Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.

July 11, 2007 on 2:57 pm | In General | No Comments

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 and noise value, but apart from the aparating as light and dark swirls of mist (which was pretty cool) I felt much of the magic effects looked more like something from one of the Star Wars movies, (Emperors lightning.)

Also, I know it’s the job of the screen writers to decide what to keep and what’s to go, but for some of this movie I was shaking my head thinking “what were they thinking”. The whole relationship with Cho became 2 looks and a quick snog, the whole Snape Occlumency lessons were out of wack, I mean they showed some of the fighting between young Snape and James, but no context. They skipped the Pensieve altogether, both with Snape and later with Dumbledore.

I mean the movie was good, but it’s almost like they are not viewing it as part of the series. They skipped so many clues and fore facts that they are now going to have to change the next movies also to make up for the fact that unless you’ve read the books you really don’t have a clue what’s going on in the whole story. It isn’t all bad though, I did like they way they’ve hinted that Ginny is going to be one powerful witch. My only problem really is that the story is slowly being overtaken by the CGI. In some movies that is a good thing. But Harry Potter is a great story and it doesn’t deserve getting lost in the CGI.

I originally got into the Harry Potter books because I’ve always wanted to write that sort of novel, but like so many other adults, I got caught up and swept away. Which is the point I’m trying to make here. No adult I saw in the cinema looked at all swept away by the end, though there was a round of applause when Harry snogged Cho. There were actually allot more adults in the cinema than children which made me feel a little less weird. :-) The movies have better effects each time, but each time they seem less satisfying. It seems that the better the effects are, the harder you have to fight to have them not take over the movie.

My wife gave the movie a 6 out of 10, (she gave most of the others an 8) I was a little more generous and gave it a 7, but having seen it now I worry about how badly they will have to chop up the last two to still have them make sense after removing so much of the overall plot from this one. If they skip Horcrux’s in the next one, they might as well give up.

Hy-Tek Track: Setting the default printer

May 31, 2006 on 4:22 pm | In General, Hy-Tek Track and Field Software | No Comments

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 to the meet. This saves the annoyance of changing it every time.

Scramble_Multi Words

January 14, 2006 on 7:40 am | In General, Notetab Clips, Special Clips - for someone | No Comments

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 interesting reading, located an old clip named ‘JabberWords’ thru Google.

It would scramble most words but would leave some unscrambled, to be expected when randomizing any sequence. I modified the clip so it would not leave any unscrambled words of 4 characters or greater. Although, some 4 letter words are impossible to scramble in this manner.

Words such as seek, keep, been or look and others will not change.

This is the first paragraph, above, in scrambled form;

Tihs cilp, wehn run on nmraol txet sbraelcms the crhcartaes in 4 lteetr wdors and avboe wtuohit atrneilg the fiatorntmg of the txet. It lavees the frist and lsat caarchrets of ecah wrod ucanehgnd but slmrecabs the oherts.

Scramble_Multi Words

Cut and Paste what’s between the markers.


<>------------Marker------------<>
H="Scramble_Multi"
;_ Modified-Updated~Created_20060107
;_ hrs ø hsavage·pobox·com_11:09:29p
^!ClearVariables
; -place cursor in line where scrambling to start
^!Select LINE
^!Select 0
^!Set %rowCol%=^$GetRow$:^$GetCol$
^!Set %letters%=[a-zA-Z']
^!Set %letters4%=^%letters%^%letters%^%letters%^%letters%
^!SetScreenUpdate 0
;
:LOOP
^!Find "^%letters4%+" RS
^!IfError END_LOOP
;
:BASEDUP
^!Set %baseDup%=^$GetSelection$
^!Set %baseWord%=^$GetSelection$
^!Set %baseLen%=^$StrSize(^%baseWord%)$
; checks for 4 character words and handles accordingly.
^!If ^%baseLen% = 4 NEXT ELSE SCRAMBLE
^!If ^$StrCopy("^%baseWord%";2;1)$ <> ^$StrCopy("^%baseWord%";3;1)$ SCRAMBLE
;
:REWORD
; if scrambling is passed sets newWord = baseWord
^!Set %newWord%=^%baseWord%
^!Goto PASS
;
:SCRAMBLE
^!Set %firstChar%=^$StrIndex(^%baseWord%;1)$
^!Set %lastChar%=^$StrIndex(^%baseWord%;^%baseLen%)$
^!Set %newLen%=^$Calc(^%baseLen%-2)$
^!Set %baseWord%=^$StrCopy(^%baseWord%;2;^%newLen%)$
^!Set %randSort%=^%empty%
;
:BUILD_LOOP
^!if ^%baseWord%=^%empty% END_BUILD_LOOP
^!Set %randSort%=^%randSort%< ^$StrRandom(9;01)$>^$StrIndex(^%baseWord%;1)$^%nl%
^!Set %baseWord%=^$StrCopy(^%baseWord%;2;100)$
^!Goto BUILD_LOOP
;
:END_BUILD_LOOP
^!Set %sortedBlock%=^$StrSort(^%randSort%;0;1;0)$
^!Set %randWord%=^$StrStripHTML(^%sortedBlock%;0)$
^!Set %newWord%=^%firstChar%^$StrReplace(" ";^%empty%;^%randWord%;1;0)$^%lastChar%
;
; if newWord = baseWord, jumps
^!IfSame "^%newWord%" "^%baseDup%" BASEDUP
;
:PASS
^%newWord%
^!Jump SELECT_END
^!Goto LOOP
;
:END_LOOP
^!SetScreenUpdate 1
^!SetCursor ^%rowCol%
<>------------Marker------------<>

Number of Valid Clip-lines=58

Notetab Clip to Search Google For Term

January 3, 2006 on 8:39 am | In General, Generic Clips, Notetab Clips | No Comments

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 of clips to search.

This one will limit its search to Yahoogroups that contain the word notetab, either the term you have highlighted when you select the clip, or in the alternative, it will prompt you for a search term to add. It then fires up Google an it is off to the races.

So here it is …
;*** Effort by Don Passenger
;*** don a-t htmlfixit d-o-t com
;*** discuss things live in chat at http://htmlfixit.com
;*** donations welcome at http://htmlfixit.com
;*** Search Google for Notetab Messages
;*** based on Utilities Library + RP Doolings Idea

;START
; Clear variables
^!ClearVariables
^!If ^$GetSelSize$ > 0 HaveSelection ELSE NoSelection

:HaveSelection
^!Set %SearchTerm%=^$GetSelection$
^!Goto TheSearch

:NoSelection
^!Set %SearchTerm%=^?{Type in All Search Terms Separated by a Space}
^!Goto TheSearch

:TheSearch
;replace all spaces in search term with +
^!Set %SearchTerm%=^$StrReplace(" ";"+";"^%SearchTerm%";0;0)$
;replace all quotes in search term with %22
^!Set %SearchTerm%=^$StrReplace(""";"%22";"^%SearchTerm%";0;0)$
^!URL http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fgroups.yahoo.com+notetab+^%SearchTerm%
;line 25 if no lines are wrapped

Smart Definition List Creation Clip

December 26, 2005 on 5:42 pm | In General, Generic Clips, Notetab Clips | No Comments

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 and what is a dd
  • it will specify an id or class for the dl for those using css

;*** Effort by Don Passenger
;*** don a-t htmlfixit d-o-t com
;*** discuss things live in chat at http://htmlfixit.com
;*** donations welcome at http://htmlfixit.com
;*** Create a Definition List (DL) in HTML file v2.0
;*** based on the ordered/unordered clip shipped w/ Notetab
;*** posted here: http://htmlfixit.com/blog/index.php?p=331
;*** this version 2.0 involves some code improvements suggested
;*** or inspired by Bob McCallister fortiter at gmail dot com

;START
; Clear variables
^!ClearVariables
^!Set %listID%=^?{Give list an ID (or leave blank)=}; %listClass%=^?{Give list a Class (or leave blank)=}
^!If "^%listID%" = "" skip
^!Set %listID%=" id='^%listID%'"
^!If "^%listClass%" = "" skip
^!Set %listClass%=" class='^%listClass%'"
^!If ^$GetSelSize$ > 0 FormatSelection

;line 22
:CreateBlank
^!Set %CountDT%=^?{How many Definition Terms (DT):?=1|2|_3|4|5|6|7|8|9}
^!Set %CountDD%=^?{How many Definition Descriptions (DD) per (DT)?=_1|2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9}
^!InsertHtml <dl^%listID%^%listClass%>^P^$StrFill(  <dt></dt>^P^$StrFill(    <dd></dd>^P;^%CountDD%)$;^%CountDT%)$</dl>^P
^!Goto End

;line 29
:FormatSelection
;Divide selection at paragraph marks to make list
^!SetListDelimiter ^p
^!SetArray %delimited_data%=^$GetSelection$

;figure out if it is just every other one?
^!Set %pattern%="^$StrUpper("^?{Is There a Set Pattern?=_Every Other|Set Ratio|NO}")$"
;^!Set %pattern%=^$StrUpper("^?{Is There a Set Pattern?=_Every Other|Set Ratio|NO]")
^!If "^%pattern%" = "NO" BuildCustom
^!If "^%pattern%" = "SET RATIO" SetRatio
;set to one for every other
^!Set %dd%="1"
^!Goto BuildRatio

:SetRatio
^!Set %dd%=^?{How many (DD) Per (DT):?=1|_2|3|4|5|6|7|8|9}
^!Goto BuildRatio

;line 49
:BuildRatio
;should I test if the ratio works?
;maybe modulus on number if items

^!Set %Count%="1"
:CreateRatioDL
^!InsertHtml <dl^%listID%^%listClass%>^P
:CreateRatioDT
^!InsertHtml ^$StrFill(" ";2)$<dt>^%delimited_data^%Count%%</dt>^P
^!Inc %Count%
^!Set %CountDD%=^%dd%

:CreateRatioDD
^!InsertHtml ^$StrFill(" ";4)$<dd>^%delimited_data^%Count%%</dd>^P
^!Dec %CountDD%
^!Inc %Count%
^!If ^%CountDD% = 0 TestDT ELSE CreateRatioDD

:TestDT
^!If ^%Count% < ^%delimited_data0% CreateRatioDT

^!InsertHtml </dl>^P
;end of Build Ratio
^!Goto End

;line 77
:BuildCustom
^!Set %Count%="1"
:CreateCustomDL
^!InsertHtml <dl^%listID%^%listClass%>^P
:CreateCustomSwitch
^!Set %ThisItem%=^?{Is ^%delimited_data^%Count%% a(DT) or (DD):?=T|_D}
^!If "^%ThisItem%" = "D" CreateCustomDD ELSE CreateCustomDT

:CreateCustomDT
^!InsertHtml ^$StrFill(" ";2)$<dt>^%delimited_data^%Count%%</dt>^P
^!Goto TestCustomDT

:CreateCustomDD
^!InsertHtml ^$StrFill(" ";4)$<dd>^%delimited_data^%Count%%</dd>^P
^!Goto TestCustomDT

:TestCustomDT
^!Inc %Count%
^!If ^%Count% > ^%delimited_data0% CreateCustomDone
^!Goto CreateCustomSwitch

;line 101
:CreateCustomDone
^!InsertHtml </dl>^P
^!Goto Done

:Done
;if done say so
^!Info Done
;========= End =========
;line 111

CIMG0027

December 26, 2005 on 4:25 pm | In General | No Comments



CIMG0027

Originally uploaded by thefooter.

Pat on Christmas worrying about what the Grandkids are breaking NOW!

Image Wrap Clip

December 17, 2005 on 2:18 pm | In General, Generic Clips, Notetab Clips | 1 Comment

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 closed … if yes, click continue
4. pick your directory using the little “…” button and give the “index” file a name
5. pick your images (you can use the control button to pick multiples
6. hang onto your hat and hold your breath because before you need to breath again you’ll have images each in their own html file with an index file

= V5 MultiLine NoSorting TabWidth=30

H=";ImageWrap - One Click"
==========================================
Adapted from an original by Joe Barta jbarta a-t apk d-o-t net

http://junior.apk.net/~jbarta/image-wrap/

==========================================

Convert a group of images into a suite of HTML pages linked from a
single index page. The index file Mmust be created in a directory
above (or in the same directory as) the images.

Close all NoteTab files before running this clip.

You can customise the HTML files by digging into the clips "_wrapper"
and "_index".

H="Begin new index"
^!Continue Are all files closed? If not - cancel and save, then restart.
^!Save As ^?[(T=S;F="All Files (*.*)|*.*")Name and path for index file=piclist.html]
^!Set %bgcolor%=^?[Background color (select or enter your own hex code)=_FFFFFF (White)^=FFFFFF|000000 (Black)^=000000]
^!Set %txtcolor%=^?[Text color (select or enter your own hex code)=FFFFFF (White)^=FFFFFF|_000000 (Black)^=000000]
^!Set %doc_title%=^?[Set a title for HTML files? (leave blank for none)=Image collection]
^!SetWordWrap Off

:ImageSelect
^!Jump TEXT_END
^?{(T=O;S=M;F="Image files (*.gif;*.jpg;*.png)|*.gif;*.jpg;*.png")Select files to be indexed:}

; Make item-per-line list removing semi-colons or quotes
^!SetCursor 1:1
^!Replace ; ^P ATIWS
^!SetCursor 1:1
^!Replace " ATIWS
^!Skip Image list complete?
^!Goto ImageSelect

^!SetScreenUpdate Off
;get the base path of the file list
^!Set %base_path%=^$GetPath(^$GetDocName$)$
;get the name of file
^!Set %base_name_1%=^$GetFileName(^$GetDocName$)$
;get the total lines and initialize line count
^!Set %total_lines%=^$GetLineCount$
^!Set %current_line_number%=1
;Set up a pasteboard
^!ToolBar New Document

; go to loop
^!Clip "operate"

; tidy up on return
;kill the pasteboard
^!Document LAST
^!DestroyDoc

;now we're at the file list
^!SetCursor 1:1
^!Select ALL
^!Clip "index"

^!ToolBar Save Document
^!Prompt All done!

H="_operate"
^!SetWordWrap Off
^!Document FIRST
^!SetCursor ^%current_line_number%:1
^!Select EOL
^!ToolBar Copy

; grab image particulars
^!Set %full_disk_path%=^$GetClipboard$
^!Set %img_width%=^$GetImgWidth(^$GetClipboard$)$
^!Set %img_height%=^$GetImgHeight(^$GetClipboard$)$
^!Set %image_name%=^$GetName(^$GetClipboard$)$
^!Set %image_ext%=^$GetExt(^$GetClipboard$)$

;get the relative disk & web path of the image to the file list
^!Document NEXT
^!ToolBar Clear All
^!InsertText ^%full_disk_path%
^!SetCursor 1:1
^!Replace ^%base_path% ATIWS
^!SetCursor 1:1
^!Replace / ATIWS
^!SetCursor 1:1
^!Select EOL
^!ToolBar Cut
^!Set %relative_web_path%=^$GetClipboard$

; build a save as filename out of the full_disk_path
^!ToolBar Clear All
^!SetCursor 1:1
^!InsertText ^%full_disk_path%
^!SetCursor 1:1
^!Replace .gif _gif ATIWS
^!SetCursor 1:1
^!Replace .jpg _jpg ATIWS
^!SetCursor 1:1
^!Replace .png _png ATIWS
^!SetCursor 1:1
^!Select EOL
^!ToolBar Cut
^!Set %full_disk_html_path%=^$GetClipboard$.html

; build a href out of the relative web path
^!ToolBar Clear All
^!SetCursor 1:1
^!InsertText ^%relative_web_path%
^!SetCursor 1:1
^!Replace .gif _gif ATIWS
^!SetCursor 1:1
^!Replace .jpg _jpg ATIWS
^!SetCursor 1:1
^!Replace .png _png ATIWS
^!SetCursor 1:1
^!Select EOL
^!ToolBar Cut
^!Set %href_html_path%=^$GetClipboard$.html

;make a nifty wrapper file
^!ToolBar New Document
^!Clip "wrapper"
^!Save As ^%full_disk_html_path%
^!ToolBar Close Document

^!Set %link%=<LI><A HREF="^%href_html_path%">^%image_name%
(^%image_ext%)</A></LI>
;go to the list and insert the link in place of the existing line
^!Document FIRST
^!SetCursor ^%current_line_number%:1
^!Select EOL
^!ToolBar Cut
^!InsertText ^%link%

; Stop when line count gets to the end of the list
^!Set %current_line_number%=^$Calc(^%current_line_number%+1;0)$
^!IF ^%current_line_number%=^%total_lines% EXIT

^!Clip "operate"

:EXIT

H="_wrapper"
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<title>^%doc_title%</title>
<!-- Created with ImageWrap
    http://junior.apk.net/~jbarta/image-wrap/
    as modified by don from http://htmlfixit.com
    and fortiter at gmail dot com
    -->
<style type="text/css">
<!--
body {background-color:#^%bgcolor%;}
h2, li, li a {color:#^%txtcolor%;}
-->
</style>
</head>

<body>

<center>
<img src="^%image_name%^%image_ext%"
    width="^%img_width%"
    height="^%img_height%"
    alt="^%image_name%"
    border="0" />

    <p><a href="^%base_name_1%">Return to Image Menu</a></p>
</center>

</body>
</html>

H="_index"
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
<head>
<title>^%doc_title%</title>
<!-- Created with ImageWrap
    http://junior.apk.net/~jbarta/image-wrap/
    as modified by don from http://htmlfixit.com
    and fortiter at gmail dot com
    -->
<style type="text/css">
<!--
body {background-color:#^%bgcolor%;}
h2, li, li a {color:#^%txtcolor%;}
-->
</style>
</head>

<body>

<h2>^%doc_title%</h2>
<ul>
^&
</ul>
</body>
</html>

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

June 14, 2005 on 10:22 pm | In General, Generic Clips | No Comments

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 by Don Passenger
;*** don a-t htmlfixit d-o-t com
;*** discuss things live in chat at http://htmlfixit.com
;*** based on work by Larry and Jody and maybe Wayne
;*******************************************************
;delete any a href tags

;start at top of document
^!Jump Doc_Start

;### initialize everything
;look forwards to find the starting < :Loop
^!Find "<" TIS
;exit if find fails
^!IfError Finish
^!SetScreenUpdate Off
^!ClearVariables

;### %TAG% will be empty if cursor is not inside a tag.
^!Set %TAG%="^$GetHtmlTag(TRUE)$"
^!IfTrue ^$IsEmpty(^%TAG%)$ NotTag

;### So we found a tag. What tag is it?
^!Set %TAGNAME%="^$GetHtmlTagName("^%TAG%";UPPERCASE)$"
;react if it is an A tag (opening or closing)
^!If "/A" = "^%TAGNAME%" HREF
^!If "A" = "^%TAGNAME%" HREF ELSE NotTag

:HREF
^!Select HTMLTAG
;delete following line if you want it to not ask before deleting
^!Skip Leave this tag in:^%nl%^$GetSelection$^%nl%^%nl%(Press Ctrl+Alt and click button to abort.)^%nl%
^!Keyboard DELETE
^!Goto Loop

:NotTag
^!Jump Select_End
^!Goto Loop

;### clean up and go home
:Finish
^!SetScreenUpdate On
^!ClearVariables
;line 46 if you have all lines unrapped (including blank lines)

Clip to Strip Search Terms From Server Logs

February 4, 2005 on 10:50 pm | In General, Special Clips - for someone | 1 Comment

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 htmlfixit.com
;02/04/05
; to take query terms from lines of stats
;one long example line
;http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q="We are what we know"
;becomes
;"We are what we know"
;turn off wordwrap
^!SetWordWrap Off
;^!SetDebug On
;go to start of document
^!Jump Doc_Start
;loop for cleaning lines
:Loop
;highlight just this line
^!Select Eol
^!Find "?q=" TIHS
^!IfError TryAgain ELSE KillStart

:TryAgain
;sometimes it is &q=
^!Find "&q=" TIHS
^!IfError KillLine ELSE KillStart

:KillLine
;KillLine (not a search with a ?q=)
;delete highlighted line
^!DeleteLine
;repeat til done - if done go to done subroutine
^!If ^$GetRow$ = ^$GetLinecount$ DONE ELSE Next
; next line
^!Goto Loop

:KillStart
;KillStart (get rid of ?q= and everything before it)
;jump to select end
^!Jump Select_End
;select to line beginning
^!Select Bol
;delete highlighted piece
^!Keyboard DELETE

;now get rid of post search terms by finding &
;highlight just this line
^!Select Eol
^!Find "&" TIHS
^!IfError SKIP_3
;jump to select end
^!Jump Select_Start
^!Select Eol
;delete highlighted piece
^!Keyboard DELETE

;repeat til done - if done go to done subroutine
^!If ^$GetRow$ = ^$GetLinecount$ DONE ELSE Next

;advance to next line
^!Jump +1
;repeat
^!Goto Loop

:DONE
^!Info Done

On this test list:

http://cgi.resourceindex.com/detail/09039.html
http://www.google.com/search?q=”Invalid query: Column count doesn’t match value count at row”&sourceid=opera&num=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=rgb color chooser
http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=regular expression remove path from file&btnG=Google Search&meta=cr=countryAU

http://www.cgi-resources.com/Programs_and_Scripts/Perl/Access_Counters/Combination/

http://www.google.ch/search?q=script download manager php&hl=de&lr=&ie=UTF-8&start=10&sa=N
http://www.google.se/search?hl=sv&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=html scripts +stats&meta=
http://www.google.ca/search?q=PHP string manipulation&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&meta=
http://www.google.com/search?q=perl loops continue&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
http://www.google.com.hk/search?hl=zh-TW&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=HTML Fix the background&spell=1
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=php splitting value by space
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=”top == self” document.write javascript
http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=”file names” complete list fix
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=”We are what we know”

http://www.dogpile.com/info.dogpl/search/web/can+a+virus+overtake+your+homepage%3F

http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=javascript validator &btnG=Google Search&meta=cr=countryAU

http://cgi.resourceindex.com/Programs_and_Scripts/Perl/Access_Counters/Combination/

http://www.google.com/search?q=PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN” allowed tags&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&start=10&sa=N
http://www.google.ca/search?q=Regex links jpg&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&start=10&sa=N

http://cgi.resourceindex.com/Programs_and_Scripts/Perl/File_Management/File_Downloading/

http://www.google.ca/search?q=Column count doesn’t match value count at row 1&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&btnG=Google Search&meta=

http://cgi.resourceindex.com/Programs_and_Scripts/Perl/Access_Counters/Combination/

http://cgi.resourceindex.com/Programs_and_Scripts/Perl/Access_Counters/Combination/

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=hello world perl
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=HTML FIX IT.COM&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&btnG=Google Search&meta=
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=hello world perl script
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=perl find number of items in hash&btnG=Google Search

http://cgidir.com/Scripts/Counters/

http://www.google.com/search?q=php string manipulation&sourceid=opera&num=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

http://htmlfixit.com/tutes/tute_menu.shtml

http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=mozclient&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&q=php string manipulation
http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=perl if elsif&meta=
http://www.gigablast.com/search?k3j=754263&s=70&q=cgi irc login
http://www.google.com.au/search?q=how to stop people from looking at your HTML source&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

http://www.cgiresourceindex.com/Programs_and_Scripts/Perl/Access_Counters/Combination/

http://www.google.co.hu/search?q=list perl hash array example&btnG=Google keresés&hl=hu&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8

http://www.cgi-resources.com/Programs_and_Scripts/Perl/Access_Counters/Combination/

http://www.google.com/search?q=fix html code&hl=iw&lr=&ie=UTF-8&inlang=iw&start=120&sa=N

http://www.cgi-resources.com/Programs_and_Scripts/Perl/Access_Counters/Combination/

http://htmlfixit.com/cgi-bin/yabb/YaBB.cgi?board=stats

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=tutorials php string manipulation&btnG=Google Search
http://www.google.com.gr/search?hl=el&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=spliti functions tutorial&btnG=Αναζήτηση στο Google&meta=

http://www.freecgicode.com/cgi-bin/dir/search.cgi?query=counter

http://www.google.com.au/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=mysql insert into matching columns&meta=

http://www.optima-system.com/pagespinner/spinnertalk/viewtopic.php?t=60

http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=examples of while loops in perl&ei=UTF-8&fr=fp-tab-web-t&n=20&fl=0&x=wrt
http://www.google.co.uk/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=splitting strings in php&spell=1

http://www.optima-system.com/pagespinner/spinnertalk/viewtopic.php?t=60

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&q=javascript counter free download&btnG=Google Search
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=xhtml validation tools&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&meta=

http://www.google.com/search?q=PageSpinner&hl=ja&lr=&ie=UTF-8&inlang=ja&start=40&sa=N

http://www.google.ro/search?q=download fix-it utilities 2004 free full&hl=ro&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&start=10&sa=N
http://www.google.com.au/search?q=fix mydoom.f&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&meta=cr=countryAU

http://www.cgi-resources.com/Programs_and_Scripts/Perl/Access_Counters/Combination/

http://www.google.com/search?q=shtml vs html&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&start=10&sa=N
http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=free scripts download&ei=UTF-8&cop=mss&fr=fp-tab-web-t&b=21
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=php security issues&hl=en&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
http://www.google.ca/search?q=xhtml validate&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&start=10&sa=N

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Anti-spam/message/2151

http://search.yahoo.com/search?p=xhtml vs. html&ei=UTF-8&fr=fp-tab-web-t&n=20&fl=0&x=wrt
http://www.google.co.in/search?q=payment gateway tutorial&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&start=10&sa=N
http://www.google.com/search?q=Column count doesn’t match value count at row 1&sourceid=mozilla-search&start=0&start=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8

http://www.hotscripts.com/Detailed/24085.html

That rendered the following:

“Invalid query: Column count doesn’t match value count at row”
rgb color chooser
regular expression remove path from file
script download manager php
html scripts +stats
PHP string manipulation
perl loops continue
HTML Fix the background
php splitting value by space
“top == self” document.write javascript
“file names” complete list fix
“We are what we know”
javascript validator
PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN” allowed tags
Regex links jpg
Column count doesn’t match value count at row 1
hello world perl
HTML FIX IT.COM
hello world perl script
perl find number of items in hash
php string manipulation
php string manipulation
perl if elsif
cgi irc login
how to stop people from looking at your HTML source
list perl hash array example
fix html code
tutorials php string manipulation
spliti functions tutorial
mysql insert into matching columns
splitting strings in php
javascript counter free download
xhtml validation tools
PageSpinner
download fix-it utilities 2004 free full
fix mydoom.f
shtml vs html
php security issues
xhtml validate
payment gateway tutorial
Column count doesn’t match value count at row 1

and I then used tools –> text statistics from the toolbar to get this information:

Word Frequency %

- 1 0.51
” 10 5.08
. 4 2.03
: 1 0.51
0 1 0.51
1 3 1.52
2004 1 0.51
allowed 1 0.51
are 1 0.51
array 1 0.51
at 4 2.03
background 1 0.51
by 1 0.51
cgi 1 0.51
chooser 1 0.51
code 1 0.51
color 1 0.51
Column 3 1.52
columns 1 0.51
COM 1 0.51
complete 1 0.51
continue 1 0.51
count 6 3.05
counter 1 0.51
document 1 0.51
doesn’t 3 1.52
download 3 1.52
DTD 1 0.51
elsif 1 0.51
EN 1 0.51
example 1 0.51
expression 1 0.51
f 1 0.51
file 2 1.02
find 1 0.51
fix 5 2.54
fix-it 1 0.51
free 2 1.02
from 2 1.02
full 1 0.51
functions 1 0.51
gateway 1 0.51
hash 2 1.02
hello 2 1.02
how 1 0.51
html 6 3.05
if 1 0.51
in 2 1.02
insert 1 0.51
into 1 0.51
Invalid 1 0.51
irc 1 0.51
issues 1 0.51
IT 1 0.51
items 1 0.51
javascript 3 1.52
jpg 1 0.51
know 1 0.51
links 1 0.51
list 2 1.02
login 1 0.51
looking 1 0.51
loops 1 0.51
manager 1 0.51
manipulation 4 2.03
match 3 1.52
matching 1 0.51
mydoom 1 0.51
mysql 1 0.51
names 1 0.51
number 1 0.51
of 1 0.51
PageSpinner 1 0.51
path 1 0.51
payment 1 0.51
people 1 0.51
perl 6 3.05
php 8 4.06
PUBLIC 1 0.51
query 1 0.51
Regex 1 0.51
regular 1 0.51
remove 1 0.51
rgb 1 0.51
row 3 1.52
script 2 1.02
scripts 1 0.51
security 1 0.51
self 1 0.51
shtml 1 0.51
source 1 0.51
space 1 0.51
spliti 1 0.51
splitting 2 1.02
stats 1 0.51
stop 1 0.51
Strict 1 0.51
string 4 2.03
strings 1 0.51
tags 1 0.51
the 1 0.51
to 1 0.51
tools 1 0.51
top 1 0.51
tutorial 2 1.02
tutorials 1 0.51
utilities 1 0.51
validate 1 0.51
validation 1 0.51
validator 1 0.51
value 4 2.03
vs 1 0.51
W3C 1 0.51
we 2 1.02
what 1 0.51
world 2 1.02
write 1 0.51
xhtml 3 1.52
your 1 0.51

Different words/items counted: 119
Total Words: 176
Total Punctuation: 5
Total Other Text: 6
Total Characters: 1086
Total Paragraphs: 41

I could do lots more with this, like sort on incidence, etc. This is just a start.

Belicove Gets with FireFox

January 20, 2005 on 10:19 pm | In General | No Comments

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

January 13, 2005 on 10:00 pm | In General | 2 Comments

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 Don Passenger
;*** don a-t htmlfixit d-o-t com
;*** discuss things live in chat at http://htmlfixit.com
;*** based on work by Larry and Jody and maybe Wayne
;*******************************************************
;*** will check for a matching html tag

^!Continue [C]If cursor is in the tag you want to find a match for click continue

;### initialize everything
;assume we have our cursor in a tag
;look backwards to find the starting < ^!Find "<" TIBS
;exit if find fails
^!IfError EXIT
^!SetScreenUpdate Off
^!ClearVariables

;### %TAG% will be empty if cursor is not inside a tag.
^!Set %TAG%="^$GetHtmlTag(TRUE)$"
^!IfTrue ^$IsEmpty(^%TAG%)$ NotTag
;if self closing get out too
^!If "/>" = "^$StrCopyRight("^$GetSelection$";2)$" SelfClosing


;### So we found a tag.  What tag is it?
^!Set %TAGNAME%="^$GetHtmlTagName("^%TAG%";UPPERCASE)$"
;got to forwards or backwards routine depending if
;start or finish tag is selected at start of clip
^!If "/" = "^$StrCopyLeft("^%TAGNAME%";1)$" FindNextTagBackwards ELSE FindNextTagForwards

:FindNextTagForwards
^!Jump Select_Start
;figure out where cursor is
^!Set %row%="^$GetRow$"
^!Set %column%="^$GetCol$"
^!Find ">" TIS
^!Set %TAGCOUNT%=1
:TagForwardLoop
^!Find "< " TIS
^!IfError UnMatched
^!Set %TAGTEMP%="^$GetHtmlTag(TRUE)$"
^!IfTrue ^$IsEmpty(^%TAGTEMP%)$ NextTag
^!Set %TAGTEMPNAME%="^$GetHtmlTagName("^%TAGTEMP%";UPPERCASE)$"
^!If "/" = "^$StrCopyLeft("^%TAGTEMPNAME%";1)$" EndTag ELSE BeginTag

:EndTag
^!If "^$StrDeleteLeft("^%TAGTEMPNAME%";1)$" <> "^%TAGNAME%" Skip_2
^!Dec %TAGCOUNT%
^!If "^%TAGCOUNT%" = "0" Match
^!Goto NextTag

:BeginTag
^!If "^%TAGTEMPNAME%" <> "^%TAGNAME%" Skip_2
^!Inc %TAGCOUNT%
^!If "^%TAGCOUNT%" = "0" Match
^!Goto NextTag

:NextTag
^!Jump Select_End
^!Goto TagForwardLoop


:FindNextTagBackwards
^!Jump Select_End
;figure out where cursor is
^!Set %row%="^$GetRow$"
^!Set %column%="^$GetCol$"
^!Find "< " TIBS
^!Set %TAGCOUNT%=1
:TagBackwardLoop
^!Find "<" TIBS
^!IfError UnMatched
^!Set %TAGTEMP%="^$GetHtmlTag(TRUE)$"
^!IfTrue ^$IsEmpty(^%TAGTEMP%)$ NextTag2
^!Set %TAGTEMPNAME%="^$GetHtmlTagName("^%TAGTEMP%";UPPERCASE)$"
^!If "/" = "^$StrCopyLeft("^%TAGTEMPNAME%";1)$" EndTag2 ELSE BeginTag2

:EndTag2
^!If "^%TAGTEMPNAME%" <> "^%TAGNAME%" Skip_2
^!Inc %TAGCOUNT%
^!If "^%TAGCOUNT%" = "0" Match
^!Goto NextTag2

:BeginTag2
^!If "^%TAGTEMPNAME%" <> "^$StrDeleteLeft("^%TAGNAME%";1)$" Skip_2
^!Dec %TAGCOUNT%
^!If "^%TAGCOUNT%" = "0" Match
^!Goto NextTag2

:NextTag2
^!Jump Select_START
^!Goto TagBackwardLoop



:Match
^!SetScreenUpdate On
^!Info [C]Bingo, we have a match!.
^!If "/" = "^$StrCopyLeft("^%TAGNAME%";1)$" MatchBackwardJump ELSE MatchForwardJump
:MatchForwardJump
^!Jump SELECT_END
^!Goto MatchFinish
:MatchBackwardJump
^!Jump SELECT_START
:MatchFinish
^!SelectTo ^%row%:^%column%
^!Goto Finish

:UnMatched
^!SetCursor ^%row%:^%column%
^!Info [C]This appears to be an unmatched Tag.  We made it to the end of your document without finding a match.
^!Goto Finish


:NotTag
^!SetCursor ^%row%:^%column%
^!Info [C]This appears to not be an html tag.  Remember have your cursor inside the tag when starting this clip.
^!Goto Finish


:SelfClosing
^!SetCursor ^%row%:^%column%
^!Info [C]Your tag is self closing - quit messing with me!  Self closing tags end in /> like 
;### clean up and go home :Finish ^!SetScreenUpdate On ^!ClearVariables ;line 131 if you have all lines unrapped (including blank lines)

Time to Update WordPress Again

December 18, 2004 on 4:08 pm | In General, RSS | No Comments

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

December 9, 2004 on 6:06 pm | In CSS, General, Random Feature Sites, Web Design | 1 Comment

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 CSS envelope. An exploration of their site reveals a whole shebang of excellent tips, tricks, design ideas and style guidelines. I haven’t come close to checking everything out, but here are a couple of notable articles:

Continue reading Making the most of CSS…

US Exempts Internet Connections from Tax

December 6, 2004 on 9:40 pm | In General, News | No Comments

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 tax to continue that for two more years however.

Blog now an official word

December 2, 2004 on 4:43 pm | In General | No Comments

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). I was reading the other day about the “blogoshere” and I see that is now on the verge of being a word as well. Is there just one blogosphere (as the article I was reading suggested) or are there many blogospheres (more like biomes or ecosystems)?

More Firefox recommendations

December 2, 2004 on 4:08 pm | In General | No Comments

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 susceptible to security threats than Internet Explorer!

Also pointing out that Firefox uses a pop-up blocker with will prevent most rogue diallers from loading. So Firefox is getting noticed.

Hazel

Open Files in Irfanview

December 1, 2004 on 5:15 pm | In General, Generic Clips | No Comments

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:
Continue reading Open Files in Irfanview…

Calculate Splits for a 5 Kilometer Race

November 29, 2004 on 3:55 am | In General, Special Clips - for someone | No Comments

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. Continue reading Calculate Splits for a 5 Kilometer Race…

Find Sub-string in Longer String

November 29, 2004 on 3:45 am | In General, Generic Clips | No Comments

These may display very funny for some people because of the use of the pre html tag. Continue reading Find Sub-string in Longer String…

Notetab Clips

November 29, 2004 on 3:37 am | In General, Notetab Clips | No Comments

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) Continue reading Notetab Clips…

The ESP Game- fun time waster

November 25, 2004 on 5:21 pm | In General, Random Feature Sites | No Comments

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 taboo, color if it isn’t taboo, shape if all else fails. Think of similiar words that aren’t taboo. Kinda fun I guess … but not productive … so I better finish this so I can get back to it.

Marqui Buys Blog Posts

November 24, 2004 on 8:06 pm | In General, News | No Comments

This article from InternetNews.com 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 post a disclaimer if they like. Absent that, it has the elements of whoring your site. If you want sex for money at least yo u can say so! I hope the recipients do. They claim they will disclose who they are paying to post on the site FAQ.

The other interesting thing is that the advertiser says you don’t even have to say Continue reading Marqui Buys Blog Posts…

Paint Shop Pro 9

November 22, 2004 on 3:14 pm | In General | 1 Comment

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 8 and whilst I’m still discovering more and more additions, I think this is the best version yet.

You can also get excellent add on plugins from http://www.digitalworkshop.com and their support if you join the photo club is second to none.

I still have Windows 98SE as my operating system and you don’t get told if you have any problems that you should really update to XP. This can be really annoying if they sell it to you saying it works in Windows 98/2000/XP etc.

Its going to take me a few more weeks to even get round just some of this program, but if you have version 8 you will have no problem with 9. Give it a try.

Hazel

Google buys Keyhole Interactive World Maps

November 16, 2004 on 7:31 am | In General, News | No Comments

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 can see an attorney using it to research the scene of an incident, etc. I think it may be a bit pricey for most, but it does have a free seven day trial. Many cities are in very high resolution, such as Boston in this example.

More Efforts to Shut Down File Sharing

November 13, 2004 on 1:00 pm | In General, News | No Comments

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 of American Publishers, Screen Actors Guild, Recording Artists Coalition, National Basketball Association and the commissioner of Major League Baseball, Marks said. Now those are some strange bedfellows. One wonders how else they may be entertwined.

Comments on Our Site

November 12, 2004 on 3:35 am | In General | No Comments

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 waste some of their bandwidth as well.

Google Calculator

November 11, 2004 on 5:27 am | In General, Random Feature Sites, Utilities and Programs | No Comments

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, and you get the answer. It appears as though a “:” is mandatory to see the results in the “definition” format.

Because I use firefox browser I always have the google seach bar on my browser … so I doubt I will “reach” for start/programs/accessories/calculator much in the future … and I never did reach for the dictionary, just ask my teachers.

Mesh Network WiFi by Big Brother

November 10, 2004 on 9:51 pm | In General, News, War Driving | No Comments

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 and don’t see anyone near us? Does crime prevention override issues of freedom from scrutiny? It might be one thing to kick on the cameras when they get a call, but to keep them running continuously … it has some downsides it might seem.

Flu Vaccine – does your nose know?

November 4, 2004 on 9:26 pm | In General | No Comments

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 test is done, who knows if it is as effective … or could it be more effective.

For years I bypassed the flu shots and seldom got sick. Then I took a job that involved interaction with many many people, often with poor health, nutrition and hygene … and I got sick more than before. I started getting flu shots and again got sick very little. This year I cannot get the flu shot, so I may (like most of my family already has) go get the mist.

Electronic Elections

October 31, 2004 on 9:18 pm | In General, Random Feature Sites | No Comments

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 respects, the irony is appropriate as politics involves gamesmanship. I can withdraw money worldwide with my ATM card, but I have to vote at one place in an eight hour time frame. I hope they soon fix that so people who want to can vote conveniently.

Joke: Windows Icon Wars

October 30, 2004 on 9:09 pm | In General, Random Feature Sites | No Comments

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

October 30, 2004 on 3:34 am | In General, Utilities and Programs, Web Design | No Comments

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

October 30, 2004 on 3:32 am | In General, Utilities and Programs, Web Design | No Comments

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

October 27, 2004 on 12:59 am | In General, Random Feature Sites, Utilities and Programs, Web Design | No Comments

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

October 25, 2004 on 12:50 pm | In General, PHP | No Comments

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 some time on his hands for that little project.

Introducing sIFR: Headlines in Nice Fonts

October 23, 2004 on 9:35 pm | In General, Utilities and Programs, Web Design | No Comments

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 right, and I have to admit it is presented in a way that makes it a little hard for us slow people to follow, you have your text, use his engine to export your text, and it is embedded as a swf file.

XHTML/CSS layout generation

October 21, 2004 on 2:23 am | In CSS, General | No Comments

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

October 15, 2004 on 8:22 pm | In Finding Content, General | No Comments

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 and allow you to search it. It includes indexing of email, im messages, and other things. In fact it may help parents keep track of im’ing and sites visited as it creates a cache. Check it out at: http://desktop.google.com/about.html.

The key I suppose is privacy Continue reading Google: Hard Drive Now Searchable…

Thunderbird RSS Reader

October 15, 2004 on 3:48 pm | In General, RSS | No Comments

I recently updated to Thunderbird 0.8 from http://mozilla.org. 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 essentially get email style notice of new blog postings. For some where I like to stay on top of comments I also added the comment RSS. Give it a whirl, you’ll be happy you did. If you would like to follow our articles via this method, our feed is here:
wp-rss2.php

Corel buys Jasc

October 15, 2004 on 1:54 am | In General, News | No Comments

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

October 11, 2004 on 7:01 pm | In General, Random Feature Sites | No Comments

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 you specify your language of choice. I think someone stuying language may benefit from comparing the language.

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

October 9, 2004 on 7:11 am | In General, News | No Comments

According to a HollandSentinel.com 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

October 8, 2004 on 6:07 pm | In General | No Comments

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

File Sharers to Get Jail Time?

October 7, 2004 on 4:41 pm | In General | No Comments

USATODAY.com reports on currently advancing legislation that will make file sharing a serious criminal offense.

Tips to Achieving Ironclad Wireless LAN Security

October 6, 2004 on 7:04 pm | In General, War Driving | No Comments

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

‘Wardriving’ conviction is first under Can-Spam

October 6, 2004 on 6:47 pm | In General, War Driving | No Comments

‘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.

Gmail Atom Feed Coming?

October 5, 2004 on 2:24 am | In General, RSS | No Comments

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 users are apparently given six invitations within days of “joining”. If you do the math, it is like the Kevin Bacon Game, it don’t take long for everyone to have one I guess.

So I Guess htmlfixit is our “sex”

September 23, 2004 on 12:34 pm | In General | No Comments

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 and unable or unwilling to take the risks … someday will that be me? Let’s hope not. Feel free to donate to the htmlfixit cause maybe that will improve our blend :-)

Fighting silly patents.

September 21, 2004 on 5:14 pm | In General | No Comments

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 resultant released energy to “do stuff”. Do you have any idea how many people would have to pay me money? Even if I had never actually researched the process, or created a product, anyone using energy derived from fire for heat, cooking, power generation or to power a car would owe me cash.

That is what’s happening today in the software industry. Big companies are patenting the building blocks of applications and using them to build or ensure market share dominance. It needs to stop.

To that end, the guys at the EFF (Electronic Frontier Foundation) have filed a brief to the US court of appeals to have ambiguous patents declared invalid. If a patent isn’t totally explicit about an “idea” then it should not be valid.

The other question is the validity of software patents at all. Is it acceptable to allow someone to patent double clicking a mouse button? or an online to-do list? Well guess what? Microsoft already have both of those “ideas” wrapped up. Here is another way of looking at it, nobody in their right mind would try to patent selling stuff, but if you do it online, there is a risk you will be sued for patent infringement because online shopping has been the target of a patent or two as well.

Read about the first salvo in this war at TheRegister.

The Incredibles — The Official Movie Website

September 14, 2004 on 4:54 pm | In General, Random Feature Sites | No Comments

The Incredibles — The Official Movie Website is up and running counting down the days til the movies release. If there is one thing I like better than Google, it is probably Pixar. I really enjoy so much of what they do, the hidden humor, the attention to detail, even in the early “films” they did, some of which I have as trailers/extras on dvd’s such as Monster’s Inc.

Google Blog

September 13, 2004 on 5:41 pm | In General, Random Feature Sites | No Comments

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 adding the ?sa=D&q= before an address, will transport on from a page at google to the specified page. So why are we getting these hits? I did find that the google blog uses this method for links contained in it. I presume it then counts the hit as an outgoing follow.

I wonder how long the googleblog will survive with publicly traded stock … and by the way, I am looking to buy exactly one share of google. I have yet to find out how.

Cyber Security Tips by CERT

September 8, 2004 on 11:31 pm | In General, Random Feature Sites | No Comments

Cyber Security Tips are available from the CERT folks. They are from the government and they are here to help you.

Well in this case they actually have a bunch of helpful information. They explain a lot of the common scams like phishing, how to avoid spam, and so forth.

CERT stands for: United States Computer Readiness Team by the way.

[Franki: It should be added that these guys are the same US government security folk that suggested that a possible alternative to IE security woes was to use a different browser.]

Happy Birthday Google

September 8, 2004 on 4:18 pm | In General | No Comments

Google is our favorite search engine at htmlfixit.com 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 result for people willing to pay, etc. Let us hope that third feature remains!

Anyway for those visiting today, they are celebrating a sixth birthday as is evident from the banner on the site. HTML fixit, in it’s second year now says: Happy Birthday and Many More!

California MCLE, CLE and Continuing Legal Education

September 6, 2004 on 3:52 pm | In General, Random Feature Sites | No Comments

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 Amazon.com. Fun to look around.

Picasa: how much does it cost?

September 3, 2004 on 9:08 pm | In General, Utilities and Programs | No Comments

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 good when I hit the product features page.

Continue reading Picasa: how much does it cost?…

Maxthon – something like Firefox on an IE “engine”

September 3, 2004 on 2:06 pm | In General, News | No Comments

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 here saying a certain MicroSoft Employee uses Firefox, that employee supposedly says that is a mischaracterization in his blog (I have yet to figure out how we know who’s blog it is — oh now I get it I go here). He apparently now says he has a copy of FireFox running, but he does that only to keep tabs on the competition as it isn’t on his primary machine. The article I found where he supposedly explains further says he uses Maxthon. Well does that further help or hurt the case that Internet Explorer as released by MicroSoft isn’t all that? I myself usually run two or three browsers to compare the look of web pages in them. It makes sense he would do the same to keep up on the latest, but why Maxthon … because the stock version lacks useability features!

Continue reading Maxthon – something like Firefox on an IE “engine”…

Paint Shop Pro Tutorials

September 2, 2004 on 5:54 pm | In General | No Comments

For those who need tutorials I have noticed that the Jasc website now have these. Go to http://www.jasc.com/support 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 long Jasc have been doing them themselves but I have just discovered them.

There are a couple of upgrades, Don posted news of these. They are still at the Beta stage at the moment, but I think I am going to be very interested in version 9 as I really like 8.

Gmail Giving Tree – Welcome

September 2, 2004 on 4:29 pm | In General, Random Feature Sites | No Comments

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 me is that there is no privacy policy on this site.

Browser History timeline: Overview

September 1, 2004 on 2:50 pm | In General | No Comments

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?

August 27, 2004 on 12:35 am | In General | No Comments

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 — should be the ones held responsible.

Paint Shop Pro for Idiots … and Intellects

August 24, 2004 on 4:08 am | In General | No Comments

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 the more serious digital worker.

In a recent article in Consumer Reports magazine, PSP didn’t fare too well because the magazine placed emphasis on ease of use. For those wanting that ease of use … there you go. I think I would prefer the features, although I have to admit I have not found PSP 8 (Eight) nearly as easy to use as versions 6 and 7 that I initially “fell in love with.”

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

August 6, 2004 on 2:39 am | In General, News | No Comments

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 way to rebroadcast the signal anyway. It ain’t all that tough these days.

I have a DVD RAM machine that I like a lot. It allows me to record and watch the same thing at the same time, and unlike TiVo, it doesn’t require a monthly subscription. What it lacks however, is the ability to record automatically like TiVo. But it does have portability. I can take the disk elsewhere and play it in another machine.

RSS Feeds on the Wall Stree Journal.

July 22, 2004 on 12:01 am | In General, News, RSS | No Comments

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 simple terms what to do with an RSS feed.

More cool Firefox extensions.

July 21, 2004 on 4:48 am | In General | No Comments

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 of course Adblock. All of which are available at the official extension site and all are totally free.

I’m not going to get into this in too much detail, you can browse the links if you are that interested, but I’ll do a tiny pitch on each one to give you an idea.

Continue reading More cool Firefox extensions….

First Windows “PocketPC” virus surfaces.

July 19, 2004 on 6:45 pm | In General | No Comments

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 Apache (67.3% Apache, 21.3% MS IIS), and yet Microsoft IIS (The MS web server software) has had many more critical security flaws than has Apache.)

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Microsoft reveals new seach site beta.

July 16, 2004 on 7:01 pm | In General | No Comments

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 beta search is only using a database of about one billion documents, which is much much smaller then the other major search engines, but HTMLfixIT is already in there, so I guess that’s a good sign. :-)

If Microsoft are going to use algorithms like Google in order to create their own “pagerank” type technology, that can only be seen as a good thing as my personal experience of the current MSN search has been pretty dismal, particularly when compared to Google.

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Do the sight impaired like your website?

July 16, 2004 on 5:21 pm | In General, HTML, Utilities and Programs | No Comments

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 the disabled.

So, how does an ordinary “sighted” web designer discover if their proud works are suitable for those with vision impairments?
Up till now, you just had to follow disability guidelines and hope that was enough.

Continue reading Do the sight impaired like your website?…

Spell check text in HTML form fields.

July 15, 2004 on 2:48 am | In General | No Comments

Up until tonight, whenever I posted a new story on HTMLfixIT, I did so by typing it into my text editor and spell checking it there before pasting the lot into the submission form for articles.

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.).

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PHP5 officially released.

July 14, 2004 on 7:40 pm | In General | No Comments

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

Changes include:
- Object Oriented approach to XML,
- SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) is included for Web services.
- SQLite and a new MySQL (MySQLi) extension are included.
- New ZendII engine and some significant enhancements to PHPs Object Oriented behavior and methods.

And a heap of other stuff. Programs written using pre-existing PHP object orientation may need some minor touch ups to work on PHP5
(or they may not, depending on how program was coded.)

For info and downloads, head over to php.net.

Regards

Franki

Sued for Blogging?

July 14, 2004 on 3:03 am | In General | No Comments

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 struck me as the “real’ news in the story, is this quote: “while a staggering 12 per cent attract the attention of lawyers with their biting commentary”.

Twelve percent of bloggers get into legal trouble? Is it just me or is that an inordinately high percentage?

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Is MicroSoft behind the Linux attacks?

July 11, 2004 on 1:32 am | In General | No Comments

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 today (and have been paid handsomely for it), and that their software is often pretty good from a usability perspective.

The problem is that they have used some extremely questionable business practices in the last 20 years, crushing or buying the competition, getting busted for appropriating code and then settling out of court with a non-disclosure agreement as part of the deal (DR-DOS anyone?). There are literally dozens of cases of this and related issues. The United States government themselves found Microsoft guilty of anti-competitive behaviour, as did the European Union, the problem is that neither significantly punished them for it.

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Iraq gets a taste of Linux.

July 10, 2004 on 4:30 pm | In General | No Comments

Just an interesting sideline story.

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.

Right now, those few that are using software in Iraq, are using pirated versions, as obviously the average Joe over there doesn’t have the same financial situation as we do.
The big multinationals are very happy about the pirated software, because it means that if people get dependent on the software, and used to its quirks, then when the big piracy crackdown finally happens, they hope these people will end up being forced into buying the software legally rather then look around for a free alternative. (like Linux).

Continue reading Iraq gets a taste of Linux….

Humour: M$ takes over the net?

July 9, 2004 on 6:46 pm | In General | No Comments

Here is an interesting little trick.

Open your browser (any gecko based browser, this doesn’t work in IE, but since there are at least half a dozen ways to get to micro$oft from within IE, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. :-) ), and type: http::// in the address bar.

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

How on earth did http::// end up going to Micro$ofts web site? Should we all be tightening our tinfoil hats?

Or is it just a weird quirk of Googles ranking engine?

I’ll leave that up to you.

regards

Franki

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