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February 18, 2008

Safari is stupid: Part 1

Part 1 because I’m sure I’ll find more of these.

I’ve been debugging some JavaScript this morning trying to get it to work in Safari. Here are some examples of why that took TWO HOURS:

  • You can’t get element.style.border, but you can set it.
  • For a transparent element element.style.backgroundColor = 'transparent', but getComputedStyle(element,null).getPropertyValue('background-color') = 'rgba(0,0,0,0)'; i.e. black, but wholly transparent.

In a not-Safari’s-fault tangent, if you want individual channels from an RGB value split(", ") is BAD CODE.


August 23, 2007

GoogleMaps Operation Aborted in Internet Explorer 6

If you get an Operation Aborted error when trying to get GoogleMaps to work in IE6, try moving the SCRIPT tags into the BODY section. The error is occuring due to IE6’s dodgy handling of the BASE tag. You could also just remove the BASE tag if you don’t need it for anything else.


Add XML namespace outside of HTML tag

This post is purely for Google’s benefit.

I was trying to find a way of enabling VML in IE without changing the HTML tag and after a lot of searching could not find anything. Turns out it is relatively simple in JavaScript with the following code (totally stolen):

var tmp = navigator.appName == 'Microsoft Internet Explorer' && navigator.userAgent.indexOf('Opera') < 1 ? 1 : 0;
if(tmp) var isIE = document.namespaces ? 1 : 0;

if(isIE) {
     if(document.namespaces['v'] == null) { 
          var stl = document.createStyleSheet(); 
          stl.addRule("v\\:*", "behavior: url(#default#VML);"); 
          document.namespaces.add("v", "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml"); 
     }
}

Hopefully this will help someone else will save themselves some time.


February 20, 2007

Who said politics was boring?

Writing about web page http://www.boingboing.net/2007/02/16/nyt_slayer_fans_rock.html

This is a screenshot of the New York Times web site on Friday:

Wow, the House of Representatives looks like a good place to spend an evening.

Ahem…

SSSLLLLAAAAYYYYEEEERRRRRR!!!!!


February 15, 2007

Happy February 15th!

Rum + Coke = Goodly

Ohhhh good.


February 01, 2007

One month on…

Follow-up to Resolutions from Jeff's Irregular Movements

Well it’s now been a month, and a good a time as any for an update on how this glorified ‘todo list’ is going…

  • Finally get all things transferred to the new house. I’ve been living there 6 months now and its getting a bit ridiculous. Tesco and West Bromwich need doing this week. Done.
  • Sort out where to live after July. Done done done. I will now be resident at The Fort till at least July 2008. Hopefully the shower will be fixed before then. The shower is now half-way fixed.
  • Get a new phone. Done. And nice it is as well.
  • Start working out again. Well I’ve done one week, and after 4 days of muscle aches I think a more regular routine may be necessary.
  • Stop having Hula-Hoops for breakfast. I haven’t had had any since before Christmas. Success!
  • Above includes registering at the docs. This is more difficult than it should be because I’ve never done it before, so I need to go to my old docs to get some sort of card-thing.
  • When above is done, get all the things that either are, or I think are wrong with me checked out. Dan said that when he registered they did a check anyway. That could be a long day.
  • Go the dentists. Haven’t been to one of them in about 10 years. In my defense the last time I went I had 4 teeth pulled so I’m not exactly rushing this one.
  • Sort out employment. This one may be sorted already.
  • Sort out pension. I am now an Old Man and therefore need to think about when I will die, and the time between finishing work and then. In all seriousness the state pension is a joke, and as a temp I need to get this sorted on my own.
  • Learn to drive. I’m almost 23 so this one really should get taken care of. Even if I don’t want to drive anywhere in particular, I should at least be able to.
  • Try to drink less. In fact the complete opposite, but then that was the idea.

Mooninites take on the US

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/6319211.stm

The award for most paranoid city in the world today goes to Boston, who thought that images of cartoon characters were trying to blow up their city.

Now obviously this looks exactly like an explosive device:

Finally the Mooninites have moved on from robbing convenience stores, to full blown terrorism.

I must thank BBC News online for this wonderful video of the panic caused, and this screenshot, which is quite frankly amazing:

Mooninite

A quote for the District Attorney:

“I cannot stress strongly enough the seriousness of this offence. Commerce was disrupted, transportation routes were paralised, residents were stranded, and relatives across the nation were concerned for the safety of their loved ones.”

Why so serious?...

Ignignokt: I hope they can see this, cause I’m doing it as hard as I can.

Damn them!


January 04, 2007

Resolutions

Pretty TastyTraditionally I’m not one for the reflective entries. Frankly I’m not one for the entries at all. I’m more of a Blogs Cow, grazing around others entries until the inevitable day when I am shot and eaten. At least I will be pretty tasty.

However, I feel compelled to jot a few things down, if nothing more than a todo list to remind me of all the things I said last year that I would ‘sort out next year’. Now it is next year. I’m as surprised as you.

In no particular order (as represented by the Unordered List)

  • Finally get all things transferred to the new house. I’ve been living there 6 months now and its getting a bit ridiculous. Tesco and West Bromwich need doing this week. Done.
  • Above includes registering at the docs. This is more difficult than it should be because I’ve never done it before, so I need to go to my old docs to get some sort of card-thing.
  • When above is done, get all the things that either are, or I think are wrong with me checked out. Dan said that when he registered they did a check anyway. That could be a long day.
  • Sort out where to live after July. Done done done. I will now be resident at The Fort till at least July 2008. Hopefully the shower will be fixed before then.
  • Go the dentists. Haven’t been to one of them in about 10 years. In my defence the last time I went I had 4 teeth pulled so I’m not exactly rushing this one.
  • Sort out employment. This one may be sorted already.
  • Sort out pension. I am now an Old Man and therefore need to think about when I will die, and the time between finishing work and then. In all seriousness the state pension is a joke, and as a temp I need to get this sorted on my own.
  • Learn to drive. I’m almost 23 so this one really should get taken care of. Even if I don’t want to drive anywhere in particular, I should at least be able to.
  • Try to drink less. Bugger that, I’ve changed my mind.
  • Get a new phone.

This list will probably be added to as I remember more things I spokes.


November 27, 2006

Three days later…

Follow-up to Well it arrived… from Jeff's Irregular Movements

Title:
Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

... and now my hand really hurts.

Oh yeah, this one’s AWESOME as well.

Lamb of God ffs. This will keep me occupied for some time… or at least until Wii Zelda turns up.


November 14, 2006

Those damned aliens!

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6145678.stm

Sometimes the comedy just writes itself. Beware of aliens lurking in bushes!

You’re talking nonce-sense.

Phil Collins


September 20, 2006

What is that smell?

I’ll try and keep this entry as refined as possible, but it is difficult due to its subject.

Why does Westwood campus, and more specifically, just outside e-lab smell of horse dung. HowesN assures me it is in fact “pig-shit”, but as far as I am concerned it stinks.

I understand the concept of manure, but sometimes I see the the benefit of not going au naturelle.

Worse, why is it there every day? Fine in the morning, but by lunchtime it reeks of horse!

Or is it something I stepped in…

EDIT: The smell now appears to be gone. This is a Good Thing™


September 14, 2006

WMP 11 vs iTunes 7

Well its time for another irregular movement, and there hasn’t been one for a while. Need more fibre…

I’ve downloaded both WMP 11 beta 2 and iTunes 7 recently, and my brain automatically started making comparisons.

A lot of people have something against MS products (MICRO$OFT HAXORD!!!1!!) but I’ve always found WMP 10 to be a very good piece of software, despite trying other music players. iTunes on the other hand I’ve always found to be lame. I appreciate that as a Windows user I’m not getting the full experience, but why should I use a player not designed for my system?

For the longest time I didn’t even have iTunes on my PC, as I don’t have an iPod (style over substance anyone?) and don’t like the interface. But in Apple’s infinite wisdon, you can’t upgrade Quicktime without getting iTunes. Installing iTunes didn’t hagger my system too much (despite it insisting that ‘ituneshelper’ run in the background, which iTunes won’t let you turn off, but XP has no problem blocking), and I did end up finding some features in it that I prefered to WMP 10.

wmp 11 screen shot

So here we go with the comparison…

WMP 11 has had a massive overhaul with its interface and it has made a good thing better. One major gripe with WMP 10 was that shuffle and repeat was a single button. MS have listened to complaints and now you get two buttons. The library system now goes for a Cover Art based approach that takes some getting used to, but once you have, you’ll wonder how you got by without it. The default skin is also very sexy in an ‘I’m-gonna-tie-in-very-nicely-with-Vista-Aero’ kinda way.

So all in all, i’m very impressed with WMP 11. Its still only in beta 2, but seems very stable and I would happily recommend it.

Having just installed iTunes 7, what can it do to tempt me to its side. I still don’t have an iPod (nor want one) so its ‘seamless integration with the iTunes Store’ isn’t gonna do it. And its this ‘integration’ that gives iTunes 7 its very bad mark. Cover Art. I’m sorry, but why do I have to be signed up to iTunes Store for it to download cover art? Yes its probably free, but why is it necessary? WMP has no problem fetching it without any ‘sign-up’, why can’t this?

iTunes screen shot

This makes some of the ‘features’ of iTunes 7 rather pointless. It’s Cover Browser, while looking quite nice if you do have art, looks dumb if you don’t and is completely unusable. So my only option for browsing my library is the ‘list-of-songs’. Hmm, iTunes is losing already.

I did mention that there were some features I likes in iTunes. One of them is Party Shuffle. I’m yet to understand why MS can’t put an enqueue system in WMP, but maybe a plugin will be developed. Still, its at least 1 tick in the Apple column.

The second reason I liked iTunes is the easy library sharing. Problem is that WMP 11 has a very smart library sharing system that can pick up other users with WMP 11 and asks you whether you’d like to share with them. Its more detailed than the iTunes version, and IMHO, better.

One more menial point, but one still important to me is the inbuilt crossfader. I use WMP’s set to 0.1 seconds to eliminate the jumping between loading mp3s and making mixed CDs smoother whin ripped. I’d love to do that with iTunes, but the smallest you can set the crossfader is 1 second, which is a bit lame. Admittedly I haven’t tried the ‘gapless playback’ that might get rid of the problem.

So far WMP is whipping iTunes, and there are more points I didn’t go into, like WMP’s superior toolbar mode, and how much iTunes seems to run slowly on a mediocre machine.

At the end of the day nothing I say is going to sway people away from iTunes. If you have an iPod (and, unfathomable to me, millions do) you pretty much have no choice. But for the rest (all three of you), I would recommend checking out the beta to see what you think. At least you don’t have to subscribe to anything to get Cover Art.


July 20, 2006

A series of tubes…

Writing about web page http://youtube.com/watch?v=P83FGtPCuvc

For anyone wondering why Warwick's network, or the internet in general can be slow sometimes, I suggest that you listen to the head of the US Senate Commerce Committee, Sen. Ted Stevens:

YouTube Video

The full text of the speech can be found here

The internet is a series of tubes


July 03, 2006

The Ultimate Meme

What is your name?

Lord Jeff of Fort Awesome.

What is your quest?

To kill 5 mintues with a stupid meme.

What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen Swallow?

What do you mean, an African or European Swallow?


I blame Rooney

Mickey Rooney

… for everything


April 07, 2006

Well it arrived…

Title:
Rating:
5 out of 5 stars

I've never been one for writing long winded and analytical reviews of stuff, so let me just say this…

This game is f'in AWESOME


April 04, 2006

God help us all…

Writing about web page http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4874694.stm

At this point I should offer my condolences to all those on Virgin Mobile who are about to kiss their Customer Service goodbye.

As an example of how 'clued-in' NTL are, we had someone come to our door yesterday from NTL trying to sell us broadband. Nothing strange there…

Except for the fact that we are already with NTL for broadband, and we already take out the fastest one.

It is also worth noting that one of the previous occupants of the house never paid the final bill, and NTL keep billing him. He currently owes them over £180. They have threatened to cut him off, then apparently told him they had done. Remember, this is all at the same house. Two broadband accounts, two different speeds, one house.

We have told NTL a couple of times that this guy doesn't live there, and they keep telling us to ignore the letters and they should stop.

Oh look, flying bacon!


February 23, 2006

Ænigma

Writing about web page http://jeff.fortawesome.co.uk/aenigma/

Ænigma

I know that those at my abode have already heard and are aware of such things but I felt like gloating some more. I’m kind-of in a band. Recently my buddy Adam and I decided to give ourselves a deadline of New Year to get some tracks recorded so that others could hear what we sound like. This has been done and you can check them out here.

All are just rough mixes and are instrumentals due our lack of a vocalist, or, indeed any vocal talent. Apart from the slight gloating element, as I am actually quite proud of them (a lot more than anything else I've created be it musically or otherwise), I still like to hear people's thoughts, be they positive or negative.

But just remember, comments like "You suck!" make you look foolish, and besides, what have you done lately, hmm?


February 21, 2006

That's right, another bandwagon

Never one for original thought, I thought I'd jump right on this here bandwagon and post my one and only slightly artistic photo. If any more photo's follow, they will most likely be blurry messes taken of drunken people, by drunken people. So let this masterpiece of artistic and visual splendour suffice you for now…

The Bar

Camera: Sony Ericsson W800
Date: A while ago
Location: Bar Awesome. Yep a bar, in my house!
Shutter: Open, I guess
Aperture: You got me, it's a camera phone.
ISO: Who?
Comments: This is a picture of a vodka and lemonade with a merry christmas sign behind it.
Post-processing: I drank the drink, obviously!