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yay, Travis finally changed his blog!

- Thursday, July 29, 2004

WebStandardsAwards.com

WebStandardsAwards.com - I agree with most of their picks, but the two that really stuck out are: gedimo.lt and frozentoast.com. Both sites are beautiful, have decent source, do not render in quirks mode, are standards compliant, AND neither contain useless flash movies. They work in tnn, but obviously look better in a real browser.
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- Tuesday, July 27, 2004

SpongeBob SquarePants, The Movie (Bigger. Squarier. Spongier. More Absorbant.)

The SpongeBob movie will be 90 minutes of SpongeBob trying to find King Neptune's Crown. Aside from the usual cast from the show it looks like the movie will star Alec Baldwin. It should be out just in time for Thanksgiving. The trailers are pretty funny. (Was that Hunt For The Red October??)
KS

- Monday, July 26, 2004

Windows Server 2003 x86_64 delayed to March 2005

Damnit MS, I want my damn 64 bit OS. The beta I'm running now is at least at the release candidate level as far as stability goes. Does that mean XP x86_64 will be delayed too? I'm guessing it is just driver issues and 3rd party software holding it up, although the word on the streets is that they are waiting for Intel (who is strategically sitting on their thumbs as far as x86_64 goes, thanks Intel for delaying the game yet again, jerks).

- Thursday, July 22, 2004

500!

This is my 500th post, yay! It's come a long way since April of 2002 when it started out as just a dynamic AIM profile. Of course the actual first post that I made was the obligatory clich├ęd movie/music quote. (what? you were expecting a hello world post?)

Potent Potables

No, not Turd Ferguson, it's KenJen - The Drinking Game. Here's the game from Slate:

  1. If KenJen misses a question, everybody drinks once. If one of his opponents gets that same question right, drink again.
  2. If KenJen misses a Daily Double, drink twice.
  3. Responding to clues during regular play is optional (though who can resist shouting out the ones you know?), but Daily Doubles and Final Jeopardy can be used as occasions for competitive drinking. When Daily Doubles come up, each player shouts out his or her answer, and whoever misses (or of course, forgets to phrase her response in the form of a question) must take another swig. During the commercial before Final Jeopardy, drinks may be wagered on the outcome: "U.S. Presidents? I'll take that for three." If you're right, you get to make your opponents take three drinks; if you're wrong, take them yourself.
  4. Finally, a few "Hi, Bob!"-style rules to keep everyone on their toes and celebrate the quirks that make KenJen so lovable or loathsome, depending on your point of view. Everybody drinks once whenever:
    1. Alex Trebek mentions Ken's affiliation with the Mormon church;
    2. KenJen's answer ends with a stylistic flourish, like last night's, "What are the munchies, man?" in response to a clue about an 8-letter word for "hunger pangs";
    3. The banter between Alex and Ken becomes disturbingly intimate. A few nights ago, one of KenJen's victims mentioned in the chat segment that if he beat the champ that night, he planned to get a tattoo of Alex Trebek in celebration. This anecdote inspired an odd KenJen riff about having 30-odd tattoos of Alex all over his body, one for each night of his winning streak thus far. A mental image like that one is definitely an excuse for a drink.
  • Finally, as Steven Reynolds, a technical writer from Cohasset, Mass., writes, "Something special needs to be in place for whenever Ken is finally defeated. I think either a bottle of the finest champagne for a quiet and modest celebration of this greatest of Jeopardy! champions ... or maybe a few bottles of Mad Dog 20/20 to wash away the sorrow that comes with the prospect of Jeopardy! without Mr. Jennings." There are only four games remaining until the season ender this Friday, when we find out whether KenJen will make the jump to come back as next season's returning champion. So stock up on Potent Potables, and remember: Always Jeopardrink! responsibly. Thanks for playing!
KS

Fake Foreskin

wtf

- Tuesday, July 20, 2004

Firefox User CSS

I'll occasionally browse the Firefox Tips section of Firefox Help. Every now and then I'll come across something cool. Here're a couple of things that I've found useful (or at least cool):

These styles are in my userChrome.css. This first one changes the active tab's background color to white (irrelevant if your theme specifies the background as white) and makes sure the text is still black, I usually have eleventy-million tabs open so I needed some other way of telling which tab was active besides the title text:

/* Change color of active tab */ 
tab{
   -moz-appearance: none !important; 
} 
tab[selected="true"] { 
   background-color: rgb(255,255,255) !important; 
   color: black !important;
   font-weight: normal !important;
} 

This next one reduces the padding around the icons of the browser:
/* Remove extra padding from the Navigation Bar */
.toolbarbutton-1, .toolbarbutton-menubutton-button {
   padding: 2px 3px !important;
}
.toolbarbutton-1[checked="true"], .toolbarbutton-1[open="true"], 
.toolbarbutton-menubutton-button[checked="true"], 
.toolbarbutton-menubutton-button[open="true"] {
   padding: 4px 1px 1px 4px !important;
}

This one makes the browser's menus look more XPish:
/* Make menus XP style */
menupopup, popup {
   border: 1px solid ThreeDShadow !important;
   -moz-border-left-colors: ThreeDShadow !important;
   -moz-border-top-colors: ThreeDShadow !important;
   -moz-border-right-colors: ThreeDShadow !important;
   -moz-border-bottom-colors: ThreeDShadow !important;
   padding: 1px !important;
   background-color: Menu !important;
}
menubar > menu {
   border: 1px solid transparent !important;
   padding: 2px 5px 2px 7px !important;
   margin: 0 !important;
}
menubar > menu[_moz-menuactive="true"] {
   background-color : Highlight !important;
   color: HighlightText !important;
}

These styles are in my userContent.css. Basically they just change the cursor if it will most likely open in a new window:

/* Change cursor for JavaScript links */
a[href^="javascript:"], a[onclick^="javascript:"] {
   cursor: move;
}

/* Change cursor for links that open in new window */
:link[target="_blank"], :visited[target="_blank"], :link[target="_new"], :visited[target="_new"] {
   cursor: crosshair;
}

Anyone else have any cool Firefox CSS hacks to share? (I really should make a Mozilla category for posts soon)

[EDIT]: Edit your user files with ChromEdit. Also, here's my user.js file:

// Disable tab bar autohide feature:
//user_pref("browser.tabs.autoHide", false);

// Instead of annoying error dialog messages, display pages:
user_pref("browser.xul.error_pages.enabled", true);


// More DOM/JavaScript options

// Make sure all pop-up windows are resizable:
user_pref("dom.disable_window_open_feature.resizable", true);

// Make sure all pop-up windows are minimizable:
//user_pref("dom.disable_window_open_feature.minimizable", true);

// Always display the menu in pop-up windows:
user_pref("dom.disable_window_open_feature.menubar", true);

// Always display the Navigation Toolbar in pop-up windows:
user_pref("dom.disable_window_open_feature.location", true);


// Change to normal Google search:
//user_pref("keyword.URL", "http://google.com/search?btnG=Google+Search&q=");

// This one makes a huge difference. Last value in milliseconds (default is 250)
user_pref("nglayout.initialpaint.delay", 0);

// Open links in a new tab
user_pref("browser.linkTarget", 1);

// (??? I'm not really sure if this works or not)
// Stop reusing active windows: 
//user_pref("advanced.system.supportDDEExec", false);

// Change language to Esperanto (default is "en, en-us") 
user_pref("intl.accept_languages", "eo, en, en-us");

// http://www.mozillazine.org/talkback.html?article=4960
user_pref("network.protocol-handler.external.shell", false);
// pref("network.protocol-handler.external.shell", false);

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I'm Special

I won some kind of trip for being the second most profitable employee in the entire company in the past six months today. Kinda cool. I don't remember the details on what's included or comp'd and what-not, but it's still exciting. What's funny is just before I was told, I had my lunch cut short (by the client who no doubt made me the most profitable), I had problems using the damn fax machine for the second time today, I had to take a detour to my damn apartment because of the construction that was occurring directly in front of it, I met Sherry who had an interview go not as well as she expected, came outside to find out my neighbor's motorcycle had been stolen from his front yard directly across from mine the previous night/morning, and got back to work late for a meeting I had forgotten about (and too late to eat the pathetic lunch I had just rushed to get), which was the same meeting where I found out about the trip. Karma or just a bizarro twist? I don't really care I got a free trip.

- Friday, July 16, 2004

I guess other people like Firefox too

This Mozillazine article talks about the success of the "1000 Firefox reviews" on Download.com. Apparently people like it. Over 89% gave it 5's across the board. While I don't think it is 100% perfect (I'd put it in the mid 90s), IMO it definitely beats everything else in the Features, Ease of Use, Stability, and Speed categories that Download.com uses. If you're interested in switching, there's a whole site dedicated to helping you with the transition.
tech | -moz-

- Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Three more useful apps

The first is VLC DVD Player. Free (speech and beer), open source, and cross platform. I heard about it from this dude's blog

The second is PowerMenu. It lets you set the transparency and priority from the context menu in the taskbar.

The third is Whoami. Basically it's just a small app that writes your machine's info onto the wallpaper. This is pretty much only useful if you have multiple machines and you forget which one you're on. I heard these two from Scott Hanselman.

(in case you haven't noticed, I have a big list of useful apps)