Posts Tagged ‘Web’

Wow, Cool!

May 31st, 2005 No comments

This is actually quite amazing.

Using Google Maps and Satellite Imaging, someone has managed to find a picture of a B2 stealth bomber waiting on a runway.

Also nearby, there are several SR-72 Blackbirds and a U2

Seen here, in turn from here

Quick update, not far away, you can also see an F1-17 Stealth fighter. Cool.
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Apollo Videos

May 23rd, 2005 No comments have started offering some video clips of some of the footage that was shot on the various Apollo missions back the 1960s and 1970s.

I’ve always been a bit interested in this part of time, seeing as it was quite a monumental acheivement for man-kind, and the fact that I missed it by about 30 years.

These clips kind of put it into context for me, having seen a load of clips of man landing on the moon, and jumping around, it’s good to see what they got up to on the way their. Like I-Spy on a car trip, only slightly more important.


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Announcing PHPTabs!

May 7th, 2005 2 comments

Tonight, I’ve spent the evening working a new little project of mine. It’s quite small and simple, but it could just change your life.

I’ve created a very small library to let you create a tab-control using HTML. It lets you create a simple tab set using <div&gt elements and Javascript, all neatly generated from PHP.

Here’s a quick picture:

I’ll post some more about it soon, and perhaps create a project page. For the time being, please feel free to download from here and use in whatever way you feel like.

There’s no formal documentation at the moment, and eventually I’ll get around to writing some good instructions and putting some kind of decent description of how to use it. I’m also planning to release it under some GPL or BSD licence, but I’ll get to that in good time.

There’s a good example file in the archive called “index.php”, but this should probably not be deployed with your website! The other 3 files (phptabs.js, and phptabs.css) are all needed and should be deployed. You should also customise phptabs.css.

Please feel free to poke around and use it however you wish. If you find any bugs, have comments, would like something changed, have improved it in some way, then drop me an email – it would be nice to see how useful other people find it!

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I don’t get it

May 7th, 2005 1 comment

OK, this is something that I just don’t get.

It was my understanding that XHTML 1.x STRICT was supposed to be just that – strict, and that all you were allowed to put in your XHTML file was the data and the tags that describe the rough positioning of that data, and that everything else should go into a style sheet.

So basically, rough presentation and data into XHTML; colours, fonts, background pictures, etc into CSS.

So why then does the <table> element still have the “border”, “cellpadding” and “cellspacing” attributes, even in the strict DTD type? Surely those are pieces of eye candy and should be rendered from the CSS file?

Don’t believe me? Then have a look at the XHTML 1.0 Strict DTD, and search for “cellpadding” – it’s certainly in there under the “table” element.

I even checked against the XHTML 1.1 Strict standard, and these attributes are not listed as having changed (I couldn’t see to find a reference to them in the DTD on that page, but there are listed in the modularised DTD for tables here).

Can someone explain this, or is this just some piece of random thinking that slipped the net?

P.S. Found this out from here.

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Google SMS UK

April 21st, 2005 No comments

Oh my good god.

This sounds amazing. Send Google a query via SMS, receive SMS replies. Brilliant!

(Thanks Richard).

It’s like having “Frink” in my pocket, but sooooo much more.

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April 9th, 2005 No comments

Not sure I approve of this. It lets you create Cron jobs that are executed over the Internet (e.g. Request a webpage which then backs up your website database). I use a similar system on my website, but I keep the requests internal – I use a proper Linux Cron job to execute WGet to request a file on my website, which does “stuff….”

I can see the use of this site if you don’t have that kind of access, or the expertise to setup Cron and WGet, but I don’t like the idea of a potentially hidden URL being known to a company that I know nothing about.

But that could just be the paranoia in me taking hold. Must stop talking, they’re watching me!


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RSS Image Feed

April 9th, 2005 No comments

Another good idea!

This time, a guy has written a program to strip images from RSS feeds, and display them in a single web page.

Here’s a link. Be careful though – there are some explicit adult pictures on there too.

The shame is, it would be better if it also provided an RSS feed itself to the last 20 (or so) pictures that it receives!

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March 18th, 2005 No comments

This must be the worst user interface that I have had the displeasure to experience.

Yeah, I’ve experienced bad looking and unfriendly interfaces before, but this is just annoying.

Check out the instructions:Use your mouse wheel to rotate the screens.And what if I don’t have a bloody mouse wheel? Huh, Genius? Oh, so I have to go through the pain of randomly clicking things? Brilliant. Tell you what why don’t you stick to your “designing”, and I’ll stick to thinking about what people may be accessing my website with.

What makes it worse is the pictures on the left don’t logically match up with the pictures on the right, and the site is painfully slow to load some really quite small images.

Just give me a list of sodding pictures and a description. It’s quicker, will work better and I don’t have to worry about which wheel I’m moving!

That’s why we shouldn’t let “designers” play with websites and software. Leave it to the people who have a rough inkling of what’s going on.

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Woh! Worrying!

March 18th, 2005 1 comment

It’s an interesting thing, checking your webstats (Yeah, OK, not that interesting, but y’know)

My pages have apparently been scanned by this Bot. Whilst I’m not here letting people download copyright protected MP3s and the like, it’s kind of worrying thinking that at some point I might be slapped with a demand for payment because I mentioned the word “Microsoft” or “AJAX” somewhere on this site.

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IE7 Details Leaked

March 17th, 2005 No comments

Apparently, according to The Register, some of the details of the up-coming Internet Explorer 7 have been leaked (assuming that the leak is correct). I’m most excited about this statement: If the rumours are true, IE 7.0 will have tabbed browsing, a built-in news-aggregator which brings IEs feature set in line with (let me think….) every other browser (so no surprises there then).

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