos. The site is done in three languages … and instead of picking one, you see everything in all three. That made for some interesting comparisons of language that are usually bypassed when […]

House votes to crack down on video voyeurism 09/22/04

Saturday, October 9th, 2004

According to a article, a new bill would crack down on voyerism. I suspect it would also make a lot of my home movies illegal. There must be a better way?

Spyware crackdown by the FTC

Friday, October 8th, 2004

Go get the bums! People who place spyware deserve jail. I hope they get it too.

File Sharers to Get Jail Time?

Thursday, October 7th, 2004 reports on currently advancing legislation that will make file sharing a serious criminal offense.

Security News Brought to You by Microsoft …

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

iTnews – Security news brought to you by Microsoft Anybody else see the irony here?

Tips to Achieving Ironclad Wireless LAN Security

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

Tips to Achieving Ironclad Wireless LAN Security by PC Magazine. These are clearly written suggestions.

‘Wardriving’ conviction is first under Can-Spam

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

‘Wardriving’ conviction is first under Can-Spam says this article in the Tech News on ZDNet. People are suprised to find out that their area is already mapped. You must take steps to protect your wifi! I think the download of illegal music is likely to be the next significant use of misappropriated wifi access points.

Should cops police your Wi-Fi? @

Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

Should cops police your Wi-Fi? | | CNET … can they … aren’t they snooping?

Gmail Atom Feed Coming?

Tuesday, October 5th, 2004

Gmail Atom Feed Coming? is an article Franki pointed out to me today. An intriguing idea I guess. Franki is using Thunderbird now for RSS feeds and I am starting to use the bookmarking feature for RSS in the new FireFox 1.x release. Gmail invites meanwhile have become much easier to get as all new […]

So I Guess htmlfixit is our “sex”

Thursday, September 23rd, 2004

gapingvoid: the sex & cash theory is interesting. The guy explains the natural tension in life between what we want to do and what we have to do. Some get lucky and find the blend. I think retirement may allow the sex to overtake the cash, but by then so many people are tired, cynical […]

Fighting silly patents.

Tuesday, September 21st, 2004

The battle has started between those interested in software innovation and those interested in lining their pockets to the detriment of everything else. The battlefield is the patenting of non specific ideas. To give you an idea of the problem, say for example I had patented the idea of burning a flammable substance and using […]

The Incredibles — The Official Movie Website

Tuesday, September 14th, 2004

The Incredibles — The Official Movie Website is up and running counting down the days til the movies release, and to market the website they use different marketing techniques from page optimization to the use of GMB images, which this article on using GMB photos from Local Viking explains how it works. If there is […]

Google Blog

Monday, September 13th, 2004

We have been tracking hits to our site using the best statistical hit counter we know of … ours … and we keep getting this unusual hit to this to one of our tutorials: (hold your mouse over the link to see the url popup.) HTMLfixIT box model hack tute. (via Google) It appears that […]

Cyber Security Tips by CERT

Wednesday, September 8th, 2004

Cyber Security Tips are available from the CERT folks. They are from the government and they are here to help you. These days, cybersecurity companies play an important role in helping safeguard businesses from cybercriminals. With many cybersecurity companies in the market today, how can you pick the top cybersecurity companies that suits your needs? […]

Happy Birthday Google

Wednesday, September 8th, 2004

Google is our favorite search engine at for many many reasons. First it produces the most relevant search results. Second it has an entire Linux section. Third, even though it accepts paid ad’s (and pays us something for ads on a page here or there), they have not used pop-ups, they don’t compromise the […]

California MCLE, CLE and Continuing Legal Education

Monday, September 6th, 2004

California MCLE, CLE and Continuing Legal Education is a neat site, it has many many sample contracts. For example use the search feature to look for Microsoft and SCO, or find leases for real estate by Fun to look around.

Picasa: how much does it cost?

Friday, September 3rd, 2004

I love Google. At the bottom of a recent Google search up pops a promo for Picasa. It said: You can find any image you want on the Web. How about on your own computer? Albums. Editing. Printing. Sharing. Try Picasa, Google’s new photo organizer. Free Download! Now I have to tell you, it looked […]

Maxthon – something like Firefox on an IE “engine”

Friday, September 3rd, 2004

“Maxthon is a powerful web browser with a highly customizable interface. It is based on the Internet Explorer engine (your most likely current web browser) which means that what works in IE, works the same in Maxthon but with many additional efficient features … ” Interesting to me, after reading one of Franki’s posts on […]

Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

For those who need tutorials I have noticed that the Jasc website now have these. Go to and then the learning center link on the left or use the others, whatever you need. We used to have to go to the Paint Shop Pro users group for tutorials before, I don’t know exactly how […]

Gmail Giving Tree – Welcome

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

I just came accross the Gmail Giving Tree – Welcome site. I have been wanting to give Gmail a whirl for a bit now. A couple of groups I belong to have people who have received invites. I have not. I am curious if anyone has had experience with the giving tree concept. What bothered […]

Browser History timeline: Overview

Wednesday, September 1st, 2004

Browser History timeline: Overview provides a listing of the release date of each browsers final version. Some have not had a significant update for over three years of their latest version!

File Sharing Liability?

Friday, August 27th, 2004

ISP and related industry seeks to water down proposed legislation that may hold them responsible for file sharing. The problem with the original proposal it seems is that it may hold everyone responsible because the costs incurred in defending litigation will surely be passed to all consumers. The real culprits — those sharing illegally — […]

Paint Shop Pro for Idiots … and Intellects

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

Jasc Software has released a new pair of products. Their popular Paint Shop Pro, a competitor of Photoshop, has become similar in one more way, two versions. One called Studio, is more intuitive and light, much like Photoshop Elements is meant to be I think. The other, Paint Shop Pro 9 (Nine) is meant for […]

TiVo to Go – allows you to take your show on the road

Friday, August 6th, 2004

Tivo to Go won approval today by the FCC. It will allow you to send a recorded TiVo show to your laptop and take it with you. The NFL is concerned it will be used to bypass blackout restrictions on games. Of course, anyone who really wanted to do that could probably figure out a […]

RSS Feeds on the Wall Stree Journal.

Thursday, July 22nd, 2004

Wall Street Journal RSS Feed Information is available. RSS isn’t just for the little guys any more. First exploding (in my opinion) in blogs and smaller places, the big boys are now coming on board with RSS feeds, further validating the concept has long term viability. This page also is good because it explains in […]

More cool Firefox extensions.

Wednesday, July 21st, 2004

Up until recently, I never really thought that I had very extensive browser needs, but I’ve now loaded most of a dozen Firefox extensions into my browser. The reason is pretty simple, I didn’t know what I was missing till I tried them. My current four favourites are BugMeNot, User agent switcher, Super Drag&Go and […]

First Windows “PocketPC” virus surfaces.

Monday, July 19th, 2004

Well, now this is an interesting one. Microsoft claim that they get more virus’s not because they are less secure, but because they have more market share. It appears they were at least partially wrong. (Actually, they are totally wrong, they have nowhere near the market share of web servers as does the open source […]

Microsoft reveals new seach site beta.

Friday, July 16th, 2004

In an effort to compete on a more even footing with Yahoo and Google, Microsoft is developing their own search engine, one that relies on their own search and spidering algorithms, (rather then using the results from other engines as MSN search does now.) You can test the results now at MSN Tech preview. The […]

Do the sight impaired like your website?

Friday, July 16th, 2004

The world has millions of sight impaired people, Australia has at least 300,000, and other countries have an order of magnitude more. Should they be discriminated against by web designers? Most countries have laws that give an emphatic NO! In fact, there have been court cases where companies have been sued for not providing for […]

Spell check text in HTML form fields.

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

Tonight I came across Spellbound which is a full spell checking extension for Firefox.
It installed flawlessly, I simply selected all the components by ticking the relevant boxes on the spellbound page, and then did the same for a dictionary (choosing Australian in my case.).

PHP5 officially released.

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004

It’s official,
PHP5 is now a stable release.

Sued for Blogging?

Wednesday, July 14th, 2004

While doing my daily rounds of the various tech news sites that provide the source for most of the articles you see here, I came across this blogging article on TheRegister. The fact that 8000 new bloggers appear every day isn’t really news to my mind, neither is most of the other accompanying data. What […]

Is MicroSoft behind the Linux attacks?

Sunday, July 11th, 2004

Even if you’re not a Linux fan, you should have a look at this because it makes for fascinating reading. People that know me, know that I am no fan of Microsoft, I make no secret of it. I do admit however, that they played a significant part in making computers the commodity they are […]

Iraq gets a taste of Linux.

Saturday, July 10th, 2004

Iraq is still in upheaval, with problems popping up all over the place, but in the shadow of all that, they have started their first Linux Users Group. (LUG)
with the idea of showing people (particularly those in government) how to setup an IT infrastructure that doesn’t rely on the software or services of big multinational companies which always results in huge amounts of money heading offshore.

Humour: M$ takes over the net?

Friday, July 9th, 2004

If your experience is anything like mine was, Micro$ofts web page will open in your browser.
Its also the first result that shows up in Google..

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